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Brenda Ortega

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Like the main character Presley in her debut novel, The Twelfth of Never, Brenda Ortega is a compulsive alphabetizer. She learned how to quiet the volume of it long ago, although – unlike Presley – Brenda’s method of control does not involve Elvis.

Brenda started out writing for newspapers in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Detroit. Since becoming a teacher, she has taught English from middle school to college in California and Michigan. She currently works as a high school English teacher in Vandercook Lake, Michigan.

She lives with her husband and two children in Spring Arbor, Michigan.

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Brenda Ortega If I'm not actively writing, I'm thinking about it -- often describing characters or situations in my head. That's my definition of my muse: a voice i…moreIf I'm not actively writing, I'm thinking about it -- often describing characters or situations in my head. That's my definition of my muse: a voice inside that constantly spins ideas and tosses them my way. If I don't pay attention -- if I don't write down the good stuff somehow, even on a napkin or a paper scrap from the kitchen counter -- the muse slows down or stops churning, as if feeling unappreciated. My muse can be a bit of a diva. (less)
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When A is for Anxiety, Part One: Sitting in the Belly of the Whale

Picture I recently started a new job, which is hard enough – among the top five stressors an adult can experience in life – but the difficulty gets multiplied ten times beyond the norm when a person starts a new teaching job in particular, as I have.
 
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“Let him see how it feels to have someone damage the thing he loves most.”
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“Sometimes you have to make things right. You have to choose it. Right doesn't always win by itself.”
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“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
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“Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”
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“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
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Stacey Thank you for the wonderful note card! I have lived in Michigan for about a year now :) But, my husband and his family are from here!! So, glad to 'meet' you :D


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