Author Archives: WestWordArizona

About WestWordArizona

Writer, editor, originally from Berkshire County, Massachusetts, now living in North San Diego County, California.

Gotta stop being so picky

I often look at my published blog posts and think about what I could have done to make them better. For example: Is my topic too broad or too trite? Would the second paragraph have worked better as the first … Continue reading

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I just have too much stuff

Like most people, I have household goods I no longer use and clothing I no longer wear. I have limited storage space, and I don’t want to store this stuff anymore. So I will donate the items to an organization … Continue reading

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This seems to be happening too many times lately

Have you noticed that some version of the following scenario seems to be happening on Facebook groups and other Internet forums way too many times lately? A group member will start a post with good intentions. Using a simple example, … Continue reading

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I do have my standards

I’m curious. Maybe it’s because I’m a writer. Or maybe I’m just plain nosy. When I hear about someone who’s doing something out of the ordinary, I want to learn more about that person and whatever it is he or … Continue reading

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Yes, I dated during the Dark Ages

I signed up for the April Camp NaNoWriMo challenge, but, with so many things going on in my life at the time, I quit after the first week. However, I’ll get the chance to do better in a few months, … Continue reading

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Some guidelines from your prospective editor

Several years ago I agreed to do a sample edit of a memoir. The author claimed to be the illegitimate daughter of a minor celebrity. Some parts of her story just seemed off, so I did a little research. I … Continue reading

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Got to give up the reading marathon

I’ve been downloading eBooks from Amazon for a couple of years. I paid between $.99 and $11.99 for maybe one fourth of them. However, most of my downloads have been freebies. I’ve enjoyed reading about one third of the free eBooks. … Continue reading

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I rewrote this post three times

I don’t leave comments online often, but when I do, I try my best to ensure that my observations are tactful, coherent, and grammatically correct. As a non-traditional college student in the late 90s, I received an English department certificate … Continue reading

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I confess that I fibbed, well, sort of

I’m neither a news anchor, journalist, or politician, nor do I pretend to be any of those. However, speaking of people who seem to have a tendency to, um, exaggerate their experiences in some small (or large) way . . . I … Continue reading

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A lesson for writers, including me

I began reading the books in a popular series when the first book was published in 1992. The series is one of my favorites. The books are well written, with well-developed characters and storylines that hold the reader’s interest. Because … Continue reading

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