Woo-hoo!

Woo-hoo!

Hoorah! Celebrate! Yay! Wowza! We did it!

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Writing for Tucson Guide: A Love Letter

Writing for Tucson Guide: A Love Letter

Dear Tucson Guide, Happy anniversary, dear. I’m sure you’re not aware that our 20th is coming up. Don’t feel bad; I almost didn’t catch it either. But last week, I was looking at my files after turning in my Fall/Winter 2016 story to you. I noticed that the first one I ever submitted ran in Fall 1996: All […]

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Born 2 Freelance

Born 2 Freelance

I thought I had slunk, ashamed and abject, out of my job as a newspaper editor. A caricature by the paper’s cartoonist suggests otherwise.

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Our Books, Our Childhoods

Our Books, Our Childhoods

The books we loved as children are imbued with our memories. Is it possible to share them? Maybe not — but we still try.

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WriPaMyMeNo, Day 30: An Interview with the Author

WriPaMyMeNo, Day 30: An Interview with the Author

.In this final post of my November memoir challenge, I sum up what I’ve accomplished and what I still hope to accomplish, using many subheads and bullets and lots of boldface text.

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WriPaMeNo, Day 29: It’s a Dog’s Life (Too)

WriPaMeNo, Day 29: It’s a Dog’s Life (Too)

Welcome to day 29 of the Write Part of My Memoir in November challenge, poor puppy edition.  Earlier today, I found myself filled with terror, followed by great pain. Stay with me here. The ordeal was over far more quickly than the telling will be. A dog of many beds It all started when I […]

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WriPaMyMeNo, Day 28: Revenge, Revisited

WriPaMyMeNo, Day 28: Revenge, Revisited

Revenge can work well in a memoir if deployed sparingly and strategically. Here are a few ideas of how.

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Of Friends and Frozen Turkeys I Sing

Of Friends and Frozen Turkeys I Sing

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday

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WriPaMemNo, Day 26: Are You Ready to Write a Memoir?

WriPaMemNo, Day 26: Are You Ready to Write a Memoir?

Are you ready to write a memoir? Here’s a selection of questions from a pop quiz in Mary Karr’s Art of the Memoir that might help.

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WriPaMemNo Day 25: To Curse or Not to Curse?

WriPaMemNo Day 25: To Curse or Not to Curse?

The persona of my memoir is no prude, but she doesn’t use curse words — although I do. Here’s why I make the distinction.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 24: Finding A Soundtrack

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 24: Finding A Soundtrack

I wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then: That’s the memoirist’s dilemma — and also my official soundtrack.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 23: Re-Reading the Past

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 23: Re-Reading the Past

Would one of the books that I found inspirational in high school — one that changed my life — hold up to scrutiny by the older me?

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