Category Archives: Posts by Catherine

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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Can Facebook, Twitter, and Blogging Make You a Better Writer?

First, check out the latest social networking stats: Facebook: 901 million monthly users of Facebook as of March 2012 (http://newsroom.fb.com/content/default.aspx?NewsAreaId=22) Twitter: 175 million Twitter user accounts as of March 31, 2011 (http://tinyurl.com/7cuh9d8) WordPress: over 73 million sites (not necessarily users) … Continue reading

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The Power of Performance

Recently, I went to a poetry reading expecting the usual deal–a reader in front of a microphone with a fist full of papers, reading them.  No problem.  But then, my friend and colleague Ashley Inguanta took the stage, carrying a … Continue reading

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“Dog Strikes Back”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-9EYFJ4Clo

This is excellent storytelling in one minute sixteen seconds!

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More book recs from external sites

In addition to the books from my most recent post, I’ve gathered some great recommendations from NPR, The New York Times, and themorningnews.org. NPR has two recent posts on recommended books to check out: “What Sticks: Five Books That Stay With … Continue reading

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Books: Five Faves for Holiday Giving

Some of my top picks for books are pretty dark, such as The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, which is about a character named Esther Greenwood who’s depressed in the 1950s and goes through such experiences as ECT (better known … Continue reading

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“When the Future Was 2000AD”

Reading suggestion from Josh Begley, ACD for English Comp at Full Sail: “This pertains to comic writing, but I think the tips here are very useful for story writing in general. I especially like the advice about how to make … Continue reading

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