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Oct.09.2009
It's way too early in the morning to be blogging, but I have to go to a paying job soon so this happens now.  I will first state that I really like Obama.  I think he has, as we all know, a giant challenge, etc., won't bore you with what you already know...but The Nobel Peace Prize?  Wow, that's...
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Oct.07.2009
I just drafted a rough idea for a story, but the format is unclear.  I was in that lucid dreaming state this morning and ideas just kept coming to me and I was so groggy I just kept telling myself "remember that, remember that," rather than actually getting up to write it down.  I think I...
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Oct.02.2009
Although it's still a month away, I'm bringing up the subject of November as National Novel Writing Month.  If you've never joined this crazy club consider doing it this year.  It's a pain with perks you will not regret.  A few years ago... so I decided to do it.  I was unemployed, so yes, I had...
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Sep.26.2009
Happy Banned Book Week.  My favorite notorious novel is Brave New World.  It's a little annoying how the phrase "brave new world" is thrown around these days.  When I taught high school in the southwest the book  was considered a classic.  When I taught high school in California it was...
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Sep.24.2009
Yesterday I spent the afternoon at The Academy of Sciences here in San Francisco.  It is a gorgeous $400 million dollar little project that reopened a year ago.  You may have seen pictures of the living rooftop in architecture magazines.  It's somewhat elitist as it is very expensive to get in, but...
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Sep.20.2009
I just realized something in the early morning hours of this beautiful Sunday.  After taking a long hiatus from writing (about a year), which is no matter as I am not beholden to anyone who pays me, or publishes me, or reads me on a regular basis...so, if you haven't stopped reading already...I'm...
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Sep.15.2009
Recently, while supporting my local library, I picked up a copy of Are You There God, It's Me Margaret, Judy Blume's famous coming-of-age book for adolescent girls.  I first read it when I was twelve and it rang true for me and my experiences with only a few exceptions.  On the same day I started...
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Aug.07.2009
Raw
I am obsessed with raw cookie dough.  Let me clarify: homemade raw cookie dough.  I am a purist, no store bought, quasi-preserved, additive-laden substitute will do.  There is an absolute, unexplainable pleasure in making your own cookies.  It's not the same as slicing them off of a tube, or...
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Jul.26.2008
I always thought I liked Led Zeppelin.  Like every hot-blooded, rebellious American, I could appreciate their decadence in both musical style and their personal lives.  However, today as my husband and I were painting our dining room (an aqua-blue called Saxton) I realized something has changed.  ...
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Jul.19.2008
This was a tough writing week.  I'm working on a project, a longer one and I'm about 16K words into it (by my estimate that's about 50 pages in a published book).  I may as well have been writing in a car because I hit a wall.  Crash, ouch.  Perhaps it is the subject matter, which is myself, that...
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Jul.12.2008
I think I have revived one of my ducks (see last blog entry if that doesn't make sense to you).  I met with an artist acquaintance yesterday for  three hours and it was fantastic.  Having lived with artists the last few years I was used to that particular energy around the house and then when I...
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Jul.06.2008
Do you ever feel like you're trying so hard to keep all of your ducks in a row, keep everything straight and orderly, attending to every little quack and you look away for just a moment and when you turn back, low and behold, one of your ducks is dead?  And you're left holding the bag, the bag for...
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Jun.29.2008
Who worked today?  In the course of doing my Sunday duty of working (every Sunday) I was reminded how truly overrated work is.  In fact, it has to be the most overrated experience for humankind.  I love to hear people say "Find something that you love and figure out a way to make money at it....
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Jun.25.2008
Just thought I would post a follow up to two recent blog entries I wrote regarding a fortune teller's prediction and being rejected (in writing & blood).  Today, I opened a left over fortune cookie that had been sitting in my house for two weeks and the slip read "Assert yourself, your...
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Jun.24.2008
Last week I was rejected by Zoetrope  All-Story...again.  I've submitted several stories to them over the last couple of years and each was recycled.  Before that, Ploughshares  let me know they could not use my story "at this time."  It's a familiar routine. When I was younger I...
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