I had some plans, both for reading and writing this week, but then Kate Messner‘s 59 Reasons to Write showed up and now everything else is on hold until I’m done. If the blog goes quiet for a couple of days, you’ll know why. I…

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I hate flan. There, I said it. I don’t know how I survived two summers in Spain, completely surrounded by flan-lovers. (Fortunately, there were also churros and chocolate.) Actually, my Puerto Rican relatives liked flan, too. And although that veritable chronicle of Latin cuisine, Cook’s…

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Food Fridays

Going from reading about the overcrowding and disorder in New York’s Five Points neighborhood (eight people or more to a two-room apartment) to the ladies room at AMC Lincoln Square just after “The Lego Movie” let out.

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The scariest question in the English language is, “What’s your book about?” And you think, “I wrote it, so I should know. Right?” Alas, it does not work that way. I’ve spent an awful lot of time over the past two years considering different answers…

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The Writing Scene

Thank you for the good advice. Thank you for the inspiration. Thank you for the writing education. Thank you for your industry knowledge. Thank you for your collegiality. Thank you for your recognition. I am so proud to be one of the two winners of…

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The Writing Scene

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Since I finished my novel in Dec., I’ve submitted it to a couple of contests (both in its entirety and selected sections), printed up a nice copy for my family for as a Christmas present and started blogging. In my day life I’m a technical writer, so in that same period of time I’ve written a few white papers, articles and a lot of notes for more white papers and articles. Like 90% of the writing population, I’ve used Microsoft Word for all of this.

I suspect that there is a better way.
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Tech Tips for Writers

The Writing Scene

The murders in France this week emphasized the importance of writing—especially writing as a political, potentially insidious act—but I couldn’t bear to write this week’s Food Friday post. I’ll add something more over the weekend. Write well, my friends. Nous sommes Charlie.

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My eyeballs were cold today. Really. Still, it was something like 37 below in Chicago. I am greateful for small mercies. And fleece-lined tights.

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