Gap Work

December. I love this time of year, when darkness lingers a bit longer, and cooling clouds visit our blue Arizona skies more often. It's perfect writing weather. I'm going to hold off on starting a big new writing project, though. I didn't do NaNoWriMo this year, but I did reach a milestone with my writing, …

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How to Write a Good First Draft in Five Short Years

I've had the idea for writing this memoir for a long damn time - it's been germinating since 1992. 11 years later, after hearing part of my story, a professor of mine expressed interest in the material. I was just starting my career as a librarian - writing a book seemed insurmountable. But it kept …

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Juggling

It's June 1st. I'm supposed to start rewriting, today. I gave myself a couple of weeks to read through my draft and make notes and edits and sit with the work, convinced that I'd have a clear map and a new understanding of where this book was going. I've had moments and flashes of terrific …

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