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April 1: Art, Artists and #AtoZChallenge

Welcome to Day 1 of the AtoZ Blog Challenge. Today I feel more Zzzzzz than Awake. April is just one of those busy months. And, really, how did it become the 4th month already? I’m distracted with inconveniences today, not … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Lapras

Sometimes you have to believe, and sometimes you need to be believed in. This is the story of a Lapras, the fighter in all of us. In June 2017, my husband and I were adjusting to life in our New … Continue reading

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The Pledge of Allegiance written in emoji

In honor of July 4th, I wrote the Pledge of Allegiance in emoji. Emoji has taken over our world. My number one text image is the smiley kissey face. If you ever wondered how the Pledge of Allegiance would read as … Continue reading

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How I almost lost my blog

Welcome. I almost lost this blog. For a number of reasons, I lost my domain name “dwhirsch.com.” If you click there now, you can buy shoes online. Don’t! Boycott shoes! What’s even more insulting is that the site has nothing … Continue reading

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Reading Challenges: good or bad?

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”~Thomas Jefferson, American president How sad it is that we as a society make even the joy of reading a massive social media event? There are gazumerous reading challenges out there. … Continue reading

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November 1: An anti-NaNoWriMo post

“I own and operate a ferocious ego.”~Bill Moyers, American journalist I forgot. It didn’t matter that a friend asked to buddy me. It didn’t matter that I filled out my form and updated my info. Nope, none of that. I … Continue reading

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Choose your own words in haiku and adventure

“Only I can change my life; no one can do it for me.”~Carol Burnett, American actress Words and video games don’t mix. The video game Zork? is a simple game: type your actions. The puzzle in this text-only game is … Continue reading

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Writing from a distance: good, bad, both?

“I’m thankful for serendipitous moments in my life, where things could’ve gone the other way.”~Rick Springfield, American musician It should come as no surprise to anyone, but I write about coffee shops. The activity in coffee shops is fascinating, better … 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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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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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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Thank you, evil ex-Boss (a nod to Halloween)

“Don’t dream it; Be it.”~Dr. Frank-N-Furter, A Scientist Thank you for being a horrible boss. Thank you for driving me so crazed that I quit. Without my day choked by you, I explored different avenues and experiences. I had fun … Continue reading

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Defending my #ROW80 progress, or lack thereof

“Without a struggle, there can be no progress.”~Frederick Douglass, American author I must be super-progressing because I am super-struggling. I had no idea how much time it takes to pack up a 10-year-worth-of-stuff house. My scrapbook room: yowch! My writing … Continue reading

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Big News about writing and life

“Move out of your comfort zone; you can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable.”~Brian Tracy, American author Now that it’s officially official, here’s the Big News: we are moving to New Jersey. More correctly, we … Continue reading

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Tossing #ROW80 Round 3 onto the backseat: it has ended!

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.”~Abraham Lincoln, American president I’ve participated in A Round of Words in 80 Days for a year now and have yet to accomplish … Continue reading

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Who knew word count tightens & excitens your writing?

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”~Anthony Robbins, American author Sing along with me, folks: Pro-crastin-a-a-ation’s making me wait. I waited until the last days to compile my entries for the Rochester Writers’ 2016 … Continue reading

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Unboxing Uppercase August 2016 delightfulness

“It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.”~Aesop, Greek writer I cancelled my OwlCrate subscription because I found better book box kits. I’m frustrated with OwlCrate. Everything in their boxes is Harry Potter-themed, repeating vendors and impractical trinkets. … Continue reading

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Finding writing inspiration from cheesy sleazy motivational speaker

“Motivational speakers are used car salesmen without the wheels.”~D.W. Hirsch, soon-to-be-World-Famous author I get pumped after a good motivational speech, which is the point of them. My writers group hosted a speaker this weekend who left me wanting more, which … Continue reading

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The beautiful unboxing of Beautiful Madness Book Case, Chapter 3

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”~John Dewey, American philosopher I’m so glad I found Beautiful Madness Book Case subscription company tucked in the back of Aisle 1 at BookExpo America 2016 in Chicago. The owner was … Continue reading

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