Category Archives: Writing

Blogging a Book

Blogs, Books, and Good Writing Blogs and books don’t share much in common, at first glance, but they should share the most important, critical aspect of the written word: good writing. Now that blogs have “grown up” as a literary … Continue reading

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Blogging a Book

Certain blogs are good enough to publish in book format. American Bedu, , for instance, contains  posts of interest to those who would understand life in Saudi Arabia from an international perspective. I’d love to be an editor, and … Continue reading

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WNFIN Results

Statistics for the WNFIN Project Writing Nonfiction in November This is the first year I’ve participated in any type of writing challenge, and I am satisfied with the results. I’ve produced the rough drafts for several essays worth more … Continue reading

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WNFIN— Progress Commentary

Excerpt from the WNFIN challenge: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 ( 597 words Maybe my ambition to write  is nothing more than a diversionary tactic to romanticize my life now which is entirely devoid of romance. Maybe my desire to write … Continue reading

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Writing Nonfiction in November

For years, I’ve been aware of NaNoWriMo– the annual challenge for fiction writers to produce a fifty-thousand word manuscript during the month of November. I’ve always wanted to participate, except that I don’t write fiction. I encouraged Brandy Chase … Continue reading

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Meditation Behind the Wheel

I’m taking an internet writing class called “Journaling Through the Chakras.” I’m supposed to begin each writing session with a guided meditation on a particular chakra. So far, I’ve approached the meditations with curiosity and openness, but I can’t help … Continue reading

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The Journal

Sunday, July 18, 2010 The Journal, The Wonderful Journal The Journal is an elegant Windows program for personal journal writing, record keeping, social networking, creative writing, and whatever other purpose you might conjure up. It’s the most versatile, customizable writing … Continue reading

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The Journal to the Rescue– Again

The Journal to the Rescue– Again Wednesday, July 14, 2010 This post is an experiment. I’m writing it using my excellent journal wriitng software, The Journal, by David Michael, at If it works, I’ve solved the formatting issues presented … Continue reading

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Typekit, Anyone?

Has anyone on WordPress gotten the hang of using this tool? I don’t know what is easy about it. Nothing was easier than controlling font appearance the old-fashioned way. I think I’ll continue to do so, if such an antiquarian … Continue reading

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Book Review: “A Thousand Spendid Suns” by Khaled Husseini

July 8, 2010 (The metaphorical Riyadh has room for book reviews.) Anyone familiar with Islam and/or the Middle East will recognize at once that this author knows whereof he writes. He should; he was born and raised in Afghanistan, but … Continue reading

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