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Margo Christie

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Margo Christie By taking a break from the seriousness of it.

Before writing THESE DAYS, I spent most of my creative life as a visual artist. I've done everything…more
By taking a break from the seriousness of it.

Before writing THESE DAYS, I spent most of my creative life as a visual artist. I've done everything from painting and drawing to jewelry-making and stained-glass. I'm also an occasional burlesque performer and a ballroom dancing hobbyist. All art stems from a deep need to create something beautiful and inspiring, but writing is more soul-baring than any of the other arts. Perhaps this is why writers get blocked: We worry a lot about how readers perceive us on a deeply personal level.

When I'm blocked, I spend a few weeks making a series of drawings or practicing a new dance. Since art and dancing are things I don't take as personally as writing, I do them without the pressure to be "right" or "acceptable." Then I return to the keyboard with a mind less restricted.

Above all, I avoid comparing myself to other writers. Just because someone else writes and is successful following a certain regimen doesn't mean I have to follow their regimen. We all have different processes; our wells are filled at different intervals from different sources. Not all writers write every day.(less)
Margo Christie Knowing that people the world over have read and been touched by my book.

I've gotten feedback from as far afield as New Zealand, British Columbia and…more
Knowing that people the world over have read and been touched by my book.

I've gotten feedback from as far afield as New Zealand, British Columbia and Spain, as well as all corners of the continental U.S. While I immensely enjoy hearing that These Days is well-written, it's even more gratifying to know that my young protagonist, Becky Shelling, and her struggle for self-definition gave a reader a sense of fellow-feeling; of not being alone in their heartache and joy, because someone else has been there, felt that. (less)
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The Power of Running Away - A review of Cara Lopez Lee's memoir "They Only Eat Their Husbands"

I met Cara Lopez Lee at a writing workshop she conducted at the Denver Woman’s Press Club in the fall of 2014. She’d recently released her memoir “They Only Eat Their Husbands,” and was using a few excerpts from the book as jumping-off points to get participants writing about their own travel-related growth experiences. The workshop was excellent. Lopez Lee has a style that’s confident, approac... Read more of this blog post »
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Concise and touching, "Stella Bain" is tale that unravels at a good pace and includes enough historical embellishment to pique my interest in the great war that was overshadowed by its sequel. If not for the book's overly sentimental and somewhat ...more
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An epic-length work of art and poetry is Mary McGarry Morris's third novel. A brilliant observation of the day-to-day living that makes us strong and extraordinary. Rare is it that a novel of this length has not a single wasted word!
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“Own your history and be who you are. To hide bits and pieces of yourself out of shame or fear is to be half-alive. To offer only half of yourself to others is to cheat them and yourself.”
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“I once asked her if she got bored living alone, and she said, 'To say one is bored to be alone is to admit that one has no inner resources.”
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“Own your history and be who you are. To hide bits and pieces of yourself out of shame or fear is to be half-alive. To offer only half of yourself to others is to cheat them and yourself.”
Margo Christie

“I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.”
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“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”
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“Love is supreme and unconditional. Like is nice, but limited.”
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