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Productivity The Writing Life

Places to Go. People to See. Things to Do

One of the challenges that a writer experiences is isolation. By definition and practice writing is a singular and personal endeavor. No writing can occur when the mind is engaged in social interactions. Yes, we can get our ideas and inspirations from others. But. To write, we need to write alone. The isolation of our […]

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The Writing Life

WHEW! We’re Back Online!

We’ve had some Hosting troubles for nearly a year. Our Hosting Account was suspended. Our sites have been unavailable since at least Februaary. We’re mostly back up and running — Finally — by changing Hosting Companies. “What happened?” you ask. Well, we got hacked. Somebody (many somebodies?) got into our sites and planted hundreds of […]

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Thoughts

Writing – Thoughts

Writing is hard. It takes time to let your thoughts leak out onto the page. It is a lonely task. Nobody can do it for you. You’ve got to do it yourself. And you have to do it. Here are a few thoughts about the process. Preparation – Study, Research, Tools Inspiration – Ideas, Goals, […]

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The Writing Life

Has It Really Been a YEAR?

I see that my last post was just over a year ago, at the end of 2015. How can it be? I guess the year just got away from me for a variety of reasons. All good excuses, I’m sure. As a self-proclaimed writer, I guess I’m not – a writer. Writers write, and I’ve […]

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Rainy Days and Sunday

I live in Oregon, the Pacific Northwest. I’ve lived here all my life except for a couple years around college and the military. There’s no place like home. You might have heard that it always rains in Oregon. That’s a myth we like to perpetuate. Yes, it does rain, but not like in other parts […]

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Milestones and Memories

Last month, I celebrated a milestone. I am 70 years old. But, I don’t feel a day older. Birthdays mark the date on the calendar when we note another year in life has passed. We inexorably drift towards that final calendar date when we no longer age. The date when we meet our maker. In […]

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Once More Into The Breach

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks. And every day has been interesting. We bought a small farm out in wine country here in Oregon. Yamhill County is an hour away from the Portland Metro area, on the way to the Coast. We were supposed to close on it nearly a month ago. But one […]

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Productivity Thoughts

Fuzzy Thinking and Lack of Focus

Most days, I operate in a fog of sorts. Even if it’s a sunny day outside, my mind can seem fuzzy or foggy. My thoughts are random, wandering into my conscience, making a deposit, then drifting away. If I have work to do, these thought drivels take me away from productivity. I can’t help it. […]

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Productivity The Writing Life Thoughts

Travel and Inspiration

It seems that when we travel, we are blessed with inspiration, inspiration to dream, plan, and create. But, travel also introduces a different kind of fatigue we have to fight. We travel in a motorhome with our small pickup towed behind, and our 7-year old Beagle, Chloe, riding on the dash. We are quite the […]

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Productivity The Writing Life Thoughts

Starting Anew

Sometimes, you just have to start over. Like the other day. I had been working on a project, and could not make any headway. I concluded that I was on the wrong path. So, I started over. Clean slate. Sometimes you figure it out and get into the groove. But, if you stay in the […]