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Broken things

The mirror in my upstairs bathroom medicine chest almost fell on my head. The mirror is separated into thirds, with each third opening when you push it, screws holding the turning mechanisms together, and  magnets holding the doors closed when … Continue reading

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A little Halloween tale

“Halloween Costumes. All rayon, full length. Generous bright colors. Each with molded vinyl face mask. Choose from Devil, Astronaut, Princess, Skeleton, Witch, etc. 69 cents each.” Continue reading

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This week’s Post: A few notes about trying to write about my dad

I am thinking of writing an essay about my dad that digs deep into my memory of what was good about him, in addition to the usual stories I tell about what was not so great about him. Below are … Continue reading

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I want to make a comeback

When I started The Early Draft in 2010, the point was to free myself to write whatever I wanted. It was an exercise in not worrying that the writing was perfect or publication-ready. I wanted to blog because I don’t … Continue reading

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Is the MFA Worth It?: Guest blog by Message from a Blue Jay Author Faye Rapoport DesPres!

Message from a Blue Jay was written one chapter at a time, starting in the early days at Solstice when I started practicing the personal essay form. Slowly, over the two-year period of my studies, I began building a body of work I could be proud of. Still, the essay collection that became my final Creative Thesis was not the end of the road – not by far. Continue reading

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Writers Helping Writers!

Help fund a writer! I really said this: The Solstice MFA program provided me with a life-changing experience. I didn’t just earn an MFA, I found a new family, new friends, a new life, and a renewed sense of myself … Continue reading

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The Comedy of Errors that is my Minor Writing Success

Good news: I learned in the last month that two pieces of writing had won Honorable Mention Awards from The 35th New Millennium Writing Contest and that a third piece had made it to the Semifinals. My three pieces garnered … Continue reading

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