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No One’s Reading My Book How I keep going while no one seems to notice

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The staff at my coffee shop of choice is now aware of what’s happening behind my crinkled forehead on weekend afternoons. The fact remains: no one’s reading my book.

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Fears I Overcame While Learning to Write Don't be afraid of messing up all the time!

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| New York, NY | | 4 Comments

Today, most people know me for my professional demeanor and cool charm (yeah right). But I wasn’t always this way. When I started training as a professional journalist at the Daily Lobo, one of my big fears of sounding stupid would rear up when I’d call someone. The phone would ring ring ring, they’d say, Read more ›

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The Art of the Hustle

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 4 Comments

A person’s skill level, medium, location, and connections are all things that factor into the equation of whether or not they can make money from their art.

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Only in Albuquerque How backing away led me to my voice

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After years of wandering, I found my water in the desert, writing about Massachusetts through a New Mexican lens. Only in Albuquerque does this happen.

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How I Met My Agent, the Inimitable Abigail Samoun

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| Davis, CA, US | | 8 Comments

For an additional fee, you could get a one-on-one portfolio critique with one of the attending professionals, and these critiques were unjustly occupying my future agent’s time.

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Steven Seagal Called Me a Faggot and All I Got Was This Job on ‘Breaking Bad’

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I started working on a little unknown TV show called “Breaking Bad” being shot in Albuquerque. The production designer told me we were about to “make history.” OK. I’m down.

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Five Reasons You Aren’t Famous

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

You keep telling yourself to exercise, to practice guitar, to hit the books, and so on, but then you remember that a new episode of “Breaking Bad” is on.

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Feeling Blocked? Start at the End

Tracy Raymond
| New York City, NY, US | | 4 Comments

When I was complaining about my writer’s block to two friends, one said, “Have you ever tried writing the last scene first?” I had not. Then I did it.

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Corrections: Moving from Phobia to a Healthy Fear

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Though I don’t know if there is research to confirm this, I contend that suffering a phobia about making mistakes will increase your chances of making them.

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Only in New York

Tracy Raymond
| New York City, NY, US | | 2 Comments

It seemed like only in New York would I be able to go to a poetry reading on Thursday night, within walking distance of my apartment, and be blown away by the talent, and the people I met.

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Letter from the Editor Peri Spills the Latest Happenings at Pyragraph

| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 4 Comments

It’s high time for a letter from me, Pyragraph’s Publisher and Editor, to tell you what’s going on with our little-but-growing creative career magazine.

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My Life Crisis Forced Me to Leave My Band And now I'm back

| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 3 Comments

Balancing music with needing to put my daughter first is tricky. I have to admit, there’s something about playing music that feels self-indulgent.

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I Can’t Tell Which Job Is My Side Job

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 4 Comments

The whole time I wrote weekly greeting cards and marketing copy, I also worked 40 hours at a regular job. So which was the side job?

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Play to Your Strengths with a Side Job

Tracy Raymond
| New York City, NY, US | | 0 Comments

How do I manage to scrape by in New York and still have free time to write my novel? A side job. But not just any side job. It pays to be selective.

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Why I Didn’t Need Journalism School (And You Don't, Either)

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| New York, NY | | 38 Comments

I never considered journalism school. I just walked into the student newspaper, slammed my fist onto counter and said, “I wanna write for the paper!”

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I Subsidize My Writing Career With A Gambling Addiction

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Journalism and gambling evoke very visceral feelings in me. I hate that I love them because that means I can’t quit them.

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