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Making Nice With My Inner Critic

I have an inner critic. Her name is Mildred. Mean Mildred. Meddling Mildred. She likes to tell me things that make me feel bad. She points out that I look old or that I’m not the weight I want to … Continue reading

17. August 2016 by Shannon
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On Facials

  Whenever I talk to a cosmetologist about getting a facial I can’t help but feel duped. Yesterday I spoke to a woman about the services offered at the salon where my boys were getting haircuts (yes, I take my … Continue reading

03. August 2016 by Shannon
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Ann Lamott’s Bird by Bird – a summary

I had the pleasure of presenting an in-class overview of Ann Lamott’s book Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life.  Her book is filled with so many nuggets of writing wisdom that I created this infographic to hang on … Continue reading

16. March 2016 by Shannon
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On loving and loathing

  Weekly prompt:  Write a character sketch of a person you have known well but have very mixed feelings about. You like them and you loathe them. You are attracted to them, but they annoy you. You keep hanging out … Continue reading

09. March 2016 by Shannon
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The Collector

Weekly writing prompt: From www.voiceheartvision.com: Building on your own experience as a collector, or your observations of a collector in your world, write about a situation (fictional or non) in which a collector goes out on a limb, putting himself—or his … Continue reading

16. February 2016 by Shannon
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The Watch

Weekly prompt: Write a flash piece about an encounter with a stranger.   I like to defy conventional stereotypes. Or, at least I try to. The “dumb blonde” stereotype has haunted me my entire life. Mostly I am able to turn … Continue reading

09. February 2016 by Shannon
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An Open Letter to My Home Owner’s Association

Welcome my hilarious guest blogger, Patrick from CleverHumans.com!   RE: My Lawn Dear Homeowner’s Association, I am writing in regard to the letter I received yesterday about how despicable my house’s appearance is. I moved into this house a short three months … Continue reading

08. February 2016 by Shannon
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Food for Thought

Weekly writing prompt: Write a scene where you’re grappling with one of your writing obstacles. It was time to write.  I sat in my brand new Herman Miller Aeron chair, compliments of my incredible husband who believes in my writing … Continue reading

03. February 2016 by Shannon
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Behind the lens

Weekly writing prompt: What do you want more of in 2016?  What do you want less of in 2016?   I can’t believe I have to do this.  I’m a 37-year old man and I have homework from my therapist.  … Continue reading

25. January 2016 by Shannon
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Marijuana and grapes

I’m the youngest of three and as such I spent a lot of time in the car with my mom running errands and taking my older brothers to their various and sundry commitments. I had a lot of deep thoughts … Continue reading

21. January 2016 by Shannon
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