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The Value of Things Earned

My family was lower middle class. I went to good private schools, but that was it. We could buy food, lived in a good apartment, and had health insurance. Everything was all right. Vacations were extremely rare, but it didn’t bother me: we lived on a coastal city, and I...

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The Graveyard of Blog Posts

Some blog posts are alive and well. They live in the sunny internet, being read and commented on, and sometimes even admired. However, some of their brethren are marginalized, hidden, and, sometimes (gasp!), even deleted. Not all blog posts see the light of the day. After a thoroughly unscientific...

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The Eleven Questions Game

Karen Rought is The Midnight Novelist. She is also a copyeditor for Hypable, a blogging machine, and one of the nicest people you will ever meet. She tagged me with the fun Eleven Questions Game. First, the rules: You must post the rules. Answer the questions on your blog....

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ROW80 Round 1 Final Update Extravaganza

Time for the last ROW80 Round 1 update! You can find my set of goals here. Round 1 of 2012 ROW80 ends today, March 22nd. And the second round begins on April 2nd.  * * * First, the results. Writing goals: Write 2,500 words/week. I ended up with 24,914 WIP words, a 1,430-word short story,...

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ROW80 Update 11 + What’s Cooking

Time for a ROW80 update! You can find my new set of goals here. I like the new post format since the reboot: updates only on Sundays and always with a little something else. Round 1 of 2012 ROW80 ends on March 22nd. This is the second to last update.  *...

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The Evil Twin Returns

Finally I have been able to hack this blog! Hello, I’m Fabius Fabioric. My twin brother, Fabio, doesn’t talk much about me, I know. Sometimes I think he’s ashamed of my repeated attempts to take over the world, or of my genetic experiments, or something. Maybe he knows I’m...

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Back to High School

No, this post is not an 80’s movie. As I mentioned in my previous post, last year my former classmates and I had our first high school reunion. And I must confess that I was as nervous as Romy and Michelle before theirs. I almost didn’t go. We hadn’t...

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The Repentant Bully

Thanks to Facebook, last year I got in touch with my high school friends. We created a group, shared some pictures, and even had our first high-school reunion! The Facebook group is not very active, but a post last month caught everyone’s attention. One of us, let’s call him...

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ROW80 Update 8 + Kreativ Blogger Awards

Time for a ROW80 update! You can find my new set of goals here. I like the new post format since the reboot: updates only on Sundays and always with a little something else. Writing goals: Write 2,500 words/week. 2,137 words. Not bad. I’ll cheat and mark it green. Outline of BLUE...

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Flying Away

So, after the trapeze lesson, I was soaring (pun intended). I was still smiling and comparing notes with my friends when I got a call on the ride home: “The parakeets flew away.” I came crashing to the ground. My daughter had taken the birds outside, and they had...

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ROW80 Update 7 + Grammar Song

Time for a ROW80 update! You can find my new set of goals here. I like the new post format since the reboot: updates only on Sundays and always with something else. One of the extra offerings today is a witty video that my friend, author Martina Dalton, showed to us on our last critique meeting....

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Flying High and Flying Away

Do you push your boundaries and try new things? Do you really know your potential? I rarely stray from my comfort zone. Last Saturday, I did something I didn’t know I had in me. A friend of mine got tickets for a fun activity and invited my wife. However, Wonder...

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