Category Archives: Creative Non-Fiction Essays

Guided by Voices

Post #29

Writers are a curious lot. Let us alone with a bit of paper and a writing tool of some sort (ink, graphite, wax) and, well, we can get into all sorts mischief. Continue reading

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Love, Hate, and the Bard

Post #27

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ACT I

As a writer writing within the English language, I have always in some way or another been aware of Shakespeare. In high school I covered Macbeth a few times between various literature and drama classes. In learning to stage a fight, I played Macbeth to prove my project partner and I could in fact sword fight well enough for the stage. I never did learn to pull my blows though…I may have broken my third sword during the actual graded performance. In my English Literature class we read sonnets, touched on the fact that 10 Things I Hate About You was a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, and watched Scotland, P.A. just to make sure I knew Macbeth. As a prop master, I watched a fellow student race out of the theater and spin three times for having mentioned The Scottish Play while we were working on The Hobbit.

I knew Shakespeare, but then again, not at all. Continue reading

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Pick Your Poison

Sometimes we all have days. You know. One of those days. The really bad days. Days that make you want to return to “broken” bad habits, destroy worlds, and ugly sob. Days when emotional turmoil collides with unfortunate things at work and tumble into the small things that the people you love let happen. Days when you hit your final straw. Continue reading

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Today Let’s Throw Caution to the Wind and Be Unappologetically Ourselves

Dear Readers,

With a little help from my friends, I’ve come to realize that this blog sounds a lot like something Sherlock would post. While the idea of going “yes, this list will be in that book on writing I will write,” this format is only working for me. I like having those list posts to say, “Right, that was such a fabulous idea, Meg. You really need to have more fabulous ideas. Of course, maybe not as fabulous as Thranduil, otherwise the world will explode.” What this all boils down to, kids, is that I need to stop blogging like Sherlock and blog like John. I need to get away from this stiff sounding person, this face I feel like I have to wear for people to understand I know what I’m doing, and sound like the me I used to be okay with using in my writing. I want you to know my “whimsy”, my delirium, and my rambling when in doubt. And doubt, dear readers, is what brings me to today’s post. Continue reading

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The Eagles are Coming

I was maybe thirteen and going through my dad’s personal library. (It’s nice being raised by a geek.) I spotted the green out of the corner of my eye. It was the watercolor cover art by Tolkien of the Shire. I loved the green hill and beautiful round doors and windows. I wanted to live there. But protocol was protocol and I approached my dad with the book in hand ask him if I could read it. He took the book from me, looked it over, and said no. I was a bit crestfallen until he looked around a moment, plucked up another book, and handed it to me. “You have to read this one first.” Continue reading

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