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They Have Different Meanings: What You Need to Know if You Blog

This post will be short and sweet. With an emphasis on sweet. I’m calling out the sweetness of this post so you know, dear reader, that this is not meant to be snarky. But it’s just something I didn’t know how to say to people in person, so I thought I would write a quick […]

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Interview with Erika Funke and ArtScene on WVIA Public Media

I was delighted to be invited to the WVIA studios to spend some time with Erika Funke, who hosts the popular daily ArtsScene segment. We talked about my education and varied career a bit, but the real focus of the interview was on creative nonfiction, Hippocampus Magazine and its upcoming, inaugural creative nonfiction writing conference. […]

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HippoCamp: The ‘Lost’ Interview About Our Creative Nonfiction Writing Conference

Several months back someone asked me to respond to some questions about HippoCamp, the creative writing conference I’m planning with Hippocampus Magazine. The interview never ran, and I was a bit bummed. But I also know that things like this happen in the writing world; heck, that’s why kill fees exist, right? (Out of respect, […]

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Past, Present, Future: Ah, Wilkes!

When I first attended Wilkes, it had a catchy radio jingle. It went like this – sing it with me, if you know it – “A-a-a-h-h-h, Wilkes! Uni-vers-ity. Take charge of your fu-ture. Ahhhh, WILKES!” (Tried to Google it; no luck.) Take charge of my future, I did. Little did I know when I began […]

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Runner-up Hopeful for Redemption at Grown-up Spelling Bee in Lancaster

It was just me and Danny Grzywacz on the stage in the multipurpose room at T.E.C. Everyone else was out. Done. Kaput! They either botched a word or did not properly state it before and after the spelling–that one always gets people, that and ‘i’ before ‘e.’ Either way, it was the two of us, […]

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New to the Neighborhood: Guest post on Inkling Media’s blog

About a month ago, when I started the relocation process from Northeast PA to Central PA, I turned to Twitter to find people, places and things – you know, all the nouns of a new area. In the process I met Ken Mueller, a social media marketing guru from Lancaster – he runs Inkling Media […]

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500 Favourite Words: I’m part of a new chapbook series from ChapbookPublisher.com

Those are a few words I like to say. Discombobulate. Fiddle. Goop. Everyone has a few favorite words, but how many of us share the same word choices? ChapbookPublisher.com‘s Dan Waber is setting out to find just that with his 500 Favourite Words chapbook and word cloud series. And, I am so excited to be […]

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Wilkes University MFA Graduation

In January 2010, I completed the MFA in creative writing from Wilkes. Since there is no winter ceremony, my cohorts and I had to wait until the May 2010 graduation. We all joked yesterday that it was as if we were milking this graduation thing. In fact, some of my acquaintances thought I maybe went […]

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3 Steps to Creative Writing for the Web – recaps from my Boot Camp presentation

My company, Solid Cactus, hosts a semi-annual event: eCommerce Boot Camp. It’s tons of fun and this spring’s line-up of educational sessions included several newcomers, including Creative Content Kingdom which I co-presented with my friend and Solid Cactus SEO specialist, Cory Brin. Cory and I attended a creative writing MFA program together and we both […]

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Cover Stories from this Quarter: The Weekender

This blog has fallen a little behind with keeping up to date with my recent publications. To catch up, I’ll list some of the cover stories that were not yet featured on this blog. The Bus Stops Here, March 10, 2010 The Bus Stops Here was a story I pitched to my editor over a […]

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