I launched this blog in 2008. My mini-me.


Making my peace with covering hard news

May 18, 2012

In my first round with journalism as an old school reporter, I HATED hard news. This was back in the early ’80s and ’90s. Running out there to cover the […]

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How to write tight

April 17, 2012

Being super-concise way is super-hard. In fact, it’s easier to blather on at length than to make a brief, laser-sharp statement. This ability to write tight is a basic journalistic […]

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3 ways to become a better writer by reading good journalism

March 18, 2012

Forgive me if I sound a little sentimental on this early Sunday morning. But I’ve been sitting in my pretty kitchen with some hot tea and the Sunday paper. The […]

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The power of personal punting

February 3, 2012

Here’s the headline: I found a way to survive my first month as a full-time, 21st century journalist. Despite overwhelming exhaustion and personal chaos, punting is helping me to make […]

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Sweet letters from my students: how to write conversationally

February 1, 2012

At colleges everywhere, the spring semester has sprung without me! But at least my former students are still around. Some even send nice notes that are great examples of ways […]

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Making room for change

December 20, 2011

My fellow grasshoppers, I have seen the light: If I really want the new me, then there must be room for the new me. And that means getting serious about […]

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Get help to start that novel

December 1, 2011

Yay! I actually stuck it out for National Novel Writing Month! What a thrill to say that my November was spent churning out 60,000 words of utter dreck. But a […]

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