The soul-grasping magic of life

When I was a kid, I loved playing role-playing games. (Still do.) I love that you can be whoever you want to be...that you can explore the world around you and open any door. Even your nosy neighbor with the weird striped lawn wouldn't bat her wrinkly eye if you walked right in and started jumping on the bed or smashing the flowerpots looking for gold coins. 

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The difference between rocks and pearls

Last week, I started doing The Artist's Way for maybe the second or third time (I say "doing" rather than "reading" because although it's a book, it's also a 12-week course for getting creatively unstuck...the magic is in the "doing"). Although I'm not stuck (more than usual anyway), I've been looking at it as inspiration for the book I'm writing. It's got such a great balance of philosophy and practicality, which I'm hoping to strike in my book.

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The paradox of joy

Last night in the pitch dark, I trekked to the beach in below-freezing temperatures in order to see the “big waves” with my family. (The waves were enormous, and we all wanted to see them up close). We don’t normally do things like this, even though we’ve been renting a beach house for the winter while our house with the formerly-caved-in-ceiling gets fixed.

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The worst way to do social media

The worst way to do social media is to sit down at a computer and read through hundreds of articles to find the two worth talking about that haven't already become ubiquitous. What a waste of hours that could have been spent making something brilliant! How depressing to work so hard for a handful of shrapnel!

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What to do when you're stuck with a blank page

"Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going...I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, 'Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.' So finally I would write one true sentence and then go on from there." 

- Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

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My 90-minute workday

They say that when you’re your own boss, you’ve got the worst boss in the world. It’s true. To myself, I am like the Attila the Hun of bosses. (To others…well, I won’t put words in their mouths. But I imagine Attila the Hun wouldn’t be the one they’d compare me to. I’m probably more of an Annie Oakley.)

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