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81301 Coffee in Durango, Colorado

High Altitude Coffee

Writers who write first thing in the morning, even if before sunup—especially before sunup—often get their initial boost of wakefulness from coffee. I come from Seattle, so you’d think I knew something about coffee. Why Seattle has a reputation for coffee, I don’t know. All I remember from growing up was Mrs. Olsen, a Scandinavian, …

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Straw snowboots of medieval Japan

Cold Trail — Samurai Footwear

Writing historic fiction can be smooth and yet not. When the wind is in our metaphoric sails, we can dash out thousands of words until we come to a hiccup. Tanith Lee spoke of this in an interview some years ago. She might write a hundred or two hundred pages … and then … in …

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“J” is for Journey

“J” is for Journey

Life is a journey, not a destination. Ralph Waldo Emerson A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man. Joseph Campbell …

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“D” is for Determination

How do I determine if I have enough determination? What deters me from showing full determination? It is to my detriment when my determination flags. Lack of determination derails me; it derails my writing; it derails all those lofty goals that I hold out for myself. Determination is illusive. I can’t order it up at …

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