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The beauty of embracing your opposite (#BOAW2015)

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Beauty of a Woman Blogfest logoThis will be the fourth year I have participated in August McLaughlin’s Beauty of a Woman Blogfest. I am honored to have the opportunity to write on a topic I might not otherwise consider, but which always causes me to reflect deeply. My posts from previous years:

And on to this year’s…


As a society, we’ve made progress in the last fifty years. We’ve come a long way, baby.

 

Still, we spend way too much time thinking about how our private parts define us. That’s both understandable and disappointing.

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Red pens and true selves

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Humbled and irritated by the experience of receiving my publisher’s feedback on my novel, I dove (swooped? wallowed? waded? tiptoed?) into the revision process.

No matter how many years I have spent being edited—and knowing that editing is good for me and my work—I still struggle with the fundamental question: when does editing legitimately improve the text and when does it muck with my vision to a degree that I can’t accept?

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My Top Ten Top Ten

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CountdownA top ten list satisfies on so many levels. It offers a shortcut: Discover what your favorite critics thought was worth seeing or reading—and use that as a starting point for your own moviegoing or book purchasing. It fulfills our need to fit in: Quickly review what everyone else is clicking on, reading, or viewing—and be ready for that cocktail party conversation.

But the world has enough top ten lists. So rather than add to the chaos, I offer instead a Top Ten List of Top Ten Lists.

Here, in no particular order, are ten lists I have stumbled across painstakingly researched, highlighting many of the random diverse topics that interest me. There’s something here for readers, writers, movie buffs, techies, and foodies. The rest of you… well, what else is there? Continue reading

A canard to die for, and a recipe

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Three somewhat related facts launched me into an examination of morality, belief, and Thanksgiving stuffing:

  1. As I write this, a three-pound duck browns in the oven.
  2. My son recently pasted a PETA sticker on his backpack, but he eats burgers.
  3. I consider myself a sensitive person, yet I blind myself to the suffering of my fellow creatures so I may consume them.

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NaNoNotNow because ToMaNoExAl*

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*Too Many Novels Exist Already

If you’ve ever written a novel, contemplated writing a novel, have a friend who has, or have looked at trending hashtags on Twitter recently, you are no doubt aware that November is National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo for short.

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.

National Novel Writing Month is also a non-profit, with a mission to organize “events where children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential. Our programs are web-enabled challenges with vibrant real-world components, designed to foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels.”

That’s a noble mission. I’m happy for the 310,095 people who participated in NaNoWriMo in 2013 and realized their dream of getting 50,000 words down on paper or in pixels in thirty days. But it makes me wonder: does the world need more novels? Who will read them? Where will they end up?

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