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Why First Pages Matter

Why First Pages Matter

Entering the first pages of a masterfully written book is like embarking on a magical odyssey.  I first remember that feeling when I met the opening pages of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, a book to which I feel an uncanny and unwavering devotion. And most...
In Ireland, I Don’t Have to Spell My Name

In Ireland, I Don’t Have to Spell My Name

I’m standing at the Hertz rental car counter in Shannon airport, when the clerk asks for my name. I simply say, “Flynn,” without spelling it.  He nods, “Aye, me mum’s a Flynn.” “From what county?” I ask. “Cork,” he says. “There are a lot of Flynns in Cork,” I say. In...
The Possibility of Story

The Possibility of Story

Peter Pan, magical kisses and the place where we can come home When the twins were small, we used to make up stories together, stories that would carry us to deep into wild, enchanted forests or set us sailing on the high blue seas, stories that would catapult us to...

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