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X-ceptional haiku NOT using the word xylophone for #AtoZChallenge

. . I wrote an alphabet haiku using the letter X without the word xylophone. Clever me.  *big smile* My A to Z Challenge theme is alphabet haiku, with each word using the alphabet letter for that day. Who says … Continue reading

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Ode to the future in this #AtoZChallenge haiku

/ / / Once order is restored, there is so much to do. / / / / / I will sip coffee with my husband at Track 5 in Cranford. I will drive to Philadelphia to visit my in-laws and … Continue reading

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Dare: Are bloggers real writers? #AtoZChallenge

My name is Diana, and I am a writer. I state that up front because despite my published articles, books and national writing awards, some people still raise eyebrows at the thought of writing being a profession.  You know, those … Continue reading

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Childhood memoir in haiku for #AtoZChallenge

Here’s a slice of childhood life from my short memoir Lessons from Dad: A Letter to You: Thank you for playing games with me.  Not many kids can say this.  I still have that picture from when I was two … 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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Playing Games with Haiku Horizons #245

I have missed writing haiku. Every Tuesday at my Montclair Writers Support Group, each person introduces themselves and talks about writing struggles and goals. I tweak my intro every week, but it always contains “award-winning writer,” “author,” “memoir,” blah blah … 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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What motivates your? Goalsetting for #ROW80 Round 4

“The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.”~Buddha, Indian leader When do you deserve to treat yourself? I use bribery to motivate myself. If I go through emails, then I can spend time on Instagram. If I write … Continue reading

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A Penn State birthday #WeekendCoffeeShare writing & eating ice cream

If we were having coffee… …we would NOT be having coffee. Oh my gosh! Didn’t I tell you Penn State atmosphere is electric?!? Shoulder to shoulder crowds, the bars, the random football cheers, the street music. This town is too … Continue reading

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An almost-birthday writing reflection of #ROW80 this #WeekendCoffeeShare

If we were having coffee…. I’m glad you could stop in. This little Starbucks, as you know, is the place we normally say faretheewell to my in-laws before our 12-hour drive back to Michigan. Now that we’re 2 hours away … Continue reading

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Sharing the most interesting writing idea this #WeekendCoffeeShare

If we were having coffee…. I’m glad you could meet us here in Cranford. Today is my day for a Celebratory Frappuccino. I caught another Moltres and my first Tyranitar. I had poor luck yesterday while my husband rocked the … Continue reading

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Charged up and critique comments this #WeekendCoffeeShare

If we were having coffee…. Hey, how are you? Glad you could join me here at Den 10. The Bookstore Man is here is here again, sipping some tea, I think. Why I’m drinking a Café Vanilla Frappuccino in here, … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Perceptions and misconceptions of New Jersey

“At the end of the day, life is about being happy being who you are.”~Kim Kardashian, American celebrity I’m in New Jersey now, and I’m surprisingly happy. I lived in NJ for almost 10 years before getting married and moving … Continue reading

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Memories Swarm around me

“Life is a song, sing it; Life is a game, play it.”~Sai Baba, Indian leader I’m feeling nostalgic as I pack up my life. The phone app Timehop reminds me of what has been years ago on this date in … Continue reading

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Feeling nostalgic about writing and missing crayons

“If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.”~Tom Stoppard, English writer I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately. Maybe it’s the packing and seeing my previous life end up in boxes. Touching these things that are or were precious … Continue reading

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