Whew. Didn't get as much done in October as I would have liked. Ah well, I'll live. Still got stuff done!Finished the ten-minute play for the competition.Got the sonnet ready for the sonnet competition.Got some poems done.My goal for next month is simple.You know NaNoWriMo?Well, I'm doing my own little invention: NaPoWriMo. National Poetry Writing... Continue Reading →

Deliberate Practice

I'm reading a book called Talent is Overrated, in which the author espouses the benefits of deliberate practice. I've been thinking about that a lot recently, wondering where I'm going in my writerly career and trying to decide what I have to do.Apparently a lot.There are a bunch of great examples in the book about... Continue Reading →

Yay! I finished a book today!The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. Finally, something to review on Goodreads.I'm also pretty close to finishing up my re-read of Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, our current mentor of the month. Last time I read this book, I was thirteen. Around my birthday. Which is June... Continue Reading →

I am seduced by the thought of reading...but recently I've been on a stop/start program.Here's the list of books currently in progress:Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankAnne Frank: The Life, The Book, The Afterlife by Francine ProseWorld War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max BrooksCaramelo by Sandra CisnerosThe Virgin... Continue Reading →

Time to Pay Up

It's that day:The day that I must pay up on bet conditions. Since Ali beat me (smoked me! creamed me! made me sit in the corner and cry for three days!) I must now take her to dinner with Deb.Here is also where I must tell you that Ali, while demonish, is no where near... Continue Reading →

Mentor of the Month: Anne Frank: A Question

Normally I start the mentor of the month thing with a quote, but now I'm going to start with a question. First, let me preface:I just came across a new book by Francine Prose called Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife. Prose is exporing the idea of Anne Frank's diary as art, as... Continue Reading →

Using Momentum

If the whole point of the contest was to push out words, I did that. And did enough to accomplish the goals that I set for September. There are more check marks than normal.So, using the momentum that was created while being challenged by the crazy wordsmiths that are my friends, I have set the... Continue Reading →

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