Damned if you do…

Anytime there is a protest that includes even the slightest hint of violence (or more than a hint of it in some cases), a cry goes up wondering why “these people” can’t just protest peacefully… why, we’d all listen to them then! Ahem. Really? Because we’re all doing such a fucking amazing job listening to…

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Denim Dilemma: A Shopping Experience

After my failure to find jeans when I went shopping for summer clothes, I psyched myself up to spend a day doing nothing but denim shopping. I knew it would be frustrating, and could possibly end in failure. This is why I psyched myself up for it. To read the results of that trip, check…

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Denim Dilemma: Finding Jeans that Fit

  Jeans… A word that can strike fear and trepidation in the hearts of women. Second only to “swimsuit season”, the very idea of jeans shopping is something few look forward to*. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you likely have seen my recent posts about shopping for both jeans and swimsuits. Surprisingly,…

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Farewell Relay…

After over 2 1/2 years, it’s a sad farewell… I discovered RelayFoods just over 2 1/2 years ago. My first few orders were experimental – I felt a little odd getting my groceries delivered after all – but their amazing quality and service won me over and I’ve been a loyal shopper ever since. I…

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Pick a starting point…

It’s a question that plagues most writers at some point – where do I start this story? Don’t start with waking up. Start in the middle of the action. Don’t start with an info dump or backstory. Open with a hook. Do this. Don’t do that. The advice on how to craft the opening scenes of…

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I couldn’t write this stuff…

Scene 1: At an inner-city self-storage facility, I’m the only person in the lot when a nondescript panel van pulls in. I’m busy unloading the now empty bins of holiday decor, set to go back into storage, when a guy climbs out of the panel van. Nothing strange here, right? We’re at a storage facility…

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Protesting the President-Elect

Protests will make people sit up and listen. I think it may be effective in uniting those with common concerns. I think it sends an important message – to those marginalized folks? You are not alone. You have allies. I am determined to be a part of the solution for a better tomorrow. I cannot change the past. I cannot change today. But I can sure as hell make sure I do my damnedest to bring about a country where ALL of my friends and family are treated equally.

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America, what have we done…

I’m kind of an odd duck in the world of politics. Socially liberal, fiscally conservative, and a few odd subjects that swing completely opposite of what you’d expect – I don’t fit in any one candidate’s (or party’s) camp. With this year’s presidential election, there is far more at stake than who will be the next POTUS.…

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From Pantser to Plotter… I think…

There are generally two types of writers… those who plot and those who do not. Okay, obviously, there are hybrids… folks who do a bit of both, and the world is never quite as extreme black and white as all that, but… for the sake of this post, let’s go with it, m’kay? (cue the…

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NaNoWriMo… are you doing it?

It’s November, which means the writing crowd is filled with folks posting about NaNoWriMo – basically a month-long event that’s meant to encourage people to actually write, and complete, a novel in 30 days. While I have some great friends who swear by it, and participate every year, it’s not my thing. I think the idea…

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