Revealing ourselves

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In its way, everything we write reveals us. Not because we’re naming names, but because who we are—what we think, believe, and have experienced—comes through in what we choose to create.

Here’s an example. The novella I plan to publish later this year arose out of the juxtaposition of two very different elements. One element was my beloved Bonanza; in fact, the original version of the novella was created as fan fiction. The other element was my long-ago experience directing a high school drama club, where the kids were talented and enthusiastic and I was utterly clueless. Put the pieces together, revise the living daylights out of them, and voilà! It’s a lighthearted tale about siblings and community theater:  My Brother, Romeo, slated for publication this fall.

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Morning Pages

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The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (3d ed. 1992) defines “distract” thusly:

1. To cause to turn away from the original focus of attention or interest; divert.

2. To pull in conflicting emotional distractions; unsettle.

By these definitions, I have definitely been distracted lately.

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