HappyThankYouMorePlease and the Truth about LA

by Laura on September 27, 2011

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I’m missing my home in Santa Monica because I’ve been away for a while. Fall is creeping up here in the Midwest, with gloomy skies and changing leaves. While some of it’s nice, I miss my sunshine. I miss the ocean breeze. I miss the atmosphere. So you can imagine I was happy with the […]

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Review: “Forks Over Knives”

by Laura on September 13, 2011

in Issues,Reviews

Just finished viewing Forks Over Knives (now available on Instant Netflix), and I think it’s changed my life. Dial Down the Junk The change has taken several years, actually. Some time ago, I started liking higher quality food in general over the packed and processed kind. The biggest change was switching from mass market milk […]

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Electricity and Hurricanes

August 29, 2011

Writing a trilogy—writing anything—that has to do with climate change implies research. Lots of it. In my journey to become as fully informed as possible, I had my eyes opened on things that I’ve never understood before. Did You Know? For example, did you know that if you have a plugged-in lamp over your shoulder […]

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Things I Write About

August 22, 2011

Back in the day (six months ago), I launched this blog as a way to get on the radar as a writer. Logically, then, I started by mostly writing about what I was doing, which was exactly that—mostly writing. Trouble is, if you write mostly about writing, your readers will mostly be other writers. Whom […]

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Kill Them. Kill Them Before They Multiply.

August 17, 2011

Remember this from junior high? You’d get something on your school lunch tray that was indiscernible as food. Some sort of green gelatinous mass or a weird sludge-colored pasty thing. Invariably the local class cut-up (on whom you had a secret crush) would take a plastic spork and stab into it, shouting, “Kill it! Kill […]

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How I Got 15 Decent Pages

August 10, 2011

This writing thing. For all the years I’ve been doing this, I’m just now learning what it feels like to have a few decent pages. These are pages I have no doubt about, pages I could show to anyone and be sure they’d think it’s a good story. Pages that don’t waste anyone’s time. Pages […]

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What I Learned in Jackson Hole

July 7, 2011

Well, the first thing I learned is that Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is different from the town of Jackson itself, but the writer’s conference is still called the Jackson Hole Writer’s Conference. Beautiful country up there. Gave me an expanded sense of this nation of ours. Wide spaces, huge skies, high altitudes, mountains so close you […]

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Improv [Writing] Tip #9: Avoid Questions.

June 13, 2011

(#9 in a series of tips from my improv class that struck me as applying to writing.) Improv [Writing] Tip #9: Avoid questions. “What do you do?” is wasted dialog; instead say, “Being a cop must be hard.” Another eye opening tip from improv. Here’s an example of what not to do: SCENE OPENS Malcolm […]

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