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Stumbling Along the Path to Self-Improvement: February Update

As I described in this post, my inbox burst with offers in January. Did I wish to write a bestseller, change anything, pen five hundred words a day, simplify my life, Marie Kondo fold all my clothes, get organized in thirty-one days, and learn to be a super plotter. Yes, please! Unfortunately, I also wanted …

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The Art of Plotting: Goodreads Review

The Art of Plotting: Add Emotion, Suspense, and Depth to your Screenplay by Linda J. Cowgill Well explained concepts illustrated with great examples. This is primarily intended for screenplay creators, but applicable to any writer who wants to make an emotional connection with readers. I recommend it, particularly if you enjoyed American Beauty, Erin Brockovich, …

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View of Elliot Bay trail in Seattle WA

A Glimpse of Spring

While much of the United States suffered through mudslides or snowstorms last week, Spring graced Seattle with a surprise visit. After a December of windstorms and over five inches of rain, she lifted the gloomy grey clouds and exposed the horizon. Snowcapped mountains materialized in the distance. Sunshine reflected off the bright blue mirror of …

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My Guilty Pleasure…Television Version

Are you a secret foodie, reality show follower, or contest junkie? Do you settle in front of your television (or favorite streaming device) with the remote control (or headphones), your favorite beverage, a tasty snack, and a sense of indulgence? What’s your guilty viewing secret? I love television programs where an expert arrives on the …

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365 Pristine Squares

I receive a new wall calendar each Christmas. It’s practical, yet pretty; sensible, yet satisfying. A year’s worth of blank boxes precisely organized into the weeks and months of the upcoming year. I feel a surge of mystical anticipation when I flip through the pages and contemplate what may unfold over the next 365 days. …

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