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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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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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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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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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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 […]

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Thinking and Writing

Now and then I get to thinking. Yes, it does hurt a bit. However, thinking is the first step in writing. Without thought, our writing goes nowhere. Take today, for instance. Please!

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And Another Day Passes Without a Written Word

Writers write. Good writers write when they can. Great writers write every day. Lately, I’m not not even a poor writer. It has been days since I’ve written anything of value. Wait a minute. What is the measurement of value?

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Ways to Stay On task

Some days just get away from me, no matter how hard I try to stay on task. Lack of focus, interruptions, no motivation — Any of this sound familiar? Yeah. Me, too. What Gets In the Way There are many ways to ruin a productive day. I know from experience what they are. I’m on […]

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We Reap What We sew

Yeah. I know. I made an error in the title. It is one of the spell-checker OKs that a quick edit would let slide and then, I’m a loser writer-wanna-be. However, over the past couple of weeks, I’ve seen this very phrase. Not in random comments on Twitter or FaceBook, but as front and center […]

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Maintaining My Energy

The aches and pains of growing old can distract me from getting busy with life. How do I keep my energy levels up and my attention span longer? When I was a young man, I had unlimited energy. I ate with abandon, I could work for hours. I was strong and virile.