The dark side of parenting, by Beth Mende Conny

The dark side of parenting

I’m often asked what it’s like to be a writer — how I spend my days, how I experience the world. And so I will be sharing occasional essays from the front lines of my writing life. Enjoy! Here’s Joe. He’s hitting the ball. He’s having fun. Where’s Beth? She’s back in their small apartment, trying to fold laundry while attending to her newborn. She has been trying to fold laundry for hours, but her baby cries and poops and […]

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Dehabit your life, by Beth Mende Conny

De-habit your life

We are all pilots — autopilots. We fly, as we live, according to our habits. Some habits are good. They are the shorthand of our everyday lives. Without them, we would waste lots of time and would most certainly get to work late. Can you imagine if you woke up and first had to figure out what to do and how to do it? Take shaving, for example. Unless you are a novice, you do […]

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Self-publishing 101

Don’t let the powers that be stand between your book and its audience. Learn if self-publishing is the right choice for you and your work and let Write Directions demystify the process, step by clear step. Achieve your dreams! Self-publishing 101: June 8, 2017, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Cowork Frederick. 122 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD. View post to watch the video and register.

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File folders!

“Organizing” is often another word for procrastinating. Here is a truly quick and simple way to tame your writing projects with one of my favorite things in the world: file folders!

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Why you should deviate, from Beth Mende Conny

Why you should deviate

My husband and I are making a cake. Open before us is the bible for lost souls: the Joy of Cooking. Across the countertop are the requisite ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda and powder, eggs and salt) and various implements of destruction (measuring cups and spoons). The Joy (ha!) of Cooking makes clear the precise measurements and order of ingredients. It states, “Deviation brings disaster.”

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