Word by Word

Creating myself one word at a time.

That Summer

There are times when I grab a book, knowing very little about in, and read/listen to it because I needed something and it was available at my library. Not too long ago I was traveling to some not-so-exotic location for work. I had a drive ahead of me and needed a quick audio book to …

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“I liked myths. They weren’t adult stories and they weren’t children’s stories. They were better than that. They just were.

Adult stories never made sense, and they were so slow to start. They made me feel like there were secrets, Masonic, mythic secrets, to adulthood. Why didn’t adults want to read about Narnia, about secret islands and smugglers and dangerous fairies?”

–Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

June 11, 2014

Cringing when I entered my password for this blog, I knew the date of my last post would be staring at me from the screen. Guilt, predictably, was the emotion I felt. Three months. Three. Somewhere in the middle of February I lost focus…or steam…or ability to manage my time. Whatever the problem, I went …

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Road Construction

Used with permission from Indiana Public Media.

The road to success is always under construction.”

–Lily Tomlin

January 17, 2014

The most surprising epiphany for me this National Novel Writing Month has been a renewed appreciation for the act of creation. The feeling of typing words you weren’t even thinking until they started to flow from your fingers. The realization that characters who never existed before now have their own personalities, weaknesses and desires. At …

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“I like hanging around words listening to what they say.”—W.H. Auden I’m not sure when my love of words began. It may have been in third grade when I wrote my first short story. It was a handwritten exposition about my youngest sister—a dabbling in non-fiction that didn’t last long. It could have been in …

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