Archive | My writing life

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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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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