Field Trip!

Field Trip!

The life of an author is often lonely–we work in private, staring at computer screens, occasionally “socializing” by way of electronic media. And then there are the field trips. Like the one I took last weekend, to Kent County, Delaware (home to Dover, Delaware.) Let me start at the beginning… Many months ago, I received email from Hilary Welliver, the Library Director of the Kent County Public Library. She invited me to...

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Take a Bow, USPS

Take a Bow, USPS

As you know, Bob, we moved to a new house a few months ago. As a consequence of that move (and increased distance from my post office of 24 years), I decided to close out my post office box. Conveniently, the box had just come up for renewal. I finally got around to completing that task last Thursday.  I drove over to the old post office, waited in line for an unusually long period of time (a man in front of me was mailing 24 –  2′...

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The Obligatory New Year Post

The Obligatory New Year Post

Happy New Year! I know 2015 was a tough one for many people. For me, it was a mixed bag — the year started off well enough, then swirled into months (and months and months) of a health scare that turned out to be minimal, but only after a gazillion tests that gnawed away at my peace of mind and my writing time. The end of the year was another whirlwind of house buying and moving and preparing the old house for sale. Along the way, I...

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I’m So Sorry

I’m So Sorry

(And now, I really *do* have to apologize, for ear-worming you with Uncle Albert…) Last weekend, we went to see the play Sorry, by Richard Nelson, at the Studio Theatre.  This play is part of the Apple Family Cycle — four plays that are each set on a specific date. Each play involves a gathering of the Apple Family (three sisters, their brother, their uncle, and a boyfriend), centering around a meal.  Each play unfolds in close to...

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My Own NaNoWriMo

My Own NaNoWriMo

I’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo. (Insert long list of reasons why, starting with my early indignant exclamations that drafting 50K words is not writing a novel, and ending with my later understanding that most people who do NaNo seriously understand that fact, but I still have always kept my own writing schedule…) But this year, I sorta, kinda did my own NaNo. I went on a writing retreat last week and drafted 66,000 words of a...

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