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To Increase Word Count, Lose the Attitude

I recognize attitude when I see it, a teenager’s eye roll, a cat’s saunter, a waiter’s dismissive shrug. So, I received an unpleasant surprise when I evaluated my year-to-date writing progress. Instead of a completed novel, I found a big pile of ATTITUDE. I’ve written several posts about finishing my novel. (See here and here.) …

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Set That Clock!

I reset my clocks on Saturday. A simple action that added an hour to my week. If I did that daily, I might complete my annual goal list, the uber-ambitious January plan. Instead, Halloween has already crept by, and Thanksgiving is lurking outside my front door. (That’s Christmas skulking on the street corner. Don’t believe …

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I’m Learning!

On a scale from novice to expert, how would you rate your technology expertise? Are you a Neanderthal or Einstein? Although I’d never be mistaken for a software genius, I’d peg myself a few notches above clueless. I’ve learned to download an app, send a text or an email, and navigate social media. I love …

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Smack into Fall

This morning when the alarm rang, my bedroom was dark. Pitch dark. I got up before the sun bothered to rise. It’s not because my wake-up time changed, it’s because autumn arrived. According to the calendar, it’s the correct time for the fall season. After all, as George R. R. Martin points out in Game …

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My Nemesis

Every gripping story features a villain. It could be a human bad guy, a hostile environment, an oppressive regime, or a life-threatening illness. I wouldn’t necessarily describe my life story as “gripping”, but I have identified an antagonist. My nemesis is me. This thought came as surprise-at least to me. Others may have already suspected …

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Vacation!

Vacation. What image does that word conjure in your mind? A sun-drenched beach, an exotic foreign city, or a wilderness retreat? Vacations are highly recommended to give us a break from our ordinary routine. Depending on your choice, they may refresh, recharge, or relax. We step out of our everyday life and examine our priorities, …

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