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jane-wilson's picture
Jan.17.2014
My family was forgiving. When someone did something stupid, we'd all say, "Never do that, again." If someone received a disappointing grade on a test, we said, "Try harder, next time."  If our car slid off the road or one of us lost a job, we all said, "You can always make more money." ...
orna-b-raz's picture
Jan.04.2014
The English department at the University of Iowa offered many interesting graduate courses, but  I really wanted to take the seminar in expository writing. In order to be admitted we had to submit a sample of our work, I sent two  papers, both had received very good grades. To my dismay I...
chris-h-stevenson's picture
Nov.21.2013
Guerrilla Warfare For Writers (Special Weapons and Tactics to Increase Your Odds) Thursday, November 21, 2013   Some Editorial Scoldings  I just went through a major structural edit on my most recent YA novel. I thought I had it pretty tight, seamless and moving at a fairly swift...
susan-marie-schulhof's picture
Nov.10.2013
                                  Some of the people that I have felt  hurt me the most in my life probably also feel that I hurt them deeply in return, even if I do not believe that to be true....
susan-marie-schulhof's picture
Nov.09.2013
                                                 "The real idle man gets nowhere. The perpetually busy man does not get much further."        ...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Oct.30.2013
October 30     On a Half-shell in Front of Tiffany’s   Pretty petty pearls wait in oysters more perturbed than annoyed.  I string my tears for the sake of posterity leaving the dreams to fend for themselves.  I am nothing if not splendidly prepared for a life less steeped...
dale-estey's picture
Sep.29.2013
Of course, I have encountered many publishers who have made the great mistake of omission. But - enough about me. Of all the these tales of short-sightedness, for some reason Harold Robbins and his novel The Carpetbaggers takes my interest. It might be rubbish to those...
andrew-q-lam's picture
Dec.10.2012
    Robert McNamara, former Secretary of Defense under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lydon B. Johnson and chief architect of the Vietnam War, once likened his wartime experience to being in a kind of fog. "What the fog of war means," he said, "is that war is so complex it's beyond...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Nov.12.2012
  November 12   EIGHT MISTAKES CLOSER     I am eight mistakes closer to perfection.  As long as I fall forward, progress is being made.  I fail meticulously toward my goal, more cannot be asked.  Loss, pain, frustration are strong teachers and great motivators....
tracy-ewens's picture
Oct.20.2012
Today I realized I’ve been a fool.  It’s no one’s fault and I take full responsibility, but that doesn’t change the foolishness. I’ve been here before, but it’s been a long time, and this one was a long drawn out doozie. I have never mastered the art of hiding or pretending to be something...