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I sit here this morning, the day after Thanksgiving 2014, watching cartoons at 9:00am. It’s a lovely morning.

Last night I had a dream involving Geoff Brown. Geoff and I went to NAFA Judging Camp (NJC). It was a week-long camp where we reviewed rules, played games with our dogs, and discussed judging issues. The mornings were spent playing games with our dogs, that were designed to make our bond stronger. The afternoons were spent in class talking about rules and discussing interesting judging situations.

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Are you tired of seeing all those Facebook posts that read "They laughed at him. You'll never believe what he did next" or "This pregnant baby was asleep at the beach. Your jaw will drop when you see what happens," or "This guy was out walking his cat. You'll die when you see his cat."

I'm tired of all that crap. I think if you want to post one of those videos/articles to your Facebook account, then the least you can do is tell people what they are in for. For example...

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Writing is hard. When you research authors and journalists, you often come across those three words. I don’t believe the average reader really understands just how difficult writing is. Many people who aspire to write novels assume something like: Yeah, I’ve heard it’s difficult…but how hard can it be? I’ve been writing since the third grade. I know how to put together a sentence, and I can form a story with a beginning, middle, and an end. So, when people say “writing is hard”, I think they mean the craft can be challenging at times because of things like plot hole, deadlines, and submitting to publisher. I can deal with that because I have a great story idea.

No. That’s not it. Writing is frustrating. It’s a love-hate addiction.  At its core, it’s about communication. Think about a time when you said just the right thing, and how cool it was. Now think about a time when all you wanted was X, Y, Z and the person you were talking to didn’t understand and you had to explain it four different times. In conversation, the setting, descriptions, and all the emotion and confusion of bad conversation happen in matter of seconds. In writing, it takes hundreds (if not thousands) of words to communicate all of that to the reader. To put it another way, people assume that because they’ve been reading and writing for thirty years, they could probably write a story and get published. First time out. Boom. Another bucket list item accomplished. When you start writing professionally (i.e. with the hopes of being paid), your skills are tragically low. They are akin to a child trying to communicate with a parent. Children throw temper tantrums because they lack the skills to communicate clearly. It takes years of daily practice to develop the skills necessary to clearly communicate.

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I tried to post this to Craigslist earlier this week. My goal was to see what kind of responses I would get. I figured I’d get a few strange responses, and maybe a few funny ones. I wanted to share those in my blog. Obviously it was a joke, but Craigslist didn’t like it. They sent me a notice stating that it violated their terms of use. I read through their terms and didn’t see where I was in viloation, but I’m not going to press the issue. It’s not that important…it’s a joke.

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This is a guest blog from Kristen Capogrossi. You can find her blogs at: Oven Lovin' Runnin'

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