holidays, writing

Setting Goals for the New Year

2016 was pretty good to me. Nothing particularly spectacular happened. The railroad is slowing down so money is tighter. Watching the furloughs (basically lay offs) leaves a little anxiety as we wonder just how deep they will go and just how much seniority will be necessary to survive them. Demands on my time are greater. As my children get older,…

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At the conference

Small talk in the conference room while waiting for the readings to begin. “Are you a writer?” “Are you reading?” “How long have you been writing?” “Are you published or working on projects for publication?” I ask and I answer roughly the same questions over and over and I feel so out of place. One moment I am a writer,…

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Advice sought

Well, this weekend is the Nebraska Writer’s Conference. I wasn’t going to go. I had no interest in going. In fact, I really didn’t care all that much about renewing my membership to the Nebraska Writer’s Guild this year. Now that it is here, however, I’m glad that somewhere in that fog I had some sense that I should not retreat…

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I am a mommyblogger, or Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Preparing for the Nebraska Writer’s Guild Spring Conference, I took out my purse–an oversized, faux leather monstrosity purchased because absolutely everything fits in it–and began to pack. Out came the diapers, the diaper wipes, the extra outfit for the two year old, the extra pants for the baby. In went two pens, a notebook, directions and the piece I planned…

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Saga by 13 year old author takes wing

It started with a dream, dedication, and a lot of hard work. The dream was about birds in the forests: cardinals and blue jays, struggling for freedom. “When I woke up, I just couldn’t help it,” she recalls. “I just had to hatch my bird story.” Nancy Yi Fan set aside a half hour a day to work on her…

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