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Guess what? I’m not related to a Dictator after all. Hooray!

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On day ten, which was yesterday, I wrote the final punctuation of my faith story involving my Latino and “Italian” heritages. I can hardly believe I had started off simply, and with great devotion, pushed through and managed to flesh out a full-scale memory of the entire landscape of my cultural identity. On paper, I […]

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The Cringe Factor is a Useful Tool

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The more I take away from my book, the clearer I’m seeing my book come to life.  It is like peeling carrots, cutting off the useless ends, washing the carrots, cutting them finely once again, and starting  the process of cooking them. I’ve been doing a good job of shaving off the peels of faith […]

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Old Stories, new Titles

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I am continuing on my path of reviewing faith stories I had written back in 2012. I love reliving my past perspectives. Everything I wrote belongs in a unique time capsule because it is filled with ideas and emotions that are no longer a part of my life.

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Clarifying my Book Plan Vision

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Progress on my faith-based memoir has been a bit strange for the last two weeks. I noticed I’ve done less writing and more editing than usual. Up until then, I had been on a roll, making consistent progress and doing a LOT of original writing. I did soft editing at that time only to tie […]

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Rejecting a Faith Story from the Book

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As I have been plugging away working on the faith stories I want to include in my book, I made an important decision to cut one altogether. I did this only because this story has to do more with my husband than with me. To keep a consistent voice in my book, I decided my […]

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Creating Specific Categories and Inventing Good versus Bad Faith Stories

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I can’t even begin to say how enthusiastic I am right now. I’ve really taken this book writing plan to serious new heights. Each day, as I’m waking up so early, I usually plop down for 2 – 3 hours of straight, uninterrupted writing time. I have found that the biggest complaint I have is […]

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Spending two weeks solid on the Introduction

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I sort of do feel bad for not updating this website or the accompanying Instagram profile more frequently. I’m well aware of how unforgiving social media is. If you’re not in peoples’ faces constantly, they quickly and easily forget about you. I totally get it. It has been said over and over that people lose […]

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Writing Introduction to “Transformed” Memoir

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I had been jumping around with my writing projects for a while, seemingly chasing after creative leads that take me to different avenues. Recently, though, two different people I admire posted blog posts and videos inviting the public to watch them as they work on their fictional novel manuscripts. I really didn’t have the time […]

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Writing contest for kids

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One of our parenting groups shared a link that interested me. I learned that our local public access television station was offering a writing contest for kids in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. I clicked through the link and read the instructions.

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Launching on Palm Sunday

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If you would have told me twenty years ago or even as recent as a year ago that we would have been launching this website on Palm Sunday, I never would have believed you. I never could have imagined it.

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