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Elements of Critique: Quotation Marks

There’s an arguably crude joke about the Oxford comma (the one that you may have been taught does or does not go before ‘and’ within a list of items). Consider … Continue reading

April 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Always Learning

I walked out of my brief doctor’s visit and headed through the lobby to my car. The hospital has a valet service, but I need to walk. After all, I’m … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Elements of Critique: Point of View

What I wouldn’t give to be able to jump into her head and know what she’s thinking… Married couples can relate easily to that thought, I’m sure. But all of … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Elements of Critique: Originality

I recall a few conversations with friends that took place after I first started plotting out the idea for my novel. “I have this idea for a character whose nemesis … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Elements of Critique: Nuance

My eight year old is in a phase where he starts every story with “It’s funny because…” He loves to make us laugh, and I wonder if he thinks that … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment


After Physical Therapy this morning, I hopped over to the base gym to put the rest of my body through some paces. Having not eaten breakfast, going just before lunch … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · 4 Comments

Elements of Critique: Meaning

In my work community, The Princess Bride holds an honored place in our geeky hearts. This often results in quotes at best, and renditions of entire scenes at worst. One … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

Elements of Critique: Leads

I often joke about frustrating circumstances with my kids (or my fellow Airmen), claiming in a gruff Drill Instructor voice that their suffering “builds character.” Oddly enough, that’s a truth … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · 4 Comments

Elements of Critique: Keep

When my daughter was about 3, she came up with a phrase she’d say whenever she hugged me tight and refused to let go: “You are my keep!” It’s a … Continue reading

April 12, 2014 · 6 Comments

Elements of Critique: Journey

I sometimes hear it said there’s a potential energy stored in a blank screen or sheet of paper. Like the biblical story of creation “ex nihilo,” we get the privilege … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

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  • Sipping a Firefly sweet tea, reading to the kids. "There's no place I'd rather be..." But the sky looks nasty. You can take it if you want. 4 hours ago
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