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Woo-hoo!

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

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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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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 22: Murder, She Wrote

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 22: Murder, She Wrote

Since I can’t sustain the anger that fuels polemical writing in my humorous pieces, I have to commit cold-blooded murder — of my words.

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First They Came for the Jews. They’re Still Coming.

First They Came for the Jews. They’re Still Coming.

Anti-refugee sentiment is wrong, whether aimed at the Jews during World War II or the Muslims today. Don’t believe anti-Semitism is a thing of the past, however.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 20:  Hacks and Flacks

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 20: Hacks and Flacks

In writing, as in life, sometimes the perfect is the enemy of the good.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 19: The Present Is Postscript

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 19: The Present Is Postscript

With knowledge comes responsibility — and an urge to revise your manuscript. Stop me before I learn again.

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Write Part of My Memoir In November, Day 18: My Dog & Marcel Proust

Write Part of My Memoir In November, Day 18: My Dog & Marcel Proust

What do Marcel Proust, a small Tucson dog, and cold sesame noodles have in common? Read on.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 17: The Logic of Memory

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 17: The Logic of Memory

Logic, not the power of concentration or the poetry of free association, often helps me remember events from the past. What works for you?

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 16: Paris Edition

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 16: Paris Edition

My own private Paris, from the fantasies I had about the city as a French-studying high school student to the realities of Friday’s violence.

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WriPaMyMemNov, Day 15: When Imposter Syndrome Isn’t Imaginary

WriPaMyMemNov, Day 15: When Imposter Syndrome Isn’t Imaginary

How I got my first travel writing assignment: An excerpt from Getting Naked for Money.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 14: Writer as Serial Monogomist

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 14: Writer as Serial Monogomist

Don’t call me a dilettante because I like to shift writing topics. I am, instead, a literary serial monogamist.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 13: No Laurel Resting

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 13: No Laurel Resting

Why can’t I just enjoy finishing a chapter? Why do I have to write the rest of my book? These are questions for which I know the answer, but I am required to ask.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 12: Progress Report

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 12: Progress Report

When the going gets tough, the tough post statistics: 12 out of 16 chapters are more or less finished. And now I have a plug in to nag me.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 11: Beware Those Family Stories

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 11: Beware Those Family Stories

Those family stories you’re accustomed to hearing about yourself? They may not be true — or only partially. Check it out.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 9: Confidence Game, Pt. 2

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 9: Confidence Game, Pt. 2

A semi-scatological contemplation of confidence, aging, and the bitchiness of karma.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 8: On Confidence, Part 1

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 8: On Confidence, Part 1

Writing is part inspiration, part perspiration, and part confidence. I’m pretty good at the first two, but the third always proves very slippery.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 7: Woo Woo

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 7: Woo Woo

A cynical memoirist has a woo-woo experience. It didn’t make me give up drinking or anything but maybe it made my book a bit kinder.

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WriPaMyMeNo, Day 6: The Dead Can’t Dispute Your Version of Events

WriPaMyMeNo, Day 6: The Dead Can’t Dispute Your Version of Events

My parents are no longer alive, so it’s too bad my childhood wasn’t worth writing about. Many of the people I’m dissing are still kicking.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 5: Curse You, Mary Karr!

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 5: Curse You, Mary Karr!

Avoiding memoirs, I bought a book on memoir writing. What I learned from it surprised me.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 4: Memoir vs Autobiography

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 4: Memoir vs Autobiography

The line between autobiography and memoir is often blurred, and I’m not sure where Getting Naked for Money fits. Should I call it a memography? An automoir?

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 3: What’s My (Desire) Line?

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 3: What’s My (Desire) Line?

Welcome to Day 3 of my scattershot look at the memoir-writing process. When I started writing Getting Naked for Money, I had what I thought was a pretty good idea of how to structure the book. I would focus on only one part of my life, the years that involved travel editing and writing, and move the story along chronologically, […]

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 2: Researching Your Past

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 2: Researching Your Past

Memory is notoriously unreliable. Reconstructing one’s past for a memoir takes a surprising amount of research.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November (WPOMMIN) Challenge, Day 1

Write Part of My Memoir in November (WPOMMIN) Challenge, Day 1

Call it Write Part of My Memoir in November or Post-Kickstarter Kick Myself in the Butt Month. Or use a silly acronym. Just read it, okay?

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I’m Single. And I’m Celebrating.

I’m Single. And I’m Celebrating.

It’s Unmarried and Single Americans Week, and people who chose to live on their own have plenty of reasons to celebrate. Here are some of mine.

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Contest: Help Me Write a Funny Sex Scene for My Memoir

Contest: Help Me Write a Funny Sex Scene for My Memoir

Those of you who know about my successful Kickstarter campaign know I’m a big fan of crowdfunding. Now I’ve decided to try something new: crowdwriting. Some Background I’ve been going over the chapters I wrote of Getting Naked for Money in preparation for sending as much of the book as I’ve completed to an editor.  A few people […]

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My Muse Madeleine: How My Dog Helped Me Crowdfund My Memoir

My Muse Madeleine: How My Dog Helped Me Crowdfund My Memoir

Every dog needs a job. If you’re an author, considering getting yours to help with a crowdfunding campaign.

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Writing, Red-Pencilling & Online Dating: Sex and the Single Editor

Writing, Red-Pencilling & Online Dating: Sex and the Single Editor

Since I completed a successful Kickstarter campaign, I’ve been on another mission: I want to take the stigma out of self publishing. Even more ambitious than doing a Kickstarter, eh? I realize I can’t single-handedly change negative perceptions of books that lie outside the traditional publishing realm. I can, however, try to make my book a worthy ambassador from the […]

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Journalistic Ethics, Concern Trolls & Other Meaty Matters

Journalistic Ethics, Concern Trolls & Other Meaty Matters

Is there such a thing as journalistic purity? Can you expect rationality from a troll? These are some of the meaty matters I discuss here.

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Life After Kickstarter, 1: Your Book Had Better Not Suck

Life After Kickstarter, 1: Your Book Had Better Not Suck

During this post-Kickstarter limbo period, I reflect on the benefits beyond the financial ones of my campaign, on living up to my contributors’ expectations, and more.

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I’ve Looked at Copy from Both Sides Now: Straddling the Editorial Desk

I’ve Looked at Copy from Both Sides Now: Straddling the Editorial Desk

Think travel writing is glamorous — and lucrative? This excerpt from Getting Naked for Money will change your mind.

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What Caitlyn Jenner & My Kickstarter Have in Common

What Caitlyn Jenner & My Kickstarter Have in Common

I was quick to rush to judgment on Caitlyn Jenner, especially on the age inappropriateness of her pose. Maybe I should look in the mirror.

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Dispatches from the Final Week of My Kickstarter Campaign

Dispatches from the Final Week of My Kickstarter Campaign

Lessons learned from a Kickstarter campaign include forgoing pride, being persistent, and moving on when something doesn’t work. And being shameless.

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The Cactus Bowl Commences! New Kickstarter Mini-Contest

The Cactus Bowl Commences! New Kickstarter Mini-Contest

With 9 days left in the Kickstarter campaign, I’m upping the ante, and putting loyalty to my adopted home on the line. If enough new contributors vote for Team Phoenix-Scottsdale vs Team Tucson, I will tweet allegiance to another city!

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Kickstarter Challenge: We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Cupcakes

Kickstarter Challenge: We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Cupcakes

Keeping it real: this strategy to focus attention on the campaign uses social media in the old fashioned sense, a direct connection between friends

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5 Travel Books That Won’t Help You Plan a Holiday

5 Travel Books That Won’t Help You Plan a Holiday

As part of our Summer Reading series, guidebook author Jules Brown choses 5 travel books that will not help you plan a vacation (or, as he puts it, because he is a Brit, a holiday).

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Lydia Davis Is In My Kickstarter Video

Lydia Davis Is In My Kickstarter Video

One of the most unlikely people to turn up in a Kickstarter video — or a deli — Lydia Davis has nevertheless been in both with me.

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How I Came to Love Food Writing: Gault Millau & My Veal Parmigiana Epiphany

How I Came to Love Food Writing: Gault Millau & My Veal Parmigiana Epiphany

I was not very sophisticated about food when I started editing the Gault Millau guides at Prentice Hall Press, but was very open to learning after my 6th grade veal parmigiana epiphany.

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5 Useful Free Books for Creative Entrepreneurs (+ 1 Fun One)

5 Useful Free Books for Creative Entrepreneurs (+ 1 Fun One)

A short roundup by guest blogger Laura E. Kelly of some great free resource books for all the creative entrepreneurs out there.

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5 Books That Transport You to Other Worlds

5 Books That Transport You to Other Worlds

What are you reading this summer? What would you suggest others peruse? My summer reading series kicks off with five books that transport us to other worlds, selected by Judith Fein

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Kickstarter Roundup #1 + Memorial Day Weekend Special

Kickstarter Roundup #1 + Memorial Day Weekend Special

The first week’s Kickstarter successes, a doggie-version of the video, and a Memorial Day Weekend special!

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And My Kickstarter Campaign is Live!

And My Kickstarter Campaign is Live!

And so the Kickstarter campaign begins! I think you’ll get a kick out of the video and hope you’ll support the book.

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Backing a Kickstarter Project 101

Backing a Kickstarter Project 101

Never had experience with a crowdfunded project before? Here are some basics about what it means to support my book on Kickstarter.

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Why Crowdfund? Why Kickstarter?

Why Crowdfund? Why Kickstarter?

Getting close to launching my Kickstarter campaign — next week! — I explain some of the behind-the-scenes rationales and decisions.

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Creating a Book Cover: Castrating Venus & Other Design Challenges

Creating a Book Cover: Castrating Venus & Other Design Challenges

Creating my book cover image involved an extensive collaborative process. In the end, Venus looked less angry and less like she had a penis.

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Ode to My New TV

Ode to My New TV

Replacing the items stolen during my robbery gave me no pleasure — until a new TV came into the picture.

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You’re Calling it WHAT? How I Decided on My Memoir’s Title

You’re Calling it WHAT? How I Decided on My Memoir’s Title

Getting Naked for Money? Misguided? I couldn’t decide on a title for my book until a friend helped me justify the racier pick.

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