Category Archives: Writers

Jumping Bean Brain

When I left the writers’ conference I walked the sidewalk of the convention center under I sunny sky, the first in two days. People sat in groups on the lawn, eating apples, wearing sunglasses. One man sat on a retaining wall with his iPad. He looked stumped, as if he were searching for just the […]
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I’ll Seats

Ah, the aisle seat. At church on Sundays, Dad had to have the seat. It is the seat for the king, the leader, the head of the home. At least, that’s what it felt like as a kid. At this conference, the aisle seats are the first seats filled. I have entered session after session […]
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Hall B? Level H? It’s All Orange to Me

In these new-to-me places I see a new vocabulary of spaces. There are Rooms, Plazas, Mezzanines, Auditoriums. And there is the Hall. Hall B where conference participants gather to register and move from one session to another. Concrete pillars. Escalators. Skylights. Writers and editors and publishers carrying their complementary canvas bags on their shoulders. We […]
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Go. Greet.

This morning I will be gathering courage. Willing myself to be open to possibility at a conference for thousands like me. Greetings and how do you do? I will say to these writers and publishers and people who love writing. I will go to each panel discussion, and take in expertise, and I will grin […]
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Say Yes to Your Writing Self

Every day we distract ourselves from becoming the artist we want to be. And it’s easy to do. If I am without a specific purpose, I sidetrack into household projects like cleaning the kitchen walls. I let other creative endeavors or commitments to family and friends take up the day, and I don’t get to […]
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