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How I Got Started as a Writer

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Lots of writers get asked about their origin stories. For some reason, people want to know what prompted that all-important life-changing moment. What makes a person take that crucial step? It has to be something compelling, something important, something meaningful…right? For me, it was a soap opera. A soap opera with an alien. I kid you not. General Hospital circa …

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Guys, I Have a Webcam

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If you’ve seen the classic chick flick 10 Things I Hate About You, you already know how I feel about this post. Remember that part when Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is trying to persuade Patrick (Heath Ledger) to have another try at dating Katarina Stratford (Julia Stiles)? “Sacrifice yourself on the altar of dignity and even the score,” Cameron says. “Don’t …

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I Have a Theory

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What if all the things you’re afraid of are things that killed you or hurt you in a previous life? I had a lot of irrational fears when I was little. Among them: spiders (okay, maybe not so irrational) lighting matches heights lightning One day, I started trying to figure out why I was terrified to light a match. Grown-ups …

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What’s in a Name?

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Answer the following question: If you could choose your name, what would you pick? Seems like such a simple question, right? As I tried to answer it recently, I sat with my fingers poised over the keyboard, waiting for the answer to come. It didn’t. Every possible choice tied me up in angst-filled existential knots. For the record, let me state that …