The Divine Detail

“Caress the detail, the divine detail.” – Vladimir Nabokov I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions, but I do take a personal inventory when the calendar flips to the next

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Thick Hide

“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.” – Harper Lee It’s been twenty

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The Only You

“Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people

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When is it done?

“Finish your novel, because you learn more that way than any other.” – James Scott Bell When do you know a project is finished? I’m not done with the book

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Embrace the Suck

Yesterday at the Capital City Half Marathon, my pace coach Lynne brought signs for those of us who were cheering. Her sign read, “Embrace the suck.” We stood at the

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Learning to Sparkle

“Success rests in having the courage and endurance and, above all, the will to become the person you are, however peculiar that may be.” – George Sheehan I recently discovered

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No Future Reward

“There are no standards and no possible victories except the joy you are living while dancing your run. You are not running for some future reward – the real reward

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Sit, Walk, Write

“I beg to urge you everyone:Life and Death are a Great MatterAwaken, awaken, awakenTime passes quicklyDo not waste this precious life.”                     – Zen Evening Chant Best-selling author Natalie Goldberg, in

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