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Writing as Therapy

I’d like to forget the day (but I can’t) not the person (which I won’t).  Exactly four years ago today, February 29, 2008, this world became poorer for the loss of Gregory John Aucott.  He was a raucous individual who would suddenly blow in and out of your day with the strength of a tornado.  […]

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Be Prompt

I’ve written several posts about dealing with writer’s block or the lack of inspiration.  One way to get around that is through the use of writing prompts, those little slivers of ideas that provide oil to the rusty gears of the imagination.  There are a number of sources on the internet that provide writing prompts […]

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Talking with Your Ears

As writers we strive to breathe life into our characters. Flesh them out. Make them believable, three dimensional. We concoct back stories for them, give them a particular set of values, beliefs, morals, and emotions.  They have certain physical traits: tall, skinny, brown-eyed, long-haired, pock marked, obese, young, old, male, female, etc. We surround them […]

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Birth, Love, Death… and Food

February has become a bittersweet month for me.  Our son was born in February, which is reason to richly celebrate but it is also a month, which has seen the loss of two people who are very dear to us.  The 20th marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of my mother.  The 29th marks […]

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Eat, Pray, Love, Create

TED.com has been providing interesting, inspirational, challenging, entertaining, wondrous talks delivered via the internet in bursts of roughly 18 minutes for a number of years.  I was not aware of TED until my teenage son turned me onto it a year or two ago.  Even after that I was not a TED regular.  But that all […]

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Share the Love: Some Recommended Blogs

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. You know the drill: chocolates and roses. I thought it was an appropriate time to share a little more love.  I published a post back in November where I shared a few blogs that I thought were worthy of mentioning and I’d like to add to that list. Without any further […]

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Anything Will Do

When you start bumping up against that deadline (regardless of whether it’s assigned or self-imposed) and your cursor is still blinking at the top of a blank page, what do you do?  The answer is simple. Start writing.  Sooner or later, you’ll have to break the spell.  Do it sooner. Don’t stress, it doesn’t matter […]

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