10 Observations From My Trip

Posted Mar 29 2010

1)All New York dog-walkers wear the exact same expression, a look that says, “Why the fuck do I own a dog in New York City?” 2)If you spend four 10-hour days listening to Robert McKee spike his lecture with the word “fuck” with the same panache that Emeril spikes his recipes with garlic, you will […]

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Fiction Friday: The McKee Story

Posted Mar 26 2010 in

Last weekend, I attended Robert McKee’s Story conference in New York. A woman from St. Paul who also attended called it a “life-changing event.” I don’t know that I feel that strongly, but I did walk away with a much deeper understanding of how a compelling story is built, as well as some tools for […]

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Old Joke #36

Posted Mar 25 2010 in

This one made me cackle. Loudly. Morris and his wife Esther went to the state fair every year, and every year Morris would say, “Esther, I’d like to ride in that helicopter”. Esther always replied, “I know Morris, but that helicopter ride is 50 dollars and 50 dollars is 50 dollars”. One year Esther and […]

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In Defense of a Marriage

Posted Mar 19 2010 in

My daughter came out to me when she was nineteen. It would not have been my first choice for her life. If she had said, “I think I’m gay,” or even “I’m gay, Mom,” I might have been able to convince myself that she was mistaken, lured from her moorings by an older girl. But, […]

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Web Wednesday: A St. Paddy’s Day Joke

Posted Mar 17 2010 in

An attractive blonde from County Cork in the auld country arrives at the Casino. Reeking of whiskey and a bit unsteady on her feet, she bets twenty-thousand Euros on a single roll of the dice. “I hope ye won’t be mindin’,” she says, “but I always feel luckier when I’m in the nip.” And stripping […]

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Old Joke #34

Posted Mar 15 2010 in

At a sharing session in a kindergarten class, a little boy announced, “My daddy has two penises.” The teacher was taken aback. “Two?” she said before she could stop herself. The little boy nodded vigorously. “He has one he uses to pee.” By now the teacher had recovered. “That’s very nice,” she said, “but we […]

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Old Joke #33

Posted Mar 14 2010 in

Upon hearing that her elderly grandfather had just passed away, Katie went straight to visit her 95 year-old grandmother and comfort her. When she asked how her grandfather had died, her grandmother replied, “He had a heart attack while we were making love on Sunday morning.” Horrified, Katie tells her grandmother that 2 people who […]

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Fiction Friday: Critique Groups

Posted Mar 13 2010 in

The value of critique groups can vary from life-changing to worse than useless. Why the wide swing? For a critique group to be useful, several things must be true: 1) Some members of the group must be more advanced, or at least have skills more advanced in some key area, than the writer. 2) The […]

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Web Wednesday: World Peas

Posted Mar 10 2010

Something about this, perhaps it’s very grossness, fascinated me….

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