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Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons

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Jennifer Gibbons graduated from Mills College with a degree in English and a concentration in Young Adult Literature.
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At Mills, Gibbons won the Marion Haworth prize for Young Adult/Children's Literature. She has written for a variety of publications, from the San Francisco Chronicle to The Jonestown Report. Her love of books (and the Dewey decimal system) led her to work for the Contra Costa Library system for ten years.She is working on a novel and a book of essays, which would both be farther along if her cats, Ida B
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Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons I don't think it's writer's block--it's procrastination. It's feeling like you need to do anything but write: watch TV, going on Facebook, or watching…moreI don't think it's writer's block--it's procrastination. It's feeling like you need to do anything but write: watch TV, going on Facebook, or watching YouTube. I have to fight procrastination everyday. Some days are easier than others.(less)
Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons Years ago I read an interview with Anne Tyler when she told aspiring writers: "Read read read. And revise, revise, revise." Never assume something is…moreYears ago I read an interview with Anne Tyler when she told aspiring writers: "Read read read. And revise, revise, revise." Never assume something is done. Recently I published several essays and decided to send them for a fellowship. I sent them to a friend to do copy editing. I figured since they were published, she wouldn't have much to do. Wrong! She gave me marked up copies of the essays with the copy edits, plus several places where I could revise. When I was done editing/revising, the essays had a wonderful facelift and were much better than the previous draft. Yet if I thought "Eh, they were published already! I don't need someone else to look at them!" I would've missed out on a great opportunity to improve what I wrote.(less)
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Of course they met at a library; they were both writers. He was a senior and already getting published in magazines. She was two years younger than him and was getting her poetry published on a regular basis. But it was instant attraction for Stephen King and Tabitha Spruce. They both came from working class backgrounds, they were from Maine (or if John Irving's Wilbur Larch was talking about t... Read more of this blog post »
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Beth Hi Jennifer,
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