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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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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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Happy anti-New Year! Words, focus and remembering January

How are your New Year Resolutions coming along? If you still remember even one of them, that’s not a bad way to start Monday, July 1, 2019. January 1st was a day filled with promise and goals and plans for … 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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Thoughts on October 31

“Sometimes it’s the crazy people who turn out to be not so crazy.”~Kevin Spacey, American actor My thoughts: Happy Halloween!

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Success in writing: Breakdown of #ROW80 Round 4 goals, Part 1 of 3

“All great achievements require time.”~Maya Angelou, American poet  Round 4 goals.  Writing, reading, playing and etc, Today I’m focusing on my writing.  This is how I plan to break down and work on these goals, in no particular order: WRITING: … 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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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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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 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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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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