Thoughts on what it means to live your dreams, and also writing, branding, & identity.

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Nine Traits of Astonishingly Successful Authors

In a market of ideas, why do some take off while others don’t? Why do some authors have mega status while others continue plodding on in obscurity, or with only moderate success? The literary market fascinates me. There's this vast ocean…
artist sitting on the street with paintings behind
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The Ethos of the Starving Artist

There's this unspoken longsuffering ethos in the literary world that writers must suffer for their craft, always look at their work as inadequate; and be relentless in their pursuit of the grand art of it all. And the ultimate reward for this…
Low Information Diet
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Freeing Creativity: Low Information Diet

I'm one of those people who naturally wants to do 4.5 million things almost all the time. Life is full of possibilities and opportunities and, let's face it, there's never been a time when so much information has been so available. Did I mention…
Charity
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7 Great Non-profits to Donate to on #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday and there are so many charities to give to.  How do you choose? I think we all must give with our own heartstrings in mind.  What causes pull at you? My personal top picks: Someone Cares Soup Kitchen My family…
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Fighting Dirty

This is a piece I've been holding on to for years (since my kids were in elementary school). Today I was inspired by a fellow writer to post this. Hope you can relate. 😀  Phyllis Diller once said, “Cleaning your house while your kids…
forgot my anniversary
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Forgot My Own Anniversary

On March 6th, two years ago, I started this here blog thang. But truly what I did was commit to my dream of becoming a writer. And this March 6th I totally forgot to post something to celebrate. Doh! To those of you who have read my posts…
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Iris

The impropriety, Bill sniffed, that guy needs to get his woman under control. He glanced at Iris as they made their evening stroll down Michigan Avenue to the L. To him it appeared that she barely registered the couple arguing outside the…
bitter pill rejection
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A Bromide Rejection

Another Rejection. The third that week. It came with a one liner of feedback (a rarity): "Your work is stronger when relaying experience and specifics as opposed to relying too heavily at times on bromides." I paused. I was being rejected…
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Parting Words of 2014 (from Amy Poehler)

I am reading Amy Poehler's Yes, Please right now [love]. I especially enjoyed the preface, entitled "Writing is Hard: a Preface." This year more than others I'm intimately aware of that statement. Writing a book is a bitch, but one that is…
fear or love
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fear or love

A friend posted this on Facebook today and I had to share it with you. Jim Carrey is one of my favorite comedians, but he is also profound. Go ahead, ask the Universe for what you really want. Work toward it, let go of how it comes to…
make it happen
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Make it Happen

Mariah Carey's self-titled album (her debut album actually) was the first CD I owned.  I can still remember sitting on our back deck one summer, at dusk. Our brand new black boombox that had a--wait for it--CD player, was set near the steps.…
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Just Write

"There's a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don't, and the secret is this:  It's not the writing part that's hard. What's hard is sitting down to write.  What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance." I've just dipped…
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