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The art of finishing

At the beginning of the year, I was writing Blindsided, the forthcoming third book in my Men of Steele series (look for it in February!), while simultaneously creating a new training platform and expanding my Scrivener course materials to include more screenshots, more detail, and videos. I set deadlines for both, happily announcing them to

Thanks for a good life

I like Thanksgiving. Unlike the über-materialistic-buy-buy-buy madness of the four weeks that follow, Thanksgiving encourages us to focus on being grateful for the people and things we already have in our lives. Who doesn’t enjoy gadgets and clothes and vacations and a nice house? But I don’t think they make us happy. Not really. (Okay,

Fitting it all in

At a conference in Montana a couple of weeks ago, I gave a speech called “Fitting It All In”. It was about how I set things up to balance being a writer, instructor, mom, and world traveler. Sometimes I do it well, other times, not so much. I talked about both. But what I love

Editing my life list

I have this list. Call it a bucket list, list of things to do while I’m alive, life goals, “beginning with the end in mind” (a la Franklin Covey), whatever. It’s really—really, really—long. And somewhat prioritized. I have a vague sense of which things are more important to me than others, and I use that

Fitting it all in

Last month I wrote more than 25,000 words. And—don’t hate me—it was easy. It’s been a long time since keeping a pace like that was doable. Last year I only had two months that good, and those were when I was writing Scrivener For Dummies under deadline. Not since I first started writing—back when I

A meaningful life (redux)

In honor of the one year anniversary of Steve Job’s death, I wrote an updated post about his greatest legacy and my own quest for a life that matters. Stop by Everybody Needs a Little Romance to check it out. To read last year’s post, click here.