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Apr.01.2014
I experienced a setback and finally lost the writing groove.  Not my doing.  The loss was gifted to me by that loyal worker, my computer. I don't understand how it happened. Two days ago, I write several thousand words, amplifying a scene.  I further edited it yesterday but today,...
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Mar.30.2014
I was visiting with writing friends the other day when they revealed their childhood close calls. This was triggered by a tale I told about another writer's story about being raped and left for dead while vacationing in Germany as a college student.  She then used the incident as part of her...
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Mar.30.2014
Embarking on my walk, I let the writer out of his cage.  First I admire the weather and the wind's smell of damp mulch, blossoms and chilly winter remnants and then I reflect about how my daily preparations, almost ritualistic, are so akin to getting ready to go to work:  power down the...
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Mar.30.2014
Yesterday and today are rewind sort of days, days focused on thoughts and actions with words that begin with 're'.  A long walk through varying conditions of windy rain and sunshine was on store, which always refreshes and aids me when re-examining myself and my world and life.  After...
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Mar.28.2014
I scrub, up and down, then back and forth, scrubbing harder with the terry cloth rag, and then moving it in a swirl.  Working in sections, I turn my rag frequently, refreshing the vinegar on it.  Smelling vinegar, I remember, I'm on the wrong bus. I wander my labyrinth of recollections to...
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Mar.28.2014
Picture the confused scene of milling people.  I'm with a group.  We end up outside on a broad expanse of hilly green grass.  We're trying to escape but we find we've been betrayed.  Security awaits us.  Changing course, we run through a crowd, reach a train and attempt to...
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Mar.28.2014
Celebrate, I tell myself.  Accept today as today and don't invest energy worrying about tomorrow and what might happen. It's a surprisingly difficult mantra to accept.  My personality veers toward organizing, analyzing and planning so letting go of the future seems counter to my natural...
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Mar.27.2014
Spreading across the net and other media outlets are more diet news stories.  Several diets were reviewed to see 'which is best'.  Diet news is sort of like writing and publishing advice.  There's a ton of it out there.  You need to find and take your own insights from it. In...
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Mar.27.2014
The bottom has fallen out at work - suddenly there's no meetings and a handful of emails each day. It's the quarter and month's end of course, driving anything that isn't directly sales related into quietude unless there's a crises. But my team mates and I have gotten on top of everything - knock...
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Mar.26.2014
I'm supposed to be writing now.  I was supposed to be in meetings this morning.  Well, I was.  I reviewed the agendas, called in and listened...while I read. Yes, a book has seduced me.   Little forewarning was there, unless I paid attention to the clues, clues like New...
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Mar.26.2014
Manage, manage, manage, I tell myself, embedding the mantra into every other thought.  Manage my life of work, play and write (which is above both of those other things), manage my diet and exercise, manage my moods and energy, manage, manage, manage. Have you noticed, though, how difficult...
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Mar.25.2014
Decided to do a search on invisibility in dreams as I finish my coffee.  Still have a half cup remaining.  So I searched.  The results cracked me up:  "Invisibility Cheap - Best Value for Invisibility".  "Invisibility - see deals for Invisibility and save." One, I think,...
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Mar.25.2014
Been working on the novel in progress, Life Lessons with Savanna, most specifically on the coffee shop scene I call the meltdown.  Had to align a lot of verbage, plotting and story arc to bring it to this point and it's been an exciting challenge.  Writing the scene has been so intense it...
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Mar.25.2014
With all due respect to Joe Walsh and the James Gang and their 1970 song, Funk #49, I offer Rant #49.  I don't know if you know Funk #49.  I don't know if it made the national charts.  1970 was a strong year for classic rock.  We just called it rock then although some people...
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Mar.25.2014
This one leaves me baffled.  A very confusing dream in which several things were happening in parallel, most of it involving me and invisibility.  One, I was working with an unknown friend to create paper with invisible writing.  It was mostly working and we celebrated but then...
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