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Sticks and Stones AND Words WILL Hurt You

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me!" That's what they taught us to use as a quick response to bullying, more so name-calling and verbal teasing. I doubt this would be effective when placed in a headlock and enduring a noogie. Whenever I'd run tearfully to my parents after a sibling made a bullying poem about me (it actually was well made but at six this was not appreciated as of yet), my parents, tired from full time jobs and three kids, would say "sticks and stones, sweetie. Go back and say that to them."

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Words to Live By: Vitriol

Anne Lammott in her book Bird by Bird writes in one chapter that sometimes characters in our stories don't always do what we want them to; they try to veer off in other directions or have a personality quirk that disrupts the plotline. She relates this to a person who finds their neighbor drunk and passed out on their front lawn every day. The passerby takes time out of their day to take them into their house and put them on their couch. They do this nearly every day, the sober neighbor grabbing the drunken one off their lawn and inside. Finally, another neighbor who has been watching this stops them one morning and says, "Honey, leave them where Jesus laid them."

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Soundcheck

Soundcheck, one, two, three... Sound check, one, two, three... Is this thing still on? It better be. WordPress sent me the bill for the automatic renewal of the site! So I thought, "Well, I better use it." I don't even dare check when the last post on here occurred. Yes, it's been a WHILE. So …

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“I’ll Write It When I’m Ready” And Other Lies We Say

There's that one story that you've had in a drawer at the back of your mind for ages. It's going to be the greatest project ever. It may get you that agent who hasn't bitten the hook yet, shoot your print to the front of every bookstore across the globe, and make that startling collision …

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You’ve Got To Read To Write

Want to know a secret, writer? If you want to be a great writer, you must discipline yourself to be a great reader as well. It's never surprising that a writer was once an avid reader in their younger days. That's how many get their start, but what many neglect to learn or practice is …

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Writer For Hire

It is undeniable that one of the greatest and most worrying of pains in the process is the inevitable job search. Everyone has gone through it: you search the same internet scavenger hunt but you try to word yourself differently hoping different results come up that don't include a CDL or a lifetime worth of …

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People Are Strange, Characters Can Be Too

Working in retail, I've had many experiences with unusual people, coworkers and customers alike. Some weren't bad, just odd. This one guy who worked at the second store I went to while attending school, let's call him Todd, was an odd duck of his own unusual category. He was underweight, so much his belt struggled …

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Nobody’s Perfect, Neither Are Characters

Remember when Disney princesses set the highest of standards for little girls everywhere? I honestly didn't mind Aurora, for instance, when I was little, but it bothered me getting older when my voice deepened in pitch rather than raised and became a bird and woodland creature lull. How was her skin so perfect for a …

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Too Many Burners Going: Writing Multiple Projects

Every writer is guilty of cluttering their work space with notes, pages, and manuscripts of several different projects. It happens; life happens. We are inspired by one story line that our inner muse promises will be the best we've ever written, but then that fickle lady promises us the same for this next idea, and …

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My Bloody Shinebox: Dealing With Unfair Critics

Every writer has dreaded yet anticipated the unstoppable times when we are bunched up with other writers, sometimes in desks or table arranged in a circle, led by a teacher, mentor, or volunteer instructor who have us go around, one by one, and we offer our personal work or projects to the group, like a …

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