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This Week’s Writing Prompts-Feb. 25-March 2, 2016

Daily Prompt #1 At the Florida retreat, Carmela Pedicini had a great idea for me: to give a daily prompt or inspiration on this site. Let’s see how many days…

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What Nerissa “Read” in 2015–Mini Book Reports

(Tiny, mostly useless and underwhelming, subjective thoughts based on listening to these books on Audible.) Note: I could not call myself a reader if it weren’t for Audible. I hate…

Parenting/The Full Catastrophe

Writing Process

Reading and Writing

The night before last, I came up from my writing group to kiss my daughter goodnight. She was wrapped up in her comforter, reading–as usual. The book she was reading…

Music

Nields

Parenting/The Full Catastrophe

Suzuki

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Who Needs the Bravermans?

I’ve been watching the now defunct TV show Parenthood recently. Skip this paragraph if you don’t want spoilers. I am up to Season 4, and just saw the episode where Victor…

Parenting/The Full Catastrophe

Writing Process

Waking up at 5am to Write

My daughter turned nine this week. Nine is the age of competency in my mind. “The nine-year-old is no longer a mere child,” quoth the fabled child psychiatrist Arnold Gesell….

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Why We Practice

Like last month’s ground hog, I am poking my head up from the depths of winter to see if it’s safe to come out. Today’s thaw saw me abandon my…

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What It Means to Do Work

I am sticking my head up for a moment to say I am here. We are playing two shows in NYC area this weekend: Friday at Rockwood Music Hall on…

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Why You Should Think About Your Fans Instead of Your Critics

People want to like you. They want to like your band. They want to like your novel. When I am listening to the radio, I am not in critic mode….

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Writing It Up in the Garden Summer Camp

Words can’t really begin to express how much I loved the Writing It Up in the Garden Summer Camp experience. I am homesick for it already, even though I am…