Category Archives: metaphors

Writing Stories

It’s not just something writer-people do, you know. Everyone does it. When the car goes screaming past, we automatically give the driver a story. I learned a long time ago that the story I give the driver has more effect on the rest of my drive, and maybe my whole day, than I would have […]

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Unexpected Sunshine

The days the digital weatherman tells me are going to be full of rain and thunder and lightning… I kind of look forward to those days. Sometimes I hunker. I stay inside, wear sweats, bake yeasty things. Or I go out, not particularly fussed about my hair, Because we all know what’s going to happen […]

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A Legend for September Days

He spent years writing and performing amusing tales and poems and songs, bringing laughter to the lives of people near and far. He kept the tales and poems and songs written in a large leather-covered book, fastened with a strap. But the tales and poems and songs that lived in his heart were less amusing. […]

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Gratitude Month, Day 23

Wherein I dust off my kitchen nerdery… I was making bread. I do this often. Yesterday it was pizza crust. And I know that instant yeast was invented just so I could skip the “proofing” step, but did you know that the proofing step is one of my favorite things? So I put the warm […]

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Romancing the Education

My dad used to tell me I was really good at starting to get into learning about things. I took that as a compliment. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t. He meant that I was great at cracking open the surface of knowledge, looking at the sparkly center, and then putting it away. I studied several […]

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Good Parenting Moment

I had one. I know. It’s amazing because it’s so very, very rare. Last night I did the Valentine’s dinner, with a little something that was each person’s favorite. That by no means should be misinterpreted to say that everyone liked everything on the table. But everyone ate. And everyone loves stuffed mushrooms. Isn’t that […]

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Sick of it All

So I’ve been thinking about viruses. Haven’t you? Last month I taught at a conference where Brandon “Check out my dimple and my NY Times Bestsellers” Mull said that passion is contagious. He meant passion for our writing. If you’re feeling it when you write, someone should feel it when he reads. I love that. […]

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I shouldn’t have deleted it.

I get rather a lot of comments on my blog that you don’t see. More than the kind you do see. These are the kind with a zillion links to famous people I don’t know, and sometimes written in Russian/Cyrillic alphabet, and containing Offers. Such as the one I just deleted, that I should maybe […]

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