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Thoughts on DEEP WORK

This is me most of the time. I feel like I’m pulled in so many directions that I often find it difficult to settle down and focus on writing. In one of the many writer groups I belong to, Deep Work by Cal Newport has been a topic of conversation. I finally got around to reading it. Here are some thoughts on it. A Distracted Society Newport’s primary claim is that in our distracted society, deep work is becoming rare while simultaneously becoming invaluable. His clearest explanation of what deep work is comes near the end of the book. Basically,…

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The Start of a New Year

Whenever I use phrases such as “this year” or “last year,” I tend to confuse at least a few people. For most a new year begins in January, but for me it begins in September. It’s a leftover result from over a dozen years as a teacher and before that, over a dozen years as a student. While I’m no longer in the classroom, I do have school age children, so I fear I will never leave behind operating in school years rather than calendar years. My boys went back to school this morning and I started my third year…

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Ten Little Things That Make Me Happy

1. The smell of old library books 2. Opening a brand new box of crayons 3. When my total word count at the end of a writing session ends in 00 4. Not having to leave my house on a rainy day 5. Singing along with my favorite songs 6. Listening to my two sons chat and play like they’re best friends 7. Making lists and checking things off 8. Going shopping by myself 9. The first day I can go out without a coat in spring 10. The sound of my dogs barking in their sleep

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My Facebook Detox

Society spends way too much time on social media. I’m definitely one of the guilty. So I decided to take a break from Facebook. I’d planned to make notes all week about how I felt about the detox, but that proved unnecessary because I didn’t really miss it. That’s right. Today is my seventh day not being on Facebook and I’ve found the longer I stay away, the more reluctant I am to go back. To be fair, I spend a lot of my time on Facebook playing silly games and now there’s an app that allows me to play…

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Saying Goodbye to 2015

Wait, what? Where did 2015 go? I must have blinked or something! It was a wild year for me—definitely a year of change, something that has scared me in the past but that I’m learning to embrace. I’m taking a page out of the lovely Marie Meyer’s book and giving a year-end recap by the numbers. 41—Books read 1—Day job quit (YES!) 1—Book published 2.5—Books written 4,293—Cookies and candies eaten while writing/revising said books 2—Books with 2016 release dates 1—Secret announcement I can’t wait to make in early 2016 (see above) 4—Books I hope to write in 2016 2—Rescue puppies…

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Happy Halloween!

With Halloween season comes pumpkins, costumes, five extra pounds of Halloween candy binge eating weight, and reruns of classic horror movies. The first two are great, I’ve resigned myself to the third, but the fourth one makes me cringe. I distinctly remember watching Interview with the Vampire when I was in middle school late at night by myself. Afterward I lay in my bed with the covers pulled up to my chin. I was petrified Brad Pitt was going to come out of the darkness and bite my neck. (Hmm…maybe I need to rethink this fear…that actually doesn’t sound so…

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Obviously, it wasn’t blogging! LOL! I kept super busy this summer, spending most of my time writing. I wrote one and a half books! In fact, I just sent the completed one off to my editor this morning. I’m impressed with myself considering I also had my two boys (ages five and eight) home with me. My big activity this summer was going to New York City for the first time for the annual RWA conference. I went a few days early to sightsee, and let me tell you—it was hot. Too hot. The temperature spiked ten degrees just for…

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