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July 10, 2018
Introducing: The Pen and the Page

I have kept this secret surprise under wraps for so long, and I cannot wait to tell you today. Introducing… November 9-11, 2018 Glen Eyrie Colorado Springs, Colorado Register Here I cannot even tell you how excited I am about this brand new event, The Pen and the Page, a three-day weekend retreat where I […]

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April 28, 2015
Jon Acuff and That Thing Writers Don't Talk About

Remember how I told you that Jon Acuff is my friend, if only because I made a fool of myself in my one moment with him? There's one other reason.  When I read someone's work and it changes my life, then we are are forever on a first-name basis in my imagination.  If you speak […]

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April 14, 2015
Maybe It Wasn't Writer's Block

Last week, shortly after the UPS man delivered my copies of Let's Pretend We're Normal, my writing mind stopped working. I opened this box filled with the very fruition of the last 18 months, I breathed in the scent of paper and words and finishing, and my spirit exhaled a great sigh of relief.  And […]

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April 6, 2015
Let's Pretend We're Normal: A Book Giveaway Contest!

So, the UPS guy came this weekend, which always makes me every kind of happy, and especially when I'm within One Month of a book release.   I have fifteen copies to give away, and I'm running a contest this week.  Here's the scoop. 1. If you're on Facebook, share this post on your wall to […]

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March 30, 2015
At The End of The Day

"Mommy, I wish you weren't an author." (Ouch.) I had just finished an evening of teaching.  It's been a long, rough day, as is the nature of a day when I'm teaching: there's no way the Enemy is going to let me sail through the day without a snag.  It has something to do with […]

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November 21, 2014
My Moment with Anne Lamott

Sometimes an opportunity pops up between the cracks of the sidewalk, and  you just know that you know that you know it will be a moment of all moments. Anne Lamott came to my town, to my bookstore (which I fervently all my own since I guess I believe a girl should put her name on the […]

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November 11, 2014
A Baseball Field of Nickels

Here's a little experiment. Picture a baseball diamond. The whole field: three bases and home plate, infield and outfield, the whole deal. Now picture the entire field covered with nickels. End to end, side to side. Thousands of dollars, one nickel at a time. Now imagine that it's your job to go through the field […]

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November 6, 2014
Happenings over Teriyaki and White Rice

"Do you have a punch card with us?" "I should get one, shouldn't I?" "You definitely should." And the next thing I knew, he was making confetti from holes in a business card as if he were the train engineer on The Polar Express. "Here's one for Monday, and one for Tuesday, and here's one […]

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November 4, 2014
A Delicious Paragraph about My Kissable Life

I am putting the final loving touches on the next book, Let's Pretend We're Normal. (If perhaps you are thinking, "Trish, didn't you already do that?" then to you I say, "Yes, and this is the ongoing joy of the writing life until the publisher waves the checkered flag.  It's never finished, merely abandoned.") I […]

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October 9, 2014
Swirling My Spoon in the Carrots and Peas

They say a book is never finished, only abandoned. True story. I don't think there is ever a point where I would be like, "Click, Save, Boom, Done. Nothing else. This is perfection." It looks more like this: I click save, and I send to my brilliant editor in an email with the subject, "Here it […]

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August 4, 2014
Holding My Breath Under Water

I have declared a writing vacation, which is every kind of oxymoron. I will say that I am not writing, but words will unfold in my mind. I will say that I am not writing, but I will notice the details in banana peels and furrowed brows and hummingbirds. I will say that I am […]

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January 27, 2014
My Heart In the Marketplace

"What comes up, way down at the bottom, is that my heart is still broken from bringing out Writing Down the Bones."  I gasp. I clutch at my heart. What is this you say, Natalie Goldberg? Broken hearted from producing Writing Down the Bones? This is the book I have bought so many times over, […]

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January 16, 2014
Somehow I Didn't Punch Him In the Neck

So, remember when I was all lit about about the book When We Were on Fire? And I invited all of you to read it and join me for a giant book club discussion over lattes and scones at the world's biggest Starbucks which might just be in my imagination and an ethereal dream? I'm […]

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August 5, 2013
Blog Too Much?

"Do you think you blog too much?" An excellent question, posed by one of my mentors and greatest voices in my life. I have to admit, my first response was monotone and choppy:  Blog Too Much. Does Not Compute. There are some theories on blogging, on presence on the internet, building your platform, and creating […]

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July 5, 2013

In real life, get out of the way when a person with a gun is running down the street. In your writing life, step in front of his path, let him shoot you in the heart. What you fear, if you turn toward it, will give your writing teeth. ~ Natalie Goldberg, Old Friend from […]

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July 2, 2013
Upon Request

If you called me and said, "Hey, Tricia?  We're doing a craft show or a rummage sale or a bake sale or a yard sale or a fundraiser of any kind, and we would love for you to contribute.  What can you give us?"   I would first feel compelled to make something, or give […]

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February 20, 2013
Where Are You Speaking?!

Tricia, you mentioned Ohio. But where in Ohio are you going?   When are you coming?   What's the story, and can we come? Here's the story, my friends. I am traveling to Ohio this weekend for a women's retreat in a Cleveland hotel, sponsored by the unbelievably gracious women of West Hill Baptist Church. […]

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January 31, 2012
A New Chapter Starts Today

Thoughts in 2007... Well, here I am. A stay-at-home mom with two little tiny guys. Tucker is two, Tyler is four months old, Robb is loving us and climbing the corporate ladder, and we're tangled up in diapers, a double stroller, adventures to the park, and pleas for my sanity. I need an outlet. Maybe […]

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