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Image of Babu, from Writing is a Heartache, by Beth Mende Conny

Cold Cuts, Pastries, Funerals

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! When I was a kid, funerals were my favorite gatherings. Strangers would appear at the door, bearing platters of smartly folded cold cuts and pretty pink boxes of pastries. When they heard I was Judy’s girl, they’d […]

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Tiny mocha with a heart in the foam, a pen and writing paper sit on a rough-hewn wood desk. Tools for writing in 2018.

What Every Writer Needs in 2018

I’ve been writing ever since I first learned to form letters on a page. I went “pro” some 30-plus years ago and have learned much about my craft and self in the process. I know, for example, that I must have certain things in my life if I am to succeed in 2018. Here goes! A reason to write I write because I have to, because the urge is almost physical in nature. I see […]

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Colorful graphics of each of 4 seasons by Beth Mende Conny

Hello, goodbye, hello

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! Goodbyes aren’t morbid. After all, there can be no goodbyes without hellos. Hellos get good press. They’re pleasant sorts of things: Hello, morning! Hello, my love! Hello, new adventure! But goodbyes also have their positives, depending on circumstances: Goodbye, extra pounds! Goodbye, […]

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Image of multicolored gold, orange and blue butterfly on purple flowers, from Writing is a Heartache, by Beth Mende Conny

Writing is a heartache

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! The heart truly aches, swells with ideas that don’t seek expression as much as release. The pressure builds with every passing word — the gems of language and insight that we let slip, literally, from our fingers. […]

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The cover of people magazine, which says "Princess Mom!" from Princess Kate, Bubba and Me, by Beth Mende Conny

Princess Kate, Bubba and me

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! A few months ago, I was in line at the supermarket, scanning magazine covers (less fattening than scanning candy bars) and flipping through People magazine. On the cover: Princess Kate holding the royal baby, Prince George Alexander […]

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Picture of Beth covering her mouth from Will juicing kill me? By Beth Mende Conny

Will juicing kill me?

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! Inspired by friends, I have decided to start juicing. They claim all sorts of health benefits — better sleep and digestion, improvement to the hair, skin and nails. And what an energy boost! They can now leap tall buildings in a single […]

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I learn the facts of life, by Beth Mende Conny

I learn the facts of life

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! I am 10-years-old. My friend Laura asks, “Do you know where babies come from?” I don’t like her tone; it is more of a taunt. Laura is as close to being a woman of the world as […]

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Stinky comets and impatient cashiers, by Beth Mende Conny

Stinky comets and impatient cashiers

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! After 23 years of wind and ants brazenly entering our home, Joe and I decide to replace the back door. We make the long-awaited decision over breakfast and map out the route we will take around Frederick […]

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