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A New Year Every Day

I paid more attention than usual this year to people’s New Year’s resolutions and to the obligatory articles in the media about the most common resolutions and how long people keep them. Unsurprisingly, people want to improve their health, financial … Continue reading

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We Don’t Need Books to Free. We Need Them to be Brilliant.

When I’m meeting people for the first time, some of them want to confess: “Bless me, Librarian, for I have sinned. It has been four years since I last read a book.” People tell me this sheepishly (and quite unbidden. … Continue reading

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Lobbing Nerf Rocks

At a workshop I attended recently, Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 series, shared a rule, well-known among screenwriters, that I had never heard before: “Chase your character up a tree and throw rocks at him.” It’s smart advice: … Continue reading

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Perfect Whole, Superstorm Sandy Edition

We are grateful to have come through the storm safe and well, with no property damage, though I did not at all like the threatening looks one old, majestic oak was casting in the direction of my dining room. It … Continue reading

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“One Lovely Blog”

The lovely Canadian blogger Fransi Weinstein nominated Perfect Whole for something called the “One Lovely Blog” award. I looked into it, and the award is really more like a magnanimous game than an award, as such. There will be, sadly, … Continue reading

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A Year Has Passed

This week is the anniversary of Perfect Whole’s first post. The post itself barely warrants notice, much less celebration. It explained why I was blogging (it was Neil Fein’s fault), my utterly uninteresting aversion to the word “blog,” and my … Continue reading

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I Don’t Have Time to Believe in Writer’s Block

Today’s bonus essay, “I Don’t Have Time to Believe in Writer’s Block,” can be read on Neil Fein’s blog, Magnificent Nose.  My conviction that writer’s block does not exist is matched in fervor by Neil’s belief that cross-posting is bad … Continue reading

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Part II. Unknown Unknowns

Mock Donald Rumsfeld all you like for his famous “Unknown unknowns” remark about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but he was right: it’s the stuff you don’t know that you don’t know that will sneak up from behind and … Continue reading

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Part I. How Freewriting Can Ruin 18 Consecutive Birthday Cakes

Nineteen years ago, I sat under a tree in the oldest part of the Rutgers campus and began to freewrite, as instructed by the poet Deena Linett, my professor in the New Jersey Writing Project.  The idea behind the NJ … Continue reading

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The Turret

 The Turret The house, the one I will never have, is a Queen Anne Victorian with a large wraparound porch, a Painted Lady with gingerbread trim, oddly-shaped windows, and stained glass.  It features little rooms that pop up in unexpected … Continue reading

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