Monthly Archives: February 2017

On Self-Doubt and Imposter Syndrome

On Self-Doubt and Imposter Syndrome by Elizabeth Blake Let’s start with a confession: I was binge-watching Parks and Recreation last night. Why where my eyes were glued to the television instead of my current rough draft? That’s subject matter for … Continue reading

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February, the Month of Love

February, the Month of Love by Joe Carroccio We took a brief break from marketing 16 in ’64 in February, this month of love, love, love – but not because of Valentine’s Day or a lack of enthusiasm on our … Continue reading

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Frogs and Ponds

Frogs and Ponds by Mary Ellen Stepanich My growing-up years were spent in a sleepy little town in southern Indiana. My entire world was contained in just a few square miles. I was surrounded by my entire family – maternal … Continue reading

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Writing, Alone, Does Not “Cut It”

Writing, Alone, Does Not “Cut It” by Jack Dermody Writing, for me, is almost a desperate need. I have always assumed there were people out there who cared about what I wrote. In my youth, parents, relatives, and friends received … Continue reading

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Motivation of an Alcoholic

Motivation of an Alcoholic by Lara Garcia Day 1: I hope you slept well, baby boy. Day 2: Make it your day! Day 3: It might be hard, but you can do it! Be positive; be thankful. Day 4: Stay … Continue reading

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A Sense of Place: Its Role in a Story and What to Capitalize

A Sense of Place: Its Role in a Story and What to Capitalize by Kathleen Watson [NOTE: Stop by to greet Kathy at Barnes & Noble, 13719 W. Bell Road in Surprise, Ariz., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on … Continue reading

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Prepare Your Manuscript for Feedback and Editing: Keep It Simple!

Prepare Your Manuscript for Feedback and Editing: Keep It Simple! by Matthew Howard A well-prepared manuscript will improve the feedback and editing stages that come next. A clean, simple format makes it easier for friends, colleagues, workshop participants, editors, and … Continue reading

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The Joy of Flash

The Joy of Flash by Vaughn Treude Flash has nothing to do with exhibitionism, the Adobe browser plugin, or the superhero who runs really fast; it’s the niche category of very short fiction. Flash fiction is defined as stories of … Continue reading

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How Acting Improved My Writing

How Acting Improved My Writing by Cody Wagner So I’ve been jumping back into theater lately. I’m not bragging or anything. I mean, I’m a really awful actor. Just awful. I actually wrote a character in my novel who auditions … Continue reading

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My Passion for Adoption

My Passion for Adoption by Beth Kozan After a 30-year career in adoptions, I was interviewed for a job to become the director of adoptions where I worked. I was asked if I wanted to go further up the chain … Continue reading

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