Category: Blog

Twintervention: The Funeral – Day 1

What a lucky human I am! It has been nice to hear so many words of kindness and encouragement from people who I am sure are just shaking their heads at their computers. It’s interesting, but it feels so much like a death, doesn’t it? You still know I exist. I still know you exist.…
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Twintervention: Kicking the Twitter Addiction – Zero Hour

I have officially quit Twitter. Don’t get me wrong. It’s been a lot of fun. Too much fun in many cases. But, I’m now addicted to Twitter. It is taking over more and more of my time, effort, and energy. In addition, I’m just becoming way more emotionally attached to my Twitter friends than I…
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Dark Thoughts – My Writing Process

  Wow. I’ve been doing a lot of connecting with cool people lately, and this week has been one of the best ever for trying out new writing experiences. Not only did I get nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by my friend Amy Good, but I was asked to participate in a blog hop…
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I Want to Thank the Academy…

  Guess what?! That amazing, talented, and nice-smelling Amy Good nominated me for an award. ME!! Now, I just have to find all that gold bullion that she requested… Actually, I’m not paying her. In fact, she nominated me for The Most Versatile Blogger award without any kind of coercion whatsoever. This is a huge honor…
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It’s Only Crazy If It Doesn’t Work

  I saw a shirt the other day that read, “It’s only crazy if it doesn’t work.” It was a lovely Oregon Ducks shirt, maybe, or a Trailblazers hoodie. It was a testament to the insanity of “the fan.” These are the people who wear the same socks all season, do 4 jumping-jacks during every kickoff,…
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I’m Just So Mean

  Last night, I knelt down with my daughter to say our little nightly prayer. She proceeded to wax poetic about her life (I’m glad she is thankful, but perhaps naming every single animal from the Yellowstone documentary we watched was a bit excessive). She followed this up with, “I pray that my mom can…
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5 Questions to Ask Before You Start Your First Copywriting Job

  Over the last 10 years of writing radio scripts, explainer videos, web sites and commercials, I’ve come to realize that there are some really important questions you should be asking before you get started on your first copywriting job. This is assuming you’ve done the hard part – set up an online profile at…
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Death of the Muse

  I have been very involved recently – Attempting to move to the middle of nowhere (a.k.a Montana), starting my own business with actual employees and getting my grubby little hands involved in the #FP website (which I designed and am maintaining). All of this is being done on the side of my regular work…
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Leia: Lessons from a True Princess

Princesses get a bad rap. They usually have nice clothes, sing to wild animals and generally act happier than anyone else in the room. Disney was wise to poke fun at themselves in the beautifully naïve character of Giselle in Enchanted. The culminating moment? When the saccharine princess finds out that she has learned to…
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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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