Nature abhors a vacuum, or so they say. I find this to be especially true after I clean a garden bed. Weeds sprout, mature, and seed in record time. If I … Continue Reading ››
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Writing a novel requires a writer to keep the story fresh and moving toward its climax and resolution. That’s a challenging proposition, so it helps to have at least a rough plan. This post covers the first plot point, which I like to call “engagement.” (If you missed my prior posts on plotting, start there: … Continue Reading ››
I will never forget this inspiring man, who shows us what purposeful living is all about. If you do nothing else today, watch this life-changing video.
Sometimes you don’t foresee the workload that crashes down on you. Other times a simple error in judgment can put you in a time crunch. I wrote the following cheat sheet to help me prioritize while working … Continue Reading ››
The lights go out. A hush breathes through the audience. The curtain rises. There is never a moment so pregnant with anticipation as the opening scene of a play. The audience, primed and ready, wants to believe and if given the opportunity willingly immerses itself for the story's duration. Only if the performance falters will … Continue Reading ››
When it comes to writing I can be intense. That's good, right? Not always. There's a difference between living a purposeful life and driving myself. The former is my response to the call to write; the latter comes from desperate zeal to attain my goals. When I focus on how far I still have to go in my … Continue Reading ››
When it comes to writing, there’s a lot to be gleaned from toddlers learning to walk. Have you noticed they don’t seem to care that they’ll fall? Again and again, they launch out on wobbly legs, their … Continue Reading ››
Where are you headed in life? Do you know? Many people head down a road of someone else's choosing and never pause to ask themselves if they're going the right way. They never fully live in … Continue Reading ››
Run! There's a beasty that never rests but waits to pounce on you at all hours of the night and day. This man- (and woman-) eater has a taste for flesh and will show no mercy as it rends its victims' lives with disfiguring … Continue Reading ››
Musicians listen to music differently. They hear and understand more than the average person, by simple right of their musical gift, their training, and their choice of focus. I've carried on an intimate relationship with music all my life, and … Continue Reading ››