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Writing

Deconstructing The Work You Don’t Have To Do

Photo by Stanislav Kondratiev on Upsplash Just before Christmas, I asked a friend if she could push our lunch back 30 minutes so I could finish writing some recommendation letters. Over lunch, we talked about how we imagine “boundaries” of work, volunteering, family and personal life. Less a bitch-and-moan session than trying to figure it out. […]

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Writing

It’s Been a Week: Science and Art Are Telling You to Lighten Up

Photo by Sydney Sims on Unsplash Resolutions have a dismal success rate: a quarter fail by mid-January and less than 10 percent are deemed successful by year’s end. The problem isn’t that we’re lazy or that winter is a lousy time to punish ourselves (although getting up at 6 a.m. to run in 20-degree weather isn’t […]

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Writing

This Is How I Do It

Gary Powell, author of Speedos, Tattoos, and Felons and Lucky Bastard, recently tagged me in a blog about his writing process. I’m happy to participate. Although every writer’s process is different, I always get some insight from an author who’s willing to share what works for her or him. Plus, Gary Powell rocks! Now I’m tagging […]

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Events Writing

14 Words for (a little more) Love

Last year I started a social media event called “14 words for one love” where I asked my Facebook friends to post 14-word poems or aphorisms about community love in order to give them away on Valentine’s Day. My goal was 1400 poems but secretly I hoped to collect more like 140. The day before […]

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Writing

Santa Breaks Bad for Good (just in time for Christmas!)

In 14 flash fiction chapters, Santa goes off on a reality TV celeb and is swiftly incarcerated while political, social and supernatural forces conspire to cancel Christmas. Two brilliant women–a Russian hacker and a Moroccan pastry chef–enlist The Legion of Doom to free Santa. But not before Joker and the KGB attempt one last deal. […]

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Awards

Unsettled wins award

There’s no place like home… there’s no place like home… unsettled, Jodi Barnes’s first chapbook (Main Street Rag’s Author’s Choice Series), is not a journey to get back home but to find her place. Location doesn’t matter. Language does. unsettled won runner-up in the Oscar Arnold Young Contest for North Carolina’s best poetry book in […]