Monthly Archives: June 2010

My Dad

Do you know what I hope for you? That you have a great dad. I have a great dad. My kids, too. They have a great dad. My nieces and nephews have great dads, too. They sort of fill the earth, all those nieces and nephews and their great dads. Sometimes, when I was a […]

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Why is that?

Why am I so easily satisfied with my own efforts, and so little satisfied with anyone else’s? I am tough on my kids. They are bright, capable, competent people. And I’m maybe a little demanding. I’m letting that slide, just a little, these days. I don’t want to live forever in their memories as the […]

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Bad Idea, Good Result

I did it. That thing they tell you that you should never, ever do. That dumb, egomaniacal thing. I looked at my reviews. Not professional ones (I don’t even know if there are any professional ones – I wouldn’t know where to look). Just the ones on Goodreads. Why? you ask. Why would you do […]

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Writing Business, Part V

(Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV – all available for your reading pleasure. You’re welcome.) And today? It’s all about completion. We must finish the things we start. Say it with me. Finish the things we start. Can I hear it again? Finish what we start. This works on a few levels. Please […]

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Hello Again

Hi, Kids. I’ve been post-dating my Writing Business posts, because I was TOTALLY UNPLUGGED for a WHOLE WEEK. I know. It scared me, too. But as it happens, my life continued very nicely without the internet. (This is true.) And now we’re home from the Wilhite Family Vacation to the Second Happiest Place on Earth […]

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Writing Business, Part IV

(Part I, Part II, Part III) So I had all these thoughts of making this entire post a big dialog. Then I wrote it. It was lame. And trust me, lame dialog is death. So I erased it. You’re welcome. Instead, we’ll skip all the cleverness (that wasn’t) and just talk about dialog. Whew. Dialog […]

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Writing Business, Part III

Part I, here, and Part II, here. Some of us have to read things in order. Some of us don’t care. But I am an equal-opportunity blogger, so I’ll give you the choice of just skipping right to the juicy part. Um, this is the juicy part. Right here. CONFLICT. Don’t we hate it? I […]

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Writing Business, Part II

Writing Business, Part I is over here. Good morning, class. Today we discuss Choices. And Consequences. (*cricket chirps in the silence*) Okay, but really? Stick with me here, because this is where the What comes in. We established in the last post that I think the most important part of a story is the Character. […]

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