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I Revealed the Name of a High School Crush on a Meatloaf

  I used to think it a blessing  that I grew up in The Olden Days when my stupidest moments in  high school weren’t broadcast through social media. The grapevine probably enjoyed a few laughs at my expense, but without social media, it soon died down. Recently,  I had that forehead-slapping DUH moment when I realized that […]

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Disappointments Led Me in “Write” Direction

  It was a crushing high school disappointment. My goal was to be the  president of the Future Farmers of America my senior year.  I planned to run for state office the following spring, then maybe national office. They were ambitious, teenage plans. I’d gone to regionals in extemporaneous public speaking, won awards in livestock judging, won […]

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Shrink Your Words With The Shorter Thesaurus

Social media gives us the ability to communicate less to more people. A Facebook status is one or two cleverly written sentences. Twitter allows 140 characters for a tweet, including hashtags and a shortened url. Txts r shrtr Gone is the Dickens era of descriptive and meaningful prose. We r short & sweet.   Today, I’m […]

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He Never Met a Metaphor He Didn’t Like

Are you a word-nerd who loves saying, reading, and studying words? Did you read a dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedia just for fun?  Yea, we are kindred spirits, aren’t we?  Today’s COOL TOOL comes from a word-loving North Dakota boy, yea, that’s where I was born, too, thanks for asking. We also attended the same college,  […]

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Becoming a Character Who Creates Unforgettable Characters

  I’m always amazed that talented authors will share their writing secrets.  For free. I  attended a few sessions of the Northwest Bookfest in Kirkland, WA in November. Image tables of books, hordes of writers and workshops with all the information you need to become an overnight best-selling sensation.  OK, everything is true except that […]

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