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Finally, my work appears in a publication that doesn't limit contributors to twelve-word bios written in the third person, and here I am struggling to come up with anything to say. It's one thing to jot down a few mildly amusing thoughts in a handful of personal essays, but it's quite another thing to have to write about the topic of yourself.

So… I live in Washington, D.C., where I moved six years ago with a friend who dreamed of writing for the Washington Post. She's since become a very mean person who no longer speaks to me, and I've since seen my own work published in the Post, which I must admit, makes me smile. I'm now a full-time freelance writer, which means I spend a lot of time writing, a little time getting paid for it, a lot of time worrying about how little I'm getting paid for it, and far too much time taking naps.

As far as relationships go, I'm in one. A pretty good one, from where I stand. But I make no claims to be an expert. I only know that a relationship comes down to the efforts of the two people who are in it, their desire to make their partner happy, and their ability to make themselves happy-not necessarily in that order. A lot of what I've been writing and thinking lately concerns our fascination with what our relationships should be, whether such notions come from popular culture, our friends, or our parents-models which can limit us or inspire us.

I love Nina Simone, My Friend the Chocolate Cake, Ani Difranco, Fletch, The Myth of Fingerprints, In Cold Blood, The Tao of Pooh, anything by Anne Lamott, Will and Grace, Seinfeld reruns, and the recently cancelled SportsNight. Oh, and I'm a diehard Detroit Red Wings fan, too.

If you'd like to see a little more of my writing, you can take a look at my web site, which is still in its infancy, but growing. And if you have some peculiar desire to contact me, send me an e-mail at scottkdc@hotmail.com, because I'm no doubt sitting at my desk this very minute looking for a perfectly good way to waste a few minutes.

Scott Kirkwood's writing on Conversely

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How to Recover from a Broken Heart in 101 Simple Steps
Break-up pain, in painstaking detail. Scott Kirkwood's classic insights and wisdom on achy heart repair.  Date: 10/1/00

Under the Covers
Are they helping your relationship, or just selling the dream? Scott Kirkwood turns the page on men's and women's magazines.  Date: 6/7/00

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