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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My Life as a Restaurant Critic (Not Really!)

My Life as a Restaurant Critic (Not Really!)

One of the great things about living in the greater Washington DC area is the number of classes one can take.  There are adult ed offerings at all the major universities, plus all sorts of special programs offered through trade associations and other groups.  Alas, my time is limited like anyone else’s, so I don’t get to do as many things as I’d like, but I always keep a close eye on what’s happening at the Smithsonian,...

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Birthdays For Grown-Ups

Birthdays For Grown-Ups

Huh. Yesterday was a Tuesday. I’ve made a commitment to blog on Tuesdays and Fridays. I didn’t blog yesterday. I could make all sorts of excuses: I was waiting for an important phone call in the morning, which distracted me from my ordinary schedule. I had a hangnail. My tea was brewed too strong. Or, I could roll out the real excuse: Monday was my birthday, and I took it as a holiday from work, which meant that I thought yesterday...

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More Thoughts on Conflict

More Thoughts on Conflict

Last week, I wrote about the challenges I face, being a conflict-averse person, writing novels that turn directly on emotional conflicts between characters. That post seemed to spark a lot of interest, mostly from other conflict-averse writers. Their comments have led me to think more about how conflict works among family and friends–people who are supposed to love and support each other. Years ago, after completing law school and taking...

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Art and Literature (Philly Edition)

Art and Literature (Philly Edition)

Sometimes, all sorts of creative strands come together — and the result can be wholly unexpected. Wholly enjoyable, too, with a healthy dose of learning and making new connections. Recently, we’ve been watching Ken Burns’s remastered The Civil War. I’ve seen the entire series once, and I’ve watched several segments multiple times (usually, after we’ve visited one of the battlefields.) The remastered images...

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