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Should I Write a Memoir?

I went to a workshop yesterday put on by my chapter of the League of Utah Writers. The speaker was Dawn Marano, who was a figure skater, is now an editor and has written her own memoir. It was an interesting talk, and it got me digging around in my ...

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How I Became a Writer

My career in writing got off to a rocky start. It began, or should I say, it did not begin in eighth grade. We were given an assignment to write a story in English. I do not remember the exact details of the story I wrote, except that it was ...

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Story Idea

I had a bit of a wierd thought come at me tonight while walking the baby. It seemed kind of out of the blue and odd, though I can piece together where it came from – a waking dream kind of thought, I guess. But it gave me an idea ...

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Heroic Characterization

Orson Scott Card has a section on his website where he reviews stuff. This can be anything he feels like, from cleaning supplies to ice cream to plays. Mostly it’s movies and books, though. He is a good writer, and knows his stuff so I was delighted with this next ...

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Golden Truth

The Cheerful Oncologist had an interesting post today. He quoted excerpts from two different news articles on the very same study that had two different spins. Same source, different conclusions. And then he said something that hit home. “The truth is out there. Let those whose job it is to ...

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Octavia Butler

I’m a bit late on this, probably because I just found out via Simply Wait. Octavia Butler, one of my favorite authors (I don’t have a link on the side because there is no very good website about her and her works), died in February.  I have often found that ...

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Just what words are we plowing through, anyway?

During a recent medical visit, I had the opportunity to be witnessed by and to witness a student doctor. At one point, my doctor briefly explained something to the student. Terminology passed my aural canal that had never done so before. I found myself in the interesting position to have ...

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More Asimov

I’m not taking back what I said in my last post. The old authors still on the bookshelves are still great. But there are some techniques they used that are obsolete, and sometimes a little irritating to the part of me that has actually been educated in the art of ...

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Beautiful Sumptiousness

“How many words?” my husband asked when he came downstairs from reading a book. I’d only left him 30 minutes earlier. I checked my word count. Wow. “900” He is not a writer, but he has been following my progress, so that he knows approximately what these words usually cost ...

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