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Freewriting on freewriting: A writing exercise

writing notebook

This is my writing notebook for the semester.

One of my assignments for this week was to use one of the “Ways In” exercises from chapter 2 of Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction. I ended up taking the lazy route and just did a freewrite, but I was kind of pleased with what I ended up with:

I was going to write a Springboard line, but I couldn’t find a line that appealed to me, so I’m just going to freewrite. Except, it’s hard to freewrite when you know there is a good chance that you might have to read it aloud to your classmates. The filter is automatically switched to “on,” so it almost defeats the purpose of freewriting. To me, freewriting is all about giving that inner censor a break and getting to your creative side. It’s hard to be creative with the little voice inside your head criticizing your every word.

When you freewrite, the inner censor says, “Oh, you’re sitting down to write garbage on purpose? Well, I’ll just go take a nap and rest up for next time when you sit down to write your “Great American Novel.” And of course, she laughs at you as she walks away. Read the rest of this page »

Creative nonfiction writing exercise: Your name

As I mentioned in my last post, I am going to be doing a lot of writing this semester in my creative nonfiction course. I am working my way through my first reading assignment and am already coming across small writing exercises that I would like to share with you. This post might turn into a series!

This is my sisters and me. I'm the oldest.

This is my sisters and me. I’m the oldest.

Writing Exercise

For today’s creative nonfiction writing exercise, you will write two paragraphs about your name. The first paragraph should be strictly objective, while the second should be more subjective. In other words, the first paragraph will contain facts about your name. The second will tell what it is like to be YOU while wearing the mantel of your particular name. Here’s an example from Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction: Read the rest of this page »

School is back in session: Creative Nonfiction

It’s that time of year again, folks. Time to go back to school. I don’t know about you, but I would be perfectly happy not to send my kids back to school. I’m going to have plenty of homework of my own! I just downloaded my syllabus for the creative nonfiction course I’ll be taking this fall, and it looks like I am going to be doing a LOT of writing. That’s a good thing though, right?

I have started reading the “recommended text,” In Fact, which the professor mentioned we might like to look at. I already have a list of ideas for topics that I have been meaning to write about. I am excited to have deadlines in place to force me to put the pen to the paper and get the words out of my head already! I’ll be sharing my work (and probably griping a bit here and there too, if I know me!) throughout the semester. It will be a lot of work, but I am excited to get started! Read the rest of this page »

Beware of trolls

I don’t normally comment on articles that show up in my social media feeds. It’s not because I don’t want to. I have an opinion on pretty much every subject under the sun. I just don’t appreciate being attacked by internet trolls who haven’t bothered to actually read the article in question or, for that matter, an entire sentence of whatever it is I have to say on the topic at hand. Unfortunately, no matter what you have to say on any given topic generated by the internet, someone is going to decide that you deserve to be attacked for your opinion.

If you’re a Democrat, you will be attacked by Republicans. If you are a Republican, you will be attacked by Democrats. If you’re a moderate, the trolls will decide for you which party you should belong to and will then attack you accordingly. Read the rest of this page »

I’ve been super busy

I have been super busy. I have thought a lot about my promised election coverage, but I haven’t actually gotten any other blog posts written. Here’s a little bit of what I’ve been up to instead:

tomatos, peppers, and green beans

I’ve been picking veggies.

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Now available on Kindle: Four Fast Steps to Making Money with your Blog

Four Fast Steps to Making Money with your Blog

“Four Fast Steps to Making Money with your Blog” is now available on Kindle for only 99 cents!

My new eBook, Four Fast Steps to Making Money with your Blog, is now available on Kindle for only 99 cents! Here’s a description:

Everyone wants to make money blogging, but few people understand how to do it on purpose. Sometimes it seems like it’s a matter of dumb luck, and few of us are that lucky. While becoming an overnight blogging sensation does take a certain amount of luck, it is possible to learn how to purposely generate extra income with your blog, with no luck required. If you take the time to learn the necessary steps and put in the work, you will make money with your blog. How much money depends on you.

Don’t sit around twiddling your thumbs waiting for Lady Luck to choose you next. Instead, follow these four fast steps to guaranteed blogging success. You can have your blog up and running in as little as a few days. You can also begin to generate revenue within days of starting your blog. All it takes is a little patience and perseverance. Soon you will be well on your way to earning steady income with your blog!

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Tornados are really weird

Funnel CLoud 2

Funnel CLoud 2 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you think about it, you’ll realize that tornados are really weird. I guess hurricanes are too, but for some reason they make more sense to me. Maybe because they start out over the ocean and involve a lot of water.

Anyway.

Consider an earthquake. Two underground plates literally grind together, causing the earth to shake. It’s a tangible action. We can’t see it, but if we paid attention in science class, we know that there’s a ton of pressure on these plates because, darn it, they are REALLY heavy, and it all makes sense that eventually something will have to give. Read the rest of this page »

Now available on Kindle: Rain at Three (with a bonus free download!)

Rain at three, short story

“Rain at Three” is now available on Kindle for 99 cents.

My short story, Rain at Three, is now available on Kindle for 99 cents! Here’s a brief description:

Can you ever really know the man you’re marrying until you’ve really gotten to know him? Vicki is beginning to learn just what kind of man she has married. Is the honeymoon over so quickly? It may be 73 degrees and sunny in Hawaii, but it always rains at 3 p.m.

Download your copy of Rain at Three today! If you like my story, please do me a favor and review it on Amazon.

As an added bonus, for today only, you can also get a free download of my son’s book, Avery Moves. Avery was eight years old when he wrote and illustrated this book for a school project. He had so much fun with it, we decided to take the fun one step further and publish the book on Kindle! He would love to see that people are downloading his story. If you have any words of encouragement for him to keep writing, please post them to the review section on Amazon.  Read the rest of this page »

Here’s another boring blog post for you

While digging through some old blog posts the other day, I came across this boring blog post that I published back in 2013. (You’ll notice that a famous blogger, Jenny the Bloggess, commented on my post. This is still one of the highlights of my life.) My office space has changed quite a bit since then, so I thought I’d give you an update. This is where most of my blogging magic is currently happening:

my new office space

My laptop is 5 years old. I’m crossing my fingers that it doesn’t soon go the way of my desktop computer.

I still have my gigantic desk and the same old desktop computer. Unfortunately, my 6-year-old desktop computer is currently doing this: Read the rest of this page »

If I ran for POTUSA: Immigration

Hello, everyone! In a recent post, I announced a plan to provide 2016 presidential election coverage by discussing many of the issues that we will need to consider when determining who to vote for next November. Since it is so much in the news right now (thanks to Donald “Hairpiece” Trump,) I have decided to kick things off by discussing the topic of immigration.

We are a nation of immigrants. Few of us would be here in the United States today if it weren’t for our immigrant ancestors. Many of these early immigrants came here for the same reasons that immigrants from Central and South America want to come here today. They came here to escape poverty and/or persecution. As a nation, we are proud of this heritage. We are proud that the United States provided a safe haven for those ancestors where they could bring us up to be who we are today.   Read the rest of this page »

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