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Sights, Sounds, And Written Words

  • November 10, 2015
Sights, Sounds, And Written Words

March 2012

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I Hold A Force I Can’t Contain

  • July 27, 2015
I Hold A Force I Can’t Contain

All my life, I have been indecisive, taking excessive consideration with each and every decision, no matter the breadth. And yet, long after the conclusion, I seem to allow my mind to become commandeered with thoughts of alternative scenarios and outcomes, if only I had chosen differently.

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Thomas Slatin On How He Finds Inspiration

  • March 6, 2015
Thomas Slatin On How He Finds Inspiration

Ever since I started a blog, people have asked me where I find my inspiration. My main source of inspiration comes from real life experiences, which is why the vast majority of my writing is non-fiction. In 2011, I wrote a list of 80 Journal Writing Prompts, which was in response to the repetitive emails asking me for advice for inspiration. The journal writing prompts were posted in April of 2011, and quickly became the most visited post on my blog, and after going viral, received an average of 20,000 visits per day for several months thereafter. I knew I had stumbled upon an idea, if even...

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Gifted

  • February 28, 2015
Gifted

My parents sent me to private school, intending to provide me with a superior education. Midway through third grade, my parents decided to move, and I was forced to repeat third grade, a decision that delayed my graduation from high school by one year.

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Neil Gaiman On Writing Tips

  • February 3, 2015
Neil Gaiman On Writing Tips

Write. Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down. Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it. Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is. Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong. Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection,...

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Blogger Spotlight: Tracey Lynn Tobin

  • January 12, 2015
Blogger Spotlight: Tracey Lynn Tobin

For several months, I've been asking my friend, Tracey Lynn Tobin to let me interview her. For those of you who aren't aware, Tracey is a gifted writer and blogger who claims to have an unhealthy obsession with zombies. Her book, Nowhere To Hide, went on sale on Amazon.com in October of 2014. She also has a fantastic blog, No Page Left Blank.

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Yearbook

  • November 24, 2014
Yearbook

Recently, a handful of my friends have decided to post scans of their high school yearbook pages on Facebook. And while I have since misplaced the yearbook from the year I graduated high school, conveniently, or otherwise, the concept of posting ones yearbook online has inspired various thoughts and ideas.

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The End Of October Follow-Ups

  • October 31, 2014
The End Of October Follow-Ups

October 2014 was a fantastic month for TomSlatin.com. Not only did this blog see record traffic, but we also saw a lot of new followers to the blog. As a special thank you for the additional traffic and followers, this post has been written to showcase those who make this blog worthwhile. The WordPress followers who follow this blog (as of October 31, 2014) include Katarina C.S., vadana33, Robin Matteri, embrycwalt, jisbell22, clayearley, A.D. Martin, danzywrit, jane e, Dee, patricia49, josiecoccinelle, kelzbelzphotography, mborn2bfree, jenna50jmkeftr, Julianne Q Johnson, isidro58n,...

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Ridiclous Humanities Writing Assignments

  • September 29, 2014
Ridiclous Humanities Writing Assignments

If I had a dollar for every one of the ridiculous humanities writing assignments I was given while in college, I'd be fabulously wealthy. Here is a small sampling of the many humanities writing assignments I remember being given while in college. If I had my way, I would have written essays filled with snappy answers to the assignments to mock their ridiculousness.

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It’s Been So Long Since I’ve Seen Something Incredible

  • September 15, 2014
It’s Been So Long Since I’ve Seen Something Incredible

Ever since I can remember, I have always been fascinated with abandoned places, as if I am somehow drawn to them by a higher, unseen power. It all began when I was very young, and a friend of mine at the time and I decided to sneak into an abandoned barn down the street from his parents house, and what was inside was a virtual time capsule, a well-organized horde of sorts filled with priceless relics from a much earlier time.

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