Of Words and Dogs and Little Fishes*

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I feel so blessed that I can “work” from home as a book reviewer, essayist and occasionally as a literary editor, and to comfortably say that I read for a living.  It’s like living the dream (well, until the bills come in, but that’s neither here nor there). But I didn’t realize just how many [….]

No Nonsense Writing Advice from Folks Who ‘Know’

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When you put yourself out ‘there’ as a writer, when you lasso the title of ‘writer,’ inevitably you are asked your opinion. You are also confronted by a litany of folks who make excuses. Now, I’m not adverse to the excuse bit. I hear and speak them daily. But what I’ve discovered in my brief [….]

And the Oscar Goes To….

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Last night, amidst all the glitz, glitter and glamour, the 89th Annual Academy Awards – the “Oscars” – were handed out in a star studded ceremony in (where else?) Hollywood, California. Among the statuettes handed out, two were for writing excellence:  Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay. Just in case you were in the [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – The Gift of Reading

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I tend to be one of those people who obsesses over gift giving.  I don’t get a chance to do it all that  often – I’m actually pretty frugal in that regard, sometimes by choice, now by necessity.  And I don’t really like getting gifts myself; I’ve rarely liked being the center of attention which [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – What is a Writer?

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(Due to this nasty thing known as a “deadline”, this Gimbling in the Wabe is a repeat of one first posted here in 2014.  I think it’s still a pretty good one, if I do say so myself….) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ So what is a “writer”? Common sense would tell us a writer [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Beautiful, Beautiful Words

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There are quite a few memorable first sentences in literature:  “Call me Ishmael.”  “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”  “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”  Or, my personal favorite, “In a hole [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Daydream Believer

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We humans are so divergent in who we are, how we react and respond, in how our minds work and our ideas play out.  It’s glorious. I’m not talking ideologies or dogma or beliefs or rationalizations.  That’s not quite as glorious.  I’m talking about how we relate to our private selves, and to others around [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Words, Words, Words

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This is a repeat of a Gimbling in the Wabe from 2013. Polonius: What do you read, my lord? Hamlet: Words, words, words. ~William Shakespeare Although it can certainly be argued to the contrary, it seems that humans are the only creatures who use spoken language as opposed to creatures that “merely” communicate.  And although human language has [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – In Which I Divulge a Secret

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I have a secret I’m going to share with you.  It’s not that searing of a secret, just something I haven’t really talked about with anyone; perhaps to keep from raising expectations, perhaps due to fear of failure.  But I think I’ve learned something from keeping this secret that undermines its relevancy, so it feels [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – What is a Writer?

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So what is a “writer”? Common sense would tell us a writer is “one who writes”, at least using the word in its broadest term.  Google defines “writer” as “a person who has written a particular text”, and then goes on to give various and sundry examples, from professional to scribe to composer to data [….]