Firsts and Friends

Yours truly (right) with author and friend, Claire Bidwell Smith (left–and moderately preggars) Most months, the first is a sometimes glaring, sometimes dreaded number appearing in the first square of the calendar. Some months it approaches more brazenly than others. The first of this month (March) has been on my radar for a while for…

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The Writing is on the Wall

I really enjoyed writing last week’s blog. And it came at just the right time. I began the new year with a grand cleaning and organizing project around the apartment. I’d gone through every room, touched practically everything and pulled out and donated miscellaneous and sundry things. After I’d finished up I sat down in…

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My $2k T-Shirt

Every so often I stumble across a neatly folded red t-shirt tucked way back in my closet when I’m organizing or looking for something. I’m always compelled to unfurl it, unfailingly get lost in memories. It’s my two-thousand-dollar t-shirt. I’ve never worn it. I’m not even sure I’ve ever washed it, but I have considered…

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New Year, New Promises, New Challenges

Another New Year. It’s odd to think the New Millennium (the REAL one) was ten long years ago. Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future, right? I am a Resolutionist! I know many people who pooh-pooh the idea, but I think it’s a marvelous time to mark new beginnings–no matter how well you…

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Chicago and/or Bust

Though I describe my childhood growing up in a small farming town in Indiana as idyllic, that perspective enjoys the distance of many years and many life experiences since. I was a shy, quite kid who always stuck pretty close to home, and as I entered high school that really didn’t change much. I was…

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In the Shadow of NanoWriMo

I’ve considered participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) many times within the past few years. The “rules” indicate that you shouldn’t start NaNoWriMo with a partially started or completed project, but rather with a bare outline or nothing at all. I had been languishing with a novel I started in 1999 and rather than…

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The First Entry

I have been toying with the idea for a blog for a long time and as an aspiring writer I’ve read innumerable articles about the “must” have having a writer’s website. Problem is, I’ve struggled with being able to offer compelling content. When people I know read it, I wanted them to have something positive…

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