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A Renaissance Soul blogging on traveling, books, work, miscellany, and enjoying life.

Writing

“Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve thought there was something noble and mysterious about writing, about the people who could do it well, who could create a little world as if they were little gods or sorcerers.” ~Anne Lamott

Anne nailed it, y’all. Nailed it like she crawled into my head and dragged out my thoughts that she turned into her words there. Here’s to the never-ending process of becoming a little god of our own fictional worlds – the hardships, the thrill, the self-doubt, and the magic.

A Dash of Inspiration – and 3 e-books – from WordPress.com

I follow Hot Off the Press, WordPress.com’s blog, and today, a post popped up that I thought I would pass along. Need a little help with establishing a writing routine, or just need some topics to write about? Perhaps you’re interested in photo-blogging? Maybe you’d like more people to find your blog and read it (I mean, who wouldn’t?) The editorial team at WordPress.com has you covered with 3 new […]

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Lonely Negative Words

Have you ever wondered why we can be discombobulated but not combobulated? Or how about why we can be disgruntled, but not gruntled? If so, then we have something in common! We’re both word nerds. Be proud! For an interesting look at lonely negative words (negative words with no positive or neutral counterpart), check out this article from one of my fave magazines, Mental Floss.  

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The Science of Great Ideas

I came across an interesting look at the science behind creative ideas and thought I would pass it along. The article also references one of my favorite books on the topic, A Technique for Producing Ideas by James Webb Young. Young was an ad man from the Mad Men era who fully believed that you can train your mind to produce ideas. He goes on to say that this is […]

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Real Artists Ship

Back in the early 1980s, the Apple Macintosh was behind schedule and the project team was close to burning out when Steve Jobs wrote on a nearby easel “Real Artists Ship.” Why did he write that and what did he mean? Well, of course, he wanted the project team to finish (and finish on time too). But at its core is this simple truth: everyone has ideas, but real artists deliver […]

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I’ve Been Published!

It's a Crime

Several months ago, I took a deep breath and a chance and submitted a short story to a contest sponsored by Florida Writers Association. This marked the first time I’ve ever participated in a writing contest or submitted anything for publication. I have a hard enough time just letting people read my stories that the thought of sending one off to literally be judged was a little intimidating. The rules […]

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Just Write: Distraction-Free and Motivated Writing

Writing is Hard Work Let’s just acknowledge from the get-go that while writing can look easy, it really requires effort, focus, and determination. Sometimes, it’s just plain hard work. Face it – if you’re a writer, you probably spend just as much time (if not more) caving into distraction rather than facing that blank page or empty screen. And when it comes to offering tempting distractions, the internet is the […]

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New Cat Font Proves that Cats Have Officially Taken Over the Interwebs

These days, it seems that the internet has become overrun with cats: LOLCats, Grumpy Cat, the adorable perma-kitten Lil Bub, and the new creepy-but-cute Princess Monster Truck. Now, just in time to delight cat lovers (and to annoy non-cat lovers), there’s a new cat on the web, but this time, it’s a font. Yes, a font made entirely of cats. Try it yourself then hop over to Written? Kitten! for […]

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In Support of the Oxford Comma (aka the Serial Comma, aka the Harvard Comma )

Ahhh, the Oxford comma. To use it or not to use it has been so hotly contested that it’s divided people into two camps*. It’s the punctuation equivalent of the Hatfields and McCoys. I’m firmly on Team Oxford as it adds clarity in most cases and at worst case, it’s neutral. Sadly (and I mean that – it makes me sad), much of what I write for clients uses AP […]

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