Freelance Writing…Advice From a Newbie

I’m a mom.That’s my job title, my most important “career” move.But I’m a writer, too.And as my children are moving on in the big, brutiful world of kindergarten and high school, Mama has more time for…house cleaning!That is a big fat joke.I get to write more!  This is a very exciting step forward. Freelance writing […]

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National Novel Writing Month

Did you know it’s National Novel Writing Month? (NaNoWriMo). I forgot until I came across a post on www.nanowrimo.org.  Every November, this website issues the same challenge:  Write a 50,000 word novel in ONE month!  It was already Nov. 8th so I thought, nah, I’m too late.  But then my friend Kate emailed and said […]

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About

Hi, I’m Amy Makechnie, mom to the four darlings above – who have grown a bit too much since first posting this – and wife to Gregor, who I sometimes refer to as “The Professor” for his love of mystifying words. I write this Maisymak blog and am the author of The Unforgettable Guinevere St. […]

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The Paris Wife

  I just finished reading, The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.  Well done, Paula!  It’s been awhile since I’ve devoured a book.  I turned pages late into the night, reading until midnight or 1 a.m. to finish. I found it fascinating, this story about Ernest Hemingway’s rise in the literary world alongside contemporaries James Joyce, […]

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How to Feel a Little Happier Tomorrow

About a year ago, in the spirit of trying to be more organized, I mapped out a calendar of posts I wanted to write instead of my usual writing-everything-on-the-fly-however-the-muse-moves-me way of blogging. Intentions were good. Output was poor. I also didn’t pay particular attention to particular events, like the election, and how we all might be […]

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Book Recommendations (and more!)

Here we go with some book recommendations that will surely thrill your heart and stir the soul. I tell you what, a good book is what gets me through February and March in New Hampshire. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.  Young Adult. Tragic, page-turner, very tight writing. John Green says,”Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is […]

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Book Recommendations

Oh, I do love posting book recommendation. It’s like telling you a big secret and in return, you tell me something juicy too. January was a good reading month. I took Word Nerd’s advice and made it part of my to-do list. How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen with James Allworth and Karen […]

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