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Nov 1, 2011 18

Perfect

Once upon a time there was a man who would, from time to time, play a friendly game of tennis with his much-younger wife. The wife was naturally athletic, highly competitive, and devoted hours to practice and instruction; the man was riddled with infirmities, profoundly disinterested in sports, and played as seldom as the bounds […]

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Once upon a time in a dingy Hollywood studio far, far away, I took my very first acting class.1 I was there because it had been suggested to me by my improv teacher that while my writing was passable, my ability to convey actual human emotion onstage was somewhere between “painful to behold” and “chair”, […]

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Jun 13, 2011 25

Work in progress

Never let perfectionism get in the way of getting started. Never let sucking get in the way of shipping.

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On writing, soulmates and why prayers aren’t the answer to either.

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I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but when I was a girl, I had a brilliant notion: what if I could have all of the sicknesses of my lifetime at once, rather than having them parceled out here and there, when they were least expected and seldom welcome? Or, because I quickly figured out […]

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Apr 11, 2011 12

Taking my own medicine

It has been happening for some time now, probably since I shuttered my design business, definitely since I quit acting, but the polite and puzzled apologies that “I don’t know exactly what it is that you do” have escalated to a point where I can no longer shrug, laugh or otherwise play them off. “I […]

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There’s an old saying the creatives in my old ad agency liked to lob at the suits when they started fire-breathing stuff like budgets and time and quality: Fast. Cheap. Good. Pick any two. Actually, we were rarely this articulate or polite under pressure, usually, we used a lot more words, rapid-fire and sotto voce, […]

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I have never won one of those coveted golden bodies I envisioned myself holding back in my girlish days. But I know this lady who has held several. And as far as I know, she does not sit down and polish them afterward, but gets up and gets up and gets up and does the […]

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A lot of good stuff has been happening lately. Stuff that’s coming out of my involvement with a weekly accountability group, and a few interesting classes, and a lot of work. Oh, yes, a LOT of work. For those of us with two settings (“full bore” and “off”), even with the best of intentions and […]

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For those of you who do most of your creating off-stage, you may not have experienced the ¡olé! moment. That’s my new-favorite term for the magical thing that happens when you get in the zone and out of the way and the work just flows through you. The term comes to me via the astonishing […]

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