The First 100 Blogs

The First 100 Blogs

So many things come in groups of 100. Years build to centuries. Special attention is paid to the first 100 days of a new administration. And, at last, this is my 100th blog. This is where I started with blog #1: My name is Susan Matley and I’m a writer. If there’s a...

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Third Draft Follies

Third Draft Follies

Welcome to the Third Draft Follies! The dreckish first draft of my upcoming novel Beyond Big-G City has been pounded and shaped into a respectable second draft. Now I’m closing in on the third draft, after which I hand it over to my friend the Line Editor From Hell...

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This is a Stick

This is a Stick

If you’ve been on Facebook this week (I don’t blame you if you dropped out because you just can’t take it any more), you’ve likely seen a post about how people can’t agree on anything, with a photo of a stick temptingly captioned This is a stick. Many have joined in...

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An American Buddhist in Prescott

An American Buddhist in Prescott

Bet you didn’t know I was an American Buddhist in Prescott, WA. There’s a good reason for that. I’m not. Not yet, anyway. I’m working on it, though. Here’s the story. A couple of months ago, heartsick and frustrated by the state of the world in general and America in...

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What You Think You Know, But Do You?

What You Think You Know, But Do You?

So you think you know a few things. Not a lot of things, like how to perform brain surgery, but a few things you’ve known for years and accepted without question. This week I learned this is sometimes not the case. I’m talking about the Ten Commandments. No, this is...

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