Author Archives: DWHirschAuthor

Writing & activity successes–and not–this #WeekendCoffeeShare

If we were having coffee…. Grab a seat. This is one of the most comfortable Starbucks I’ve been in. Of course it’s cold–every Starbucks in this universe is–but it blends spacious and cozy here. We’ve got plenty of time to … Continue reading

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A pyramid of possibilities promoting on Twitter

“To hold a pen is to be at war.”~Voltaire, French writer Last week, I missed my crystal promotion moment everywhere. My Star Trek MomMemoir that I’ve been rambling about for weeks that takes place in Las Vegas has the perfect … Continue reading

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A schedule to publish two stories in one month

“A good beginning makes a good end.”~Louis L’Amour, American author I can do three things at once; at least, I used to. Reflecting on this past Weekend Coffee Share post, my writing and editing process reminded me of Comm 242 … Continue reading

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Writing goals are achievable through #ROW80

“Art is the triumph over chaos.”~John Cheever, American writer It has taken me, what, 3 years to finally believe that I can do this. Do what?  Everything. Okay, maybe not everything, like walking through a pit of snakes, but my … Continue reading

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A #WeekendCoffeeShare with exciting editing advice

If we were having coffee… Hey there. Glad you could meet here. I know, no exciting, newly-discovered coffee shop, just my standard fallback here on Route 22. The texture of the Frappuccinos is hit or miss, sometimes not thick enough … Continue reading

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Contradictory critiques: what do you believe?

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”~Herman Melville, American author Recent feedback for my Star trek MomMemoir is full of inconsistent whimsy. I gave myself permission to do 4 edits on my short story of … Continue reading

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Why I’m okay not publishing my book on time

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.~John Muir, American environmentalist I did not publish my memoir on Sunday night as planned, and I’m okay with that. Why? Sunday turned into family time. My husband and … Continue reading

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A #WeekendCoffeeShare offering Fiverr tips for publishing

If we were having coffee…. Thanks for coming over. You’re my first guest in our new house because we’re still unpacking, as you can tell. I cleaned off the table for you, a bit. Just push my laptop aside. The … Continue reading

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Let’s talk Star Trek, #ROW80 and writing tips

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”~Confucius, Chinese philosopher Today’s memoir writing tip: Don’t begin with backstory. Perfect advice as I rewrite my Star Trek MomMemoir. The annual Las Vegas Star Trek convention begins in two weeks, … Continue reading

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Pigeon poop and writing prompts

“All wealth is the product of labor,”~John Locke, English philosopher Yesterday, I wrote about pigeon poop and people loved it. That’s the beauty of free write exercises: you have no idea what will spew from your pen. The Montclair Write … Continue reading

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This #WeekendCoffeeShare about reading and unpacking

If we were having coffee…. Hello! Isn’t this a nice Starbucks? It’s a Clover store, and they still have my Nicaragua Macarena. That’s not it’s real name, of course, but a barista back in Michigan couldn’t pronounce it, so that’s … Continue reading

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Should Pokémon Adventures be a part of book challenges? All that and a book review.

“Memory…is the diary that we all carry with us.”~Oscar Wilde, Irish Dramatist Comic books count as books read. When I was a kid, my school and Scholastic Books sponsored summer reading challenges. I walked door-to-door and asked people for donations. … Continue reading

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Things I notice writing in coffee shops

“Just living is not enough; one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”~Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author What do you notice around you? Today, writing in Rock ‘n’ Joe Union coffee shop, the music includes a country artist’s cover … Continue reading

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Writing goals as #ROW80 Round 3 begins

“Only I can change my life; no one can do it for me.”~Carol Burnett, American actress This Round 3 is all about writing focus and scheduling. I was late to my Memoir2 group last week, so I couldn’t test my … Continue reading

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A #WeekendCoffeeShare in writing mode and in-laws

If we were having coffee…. Hey, glad you could join me here outside Philly. Hope you didn’t hit too much holiday traffic. It’s a cozy Starbucks, isn’t it? I’m chillin’ with a Café Vanilla Frapp. The baristas know how to … Continue reading

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Do you know how to critique a writer’s writing?

“You must not confuse being good with being liked.”~Paul Arden, American author Tomorrow, Wednesday, is my second official Memoir2 meeting, and apparently I don’t know how to critique. By official, I mean the second meeting where I present my work … Continue reading

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A first writing #WeekendCoffeeShare in New Jersey

If we were having coffee… Hey, I’m glad you could meet me here. It’s my first time at the Chatham Starbucks. What do you think? It’s super crazy busy, and I guess it’s like this every weekend. It’s one of … Continue reading

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On writing, not writing and buying a house

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”~Benjamin Franklin, American inventor My life has been unsettled chaos: we bought a house! All I will say here about the experience is thank goodness New Jersey requires lawyers to negotiate … Continue reading

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A family #WeekendCoffeeShare with writing organization tips

If we were having coffee… It’s quiet in here, isn’t it? Barnes & Noble cafés are usually subdued, but the Easter holiday must be why it’s extra quiet in here. They’re proudly brewing Verona, which is one of my go-to … Continue reading

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Celebrating 3 must-read writing bloggers

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”~Abraham Lincoln, American president Today, l celebrate bloggers. We’re all in this together, whatever our reasons for writing, whatever our topics or motivation. Supporting each other is what we should … Continue reading

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