Building an Onion

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By Christina Mercer Mastering the craft of writing is like building an onion from the middle out. You start with a core idea and layer on skill and practice and knowledge over a number of years. With every layer you cry your eyes out over failures, successes, and sheer exhaustion, until you build it big enough and with a tough … Read More

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I’ve Got Some Lovin’ To Do: Julia Park Tracey

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Look who stopped in on her virtual book tour — Indie-Visible’s own Julia Park Tracey.  Julia recently edited and published her late great-aunt Doris’s diaries from the 1920s, and continues to transcribe and share them on Facebook and Twitter. Julia hopped on a train in October, traveling 3800 miles on a traditional book tour to promote  I’ve Got Some Lovin’ … Read More

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Another Big Change in My Big Life (AKA: I Quit My Day Job)

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By Tomi L. Wiley When I was young, my parents had dinner parties and people over – friends from the tiny community I grew up in (I think the population still hovers around 800 people, give or take), business colleagues, people I didn’t know at the time but who would play large parts in my life later. As an only … Read More

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Giving Up is Hard to Do–My Big Oh

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By Stephanie Naman National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) isn’t just about writing a novel in a month. It’s a gut check about where writing fits into your life. Sure, for the casual writer, it’s a fun exercise. “Can I really do this? Let’s find out?” But for those of us with ambitions (maybe even delusions) of making this our career, … Read More

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Writer’s Work

by Jordan Rosenfeld In honor of all the hardworking writers, those hauling ass through National Novel Writing Month, and those plodding with determined patience through Every Other Damn Month When I Write and Nobody Cares, I felt it was time to write about the down and dirty truth of being a writer. As this column suggests, never would anyone say … Read More

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Experience…My Big Oh

By Stephanie Naman Made you look, didn’t I? Admit it, you thought a blog called My Big Oh would be filled with fifty shades of sexcapades, right? The kind you’re not supposed to click on at work. But you clicked anyway. It’s ok, I don’t judge. But I’ll save those stories till we get to know each other better. Till … Read More

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The Banana Slug Correlation

By Elizabeth Beechwood I found a banana slug today on my walk down Soos Creek Trail. There it was in all of its banana slug glory – at least six inches long and bright yellow, chugging across the black asphalt, leaving a froth of slime in its wake. For something that small and slow, it was steaming forward at an … Read More

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Fall Into…My Big Unknown

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By Sharon Wong Almost Staring Into The Abyss Of late, my life has come to resemble a requisite coming-of-age plot. Two months ago, I, the female protagonist in my early twenties, moved to the Big Apple to pursue my destiny as a writer. And as such a premise would dictate, never a dull day has passed since. Among other things, … Read More

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Seeing Paradise

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By Sharisse Coulter Sight is an interesting sense. Especially for writers. It’s our most subjective sense–allowing us to focus or not, to interpret, to see what’s in our periphery or turn our heads. Unlike, say smell. It’s much easier to avert one’s eyes than stop the stench of a subway, for instance. But of course, the best inspiration comes (at … Read More

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Farsighted, by Emlyn Chand

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Reviewed by Christina Mercer High school is tough enough for most people, but Alex Kosmitoras has the added challenge of blindness. His home life isn’t peachy either, with an irritable out-of-work father and an overprotective mom. But his most difficult challenge arrives in the form of disturbing “visions” of the future. When new girl, Simmi, moves to the small Midwestern … Read More

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