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There were two things he wanted. Three. Three things he– no, four. Four things he wanted most of all– “John?” Her voice sounded woodrowsy, his name like a plate of rice. “Huh?” he said, and he heard something else. Something red surrounding them on the grass. Five things, now that he thought about it, and […]

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I spend a lot of time – probably too much time – on Facebook. On the good days, it’s funny, educational, and even enlightening (thanks to links to funny, educational, and enlightening things). But then there are days like Friday, when the feed is a seemingly never-ending stream of the kind of doom that’s enough […]

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Edgar Degas said, “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” Easy for him to say. I would never have gone to a nearby paint bar had I not been assigned by my editor. I don’t know how to paint–why would I go somewhere to paint? “I think this […]

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*This was part of a for-fun exercise at a writers’ retreat in the mountains of Asheville, NC. It was inspired by that one person most of us probably know, or have known at one time or another. ______ He said, “When I make love, I am making love to God.” Sylvia knew Olvin too well […]

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As I get closer to an agent hunt with a new book, I’m also once again considering the self-publishing option if the response from agents is one that suggests, as it did with my last project, that it’s reader-ready (“Love it, but hard to market” versus “This is terrible. Please burn it.”). If I self-publish, […]

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Seven days ago, I was forced out of the Erie Canal. Now no one will talk to me. The police brought me home without cuffs, without ceremony. They walked me to the door without a blanket or a word—just watched me, wet and dripping, while I unlocked the door and went inside to Orson, who […]

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A Thought Catalog list showed up in my feed a few days ago:12 Things Girls Are Embarrassed Of That They Should Be. I clicked on the link because the woman who shared it on Facebook prefaced the piece with the following: FYI, women deal with this shit every. single. day. As much as many of […]