Monday morning blog posts should be inspiring. They should provide the reader something to take with them on their week, sort of like the homily is supposed to do on the weeks I go to mass. Usually I fail miserably short of that goal, and today, I can’t say I’ll reach it either. I’m under…

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How difficult is it to send an email that says, No thank you? Very difficult, let me tell you. I’ve been on the receiving end of those emails many times. Go check my email, in the folder labeled Rejections, and you’ll see what I mean. The myriad ways editors and agents have said “Not for…

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I sat in the front office, grading papers. My colleague, Ken, walked in, the usual coffee cup in hand. “You write that Great American Novel yet?” Ken knows all about my “other” life as a writer. In fact, he’s been a great champion of the cause, since he himself dabbles in photography. Over the last…

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