Monthly Archives: November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to All You Lazy Mothers Out There

As a mother at home, I have done all the things homemakers in my situation have done, and—like them—have shaken my head at the ignorance of people who have informed me that “stay-at-home-moms” and “working women” are too different categories of … Continue reading

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TUESDAY QUOTE: Markus Zusak

“So many teenage books say, ‘This is in your voice, this is about you,’ and that’s great. We really need that. But we also need books that say, ‘This is also for you, but you need to come up here, … Continue reading

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When the Muse Whacks You Upside the Head (or, Letting Robin Williams Skip the Script)

by Jean Foster Akin Something mysterious happened to me yesterday. Something magical. It’s happened to me before, but I’ve never thought to tell you about it until now. I’m writing a mystery for an adult audience. My first book was traditionally … Continue reading

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TUESDAY QUOTE: Stephen King

“Take any noun, put it with any verb, and you have a sentence. It never fails. Rocks explode. Jane transmits. Mountains float. These are all perfect sentences. Many such thoughts make little rational sense, but even the stranger ones (Plums deify!) … Continue reading

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A Solitary Pursuit

Walked into the woods yesterday. Dry leaves and fallen branches and little brown acorns still donning their hats crunched underfoot. Cool brilliant leaves, still soft with some residual life, nothing but the rhythmic slish-slish-slish of my boots over pretty dead … Continue reading

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TUESDAY QUOTE: Flannery O’Connor

“My advice is to start reading and writing and looking and listening. Pay less attention to yourself than to what is outside you and if you must write about yourself, get a good distance away and judge yourself with a … Continue reading

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STUDY PROVES: Misuse of Words Leads to Divorce & Wars!

by Jean Foster Akin Misusing words is one reasons for there being so much trouble in the world. Misunderstandings, misconceptions, confusion. Wars, even. “Wars??” you snort. Yes, wars—and I can’t say I like your tone. Your snort is extremely offensive and tells … Continue reading

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