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Tears, Faith & Rage: Making Babies is Hard

There are things that make me cry. Commercials about farmers. Dogs that die in books. Onions. I don’t like it. I come from a house where my mom is a notorious cryer. Every Christmas, we get together on Christmas Eve and my mom pulls out the old “Littlest Angel” book to read out loud. Every…
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Stop Setting Yourself on Fire! 10 Ways to Avoid First-Year Teacher Burnout

As we move into the school year towards what I call, “The Dead Zone of March,” teachers start to get a little…grumpy. It’s still a few months from the end of the year, there are few holiday days to take off the edge, and you’ve run out of ideas for your students who are just…
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Packaging

Here I am, as always, writing from the shadows. I am at the furthest edge of the darkest corner of the giant pond of talented storytellers. I have no distinguishing markings. I am not an adorable rainbow trout of a writer like Suzanne Collins or Chuck Wending. Even little kids can see one of them…
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The $2,000 Tampons – A Disgusting Story About My Stupid Pug

Forgive me, readers, for I have sinned. It has been over a month since my last annoying blog confession. And feminine products are to blame. In my life, there has been a clear and obvious trend that I no longer try to avoid. It’s called, “The universal law of everything all at once.” What this…
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10 Best (and Worst) Freelance Copywriting Jobs

The truth is, copywriting is a pretty easy business to get into, as long as you know what you’re doing and you have some self-esteem. From writing to making invoices, it can be an easy job but a demanding one too, especially if you don’t have the tools that will make your life a lot…
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90 Scary Movies That Aren’t Rated R

I just realized that I have done you a disservice. As a fellow LDS-lady, I don’t usually watch Rated-R movies because I’m not supposed to. But, that doesn’t stop me from wanting to get into the Halloween spirit and watch something really scary during the month of October. I have one of the best music…
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Constant Reader: An Open Letter to Stephen King

As you all know, I am an avid writer and an even more avid reader. I love taking short story writing prompts and losing myself in the story I write. Only a handful of people ever read my stories but it still feels nice knowing they got lost in a world I created. And I…
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Night Gallery – The 15 Episodes You Should Watch This Halloween

I didn’t realize how cool Night Gallery was until it showed up on Hulu+ about 4 years ago. Needless to say, I remembered the name drop in So I Married An Axe Murderer and I decided that, if earwigs that laid babies in you brain were involved, I should probably be there too. I was not…
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Middle School Sucks

  I’m gonna guess that if you’re reading my blog, you are no longer in middle school. Or, if you are, you have somehow hijacked your parent’s computer and are frantically trying to Google “How to delete browser history.” Good luck with that. Middle school is awful. For most of my life, I have believed…
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How Wearing No Makeup Got a Hispanic Lady to Call the Cops on Me

I’m not what you call, “A normal person.” My priorities are, in order: 1. My daughter 2. My husband 3. My writing 4. Everything else I wake up early, work like a dog, get my daughter out of bed, throw some food at her and then whisk her away to school. It’s lucky for her…
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Building a One Match Fire

I was thinking about fire this morning. About building fires, exactly. My dad is a master fire-builder, splitting piney logs until they looked like matchsticks, layering them horizontal, crossing each other to make a tiny roofless house, newspaper always in the middle. Of course he talks the whole time, figuring the placement of each element…
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Because – An Argument for Belief

Because I am a writer. Because I want to make a difference. Because I really care about people and the world. Because my checking account is at $136.00 Because I have always loved telling stories. Because I have already lived a thousand lives inside my own head. Because I really can make a difference. Because…
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