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I Made Sure They Were Dead First

Photo by Fancycrave on Unsplash She came when I was trying to sleep. Her story has never been told. Versions of her life, of who she was to the rich and famous and important have been told — and in every version, she is beautiful villain, faithless and fluffy-brained idiot. None of that is true. It had to… Continue reading I Made Sure They Were Dead First

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There’s No Way to Know Until You Go

Photo by George Kedenburg III on Unsplash Gather facts. Talk with insiders. Do your best. Analyze! There’s no way to know for sure Until you begin. If you can’t stop thinking about: that job that love interest going somewhere you’ve never been starting something, anything. By all means, do your due diligence. Hunt down every fact,… Continue reading There’s No Way to Know Until You Go

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The Great Beyond

Photo by Alessandro Sacchi on Unsplash They live there — in a great beyond. Outlandish… Marvelous… Happily ever after Stretches before us. That’s what I hope, anyway. We met them a couple of months ago — wonderful, friendly and enthusiastic people we met through a writing connection. What’s it like to live here, we asked, knowing they’ve lived there… Continue reading The Great Beyond

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Creating a Community: A Hero Responds to a Message

Photo by Arthur Poulin on Unsplash It wasn’t any great thing. I sent a quick response to a blog post, highlighting what resonated and telling them how much I enjoy their work. The writer responded. We had a quick conversation on Medium and went on our merry ways. That response made my day, revived a week… Continue reading Creating a Community: A Hero Responds to a Message

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When It’s Hard to Remember What Day It Is

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash   Routines are your friends Reminding you to come out And live in the world. Like many writers, I am easily distracted. An off-handed remark, a flash of blue jay, or a song can lure me into…. Well, I won’t go there. I’m writing a blog post and I’m supposed… Continue reading When It’s Hard to Remember What Day It Is

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Please — No More Check-Box Stories

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash We know what you’re up to. When you write that story, publish that post with that small rush of righteous, we can feel it. You’ve checked the boxes. Readers are supposed to want this…Wait. No, readers demand this other thing from stories. The truth is…we don’t. We want great stories — checked… Continue reading Please — No More Check-Box Stories