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If I could wave a magic wand...

Published 5 months ago • 1 min read

If I could wave a magic wand...

A spooky nerd word, a kick-ass poem, and a good reason to eat noodles tonight

Eight great things worth sharing this week:

  1. We're kicking off a spooktacular October with our Nerd Word of the Week: Exequy (ek-si-kwee) - referring to funeral rites. Picture this: Amidst the exequy of fallen leaves, the old oak tree stood as a silent witness to the passage of time in the peaceful cemetery.
  2. I'm speaking at an upcoming, online Master Class Interview Series titled “How Mindfulness Can Help Us Be Happier, More Productive Writers”. Secure your spot by signing up here (it's free!).
  3. Stumbled upon a fascinating AI story and image generator for kids' graphic novels that sparks imaginative storytelling. Check out this sample story generated by Storybird.ai. Shout out to Cyndera on this one for sharing the link!
  4. I loved watching Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre’s performance of Ten Responses to the Phrase 'Man Up', an elegant, thoughtful, and funny send-up of toxic masculinity. His third response is my favorite.
  5. In the coming weeks I'm planning what writing classes I want to offer in 2024 and I've got a question for you: If I could wave a magic wand and instantly solve your biggest writing challenge what would it be? What is it you struggle with most? Hit reply to this email and shoot me your thoughts. If I build a class based on your suggestion I'll make sure you get a discount in 2024!
  6. “The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.” – Sakyong Mipham
  7. Setting daily word count goals is a great way to get that first draft done. It’s basic math. Write 1,000 words a day and you’ll have a totally respectable first draft in just three months. Dive into my blog to learn more.
  8. I'm putting this one on my TBR list: 'Being Seen' by Elsa Sjunneson. Written by an award-winning, deaf-blind author and media critic, it delves into how the misrepresentation of disability in books, movies, and TV impacts not only the disabled community but also everyone else. #representationmatters

Happy writing, my friends,

April

P.S. It's National Noodle Day. Filed under: like I needed a reason.

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