Monthly Archives: October 2005

Spirits afoot

TweetAwake well before the sun today to work on revisions. I love the thought that the veil between the spirit world and the walking world is thinnest this time of year. I do not like horror movies or slasher films – real life is scary enough for me, thank you very much, and I think […]
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Friday afternoon frustrations

TweetThings that are frustrating me right now: 1. My parents’ insurance. I spent all afternoon on the phone trying to sort out one mess after another. I bet healthcare would be more affordable if the employees of insurance companies were better trained. You do not want to know how many calls I had to make […]
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Squid curry

TweetYes, that’s what I had for dinner tonight. How can you resist a menu item like that? It had squid (duh), bamboo shoots, broccoli, onion and chili in coconut milk. I liked it. Didn’t love it, but liked it enough to eat an entire plateful. I wonder if I will have strange dreams because of […]
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I take it back, Amtrak, and a rant about Goth mistreatment

TweetThe last time I came to NYC, I had some cranky things to say about Amtrak. I take it all back. My train ride from Syracuse was amazing. I pulled out my laptop and was working on my revisions before we left the station Five hours later, I powered down and pulled into New York. […]
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Life in the Country

Tweet….in which our intrepid authoress shares the joys and torments of living off the beaten path (one of an occasional series)…. So we had this tree. A maple tree. An old, old maple tree. It has a diameter of about five feet, circumference maybe twenty feet around. This tree was home to billions and billions […]
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Yesterday’s birthday glow

TweetMany thanks for the kind wishes and birthday messages many of you sent yesterday. It was a really nice day. We went out briefly Saturday night, so I officially started Year #44 dancing my fool head head off. The day itself was fairly calm, except for when I played Gretchen Wilson so loud I shook […]
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So you want to be an editor? Want an editor to pick you out of the slush pile?

TweetMy talented, lovely, funny and honest editor Sharyn November (aka sdn) has posted pages to her website that respond to common questions about becoming an editor, and the truth about the slush pile. Realistic News for Aspiring Editors Realistic News for Aspiring Writers Comments?
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Found in my backpack

TweetI came across two notes as I cleaned out my backpack this evening. The first is from the conference I attended in Colorado. Chris Raschka challenged us to write a limerick. Since I was surrounded by teachers in Greely, CO, this is what I wrote. (It has two endings; the first pessimistic, the second, optimistic.) […]
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Autumn is the best

TweetYes, I woke up to the alarm, thank goodness. Made both planes, sat on the runway in Philadelphia in the rain. Talked with a woman who lives in a house built in 1830. She has four dogs, a missing tooth, and a great laugh. I drank tomato juice. By the time I arrived home, the […]
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Sleepy author

TweetIt’s been a long day, but a fulfilling one. Thanks to everyone from Seneca Ridge and River Bend Middle Schools and Dominion High School for being so nice and making the day fly. I’m going to wear my Dominion shirt home on the plane. I spoke at the public library tonight to a crowd that […]
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