Meaning – Flash Non-Fiction

The Art of Extraordinary Writing appreciates this contribution by Jane Castellanos. Jane was a teacher, intuitive, traveller, currently living in Devon, seeking to reconnect.  Meaning I don’t have a desk, but I do have a room. The windows are plastic, not allowing for squirrel or bird feeders to be attached. It is forbidden to throw […]

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Wife and War – Amalie Flynn

I stumbled across Amalie Flynn’s work about a month ago and was stuck by the stark beauty of her poetry. Her memoir, Wife and War will be released on 9/11/13.  Her writing was featured by The New York Times At War and by TIME.   She also blogs for The Huffington Post. Read more of […]

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Labyrinth – Flash Non-FIction

Thank you to Portland, Oregon poet, Gail Brooks, for the flash non-fiction piece: Labyrinth. First swallows of coffee down, my eyes begin to widen just a bit. I’m having a quick breakfast at a local favorite spot and leisurely checking out the familiar surroundings. The place is kind of a mess as usual–stuff piled up, […]

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Flash Non-Fiction #1 – Waiting

I took on the Flash Non-Fiction Challenge #1 – writing about three things and how they may relate to one another.  I’m not exaggerating when I admit that I went through 30+ revisions, trying to find the perfect word, the perfect turn-of-phrase. I was shocked at the ah-ha’s I experienced, but I’ll save that for […]

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Writing Flash Nonfiction – Will You Join Me?

I have long-loved the essay format; it appeals to both the logical part of my brain as well as the writer in me who envys a well-turned phrase. Essays are the closest in format to the magical magazine articles I used to write, which probably accounts for considering the following: I’ve been reading Field Guide […]

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Delphinium blooming again. Happy #writerslife

I didn’t realize how critical it was for my creativity and general well-being to be able to be outside in Nature. On April 1, 2013, I moved from an apartment that I never liked into a sweet tiny cottage. I now have a patio on the east side, beyond double French doors, and another on the […]

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A Writing Challenge for Me (and you?)

I recently won a contract to write several 300-400 word content pieces for a client’s websites. This is my first test of producing beautiful writing for an SEO content-driven site. I’ll be researching a topic about which I know nothing (which I enjoy) then seeing if I can use the SEO keyword list to create […]

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