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Bugs Bunny vs Yosemite Sam

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I just left Barnes and Noble in a frenzy.  They were closing up and I hadn't finished reading the magazine article from Poets & Writers.  Luckily, my smartphone (T-Mobile G2) has a Microsoft Office app, allowing me to write down all the new magazines I was perusing and online literary journals I wanted to check out.  Driving home in the car, a wave of euphoria passed through me and I couldn't wait to write. The holidays proved to be more than my simple mind could handle.  Like every woman, I inherently posses the ability to multitask, but unfortuantely I reach maximum overload when I've gone over 20 tasks.  Then, my creative flow goes on strike.  I sit down to write and nothing comes out.  I avoid my computer, indulge in T.V. shows and movies, but the issue at hand always finds me. (Cue ominous music)  WRITER'S BLOCK.    
The past month or so I've worried my creativity might disappear for good.  As though the entire thing was a fluke.  Preparing for Thanksgiving …

First Experience with a Magazine Editor

I braved the cold and traveled into Philadelphia to the offices of MetroKidsMagazine last Thursday. I’ve been interning for them for the past two and half months. Since most of my time is spent at home updating attractions listings, I wanted a chance to see how a magazine was put together for publication. Little did I know, everything is done on computers, and unless I was in charge of a specific section, I wasn’t going to learn much.
When I emailed my interest to observe the production process, the editors told me to bring in the attraction listings and article I was working on because they were fully engaged in preparing the January issue. I was a bit nervous about bringing in my article on the 10 Family Movies of All Time, since I hadn’t made much progress with it. I couldn’t get a list of 10 movies for ages toddlers to teens to save my life. Another problem I ran into was determining what movies would not only entertain children, but their parents as well and offer discussio…

Warning Labels on Critique Submissions

Everything requires bubble wrap and warnings to avoid complaints and lawsuits when someone invariably gets hurt or offended by something they encounter in the world.The Internet immediately brings information to us when asked, and with the lack of restrictions comes the responsibility to ensure visitors are aware of the dangers and possible PG or higher-rated material.The following material (violence, sexual content, foul language, etc.) may not be suitable for you.I knew I might discuss controversial topics or use adult language on my blog, so I included a warning.Is this necessary?I believe it is and isn't.I wouldn’t want someone to stumble upon something only to have the disturbing images permanently burned into their memory, although, a little shock could do them some good (I am still battling with my public image).Living in a bubble causes damage as well, folks.And I certainly wouldn’t want children to see something that might possibly steal away their innocence.Now, what abo…

The Final Stretch of NaNoWriMo

Word count: 37, 198The Winner’s Circle.The adoring fans delight in the triumphant victory as they surround the winner.Cheers and confetti rain down, while the champion embraces their loved ones, accept gifts and gracefully bows to the acclaim.The glory to win NaNoWriMo, unfortunately, was not mine this year.Obstacles of work, holidays, a stomach virus, and exhaustion proved far more difficult than I anticipated.My typing and imagination stalled at 37,000 words and I bowed my head in defeat as the clock ticked closer and closer to 11:59 pm.An admirable attempt I think.I pushed myself to write a novel and I’m almost finished. First chapter tie down many writers for weeks, while I am riding the wave of the rising action about to clumsily type the climax and conclusion.In one month, I have come so far as a writer and now hold an almost complete first draft in my hands, soon to be revised.The pride I feel is comparable to the winners. What I learned about my strength and writing capabili…