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Social media & the writing life

I just found out yesterday that my essay proposal for the book Ask Me About My Divorce: Women Speak Up About Moving On was accepted! (I posted about the book project here, then followed up with some specifics about my proposal here.) I also just found out that the editor would like the 4,000-word essay, […]

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I became a big believer of transparency about five years ago, as I was going through my divorce. It wasn’t in reaction to any specific lies being told, but rather to lies being lived. At least by me—I can only speak for myself here. I was sick and tired of all the facades, particularly the […]

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When I started this blog the first time, last summer, I saw it as a way to motivate myself to plow through the book I felt compelled to write. Because even though the book was “in me,” as writers like to say, writing it down wasn’t going to be as simple as just opening the […]

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If you take County Road 1600 east from Urbana for about seven miles, then turn north on County Road 1000 and drive for another five miles, you’ll land in Sidney, Illinois, population 1,100. From what I can tell, Sidney’s main attractions include the homemade soft serve and shakes at the Dairy Bar (or Barn, depending […]

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I am sitting at Caffe Paradiso. All alone. Missing Ellen, who used to join me all the time, back in the good ol’ days when she was studying to become a midwife, rather than being a midwife. I know I’m being selfish—being a midwife is more satisfying (and lucrative) for her. And I realize we’re […]

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When I began working solely as a freelance writer, in February of 2002, my biggest fear wasn’t finding work—it was a fear of too much solitude. I’m a classic extrovert. I honestly enjoy some good, regular time alone, but all of my best ideas and problem solving and wound-licking and energy come out of interactions […]

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