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All about words



Don't Just Do Something, Stand There

Posted by nancyfreund11 on June 25, 2015 at 7:45 AM

Doe, a deer, a female deer is running circles around my house on the hill in Switzerland. I was in the garage sorting ski gear for summer when this sweet little thing pranced up like it knew where it was going, encountered the closed the security gate, head butted it a couple of times and then started running circles. My big dog and I are now inside, hoping he won’t have to pee, and I won’t get so twitchy I ...

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Do not hurry, do not rest

Posted by nancyfreund11 on August 30, 2014 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (3507)

Andre Dubus III told me to relax... write this novel right... remember, there’s no hurry. Au contraire, mon frère! Dude’s got to be wrong. Even if he IS Andre Dubus III. I’m an unbearably slow writer. Ten years for Rapeseed. Effort of Will is is now ...

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Blanket Stitches

Posted by nancyfreund11 on June 29, 2014 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (1018)

An apology in advance, because my poetry is obtuse sometimes – so it stands to reason that occasionally, my prose might be obtuse as well. Herein, case in point. You’re going to see an early turn of phrase that might be an unintended inversion. But it’s purposeful. I didn’t realize I’d flipped a common phrase till I had written and sat with it for some time.  We should all write as it comes o...

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On Choosing Your Major and Planning Your Future

Posted by nancyfreund11 on June 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (679)

It's that time of year when the college freshman come home for the summer, the high school grads get excited about leaving for college, and there are a lot of summer conversations about in-between-ness and limbo, and how best to step towards the future.  (Do the limbo toward the future!  Or not).  Anyway, here's my own personal anecdote, for your edification.

I al...

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On Knowing Yourself and Revealing It

Posted by nancyfreund11 on May 26, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (3316)

Partly, I write this post because I want to be sure I can easly find and click Dani Shapiro's excellent speech from Arianna Huffington's Thrive event.  I have been reading her writer's guide 'Still Writing: the Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life' and let me tell you, wh...

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On Thick and Thin Skin -- inevitable injuries and the beautiful business of books

Posted by nancyfreund11 on May 10, 2014 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (1534)

Having just found a feature in Twitter that allows me to embed a tweet into a website, check this out:


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fierce and bewildered

Posted by nancyfreund11 on April 26, 2014 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (3472)

"Push it. Examine all things intensely and relentlessly. Probe and search each object in a piece of art; do not leave it, do not course over it, as if it were understood, but instead follow it down until you see it in the mystery of its own specificity and strength. Giacometti's drawings and paintings show his bewilderment and persistence. ...

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A River Runs Through It

Posted by nancyfreund11 on April 17, 2014 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (974)

I'm a reckless blogger, picking up threads where no one was prepared to follow, and today's post will probably prove that.  It's not a blog post so much as it's a huge tweet that won't fit on Twitter, or a Facebook link that doesn't really make any sense over there, but I want access to this piece from The Daily Beast Stacks, pulled from an 1981

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FIRST, Get in the Game

Posted by nancyfreund11 on April 2, 2014 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (975)

I asked my brilliant romance writer friend Lauren Christopher whose novel The Red Bikini comes out soon, what can you tell me about the skeletal structure of a good romance? I assumed there was one, even though writers in all genres like to say they write from their guts and even if they outline, there's a certain seat-of-the-pants je ne sais quoi that brings the magic to the story. Well, I h...

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Process in progress

Posted by nancyfreund11 on March 23, 2014 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (816)

This morning I woke up to a "creative process" Facebook post by a friend I've known since high school. So simple, so familiar, so true!  Also, I could say: overly simple, devastatingly familiar, and probably, undeniably, yes, universally true.

The Creative Process

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