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Daily Bread

Posted by on May 20, 2016 | Comments Off on Daily Bread

Daily Bread

Those of you who follow me on social media have probably seen at least one of my recent experiments in baking. Since I owed my blog a post this week, and I’ve been meaning to talk a little bit about baking, this seems like a good time. I’ve been a casual baker for a few years now, but with my recent move to full-time writing I decided I should take it more seriously as a pastime, mostly because I needed something to replace writing as a hobby. I’ve always liked baking, far more than cooking. I think because it feels like chemistry. You mix all the things together, apply...

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Review of Lost Girl, Seasons 1 – 5

Posted by on May 14, 2016 | Comments Off on Review of Lost Girl, Seasons 1 – 5

Review of Lost Girl, Seasons 1 – 5

Just yesterday I finished the final episode of the show Lost Girl. I was pretty late to the bandwagon. I only started watching it sometime early this year, around the time it was announced that they were in the middle of the final season. It’s a bittersweet feeling for me. On the one hand I don’t have to wait around years for the storyline to finish up. On the other hand I don’t feel like I got very much time with Bo and her cohort. Spoiler free summary: It’s a fun show. The writing is clever. Anna Silk is brilliant and funny. Kenzi is the bomb. The show is very...

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A Post About Nothing

Posted by on May 6, 2016 | Comments Off on A Post About Nothing

A Post About Nothing

Okay, I guess that’s not really fair. It’s a post about everything! As I announced a few months ago, my day job ended on the last day of April. It was a bittersweet parting for me. I’d been working at that company for almost ten years. Truthfully, most of my identity as an adult revolved around that job and it was a little scary to consider it no longer being a part of my life. That said, I was tired of it too. I felt like it stifled my creativity and the stress created obstacles for my writing. When one door closes another usually opens. In this case my new door is a new...

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Use Oxford Commas

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 | Comments Off on Use Oxford Commas

Use Oxford Commas

For no particular reason yesterday, I thought about this poem and wondered why there wasn’t a version of it for fledgling writers. Resolved to confront this great injustice in the universe, I took it upon myself to create one. I present for your amusement a parody of Wear Sunscreen originally published by Mary Schmich in the Chicago Tribune in June 1997. -C Writers, Use Oxford commas. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, Oxford commas would be it. The long term benefits of Oxford commas have been proven by grammarists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more...

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A Poem For Your Thoughts

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 | Comments Off on A Poem For Your Thoughts

A Poem For Your Thoughts

I don’t write poems often. I would have said a few years ago that I’m not a poet, but when I was taking classes at Albertus Magnus for my MFA I decided to take the poetry seminar which allowed me to meet a wonderful poet by the name of Charles Rafferty who taught me more about what a poem could be than I ever thought I would know. Anyway, after taking his class, I do like to sometimes think of myself as a poet and there are certain topics that tickle that part of my brain just right. You’ve seen me talk on here about a short story I sold recently called “The Night You...

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A Love Letter To The Killing

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 | Comments Off on A Love Letter To The Killing

A Love Letter To The Killing

Dearest The Killing, I really didn’t think I needed yet another cop drama in my life. Honestly, I thought it was the last thing I needed. I’m sick to death of them. Every time I see an ad for a new one I groan. That all ended when I decided to try The Killing while looking for something to watch while crocheting. I picked you because I thought you wouldn’t demand too much attention. I was so, so wrong. You are sometimes difficult to watch. Actually, you’re almost always difficult to watch, but in the best way possible. Complicated, meaty characters who constantly...

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