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Happy end of 2019! I hit 50k in November to win NaNoWriMo and will round out December with around 20k more words. I’d like to end this year and begin next year by recommending a book to you.  This fall, I read Finish by Jon Acuff, and it changed how I approach all of my goals. I didn’t expect this outcome, as I usually finish things (like novels).  But this has made… Read More

Welcome to my annual review of the Writing Excuses Conference and Retreat, aka the Writing Excuses Cruise.  I’m calling it “annual” now because I plan to repeat it every year I can attend, so you can probably guess this review is positive.  Everything I wrote last year is still valid, though I feel a bit better equipped to tell you why I had such a good time and why you should join… Read More

NaNoWriMo Thursday starts another go at NaNoWriMo!  National Novel Writing Month is a month-long project in which participants attempt to write 50,000 words between November 1 and November 30.  It is a big deal, and though I don’t have the current number, almost half a million people participated in 2015. When I started November last year, I was excited about the journey to write my first novel.  I “won” NaNoWriMo early on… Read More

I recently returned from a seven day Carribean Cruise, but more importantly, the Writing Excuses Workshop & Retreat.  I managed to find and attend a writing conference ON A BOAT.  This was a fantastic way to finish out my grand first novel adventure and start on my second novel project. Other Writers The other writers were fantastic.  Oh sure, the instructors were too, and I’ll get to that in a bit.  We… Read More

I just finished reading The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228 by Dick Couch.  Some may wonder if this is a standard read for me, but it is for several reasons.  First, I almost joined the military.  If not for a medical disqualification, I might very be an officer in the Air Force right now.  Second, I have friends and family in the military, so the topic remains of interest. … Read More

Last weekend, I took the Short Story Intensive class with Mary Robinette Kowal. This prevented my normal blog update, but I assure you it was worth it! I was most familiar with her due to her work on the Writing Excuses podcast.  If you’re a writer and haven’t tried that out, please do so as it is excellent.  She writes novels and short stories and is also a voice actor and puppeteer. … Read More

A few weeks ago,  I read One Beautiful Dream by Jennifer Fulwiler.   One Beautiful Dream is now one of my favorite books.  I rarely laugh out loud or cry while reading, but I did both multiple times as I read through her tale as a mother pursuing her dream of writing. Pursue your passions, love your family, and say goodbye to guilt—pipe dream or possibility? Work and family, individuality and motherhood, the… Read More

Confession: When I wrote the title, I did a spell check to make sure the word meant what I thought it meant.  I play with Microsoft Excel so much every day I never actually use the term for its regular use. I read High-Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become that Way by Brendon Burchard on the recommendation of the same friend who recommended Captivate. THESE HABITS WILL MAKE YOU EXTRAORDINARY. Twenty years… Read More

Upon Jennifer Fulwiler’s recommendation in One Beautiful Dream, I read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. He is the author of The Legend of Bagger Vance, which was later turned into a movie. He also wrote Turning Pro, which is on my list of books to read. The War of Art is about the Resistance we all face when we try to move forward in life. I read it as a… Read More

Another non-book review on “Stuff I Like!” This is for my desk, which goes from sitting to standing in a matter of seconds via a crank on the side. I have the 48″ model for home and the 60″ model for work. Sitting all the time is bad for our health, so adding the ability to stand is an excellent option. Most of us don’t want to stand the whole day though,… Read More

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