Author Archives: cskendall

ABOUT WORDS

Words have tremendous power for good or evil. Words can be used as instruments of healing or as weapons of war, and there is a place and a time for each. Conscious of this truth, I need to think before … Continue reading

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SMALL TALENT? INVEST IT ANYWAY!

Who do you think is the best fiction writer ever? This question initiated a lively discussion at my house recently. Most agreed that J. R. R. Tolkien was in a class of his own. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one … Continue reading

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TATTOO

The windshield shattered on impact. I did not so much resent the shatter as I did the thousand tiny fragments of shrapnel that embedded in my face and neck and chest. It wasn’t until decades later, after angry red pointillism … Continue reading

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THE FIRST STEP – IT’S ABOUT TIME!

I’ve been away from writing for too long. A new job – need any lab work done? Pass me a needle and I’ll draw your blood. A house full of crazy – we went from a big house occupied by … Continue reading

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Ready, Set, WRITE!

My middle daughter packed up the little-bitties and headed to the park for an hour. She wanted to give me an hour of quiet so that I can write. So far, I have… let the cat out polished off a … Continue reading

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INSIDE OUT

My youngest daughter and I recently journeyed south to visit my son Ben, who is living in Florida this summer during an internship. Hard to believe these two great big grown-up people began their lives as fragile tiny new creations … Continue reading

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HOW TO WRITE

You are a writer. You are also a wife, and a mom, and a cook, and a housekeeper, and a nurse, and a taxi driver, and a friend, and a teacher, doctor, cosmetologist, engineer, librarian, cashier, barista… But, you are … Continue reading

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EVERYTHING

“Help! I need ideas! What can I write about this week?!” This is a lament heard not infrequently at my house. I write a weekly newspaper article and guest blogs for various websites. I try to share something here at … Continue reading

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TIME FOR A VACATION

Over at her website this week, friend and sister-writer Emily M. Akin writes about how to transform vacation experiences into writing ideas: Taking a Vacation from Writing? Yesterday, I received a newsy email from my sister Alix. On the road … Continue reading

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GO RUN AROUND THE HOUSE!

When I was a girl, if I complained of being bored or if I was in a generally negative, complain-y mood, my dad’s standard treatment was to order me: “Go run around the house!” Now, I knew Daddy loved me, … Continue reading

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