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“NaNoWriMo” is over and so is any hope for discipline

November was National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo and mispronounced by friends as something like “Nah, No Rhinos.” My first foray into NaNoWriMo took place in November 2011. That year I participated fully, which means I started a … Continue reading

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My love of libraries

Ever since I checked out my first book in a tiny storefront in my West Seattle neighborhood, I’ve loved libraries. At age 15 and 1/2, my first job title after “babysitter” was “page,” a library position that involved shelving books, … Continue reading

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And words to go before I sleep

November 15.  Exactly halfway through the month. At least fifty thousand words are the target for the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) November event, “Write a novel in a month.”  Thirty-two thousand words are behind me, sixty-four percent.  The total … Continue reading

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Finding creativity

“Creativity is not what you’re looking for, but what you find.”  I heard this quote from David, my hair stylist who makes me look like I really could have been born a blond.  He’s been in the business for many … Continue reading

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November: a good month in which to write 50,000 words

“NaNoWriMo.”  Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it?  In fact, for a few days after I read it, I was saying “nano-rhino,” conjuring up images of a tiny version of the horned African beast.  I also thought it sounded … Continue reading

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Movies and myths

I’ll never look at movies in the same way, as a result of reading The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler, who says that contemporary storytellers construct their works according to ancient mythology and fairy tales.  This past week I watched … Continue reading

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Roller coaster days

Each morning I prepare my husband and myself for the day ahead by reading aloud our horoscopes by astrologer Linda Black, despite the fact that most days they seem to address other people’s lives.  After 40 years together it’s easy to feel … Continue reading

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Don’t lose face and don’t take off your clothes in church

“Never lose face,” was the motto a friend and I adopted years ago.  The pressure to live by such a stuffy guiding principle came after we presented a workshop on an icy winter night in a forest retreat center housed … Continue reading

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A contemporary fairy godmother

There are times in all our lives when we need a fairy godmother, not the one whose sprinkling of magic dust turned Cinderella’s pumpkin into a coach and the castle’s rodents into horses, but someone with the same rousing spirit … Continue reading

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What’s your mission?

Do you have a personal mission statement (also called a “manifesto”)?  A statement of beliefs and intentions? A set of guiding principles for how to live your life?  It’s possible that you do somewhere in the recesses of your brain. … Continue reading

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