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My Nemesis

Every gripping story features a villain. It could be a human bad guy, a hostile environment, an oppressive regime, or a life-threatening illness. I wouldn’t necessarily describe my life story as “gripping”, but I have identified an antagonist. My nemesis is me. This thought came as surprise-at least to me. Others may have already suspected …

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Vacation!

Vacation. What image does that word conjure in your mind? A sun-drenched beach, an exotic foreign city, or a wilderness retreat? Vacations are highly recommended to give us a break from our ordinary routine. Depending on your choice, they may refresh, recharge, or relax. We step out of our everyday life and examine our priorities, …

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Next Stop-Mars

Would you put on a space suit, strap yourself into a rocket ship, launch out of Earth’s orbit and head to the red planet? Why do I ask? Because that trip has moved out the realm of science fiction and into near reality. Don’t ask me how it will come to fruition. I’m a curious …

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Where to Begin?

I’ve been plugging away on my work-in-progress. It’s a contemporary romance novel that I’ve been revising for (hand-covering-mouth-mumble) much too long for a work intended as light entertainment. Let’s just say, it’s not War and Peace. I have two problems with this process. It takes forever. It never ends. Although those might appear to be …

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The Coffee Table Quest

The search to replace a coffee table inspired me to demonstrate my understanding of basic story structure. Why? What seemed like a simple task-go to the store, choose one, request delivery-morphed into an extended challenge. (I admit the story may be more soap opera than literary fiction, but anyway…) The Beginning: According to Aristotle, and …

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