Author Archives: amylynn714

About amylynn714

A busy wife and mother pausing to ponder the beauty and complexity of life and share it with words.

One Quarter

The idea of writing a book scares me. So big. So many words. It’s like I have a writer’s form of agoraphobia. But here’s the rub– I have a story to share. Some characters to introduce to the world. How do … Continue reading

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Quiet Keyboards

Writing was more of a sensory experience when I was younger than it is today. In middle school, I would use a pencil (a pen if I was lucky) and write notes in a paper notebook. After filling a page, I’d turn it to … Continue reading

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Of Reeds and Strings and Other New Things

I’m learning violin. I’m forty-six. I’ve never played an instrument. Why now? I’ve always wanted to learn violin, and one day this very instrument made its appearance in my life as if to announce It’s time. I had heard violin was … Continue reading

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Vanilla Days

(This story was read at the Litchfield Writers Guild Coffeehouse, June 14, 2017.) My college roommate dated a guy who would only eat smooth ice cream. No walnuts, chips, or chunks. John’s reasoning was he didn’t want roadblocks intruding on … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“Revising isn’t difficult. All I do is cut some things out and move some things around. When you think about it, it’s really no different from what heart surgeons do.”

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Touring the Country of Math

  “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”                                                                                      ~Oliver Wendell Holmes We all think differently. My grandmother would say, “It takes all kinds to make a world.” She was right. We need doctors … Continue reading

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Thank you, Harper Lee

“A book should be the occasion of rejoicing, but it is seldom that, imparting a feeling of completion but not of satisfaction. I suppose a writer, almost by definition, is a person incapable of satisfaction–which is what keeps him at … Continue reading

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