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Back stretch

It’s only day six of 2010, and I’m already having to learn flexibility when it comes to my new goals. It seems that when I’m a bit stumped in my writing, and feel unable to add another word to the scene I’m working on, I play instead. How will Steve and Libby get out of

High Resolution

Happy 2010! I hope you all had a great holiday. My household is catching up on laundry and email as we recover from a great trip to visit family in Phoenix. And, like many of you, I’m thinking about goals. Even though resolutions for the new year have become cliché, I find it helpful to

Treading water

I love to read my favorite authors, but it’s a double-edged sword. I alternate between being inspired by their greatness, and wallowing in the certainty that I’ll never be as good as any of them. The only way to get through this is to remind myself that each of those great writers started out as

Permission granted

When I go running, I usually set out with a goal for that run–say 35 minutes. Sometimes, when I’ve met that goal, I think, “Great, but it’d be even better if I went around the loop once more and made it 45.” Yes, my hips will thank me, and an extra ten minutes will not

My discipline needs a tune-up

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle According to success guru, Brian Tracy, it takes 21 days of repetition to form a good habit–although bad ones seem to require a much shorter period! So, how does one form a habit of excellence? Discipline! I’ve heard