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Taming the Chaos of Our Writing

Life is chaos. The whirlwind of existence will forever thwart our plans, hinder our intentions and throw the proverbial monkey wrench at us at the most inopportune times. Through experience and mistakes, we all tend to develop a kind of balancing act to keep our heads above water. While we would like to pride ourselves…

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Sunday Side Quest (#4)

    A Different Kind of Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day. A holiday filled with candy hearts, flowers and romance. Opinions range from enjoyment to pure dread when it comes to this day. Personally, for the majority of my life, I have found the fanaticism in either direction confusing. As the date of February 14th begins…

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It’s Show or Tell Time

    Bewilderment. That is the expression I must have worn as I was stunned into silence. My mild mannered and passionate English teacher was raking me over the coals with a pointed critique of my work. The pride of my youth had me caught somewhere between anger and confusion as I listened to her…

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Reading Becomes Us

    There is no comparison to the feeling of a newly purchased book, with its spine unbent, pages freshly pressed and a lingering scent of ink telling the story of a journey from publisher to bookstore. Inside awaits the sensation of falling into an imaginary world and walking side by side with the characters…

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Sunday Side Quest (#3)

The Test of a Terrified Cook Nothing is more intimidating to an amateur cook than hearing the phrase “My mom makes the best ___.” Suddenly a standard is set down by the greatest cooks that ever lived: Mothers. On a recent trip to visit Jei’s parents I found myself face to face with his legendary…

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To My Fellow Writers

  Painstaking hours of blood, sweat and tears. To those who have found their passion in creating a tapestry of colors, characters and story, this journey of hardship is incredibly real. From our heart to the stroke of a pen or the tap of a keyboard, we spill our lifeblood into our creations. The desire…

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Dusting off the Manuscript

  502 typed pages. 235,656 words. 58 days. I have found myself staring at the stack of printed paper, hole-punched and barely contained in the large ring binder sitting just within my reach. It was never intended to be any more than a simple project for me and Jei, a creative exercise. So quickly it…