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Posted on April 7, 2018 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)




This post started in 2015, at around our 6 month aniversary. It was originally titled, "Husbands Are the Best." And while Seth is still the best, our family and my writing career have both expanded, and so I would like to share with you a little bit more of what I have learned in balancing creative work and our crazy life. 


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Why NaNoWriMo?

Posted on September 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I thought I would let you know why I am planning on participating in NaNoWriMo, and let you tell me why you are (or aren't). 




It seems the writing community is a little divided on the issue, with lots of writers praising the contest, and an almost equal ammount snubbing their noses at it. It does make sense. All first drafts ...

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If Manuscript Proposals Freak You Out, This Post is for You.

Posted on February 5, 2016 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)



Last spring, I took Advanced Creative Writing, Fiction (eek!) which was fun, and stressful, and a huge learning curve. I had never written more than seventeen pages in succession before. Before me stood the daunting task of writing a 100 page novella. Eighteen year old me had know idea what she had gotten herself into (even though the profes...

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Interview with Hugh Cook

Posted on January 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)




Hugh Cook is one of the speakers at this year’s Festival of Faith and Writing. He is the author of four books, Heron River, At Home in Alfalfa, The Hom...

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World Lit

Posted on December 8, 2015 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)




 I am in World Literature this semester, and we just finished reading part of Svetlana Alexievich's book, Voices from Chernobyl. Alexievich is the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, and has written a number of books in this same style, which she calls a 'novel of voices.' She interviews people who were affected by disasters such a...

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Round vs. Flat Characters

Posted on January 31, 2015 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)




We have been studying round and flat Characters in class. One of the things that makes a character round instead of flat is that character's depth, and their abilities to surprise us in convincing ways. The discussion led me to the question, "Are people basically good, bad, or shades of both?" I haven't  complet...

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Writing Group

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

This is the end of the third week of the semester. The third week!




This week, I was put in a writing group. In my group are two girls, whom I believe are seniors. I am so excited to get to work with them, especially since they are each working on their second novels! They have both written one before, and are (I believe) writing the sequal to their previous novels. So, I am ...

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Zeitgeist

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Zeitgeist means "the spirit of the times," and refers to the mood, feeling, and attitudes of a time period. One of the excercises we were asked to do in my Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction class was to pick a place and show the zeitgeist through our writing.




Saigon, Viet Nam, June 2012


A Taxi took us through th...

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