Hillary DePiano

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May 2017: Come what May

May 2017: Come what May

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Personally..., The Fourth Orange, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

I was going to make the title of this post a play on May Day and then fell into a Wikipedia hole about May Day, the spring holiday, vs MayDay, the distress signal, and barely escaped so that’s why you got a boring title instead. The fact that it is already June is absolutely mind blowing to me but, anyway, let’s talk numbers… Here’s what...

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Settling

Settling

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in External Stimuli, Personally... | 0 comments

Having bid our official farewell to Old House (as my 4 year old calls it), it’s time to talk a bit about New House.  To start with, it’s lovely and has much to recommend it, though there are also a fair amount of headaches we knew were coming because it’s an old house (irony that the house we call New House is older than the house we call...

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Setbacks, missed opportunities and letting it go

Setbacks, missed opportunities and letting it go

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange | 0 comments

I’ve tried to write this post a dozen times already and gotten too annoyed to continue every time. Why? Pull up a chair, I’ll try to explain without rage-quitting this time. You know I strive for complete transparency in my writing process so join me for a journey into my head when I hit a big fat setback.  As regular readers know, I have a...

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A farewell to Old House

A farewell to Old House

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in External Stimuli, Personally... | 0 comments

When my husband and I were first looking for our first house, we were dead set against townhouses. Every house looking the same, no real yards, no thank you. Then we found this magic townhouse on a dead end and changed our minds. Because while it looked like a townhouse from the outside and benefitted from all the amenities and outdoor maintenance of a...

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April 2017: Camp NaNoWriMo & other wordy showers

April 2017: Camp NaNoWriMo & other wordy showers

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Multiple people told me they assumed I’d be taking the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo off this year because of the new baby and I was like, “Ha! Have you met me?” It would have been sensible and healthy to take Camp NaNoWriMo off after just having a baby so OF COURSE I didn’t. Here’s how that worked out… Here’s what...

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