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Facing Your Inner Critic

Andrea Cagan - Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Facing Your Inner Critic

I began teaching a writing class about two years ago, giving prompts, reading inspirational pieces, and offering advice about how to maneuver the world of words, sentences, paragraphs, and stories. I felt that I had something to offer since I'd written so many books. But when I began to share my knowledge and experiences as a writer, I never imagined how much my classes would impact my own writing and my understanding of the writing process in general. 

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Hollywood Is Growing Up

Andrea Cagan - Monday, January 08, 2018
Hollywood Is Growing Up

The Golden Globe awards were not at all what I expected. I usually spend most of the show admiring the gowns and millions of dollars worth of diamonds dripping from necks, wrists and ear lobes. But when every attendee, actor and civilian, showed up in black, it was a stunning sight to see. Diamonds look shiny and exquisite on black but no one asked anyone “what they were wearing” or from whence their magnificent jewels had been rented. The issues were far more important, it appeared that everyone agreed, and there was a comforting and exciting show of solidarity, something the industry has been sorely lacking. 

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Happy ? New Year

Andrea Cagan - Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Happy ? New Year

“Whew! Thank God it's the New Year. It has to be better than last year. It was brutal.”

I don't know how many times I’ve heard someone say that when I was drinking a toast to Auld Lang Syne. I’ve said it myself and most everyone agreed. And then, when the supposed “better” year comes to an end, we say it all over again. As if we hadn’t done that last year.

At first glance, it’s hard to find anything good about 2017. Our political climate turned upside down and became deeply negative, the polarization between political parties was never so blatant and damaging, there were mass shootings and terrorist attacks, and there were massive sexual assault upheavals in corporate businesses and the film industry. Global warming was never so obvious, we felt the extreme heat and the seasonal aberrations and still, lawmakers refused to acknowledge what was so obviously going on. 

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