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Then, Now, and What’s to Come

by Susan

>Something shattered in me as I took a walk this past, crisp fall morning as I began re-entering the world from my surgery: I realized I was all alone. One child was sleeping in, another was at work. At work! There are no longer lazy days filled board games, digging for quartz crystals after the rain, or pulling on Land’s End rain gear and boots from…

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Nov
2010
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The things we tell ourselves

by Susan

>I’m hydrating. With water. Isn’t that what we call having a glass of water now? Oh, I’m in such a thoughtful mood about the things we tell ourselves as I prepare to say farewell to my uterus and other such parts on Thursday. I suppose all this “moving into another stage” thinking has caused me to look at the toll that forty plus years has done. Pleased with…

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Oct
2010
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Quiet Moments

by Susan

>I’ve finally cooled down after chugging a blue Gatorade. Mowing the lawn in a heat wave ranks right up there with a root canal or a spinal tap. However, during the repetitive motions of going back and forth across our overgrown lawn, I recalled a treasured moment with my son. Rather than share any details, I want to back up. For those of us who have kids,…

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Sep
2010
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Jumping Out of the Plane

by Susan

>There’s something to be said for getting out of our comfort zone. If you read my last entry, you know that I got to do that via flying alone and attending a writing awards banquet (which went very well, thank you.) What was amazing about the entire weekend was the number of teachable moments for me. By nature, I’m high strung, Type A, and born…

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Sep
2010
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Can you say, “high maintenance?”

by Susan

>I’d about kill for a Diet Coke, but I’m stuck with water. Better for me, I know. But, the hours are closing in until I take off–twenty to be exact. My week? Here’s a little peek… Okay, I don’t want to check-in my luggage, so I’ll take a carry on. Oh, wait…I want to bring my manuscript. I’ll need to put that in my brief…

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Sep
2010
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The Saggy Middle

by Susan

>Ah, the saggy middle. Now, I’m not talking about my abs that need a minimum of 100 crunches an hour or even a tummy tuck (although, that would be fabulous). No, I’m talking about the author’s plight of hitting the middle of her story and wondering how to get through to the end. It’s the time in a lot of writers’ lives where little writing…

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Aug
2010
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Are you a nail biter? Nose picker?

by Susan

>Now that I’ve got your attention, I have an assignment for you, fellow friends, writers, family members. I’m currently at work on deepening my characters for That Sounds Vaguely Familiar. To make my characters real, stand out, feel believable, I often borrow certain characteristics from people I’ve met. (Yes, if you read enough of my material, you might see something a little familiar…nothing too personal, though…I hope!)Your assignment: Send…

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Aug
2010
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I Can Still Cat Walk

by Susan

>There’s something magical about sharing time with pre-adolescent girls who are dabbling in make-up, waking up to crushes, and in love with beautiful clothes. As I sit here in the quiet of the morning, sipping my Columbia di Kirkland, a smile spreads across my lips as I recall the night with my daughter and her best friend. It could have been an ordinary sleep-over: late night…

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Aug
2010
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High School…revisiting, beginning

by Susan

>Last night, had I been blogging, I would have written through blurry eyes courtesy of the Cosmopolitan that I sipped during my, gulp, 26th high school reunion. Even as “I Want Candy” banged out through the room as I hugged classmates and listened to tales of children, divorce, and even death, my writer’s brain began to compose today’s post. The timing of this multi-class reunion is…

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Aug
2010
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Exciting Writing News from One Tired Mommy

by Susan

>Okay, you asked, so I’ll tell. With a glass of water (how boring) by my side (it’s late…don’t want to get up thirty times tonight…sorry…TMI), I’ll share about my writing contest. About four months ago, after much encouragement by my writing partner Christina Mercer, I entered a few writing contests. One involved my first novel, Out of Breath. At the beginning of July, I heard that I…

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Aug
2010
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A nice cold Diet Coke and we’re off!

by Susan

>I’m all set. I’m going to start a blog. Hmm…I’m kind of thirsty. Mid-90′s, too hot for PG Tips tea. Ohh…I think there’s a Diet Coke with my name on it. Okay, I’m back. And that’s about how it goes for me, the writer, to get focused on my writing. I need just the right atmosphere: quiet…I mean really quiet (i.e.: the children are in…

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Aug
2010

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