The Bookish Fox

A Writing Lesson from Cats

Yes, I did it. I saw Cats. Was it horrifying?  Oh, yeah. My friend, upon finishing the film, said, "This was the best horror movie I've seen in years." But it didn't have to be that way. There were some really stunning performances. I legit cried when Jennifer Hudson sang "Memory" (despite the snot running…

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A Writing Lesson from Knives Out

Last weekend I saw one of the best movies I've seen all year: Knives Out. Seriously, go see it. But finish this email. There are no spoilers. I promise. What blew me away about the movie is not a single thing is wasted. Every line has significance for the overall plot. Every action has a purpose.…

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A Writing Lesson from my Corgi

Once upon a time, my little Corgi thought she couldn't jump on the bed. This was because we moved to a house with hardwood floors from our carpeted apartment. As a result, her legs would slip as she tried to get up, and she couldn't do it anymore. So we got a rug. At first,…

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A Writing Lesson from Nantucket

I went to Nantucket this past weekend, and it was pretty magical. No, I didn't see a giant white whale or see Emily Gilmore at the Whaling Museum. (Even though that would have been amazing.) I was doing something that I should be doing all the time: I was paying attention. I noticed that the…

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You Can’t Fail

You can't fail. No, really. You can't. Even if you don't sell a single book. Even if you get tons of bad reviews. Even if not a single soul reads it. Are those ideal results? Of course not. But it doesn't mean you failed. You see, the act of writing is a reward in itself.…

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My Story of Stuck

I am not going to lie to you; on Friday, I absolutely did not want to write. I had the kind of dread usually reserved for waiting at the MVA or watching children's television shows when babysitting. It would have been so easy to just blow it off and watch Four Weddings and a Funeral on…

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