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    This one made me weepy this morning. Girl finds out her bestfriend and roommate -- a 160-lb English Mastiff has terminal bone cancer and only has a few months to live. So armed with a bucket list of adventures she would like to share with her dog, they go off on canoe rides, road trips, visits to both busy spots and quiet spaces and, finally, spend a last day together by the ocean in Maine, where she finally finds peace and acceptance. This is real love, people.


    I still keep a journal despite having a blog. No matter how spill-all-my-guts-out open I may seem, there are many things I do and think that I'll just never tell. I've always thought it kept me sane to be able to express myself without fear of being censored or criticized. Whenever I pick up an old journal, even one from my 13-year-old self I realize that as much as I've changed so much is still the same. I just know how to dodge bullets faster and better. From: HUFFPOST Healthy Living, 01/20/15


    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
    This was lovely. The post is by a novelist who was asked how to encourage a young writer. It sounds eerily like the story of my life -- now all I need is to keep reading and keep writing (and, okay, start submitting). From: M Molly Backes' blog, 07/12/11


    Every day at work I see all kinds of female bodies: athletic, boyish, curvy, voluptuous, natural, enhanced, preteen, post-baby, postmenopausal -- thousands of different bodies I've seen up close and personal in my lifetime. This infographic shows that the description of the ideal female body changes every decade or so, going back hundreds of years. I hope that soon we define the "perfect" body as one that is simply healthy and functioning; that what matters is that we're comfortable in our own skin. From: Greatist, 01/15/15



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August 05, 2006



Him my first time to comment although I have been here before, thanks to Basang Panaginip's list. Now you know what kind of stuff I love to read, hehe.

Anyway, the apprehension, if I may call it that, may be because of the fear that the reader might think what you have written is a personal account. Many have fallen into the trap of confusing the author with the persona of a literary piece. But that is not always the case, right? One does not be a murderer to write a good murder story. So there, write on!

Oh, I am not a literati, too. Just happen to be a reader.


Waiting for the story. I am sure its going to be steak sauce. :-)


Hi Gigi! Don't worry. That ripped apart feeling is completely normal. And likely why I haven't written fiction in a year as well. You should do it, man. Go to it. Am sure it will be great...Noelle


Hi Tito Rolly (sorry to put the "tito" there but everyone else seems to do it so I feel rude if I don't, too :)) - I didn't even factor that in. But I see where that kind of thinking comes from; I suppose people assume that writers write what they know about, without factoring in that sometimes it's all about good research.

R - This "steak sauce" thing is killing me! I even googled to see if you were using some kind of figure of speech I'd never come across -- and now I've become an expert at steak sauces!!! C'mon ... grill me.


Noelle - Thanks! Something happened to me recently that really threw me for a loop and made me feel vulnerable again (in a good way, I think) and maybe that's why I've been posting so openly. I suppose I should take advantage of feeling so exposed. Now where do I find an "Idiot's Guide to Writing Short Stories" book? :)


It's not the Idiot's Guide, but here's an article:


LOL. Steak sauce = A1 = Good, excellent, fabulous, fantastic. Get the point? My email with this post is legit. So where's the story? :-)


Hi Anna - Hey, it's so good to "see" you!!! When are we getting together for Yey's birthday? At the rate things seem to be going, we might not see her until her wedding (yeah, I know I'm starting rumors). :)

Thanks for the link -- very useful read.

R - Aha! I guess that was so obvious I couldn't figure it out. Or maybe it's because I read about every single freakin' brand of steak sauce manufactured somewhere in the world today that I got confused! :)


hello Gigi!

you really have the gift of storytelling. Often times, I find myself relating to your posts in an indirect way.


Thanks Duke! I suppose it's because there are some experiences that are simply universal. The details might be different, but the emotions and lessons are the same. :)

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