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dracula

The Indulgent Pleasure of Re-Reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Turn on all your lights, find a dog to sit at your feet and don’t expect to get any sleep the night you decide to read Bram Stoker’s Dracula. You…
Surprise-and-Disbelief

Surprise and Disbelief: A Short Story from Smart Girl, Dumb Love

Surprise and Disbelief A short story from Smart Girl, Dumb Love of The Breakup Girl Series Carl was my first love. It took One Week for me to fall in love with…
legal-weed

I Bought Pot the First Day It Was Legal in Washington

On Tuesday, the first retail marijuana store opened in Seattle.  As this coincided nicely with our weekly date night, I made the executive decision that my husband and I should head…

Keep Dreaming: The Bittersweet Experience of Quitting Your Own Company

As many of you already know, last week I announced my departure from Writer.ly. I stepped down from the role of CEO of the company I started in order to…
writing-game

My Favorite Writing Game

I saw recently on ye olde Facebooke that one of my favored professors from Evergreen has a book in a Kickstarter campaign by Starcherone Books. While of course I hope…
cowboy_heaven

Cowboy Heaven: The Passing of a Patriarch

I drafted this piece four years back, just found it in a neglected folder and cleaned up the rough patches. Mostly. My grandfather didn’t die on my shift. I was…
summer-of-boys

My Summer of Boys

The clock hits noon. Time to wake the dragons. With a deep sigh, I do my best to wrap-up whatever contracting project I’m working on and close my laptop. Fortified…
lies

My Daughter Lies: Karma Bites a Writer in Her Skin-Tight Dress

My daughter lies in the best way possible – in her writing. For her sixth grade language arts class, she wrote a story based on an experience from her life.…
crap

The Poet’s Advice: Don’t Write Crap

When I told my writing group that I planned to write one blog post per day in June, Kay, a poet, gave me a warning. “Don’t write crap.” I laughed,…

Killing the Pirate: The Cutting Pain of Editing a Character from a Novel

This evening, I discovered the ending to the novel I’ve been working on for the past nine years. Glorious. It all makes sense now. Of course, I also realize that…