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Posts made in April, 2013

X is for eXtemporaneous

X is for eXtemporaneous

for you, Mamas: http://writeonmamas.com I climb in bed knowing I’ve volunteered to write 2-300 words for the Write on Mamas A-Z Blog Challenge. In the almost-asleep realm that is half-thinking and half-dreaming, I hear the familiar Seinfeld riff. And I am Jerry Seinfeld, on set, reading a directorial note from Larry David. In one minute I have to ad-lib a stand-up segment on a letter – but I...

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RAMNA: Excerpt, ZOMO

RAMNA: Excerpt, ZOMO

I am so into this story that has become a wild horse in need of a heavy saddle. ZOMO. I can’t wait to finish writing it. Here is an excerpt/flash-fictiony-bit from chapter 2,010,822. No, it’s not a trilogy. I just need to stop blithering and start editing. RAMNA She scoured the sunbaked earth on bloody hands and knees, looking for something, anything, suitable for a gift. Ramna used...

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I Heart You Boston

While I watch you in lock-down, I think of your streets as I met them. I think of a night with five wonderful souls, driving sensibly through majestically wide streets lined with old and new buildings – architectural centaurs welcoming my rash participation. And though the car was driving sensibly, I was not. I was standing in the backseat of the powder blue convertible, braced by two...

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Unbundled

We cancelled cable. I KNOW This sort of thing only happens in an ice-storm. Kent (frugal husband) pointed out that we pay $150/month for a bundled package (phone/internet/TV) which amounts to an abandoned home phone and the occasional Daily Show, and not much more than that, where ‘not much more than that’ = my secret Reality TV indulgences. He proffered: keep internet and replace all...

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Confessions of a Serial Playdater

4/11/13: I have to laugh at my naivety. It only gets more complicated past age 4. ~~Confessions of a Serial Playdater – a Writing Mamas Blog By 2002 it had been 14 years since I was ‘fresh off the boat’ from Australia. Halloween was my favorite holiday, I ate pancakes with bacon, hosted a dog party, TiVo’d the Super Bowl, even registered for gifts. I was employed, acclimatized and...

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