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Letting go

Sometimes, we have to let go of our expectations. Of life, of others, and of ourselves. Okay, well, we don’t have to, but we’ll probably be really unhappy… I got a good reminder of this last week when I had a couple of trusted writer friends read my upcoming book. While they had good things

My 2013 hits and misses

I’m not big on waiting until January to make resolutions. If there’s something I want to start—or stop—I don’t see a need to wait. But I do like using the new year as a time to reflect on my accomplishments and missteps so I can set better goals and determine what I need to work

If you aim at nothing

“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” ~ Zig Ziglar I didn’t win NaNoWriMo (again) this year. I’m okay with that. The first two years I participated in National Novel Writing Month—2010 and 2011—I won. It wasn’t easy by any stretch, but I managed it. The last two times I attempted

2012 hits and misses

No matter what plans might have fallen by the wayside in 2012, I can’t be too disappointed since it’s the year I became a published author. Hard to beat that. Well, except by becoming a published romantic suspense author with a fat advance, awesome covers, a multi-book deal, and a gazillion sales. 😉 Hey, I

Detour to success

Have you ever noticed how even when things don’t work out the way you planned, often the experience leads to something good? Maybe even better? Here’s an example. Back in 1998, bored to tears in a programming job that was likely going to be eliminated anyway, I quit my job to start a training and

Completion and progress

The Celtic triskelion symbol (at right) represents completion and progress, and a sense of advancement. A fitting metaphor for reviewing the past year and looking toward the next one, I think. There’s something to be said for accountability. Writing down how much I spend, eat, or write makes me more likely to stick to my