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In the expanse of prairie, thunderous herds once roamed, maintained by a few men who looked like they grew from the earth, wiry and gnarled like the juniper bush. 13 more words


Half Chance

Tonight I played a couple rounds of Settlers of Catan. There is definitely a degree of skill and strategy to the game, but a large part of it comes down to chance as well. 194 more words

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Still Ready for the Round Up

We ride trucks.

We spit on the ground.

We wear old black Levis.

We drink coffee black.

We break our own hearts.

We smoke what there is. 16 more words

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Challenge Yourself to a Year in Picture Books

by Carrie Charley Brown

Writing allows me to turn my internal reflections into external expression at my own pace. That must be why I connect on a deeper level with my online writing friends. 637 more words


Stay The Course or Abort Mission?

There were tears, whispered conversations, coin-flipping, bribery-fuelled negotiations, even a few break-ups. Nothing could spark drama among my friends and coworkers during my time in Japan like this one word: Recontracting. 709 more words

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NaNoWriMo and the Dreaded Rewrites

Friday night, after a mere 20 days of writing like a crazy person, I hit 50,000 words and won NaNoWriMo 2015!

I had a lot of fun doing it, especially the Word Sprints, and it taught me a very important lesson about getting your first draft out, even if it’s less than stellar. 322 more words