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“Stuffed Feelings”

Mary Kate hurried Sean out the front door. She handed him one of the two stuffed animals, which she clutched in her hands. “We’re going to be late for marriage counselling. Here’s Sylvester. I’m taking Tweety.” Sean had purchased Tweety for her on their honeymoon in Paris. It was six months later and his patience …

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The Short of It

I recently shifted my writing efforts from the long form (novels) to focus on writing short stories. I did this for the following two reasons: Craft Marketing Writing short stories are a great way to hone the various elements which make up good writing: Character Description Voice Plot Setting In addition, since short stories are, …

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My Writing Sidekick

I first set my eyes on my dog Clancy ten years ago when I was teaching English at a suburban Philadelphia high school and would stop every morning to buy lunch at a grocery store. We had been thinking of adding a dog to our family and so one morning I wandered over to the …

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Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway

Self-doubt—the Number One Offender I have come to the conclusion that I am a real writer as evidenced by the self-doubt that began to creep into my mind last week regarding my abilities and this crazy career path which I embarked on over three years ago. An example of my writing malaise include these blogs, …

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I Stalked John Sayles

I discovered and fell head over heels for independent, foreign, and repertoire films in the early 1980s. I fondly recall my first visit to the Ritz 3 Movies in Society Hill, which was one of the few Philadelphia cinemas screening these types of films during that period. The feature that day really blew my mind, …

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My Book Connections

I love books and enjoy reading, searching for, and collecting them. I find a lot of my treasured keepsakes at independent and used book stores. I’d like to recommend several independent book emporiums in the Philadelphia region which I frequent. In the South Philly/Center City area, I patronize Head House Books https://www.headhousebooks.com/ and the Joseph …

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Reading is Fundamental

When I arrived three years ago for my first residency at Wilkes University’s MA program in Creative Writing, I had my doubts about whether I was even worthy to be there. In other words, I questioned whether I even qualified to be in the company of my peers and the great writer/teachers who made up …

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Blue Collar Writers

An editor from a highly respected independent publisher, who subsequently has been hired by a Big Five publisher, reviewed and provided notes for my novel while I was in the MFA program at Wilkes University. He told me that the voices of writers like myself, who come from lower middle class backgrounds, are underrepresented in …

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Stray Cat Blues

I received some much needed encouragement and inspiration from our local stray cat yesterday. I’m a dog person at heart, but have come to admire this creature, which I have named Catbert. This badass kitty has somehow managed to survive several winters through his skills and determination. I related this cat’s steadfastness in opposition to …

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For This I Give Thanks

It was exactly three years ago before the Thanksgiving break that I made the decision to leave teaching in order to pursue my dream of becoming a full-time writer. I was full of trepidation and self-doubt when I arrived at my first residency at Wilkes University’s MA program in Creative Writing, which only confirmed that …

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