Monthly Archives: October 2020

Good Job!

Consider this kind and helpful advice from the wonderful artist, James Whistler: “Hang on the walls of your mind the memory of your successes. Takecounsel of your strength, not your weakness. Think of the good jobsyou have done. Think of … Continue reading

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Useful Obstacles

“The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is not to frighten them, but to challenge them.”   Woodrow Wilson And brave women, too! I love the idea of an obstacle … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

Where My Books Go All the words that I utter, And all the words that I write, Must spread out their wings untiring, And never rest in their flight, Till they come where your sad, sad heart is, And sing … Continue reading

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Original Oscar

“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”   Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde is a favorite of mine. Perhaps its his amazing range: He could go from 0 to 60 in a heartbeat, from the wicked humor of The Importance of Being … Continue reading

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Creating Conviction

“One important key to success is self-confidence. And one key to self-confidence is preparation.” Arthur Ashe “Constant repetition carries conviction.” Robert Collier How do we create the conviction we need to keep going when it seems like our writing isn’t … Continue reading

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Remarkably Rewarding!

Just last week, I received a little fan note from a friend telling me how helpful he’d found my small-business start-up guide, Birthing the Elephant — what a boost his kind words gave me! I’m proud to say that while … Continue reading

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Bold Navigators

“We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it — but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”   Oliver Wendell Holmes October 12, is the traditional Columbus Day, and I somehow missed the boat! Still, … Continue reading

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Revision Decisions

When my wonderful friend and writer, Nancy Burke, was speaking recently about her fast-paced newly published novel, Only the Women are Burning (stay tuned!), she made a helpful distinction between editing and revising. As a gifted author and teacher, she’s … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

A little blast of warm, tropical sunshine: The Caribbean Calling Listen to the kiskadee singing! The bamboo bawling! The humming-bird humming, Sweet and low. Listen to the sea splashing! The black-birds calling, The sound of pick-axe and hoe! Listen to … Continue reading

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Surpass Yourself

“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” Aristotle What a bold statement! Let’s unpack it a bit: If quality is not an act, then it’s not something we do and bring to our craft once in a while. … Continue reading

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