Monthly Archives: November 2013

“Sometimes you need to eat a pound of chocolate and it’s not good for you, and sometimes you have to eat a salad and sometimes you need to eat a huge steak.” -Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie

Music and writing have many connections.  Often, song lyrics are compared to poetry, and, just as often, the poets get offended.  Billy Collins said it best in a recent interview on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me (2013) and in a Q&A … Continue reading

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A writer falls …

A writer falls in love with an idea and gets carried away. -Doris Lessing

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That is what le…

That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve known all your life, but in a different way. -Doris Lessing

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The Caffeine Question, Revisited With Research

I’ll admit it: I’m addicted to caffeine.  God, I love coffee and soda and tea.  Without it, I just drop like a fly hitting a plastic swatter.  The sad thing is, I’m completely dependent upon it.  Yes.  I’m Catherine, and … Continue reading

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Killing Your Darlings

It’s an often-given piece of advice in creative writing courses to “kill your darlings” if those elements get in the way of storytelling. What this means is that you might have to cut favorite lines, characters, plot points, and so … Continue reading

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