Monday Morning Pages

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Morning Pages.  Three pages of longhand writing in the morning.  Not meant to be written, in the sense that they're a exercise in getting the brain onto the page and giving voice to what the Chinese call monkey mind - that bouncing, scattershot squirrel of thoughts that natters on throughout the day behind the scenes.I've been doing Morning Pages since 1995 and t...
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Sunday Journal

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Sundays evoke the image of a relaxed day, perhaps with family around the table and a nice meal, or maybe watching the television.  We're doing the latter; farting around on Netflix after a large brunch of eggs and bacon.  We've got lobster tails for dinner for the man of the house and burgers with bleu cheese for me, and ribs for The Boy.  It's a nice day.As I wr...
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Writer Wednesday with Noon and Wilder

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Yes, dear, I know you don't like your picture taken.©2015 A. Catherine NoonWhy do you want me to smi-©2015 Rachel Wilder2015 is shaping up to be a busy year.  We've sent off Sealed by Magic for consideration; finished first and second rounds of edits on Emerald Keep; made a deal for Book 3 of the Chicagoland Shifters, called Cat's Cradle, and it'll be out in the summer of ...
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Sunday Journal

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For much of the U.S., it's getting very cold this weekend and anticipated to get colder this coming week. Good nap weather.I got asked the other day, is it hard to write with someone else?"Hard" isn't a word I'd use.  While it is a challenge to communicate, writing together is deeply satisfying and a lot of fun.  It's like any relationship, though, and it takes work a...
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Saturday Sojourn – Travel and Research

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From LOLCats - For Cats' People EverywhereI'm getting ready to go visit Rachel in Nevada next weekend.  As Chicago fixes to go down below zero, I'm looking forward to visiting the desert - the forecast says sixty degrees Fahrenheit. Bikini weather, man - especially today, as I look out the window at the frozen icy snow slush that now covers the ground.  Bleck.I adore ...
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Underwater Basketweaving – or, “It’s Research!”

One of our newer stories, which will be part of the forthcoming Bound series, features a character who owns a pleasure boat.  He used to be a sailor and worked on a fishing trawler, and the group of people he's part of used to run a trawling company.The only problem is, Rachel and I don't know much about boats.I mean, they float, right?  And they're pretty.  Seag...
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Working and Writing – Creating Sane, Grounded Practices

Many of us who write, do so while working for a living doing something other than writing.  While on the one hand, this seems like we might rather write full time, on the other we can see it for the opportunity it is while we're waiting for our ship to come in.StructureWhen we work outside the home, we have to be somewhere at a set time.  This teaches us structure. Th...
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