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A Renaissance Soul blogging on traveling, books, work, miscellany, and enjoying life.

Writing

“Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve thought there was something noble and mysterious about writing, about the people who could do it well, who could create a little world as if they were little gods or sorcerers.” ~Anne Lamott

Anne nailed it, y’all. Nailed it like she crawled into my head and dragged out my thoughts that she turned into her words there. Here’s to the never-ending process of becoming a little god of our own fictional worlds – the hardships, the thrill, the self-doubt, and the magic.

Just Write: Distraction-Free and Motivated Writing

Writing is Hard Work Let’s just acknowledge from the get-go that while writing can look easy, it really requires effort, focus, and determination. Sometimes, it’s just plain hard work. Face it – if you’re a writer, you probably spend just as much time (if not more) caving into distraction rather than facing that blank page or empty screen. And when it comes to offering tempting distractions, the internet is the […]

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New Cat Font Proves that Cats Have Officially Taken Over the Interwebs

These days, it seems that the internet has become overrun with cats: LOLCats, Grumpy Cat, the adorable perma-kitten Lil Bub, and the new creepy-but-cute Princess Monster Truck. Now, just in time to delight cat lovers (and to annoy non-cat lovers), there’s a new cat on the web, but this time, it’s a font. Yes, a font made entirely of cats. Try it yourself then hop over to Written? Kitten! for […]

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In Support of the Oxford Comma (aka the Serial Comma, aka the Harvard Comma )

Ahhh, the Oxford comma. To use it or not to use it has been so hotly contested that it’s divided people into two camps*. It’s the punctuation equivalent of the Hatfields and McCoys. I’m firmly on Team Oxford as it adds clarity in most cases and at worst case, it’s neutral. Sadly (and I mean that – it makes me sad), much of what I write for clients uses AP […]

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Word Aversions – Or Words We Just Hate

baked chicken

So, last night, my husband complimented the chicken I made for dinner and remarked that it was nice and moist. Moist. Ugh. That got us started on a conversation about words that sound like just what they mean and also words that I just. don’t. like. Call it serendipity (or don’t, no one’s forcing you), but today I came across an article on word aversions featuring the word moist. Turns […]

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Book Review: Write Away

Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life by Elizabeth George My rating: 5 of 5 stars This turned out to be one of my favorite writing books written by a bestselling author (Stephen King’s On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird being tied for my favorite). She caught my attention early on when she described herself as mostly left-brained (like me) and her subsequent need […]

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Book Review: The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain My rating: 5 of 5 stars I absolutely loved this book. Although the story opens and spends some time in the US Midwest, the bulk of the story is set is 1920s post-war Paris. The author does an excellent job of rendering the setting in such a way that the magic of both the city and the era come alive. The Paris Wife tells […]

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