Norman Bridwell says it’s okay to suck…more or less

Sometimes I am reading a book and suddenly I think, shit, this is good. My artistic awe is generally short-lived, however, because it is almost always immediately followed by a wave of self-pitying desperation as I realize I will never be able to create something on par. Wine is then required. Then today, while reading […]

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Something I learned about writing today: Don’t worry about monkey tails

  Why doesn’t George have a tail? Did he lose in a traumatic jungle event involving zebras and those plastic soda can things? Or did Hans just run out of ink? As I reader, I often stop and  wonder about plot twists and character traits, and yes, what it or isn’t on the end of […]

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Things that inspire me to write #10: The Queen Who Stole the Sky

  Apparently I have always harbored a weakness for really pretty clothes. One of my favorite books as child (after Cinderella for Obvious Reasons), The Queen Who Stole the Sky, is about a woman who cuts down the sky and turns it into a ball gown—her hem shimmering with golden stars and rose colored sunsets as she […]

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Things that inspire me to write #17: The Paper Bag Princess

Her attire is not nearly as entrancing as some of her compatriots, however The Paper Bag Princess has something that most of them don’t: honey badger tenacity. The protagonist of this Robert Munsch story is not only able to pick herself up from the ashes (literally), and outsmart a dragon, but best of all, she stands […]

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Things that inspire me to write #20: Cinderella’s dress

Even today, my heart beats a little faster whenever I get my hands on a copy of Cinderella. First I flip to the Fairy Fashion Intervention scene so that I can once again behold that dress, then it’s the picture of her Reunion with the prince (for obvious reasons), then her arrival at the ball, and […]

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Things that inspire me to write #21: The Giving Tree

It’s sweet, simple, a pretty accurate portrayal of what it means to be a parent and according to the inscription scrawled across my mom’s copy, The Giving Tree is the first book I ever read. Evidently Shel Silverstein‘s most well known publication set me off in the right direction, because not only do I still love to consume […]

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Things that inspire me to write #33: This Quote from Jane Buchanan

Where do your ideas come from? My mother-in-law asked me this question a few weeks ago, and I have been pondering over it ever since. Where do I get my ideas? Am I getting them from the right place? Should I be getting them from somewhere better? Ahhh! I’m doing this wrong!! Thankfully, this afternoon as […]

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