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Finding a Clearing

Lately. It’s been so difficult to clear my head. To make way for new ideas. To find a clearing. And there are so many reasons for this. I’ve started teaching at a language institute again, which means my mind has to prepare itself for new classes, new people, new situations every single day. There doesn’t […]

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Expat Author Interview — Checking in with Paola Fornari

I’m honoured to host Paola Fornari this week. What an incredible story she shares with the world. _____________________________________ IMBO: What are you working on? Paola Fornari: My first book! Entitled Joyriding in Dhaka, it’s an often humorous, often serious account of how this particular expat made the most of her three and a half years […]

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My Writing Process Blog Tour

Sara Lippmann’s Doll Palace due out in September!I’m it! I’ve beentagged by writer Sara Lippmann, whose collection of short stories Doll Palace is coming out in September this year! Sarais also aco-host ofThe Sunday Salon in NYC,founded by Nita Noveno. Sara Lippmann rocks. Here are my answers to the Writing Process Blog Tour questionnaire–whichI’ll be […]

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Announcing The Second Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest

Last year we had a lot of great entries. Some stories were stirring accounts of trips abroad; others were informative, anecdotal or humorous–or all the above. Regardless of how you interpret the idea “travel essay,” your entry should give your reader a strong sense of place. I Must Be Off! welcomes entries in English from […]

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Homeless in Seattle

Maybe the first thing you notice about Seattle when you’re walking the streets of downtown is that everyone is drinking coffee; the second thing you’ll notice is that Seattle, while exciting and hip, also has a problem with homelessness. According to the research immediately available on the internet, it looks as if Seattle and King […]

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Sleepless in the Saddle

I took this picture of the Space Needle on my walk at dawn…thanks to insomnia. Today I’m continuing my reflection on AWP (Association of Writers and Writers’ Programs) conference in Seattle, where a reported 15,000 writers, publishers, editors and teachers of writing gathered to drink massive amounts of alcohol. (Un)Fortunately, I didn’t have the chance […]

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Sleepless in Seattle

Yes, a total cliché: like a picture of Mount Rainier when you come out of the elevator in the Roosevelt Hotel. But true. I’ve just returned from Seattle and now think I know why no one can sleep there. Coffee. Everyone has a cup of coffee in their hand. In Seattle you’re either on your […]

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