Weekend Edition – Speed bumps, identity crises, and shorts plus good reads and writing tips

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Every once in a while, I hit a speed bump.

six by nineI have been a writer since the age of seven when I penned (or, rather, penciled) my first entry in my first journal. I have been writing ever since. Every once in a while, however, I hit a bit of a speed bump. For one reason or another, my certainty about being a writer wavers.

In Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe series, the super “Earth computer” works out that the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything is 42. That’s all well and good, but a bit useless if you don’t know what the actual question is. In a wild, last ditch effort to find out exactly what the ultimate question is, Arthur Dent (the book’s protagonist) pulls random Scrabble tiles out of a bag. Lining up the tiles, he finds the message…

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