Word by Word

Creating myself one word at a time.

Row 80

I cannot seem to remember that today is Wednesday. All day I’ve thought it was either Tuesday (God forbid) or Thursday. I looked everywhere in my son’s school bag for his Thursday folder. Shocker. It wasn’t there because it is Wednesday. My ROW80 post on Sunday got a lot of comments and words of encouragement …

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Row 80

My week this week was…unproductive to say the least. Long days at work and many family events during the evenings. It’s making me a little nervous with NaNo coming and things only getting busier. It’s just the time of year when things go into warp speed. We’re also mid-birthday party planning for the boy child. …

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Row 80

I can’t believe we’re already two weeks in and only two weeks from the start of National Novel Writing Month. Crazy! Tomorrow I return to a semi-normal schedule with the kids going back to school and I to work. While I’m feeling the pressure to be ready with my research and novel prep by November …

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Row 80

It is now Thursday. I missed the ROW80 midweek check-in on Wednesday, but I have good reason! My Internet connection was out all day. ALL DAY! I was saved from total Internet isolation by my iPhone, so I could at least check all the social media sites. There is a theory that I’m putting together. …

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Row 80

I learned a very important lesson this weekend. You can sing every word of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” like it’s 1995, but that doesn’t mean you can still party like you’re a junior in high school. My friends and I hit a local club to hear My So Called Band, who covers 90’s music. We danced. …

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Row 80

It’s only been two days, but I’m feeling good about my goals. Okay, well, the writing/researching portion. I’ve completed two hours of research so far this week and I already have another hour portioned off for tonight. That brings me to three and I’ve got another four days to go…feelin’ good! This time researching is …

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Old letters

When I was in the fifth grade, my class took a field trip. Well, we took a few, but there was one that stuck with me. My family was living in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where my father was stationed at the Air Force base. There was a local hero in Grand Forks and the …

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Anne Lamott“Try not to feel sorry for yourselves when you find the going hard and lonely. You seem to want to write, so write. You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, willing to create a place where your imagination can wander.”

Anne Lamott

**This will be my motto through the coming months of NaNoWriMo. Here is to shitty first drafts!

September 27, 2013

This is the continuation of a series of blogs looking back on the books that made an impression on me in my youth. By the time I went off to college in 19…, well the year doesn’t really matter, I’d already read a fair number of books considered classics. You know the lineup: “Anna Karenina,” …

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