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Delusions of Grandeur

Are you a musical virtuoso or a shower-only crooner? Even if we don’t know flats from sharps, we recognize the difference between ear-pleasing tones and sour notes. Many people consider their singing voices to be, let’s say, more harmonious than they sound. Sure, we could improve. We could put in a little extra practice on …

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The Write Habit

As a stay-at-home person, I maintain a to-do list in my brain. I update it as new things pop up to be done. Unlike someone with a “real” job, I don’t ever get away from the office. I’m here twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. (Okay, I do get out occasionally, but you …

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A Work in Progress

Breaking news…the rewrite of my novel isn’t completed yet. That’s not the announcement I expected to make at this point. I hoped to be further along in the process, but my progress has been painstakingly slow. I recently read the book Finished, Give Yourself the Gift of Done, by Jon Acuff. If you read my …

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Trolls

If you look for a troll in Seattle, you’ll find a statue by Steve Badanes under the Fremont bridge. It attracts tourists, ride-share bikes, and other random/weird photo props. Want a look? Check it out here. Fun, right? Internet trolls are not fun. Sometimes I’m shocked by the negative comments that pop up on the …

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Procrastination Day

Some mornings I wake up bursting with creative ideas. Snippets of first lines, snappy runs of dialogue, and scintillating short story ideas vie for attention. I fire up my laptop and pound away on the keyboard. Today is NOT one of those days. I don’t know why. I only know, I DON’T WANT TO. I …

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That song is an Oldie?

Did you hear that? The DJ called that song an oldie. Not one of my parent’s favorites, not one of my favorites, but one of my (now-grown) CHILDREN’s favorites. I’m not sure whether to scream, cry, or buy a walker. One of my Facebook friends posts classic tunes on his feed. I take another age-related …

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The Dreaded Question

I know I will be asked. It’s inevitable. I hear it from new neighbors, at medical offices, or at spouse-friendly work events. A new acquaintance smiles and casually says, “What do you do?” I’ve never nailed down a satisfactory answer. My choice of career, or more accurately the lack thereof, doesn’t encourage conversation. Don’t get …

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