The Fifth Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition

It’s that time of year again! Time to type up those travel articles, travel anecdotes and travel reflections. We want to read about that place that changed you, about the experiences you can’t wait to share with other travelers. Whether your work is humorous, informative, quirky or profound–send it in. This year, submissions are free […]

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Writing Process Blog Tour — Take Two

Recently, a fellow editor and expat–the brilliant Michelle Elvy–asked me to take part in the Writing Process Blog Tour. Yes, come to think of it, I’ve already done this, but it’s a good opportunity to look at how I write now in contrast to last year when I wrote about it. A few things have […]

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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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200,000 Hits!!!!

I’m sure the 200,000th hit at I Must Be Off! was a Russian spambot. They do love me. I owe a great debt to my Russian spambot followers. Thank you for following my posts so closely, spamskis! And thank you for your ├╝bercreative, grammatically incorrect comments! And then there are the real followers. Thank you […]

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Indiana Review 1/2 K Prize Results

I’m thrilled that my story “When Susan Died the First Time” was chosen as a finalist in Indiana Review‘s 1/2 K Prize competition. Writers use that word “thrilled” a lot. I don’t use it lightly. Indiana Review is one of the top 50 places to be published in the US, and it’s cool. Indiana Review […]

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Expat Author Interview with Claire King

Author Claire KingClaire King has lived in rural France for the last 11 years, where she leads a patchwork sort of life involving parenting, writing, earning money in brief stints away from home as an independent facilitator and running their two gîtes. Her first novel, The Night Rainbow, came out this spring from Bloomsbury. She […]

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Five Days in Beantown — Day 4

The blue sky of Saturday morning is almost blinding, and it’s such a relief from the constant snow of the days before. I’m trying very hard not to upload a video of “Here Comes the Sun”. This would be so cliché, so predictable, so . . . Damn, I did it anyway. But I’ve found […]

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Five Days in Beantown — Day 3

Second morning, Beantown Blizzard, from hotel windowThe snow is not going anywhere but in our faces. The area around Hynes Convention Center has become so dangerous due to the snow that people all around us are falling on their, um, keisters (I think that’s the word up here in the Northeast, right?). I have not […]

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Five Days in Beantown — Day 2

The Beantown Blizzard we woke up to. And then the snow fell. Well, it actually blew more than it fell. Sideways, like little ice swords into our eyes. I shouldn’t be surprised when I open the curtains, but I am just a tiny bit. I like snow, so it isn’t a bad surprise. I have […]

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Five Days in Beantown — Day 1

Why do Europeans always describe Boston as a “European City”? Where on earth do they get this? If you mention Boston to anyone–anyone–living on the Ye Olde Continente of Europe, you will get this response in various accents: “Oh, I love Boston. It’s not like an American city”–cringe–“at all. It’s more like a European city.” […]

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