Is This a Kissing Book?

Happy Valentine’s Day, folks! In honor of this special day of love and chocolate and stressed couples overspending because of expectations having not much to do with actual love but fostered nonetheless by the commercial entities that profit from them,* I propose to talk about romance!  Specifically, how much I don’t like it, because my … Continue reading Is This a Kissing Book?

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Passion and Skill in Storytelling (or, In Which Sarah Rambles About Writing, Her Life History, and Why You Should Never Send Your Kids to Public School)

  I’m a writer. Some other people in the world are writers. It’s great fun. It has, however, its disadvantages.  For instance, one worries about what people will think. (Is that guy who just asked what I do for fun now judging me for having such a stuffy-old-lady hobby?)  One worries about the cost of … Continue reading Passion and Skill in Storytelling (or, In Which Sarah Rambles About Writing, Her Life History, and Why You Should Never Send Your Kids to Public School)

An Introduction (as opposed to a Contradiction)

Introductions are always hard to write, but I think maybe they’re especially hard to write when you haven’t a clue if anyone’s even paying attention.  You know?  It’s never pleasant to say, “Johnny, this is my cousin Fred.  Fred, this is my friend Johnny. Y’all talk about football or something and get to know each … Continue reading An Introduction (as opposed to a Contradiction)

an inauspicious beginning in paragraph form

Once upon a time, in a land that is either very near or very far or just middling distance, depending on where you come from, there lived a girl who was fond of fairy-tales.  This girl had never ridden an elephant or written a blog post.  And, because she did not expect to soon have … Continue reading an inauspicious beginning in paragraph form