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Partners

My classically-trained artist husband only recently discovered the joys of cartooning. As you can see, he did a great pic of me at work, but it’s highly inaccurate. I’m not talking about the big head (though sometimes I do have one) or the red shoes (I so wish I owned) or the typewriter (which I
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Passing Along the Honesty

I’ve already thanked Michele for my Honest Scrap Award, but it doesn’t hurt to say thanks again. Thanks! Now to follow the rules and tell you 10 true things about me: 1. I was once socially oblivious. For years, whenever someone asked me about my weekend, I’d tell them. After much practice, I learned to
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Golly Gee, I better blog now

Thanks to Michele for saying such nice things about this site! She and Elizabeth have kept the chirping of crickets at bay as I establish my blog cred. Michele’s a fellow traveller on the road to being published, and Elizabeth is a sweet, down to earth, published writer who generously passes along her hard won
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Style Hopping

I’m someone who gets bored easily. Don’t get me wrong, I can lay back and enjoy a candlelit bath and a good book with the best of them, but I need action. I compose huge ‘to do’ lists and run around like a chicken with its head cut off, because I want the satisfaction of
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Keep It Short

I tend to be long winded when I’m musing (thus my usual essay length posts). Today, in keeping with the topic, I will be brief (-er). A colleague of mine was interviewed by the local news station yesterday and asked to explain his new discovery. He is an MD and notorious in the lab for
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Familiar or Exotic?

I was sweating in 40 C heat yesterday (that’s 104 F–I looked it up) with 50% humidity and very high UV and thinking how exotic Sydney still seems to me. It’s a world away from the small town in Idaho where I grew up. Even ignoring the differences between a city of 3 million and
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Werewolves, Vampires and the Bandwagon

With a certain werewolf/vampire movie coming out this week, based on an incredibly successful book series, you really have to wonder why is it so popular? It’s not a new phenomenon. Werewolf and, especially, vampire stories are resurrected (couldn’t help myself) every few years. Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Interview with the Vampire, Underworld… So, why
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Curiosity

I was chatting with my boss’s PA the other day, and she wondered how we scientists keep motivated through failed experiments and frustrations. What drives us? I had to say curiosity. Just as a child will ask why until your brain explodes, a scientist asks a never ending series of whys and hows. It occurred
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This is actually fun

I spent four hours on Sunday rewriting Chapter 1 of my first novel, and I enjoyed it. I’d been putting off the revisions for ages, wanting to learn more first and dreading going back over old territory. It seems much more enticing to move on to new stories. A writer, however, re-writes. So, I disciplined
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Holiday Over

I love Halloween. It’s the jack-o-lanterns, the creepy decorations, scary movies, and the candy of course. Now, as the pumpkin starts to look a little shrivelled, I’m suffering my usual post holiday blues. Fortunately, I have my revisions to distract me from it. I gave myself a week to cool off before reading the latest
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