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Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Is it cuckoo to go back and work on a book I started a few years ago, and which I have super mixed feelings about? more

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ADVICE FOR THE LIT-LORN
WRITING QUESTIONS, QUANDARIES & PICKLES

Is it cuckoo to go back and work on a book I started
a few years ago, and which I have super mixed
feelings about? 

Jesey R., Tacoma WA

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