And now, my 17th journal

So I just peeked. (Why do people start sentences and stories with “So”? When did it start? How did it happen?) I started filling my first journal — the $3.59 clearance book from Hobby Lobby — on Oct. 26, 2011, which would be almost exactly 10 years of regular journaling, except it wasn’t until AprilContinue reading “And now, my 17th journal”

what comes to you in the silence

Some of the work I’m proudest of didn’t get a single “Like” here or on Facebook. Austin Kleon shared Michaela Coel’s Emmy acceptance speech where she spoke of how “visibility these days seems to somehow equate to success” and added, “don’t be afraid to disappear from it, from us, for a while and see whatContinue reading “what comes to you in the silence”

Time to stop comparing

Serendipity is a wonderful, awesome thing sometimes. Friday morning I started through my “Important People” folder, the links to people who blog daily or at least often enough to pique my brain. One of those important people is Dean Wesley Smith, the prolific writer and daily blogger whose streak is somewhere around 4,000 days (thisContinue reading “Time to stop comparing”

Does the author have to know whodunit?

I “read” the classic Hercule Poirot mystery Murder On the Orient Express audiobook this week during my commute to the day job. Poirot and David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter series have been my light “reading” this summer. I had the advantage over Christie’s famous Belgian detective because I remembered the gist of the solution from memorableContinue reading “Does the author have to know whodunit?”