Are You Playing To Win?

"You need to play to win. But you also need to win ... to play." -Michael Scott I took a ju-jitzu class once in college. The one other girl to sign up was a six-foot tall beastly blonde who smoked like a chimney and seemed to have a strong aversion to showers. Naturally, we were... Continue Reading →

Dream Without Limits

I love asking my husband questions like, “what would you do if you had unlimited money?” If you could take any trip, any at all, no limitations on time or finances, what would you do? He comes up with the most extravagant, most creative, most impossible answers. He is a dreamer. Asking him the typical... Continue Reading →

The Habit of Writing

"All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire."     -Aristotle "How did your writing go today?" My blood runs cold. That question. That dreaded question. It is inevitable. Everyday I have to face it. That question. Uttered from my husband's lips. "How did your writing... Continue Reading →

More Than Conquerors

"We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down."      - Eleanor Roosevelt The path of life is littered with corpses of slain dragons. Some... Continue Reading →

The Opportunity of Life

“Yelling at living things does tend to kill the spirit in them. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts...” ― Robert Fulghum Life sucks.  It's the truth, we all know that it does. It's an unpredictable concoction of beauty and suffering, pleasure and pain, excitement and monotony. It has the... Continue Reading →

Motivation

The one common thread in all of the books that are falling apart on my shelf? Characters—flawed ones with desires and needs who spend most of the story tripping over their weaknesses in an effort to get what they want. — Becca Puglisi, "Getting to the Core of Character Motivation" All of life is surrounded... Continue Reading →

Rejection

“Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.” – Kurt Vonnegut Does anyone else feel like they are a hot fudge sundae, and life has suited up in armor and chain mail, ready... Continue Reading →

Attitude or Circumstance?

“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”    ― Martha Washington Attitude is a choice.  My dad would always say this, his knee bent before me, grasping my shoulders as he forced my eyes up to meet his. There was never anger in his eyes,... Continue Reading →

Try Something New

"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something."  -Neil Gaiman Once upon a time I... Continue Reading →

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