Friday the 13th and other (writing) superstitions

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It's Friday the 13th! You know what's funny? I don't consider myself a particularly superstitious person, but Friday the 13th still holds a mysterious symbolism for me. I don't necessarily equate it with anything evil or dangerous, personally, and the number 13 doesn't strike me as particularly lucky or unlucky. (Indeed, I find it funny that people stopped labeling the 13th floors of buildings Continue Reading...

Top 10 Literary Vacations #ShelfLove

Top 10 Literary Vacations
ACK! I have been doing horribly at the #ShelfLove Challenge to read books from my own shelves... but then again, I've also been failing miserably at reading books in general. Life has gotten really busy, and book writing has taken precedence over book reading, at the moment. Still, I like their theme for May, which is "Summer Vacation," so here (in no particular order) are my Top 10 Literary Continue Reading...

The Liebster Award: 365K Club week 18

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It’s that time of the week again: time for another 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please… April 30, Day 121: 676 words May 1, Day 122: 725 words May 2, Day 123: 1,789 words May 3, Day 124: 562 words May 4, Day 125: 220 words May 5, Day 126: 439 words May 6, Day 127: 1,374 words That’s a grand total of 5,786 words for the week, 5,109 for the month, and 74,031 Continue Reading...

A Story A Day: Week 1

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I've been writing A Story A Day, as promised, and my mailing list subscribers have been reading them. Some have even offered me awesome feedback! In case you've been curious, here's what has happened so far: [author_list style="star"] Day 1 (5/1): A mysterious postcard arrives Day 2 (5/2): Bora Bora is beautiful this time of year Day 3 (5/3): Foreign languages are tricky... even Continue Reading...

Top 10 things I learned during this year’s #AtoZChallenge

A to Z wrapup
Writing about Chicago from A to Z has been an interesting experience. While I certainly didn't get to cover everything I brainstormed before the A to Z Challenge began, I definitely enjoyed learning more about my hometown as I was researching each post. In case you missed any of my posts, you can read all of them in order here. In no particular order, here are the Top 10 Things I Learned Continue Reading...