There’s plenty of assumptions about creativity: only select people are creative, creativity takes up loads of time, and the like. But another creativity myth is that somehow creative folks are more focused than normal humans and that it is this focus that allows them to be creative. Not true. And I’ve got the scientists behind … Continue reading Concentration Not Required
I was vacillating between whether this week's post should be about formatting print books or time management, when I got tired of trying to decide and checked my Twitter feed instead. Thankfully, this ended up not being a waste of time because author Ninie Hammon had a link to her terrific post about why she … Continue reading The Truth of Why I Write
I hope all my readers from the U.S had a belly-swelling Thanksgiving and that everyone else had a sane Thursday that didn't involve putting up with any drunk relatives, kitchen disasters or hearing Grandpa Joe's stories over and over and over again. I'm taking a break from writing about writing today to share one of … Continue reading And So It Begins, aka The Scariest Time of the Year
Aside from landing a huge publishing contract that includes a ginormous advance and an all-star-cast movie deal, nothing makes a writer's heart happier than to receive a five-star review. That's not to say writers would complain about a three- or four-star review - after all, we're just thrilled to have people reading our ramblings - … Continue reading In Defense of the 5-Star Review
This week's writing challenge via The Daily Post wants bloggers to delve into something we see as a lost art. Vague thoughts about over-reliance on technology immediately popped into my head, danced around for a bit, and then choreographed themselves into the idea that we have nearly lost the art of concentration. Or rather, we … Continue reading The Lost Art of Not Being Distracted
Today in the Northwest marks the anniversary of Mount St Helens blowing her top and gaining notoriety as the first volcanic explosion in the continental U.S. since, well, I don't know, a long damn time otherwise we'd all have been shrugging our shoulders saying "Eh, there goes another one." The papers today published reports about … Continue reading Stupid Volcanoes – aka Happy Mount St. Helens Day
It's official. It's here. The leaves are changing, the kiddies are trudging off to school, mornings are crisp and I'm miserable. I hate fall. When people tell me fall is their favorite season, I look at them wondering what sort of crazy meds they should be on. As I slowly back away from them I … Continue reading Fall is Here – Wake Me When It’s Over
Some people may say Twitter is a waste of time, but yet again a Tweet has inspired one of my blog posts. This time it's not a war on adverbs, but a fight to save our libraries. Last week someone tweeted a story about a library in China that was closing down due to the … Continue reading Hands Off the Librarian!