Author Archives: jmmack

About jmmack

Full-time swim coach and pool program manager in the Seattle area. Swimmer, writer, cross-stitcher, HP fan, wife, sister, auntie of two nephews, human to a feisty Jack-Russell mix.

Twenty-five


I will blame Cullen in the difficulty of this post (although I was the one who let him choose the difficulty level), but I suppose I actually will have some fun with it. Let me explain. I found this post … Continue reading

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A Vernal Renaissance


It’s difficult to come back to writing, especially when I’m over two months behind schedule. Coming back means at some point in the past I quit; I had given up.  Coming back means admitting defeat and failure – even if … Continue reading

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Hiatus: Part Two


Here’s to having the guts to chase that happy… I may not get a break from work for the holidays like I used to get in school (typically, I had 3-4 weeks in December/January… I miss that now), but that … Continue reading

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Questioning the Process


I had an idea to write for a prompt that I found while on my lunch yesterday – but I’ve got Christmas shopping and plans for baking/family time on the brain, so much so that I can’t focus long enough … Continue reading

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Book: Young Truth


As you might know, I’m writing a book.  I had a mini-epiphany the other day at work concerning one of my main characters.  I considered posting the details of that revelation because it’s a nice twist, has to do with the main … Continue reading

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In Defense of Classical Studies


“What did you major in?” “Classical Studies.” “…Oh.  Interesting.  What does that mean?” I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve had that conversation since graduation (one year and one day ago).  To be honest, I had it several times … Continue reading

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Cicero On Friendship


Obviously, this is being posted much later than originally intended.  It’s been a busier week than I gave it credit for, I guess.  It’s not yet midnight though, so this will still count as a Friday post! As suggested by … Continue reading

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No Three-Letter Harry Potter Memories

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Today, no three-letter words!  Inspired by this WordPress Daily Prompt.  Beware — HP spoilers!  (To be honest, I’m assuming you’ve read HP by this point.) I came home from school in third grade, to find HP 1 in an Amazon … Continue reading

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Daily Prompt: Connect the Dots


I found the following prompt on the WordPress Daily Prompt blog: Open your nearest book to page 82. Take the third full sentence on the page, and work it into a post somehow. The nearest book to me at the … Continue reading

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On Writing A Novel


No preamble today… unless this counts as one. My first idea for my current book, a fantasy fiction piece, came to me this past February.  In less than a year, I have worked on character development (physical descriptions, personal histories, … Continue reading

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My Favorite Weekend


I meant to get this posted much earlier today… But better late than never – isn’t that how the saying goes? At least I have a legitimate excuse this time: yesterday was Thanksgiving (helped make some food, ate, drank, was … Continue reading

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How To Make Excuses


The blank page has been taunting me again. It isn’t writer’s block because I have plenty of ideas – and I know how I want to write about those ideas… eventually.  I’m just not feeling it today. “Enter title here”.  … Continue reading

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A Calm, Frozen Night


The crisp air settled down into the trees as we all drifted to sleep, freezing the ground and preparing for snow.  I awoke slowly in the depth of night.  Bundling up with boots, pants, jacket, and scarf, I eased the … Continue reading

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Summer Writing Prompt


In lieu of making some exaggerated list of excuses for not planning a post for today, I decided to look up prompts for creative writing.  Out of the 346 I found here, I chose this one: ‘In 200 words, describe … Continue reading

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Letter to the Past

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Dear Jessie/JWalk/Sass/Ms Jessica, I haven’t thought about you in a long time, and for that I’m sorry.  There haven’t been any reasons in the last few years to give you any consideration, but now I realize just how long it’s … Continue reading

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