For My Birthday I’m Getting a Room of My Own

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For my birthday I’m getting a room of my own. Today is my birthday, my wedding anniversary, and the Celtic first feast of the harvest, Lughnassadh (the wheat harvest), all rolled into one. Today is a day that reminds me I’m not dead yet, I’m not done yet, and I still have a lot to do. And that inspires me (oddly enough) to make plans. Because of the holiday, it also reminds me that time is fleeting, and winter is coming. And officially, today, I have a room of my own, but I won’t take possession for a couple of…

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Expanding the Dance: ‘Going Viral’

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The sorts of things that ‘go viral’ tend to be short, funny, outrageous, pithy. Thoughtful 300-500 word posts that ask you to spend a bit of your day exploring a topic deeply don’t seem like obvious candidates – not even the funny topics (I had hopes for Five Things to Do with Excess Zombies, but nope. Didn’t go viral). If your goal is ‘going viral, first, write good content. Second, prettify it in a way that makes people want to stay on the page. Third, keep writing. And keep writing. And keep writing. And somehow, let people know about your…

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Builiding Your Writing Tools: Creativity, Productivity and Energy

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Virginia Wolfe had it right with regard to the difficulty of writing with multiple competing obligations and the lack of a personal space to write in. She used the illustration of Jane Austin, who had the great good fortune of a good income and a supportive family to help her bring her amazing pieces of fine literature to fruition. I am not the only writer to fall prey to this dilemma. Over the course of my adult life, I have found times when I could be extremely productive, and others when I have gone weeks or even months without writing…

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Efficiency: Tackling Problems from Two Angles

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Chain Reaction Afghan (full size) from Interweave Crochet I have two separate, mostly unrelated self improvement goals for the year.  I want to lose weight (specifically, I want to end the year weighing about 130 lbs, which is thirty pounds down), and I want to pay down all of my debt except student loans and my mortgage to zero (this includes significant medical debt, the unavoidable tax debt from having to close out my 401k due to having to support ourselves while Husband has been unable to work, and some moderate credit card debt). Both of these goals are amenable…

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