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A Renaissance Soul blogging on traveling, books, work, miscellany, and enjoying life.

Writing

“Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve thought there was something noble and mysterious about writing, about the people who could do it well, who could create a little world as if they were little gods or sorcerers.” ~Anne Lamott

Anne nailed it, y’all. Nailed it like she crawled into my head and dragged out my thoughts that she turned into her words there. Here’s to the never-ending process of becoming a little god of our own fictional worlds – the hardships, the thrill, the self-doubt, and the magic.

Blogging University: Writing 101 Starts Soon!

I’m so excited to have a chance to participate in our soon-to-start June Writing 101 class! Interested? Of course you are! Here’s more info just in case: Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit, publish posts that mesh with your blog’s focus, and push you a bit as a writer. It’s also a great way to make new friends and find new […]

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A Dash of Inspiration – and 3 e-books – from WordPress.com

I follow Hot Off the Press, WordPress.com’s blog, and today, a post popped up that I thought I would pass along. Need a little help with establishing a writing routine, or just need some topics to write about? Perhaps you’re interested in photo-blogging? Maybe you’d like more people to find your blog and read it (I mean, who wouldn’t?) The editorial team at WordPress.com has you covered with 3 new […]

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Lonely Negative Words

Have you ever wondered why we can be discombobulated but not combobulated? Or how about why we can be disgruntled, but not gruntled? If so, then we have something in common! We’re both word nerds. Be proud! For an interesting look at lonely negative words (negative words with no positive or neutral counterpart), check out this article from one of my fave magazines, Mental Floss.  

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The Science of Great Ideas

I came across an interesting look at the science behind creative ideas and thought I would pass it along. The article also references one of my favorite books on the topic, A Technique for Producing Ideas by James Webb Young. Young was an ad man from the Mad Men era who fully believed that you can train your mind to produce ideas. He goes on to say that this is […]

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Real Artists Ship

Back in the early 1980s, the Apple Macintosh was behind schedule and the project team was close to burning out when Steve Jobs wrote on a nearby easel “Real Artists Ship.” Why did he write that and what did he mean? Well, of course, he wanted the project team to finish (and finish on time too). But at its core is this simple truth: everyone has ideas, but real artists deliver […]

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I’ve Been Published!

It's a Crime

Several months ago, I took a deep breath and a chance and submitted a short story to a contest sponsored by Florida Writers Association. This marked the first time I’ve ever participated in a writing contest or submitted anything for publication. I have a hard enough time just letting people read my stories that the thought of sending one off to literally be judged was a little intimidating. The rules […]

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Just Write: Distraction-Free and Motivated Writing

Writing is Hard Work Let’s just acknowledge from the get-go that while writing can look easy, it really requires effort, focus, and determination. Sometimes, it’s just plain hard work. Face it – if you’re a writer, you probably spend just as much time (if not more) caving into distraction rather than facing that blank page or empty screen. And when it comes to offering tempting distractions, the internet is the […]

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