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The value of experience.

December 21, 2013

This year, my husband’s family and I went out to cut down our own Christmas trees. Now, this may seem like a no-brainer. Maybe I’m the only person who thinks this is totally fucking cool. I mean, we actually got to hike out into the mountains, pick out our own tree, and cut it down (using a chainsaw, for goodness sake), then drag it back down the mountain, pile it into our truck, and drive it back home. Like… Isn’t that really freaking awesome!? No? Okay. You see, my family didn’t do this kind of thing growing up. The little town we lived in was kind of remote, and it was full of miners who worked hard all day long for their living. The last thing they wanted to do when they got off work was to hike out to cut down a tree. Almost everyone I knew went down to the nearest store and bought their farmed Christmas trees. […]


Embrace your bad writing.

November 26, 2013

Have you ever had a day when everything you seem to write comes out like absolute crap? You erase line after line of text because it just isn’t right, and no matter what you do you can’t get that “magic tone” you’re looking for. You try what they tell you to try. You walk away from it and come back to see if you like it better once you’ve had a break. You write something different for a while and start over later to see if you have better luck. You even take a shot of tequila, because someone somewhere once said having a serving of alcohol helped the creative juices flow. And yet, you still hate everything that’s coming out. These days can be really disheartening, especially if there are other things going on that make us feel like we just can’t do it. We all want to believe everything we write is pure gold–and usually we do. Most […]


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