Don’t Be a Kiss-Ass

Or, how not to network. Everyone says you have to network. You need to meet people in the field.  So… at every writer’s conference I go to, I’m the dork who runs up to the Famous Presenter Person and says… nothing useful. “I want to be a writer, too!” Greaaaat… I’m sure they haven’t heard […]

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Cross the Street

It started with an observation, as I was driving one day through an inner city neighborhood. A jaywalker casually made his way in front of my car and I said, “Wow. That guy isn’t afraid of anything.” “I think there’s a cultural thing,” my passenger said. “I mean, I notice, they jaywalk more in the […]

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Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

My office just got a new gender-neutral bathroom. There was a lot of objection from some staff members, mostly women, about having to ‘share with men,’ but ultimately, no amount of objection could erase the simple need: We needed it to meet building code for minimum number of toilets per residents. It’s true! The building […]

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Take Over the World – Or At Least Cleveland

Okay, so it didn’t win the IF competition, and it didn’t get accepted for publication at the only interactive fiction market I know of, so I am posting my wee text adventure “Take Over the World – Or at Least Cleveland” here on my website for all to enjoy. Please do not use your browser’s […]

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Finishing

I used to never finish a draft of anything.  Or a sewing project. Or a crochet project. Or a poem. I was a queen UNfinisher. At the Game Devs meet up the other night, during  a discussion on unfinished projects, someone, I think it was Matt, said, “No one finishes things!  Well, except Marie. She […]

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Character is in the small stuff

When we talk about ourselves, and other real people, we can agree that who a person is, the content of their character, is more important than what they are. Who > What So why is it, when we talk about our fictional characters, more often than not, we start with what they are.  Job title. Ethnicity. […]

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Accidental Excelling

  I’ve never been very athletic. I’ve never liked sweating or losing my breath.  In high school, though, I discovered an exercise that counted as exercise and didn’t suck: lifting weights.  I was particularly fond of curls. I could sit at the curl bench all gym period, if they’d let me.  I found it restful […]

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