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Critical Voice

Someone whom I greatly admire, Kristine Katherine Rusch, posted about the critical voice this week on her blog. (You can read it here) For those who aren’t familiar with Kris, her blog is for readers as well as writers. She is a terrific writer, editor, and teacher and an all around great person. This particular post was aimed at writers who have a hard time setting their creative voices free, but it got me thinking about how the critical voice attacks us in all areas of our lives, not just as artists.Read More

The Habits of Our Minds

Most of the humans I know tend to be lazy–not in action, but in our thinking. From the earliest days we develop an outlook on places,  events, people–on life in general–that becomes habitual to the point where we become stuck. We become rooted in specific thought patterns. This is how bigots, misogynists, and other prejudices are created.Read More

Decisions

“To be or not to be”

That is the question, isn’t it? If Prince Hamlet had shown more decisiveness a whole string of tragedies could have been avoided. And that is the lesson Shakespeare was illustrating with this famous tale. I think perhaps we all find ourselves in this situation at some point or other in our lives. (Maybe some people never get past it. What a miserable life they must lead, always blowing in the wind.)

Indecisiveness is a bitch. It always comes from fear. Fear of what will happen if we choose A. Fear of what will happen if we choose B instead. Sometimes the consequences are minuscule, sometimes they are catastrophic. (Again, Hamlet, and a number of dead people).Read More

Where did 2017 go?

The older I get the faster time flies. I wonder if it’s because when I was a child I lived in the moment, and as an adult I have a constant running list of things I want/need to accomplish?

I’m working to get back to that living in the moment mindset. I truly believe it is the key to a happy life.

I went back and reviewed my goals for 2017 and was quite pleased to see that I met more than half of them. I consider that a huge win since I always come up with more goals than I can possibly achieve unless I work all the time. That’s just not going to happen. Life needs to be lived. Read More

Working Behind the Scenes Lately

I’ve been busy trying to catch up with marketing and publishing—both of which require new programs and courses and climbing learning curves. Some days I feel that I might as well just beat my head against a wall, that’s how little progress I make. But persistence pays off, as it does in all avenues of life, and I’m slowly climbing the curves. The bad thing for me is that it all takes time away from my writing, which is the part of this job that I like best.Read More