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Kid Research

I’m a bit perplexed at the moment.  In the weekly newsletter posted online on my son’s kindergarten class website, the teacher announced a project for All Saints Day on November 1 (it’s a Catholic school).  He has to pick a saint from a predetermined list, sign up for it, and then learn as much as he can about it.  My son has a good memory, but as far as I know it’s good for remembering where we parked the car at the mall and other random bits...

Make It Stop!

At the risk of sparking a political debate, I say I CAN’T WAIT ‘TIL THIS STUPID (that’s the clean word) ELECTION IS OVER!  The third and final debate was tonight, and since I’ve pretty much made up my mind, I didn’t watch.  No amount of talking back and forth prompted by a “moderator” supposedly “asking questions” is no way to make important decisions such as who should run our local, state, and—especially— federal governments. ...

I’m Me and You’re You

I’m having Blank Page Syndrome right now.  I’m sitting here thinking about what to write instead of just writing.  That’s where most writers get BPS – they think too much.  When I sat down to try to write a novel, I thought of my favorite author.  I thought how I’d wanted to write like her, in her genre, and be as successful as she is.  The problem: I’m not her; I’m me.  I’ve come to grips with that fact and the fact that I’ll...

The Neat Workstation

How many of us keep a neat and clean workspace – whether it’s your home office or at work?  Right now, my home office consists of a corner of my apartment, with my desk facing out the window overlooking our patio.  Only about 18 inches away from the right side of my desk is my tiny bookshelf.  Scattered on my desk are papers, a framed photo of my son, and even some toys of his!  The bookshelf holds a jumble of things as well from pens and pencils,...

Grammar Nazis

Probably the biggest pet peeve I have as a writer and editor is when people use words incorrectly.  Many of those who know me know I’m somewhat of a “Grammar Nazi”.  I will pick apart even a casual email – mostly to make sure I understand what I’m reading, but bad grammar or misspellings just stick out like soar thumbs to us writers and editors.  Since all these commonly misspelled words are usually said properly, the only place you can...

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