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About Em-dash Lady

Em-dash Lady enjoys creative writing most of all, but her interests include art forms from music to writing to visual art to indie films and so forth. She's especially interested in how the art forms influence each other and blend together. She's a creative writing teacher and writer who mostly writes memoir and poetry about her favorite activity, watching TV. I would say I'm kidding, but I'm not. Naps are also her favorite. Too many favorites to count! Enjoy following Em-dash Lady as she figures out how she fits in the ever-evolving world of art.

We’re moving!

HI everyone, This blog is getting a makeover!  I’ll be hosting a very similar blog at  It’s all about writing and other forms of art and creativity, especially in how genres work together and blend, such as writing with … Continue reading

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Perfectionism, my abominable foe

When I was young, I learned that I’d rather not complete a project than turn in an imperfect one.  I was a perfectionist with ambition, and the problem is that those qualities plus a deadline do not usually go well … Continue reading

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“Analysis will never trump feeling” …in music and poetry

On January 30, 2014, NPR published a short report called “4 Ways to Hear More in Music.” Recently at Full Sail, I hosted a workshop for students that covered basic poetry and memoir-writing concepts. One student asked if writing a … Continue reading

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Poetry Under a Tree and Shocking Me

The best poetry doesn’t have to be written under a tree.  It doesn’t have to shock through graphic violence or sex.  It can shock through a sigh.  Take the poem “The Cucumber” by Philip Nazim Hikmet: The snow is knee-deep … Continue reading

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Expectation vs. Reality in Writing 500 Days of Summer (2009), Dir. Mark Webb, starring Joseph Gordan-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel In life, we have expectations every day.  For optimists, they’re positive: they expect a productive day at work, compassion from their significant others, and that … Continue reading

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NPR’s Recommended Books of 2013 This is a really cool, interactive “list,” if you will, of books that NPR thought to be the best of 2013.  I highly recommend checking it out.

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Can we be inspired by social networking?

I’m a social-networker.  Scratch that.  I’m just a Facebooker.  I must check Facebook at least ten times a day.  I’m one of those people for whom Facebook may be replacing my social life, but that’s a post for another time, … Continue reading

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