Writing as a journey, not a destination

There’s this coffee mug I often use that has the phrase “The road to success is under construction” transcribed on it in bold type. I appreciate this transcription because it reminds me to keep thinking of writing as a journey, not a destination. Yeah, it’s a hokey phrase. But nevertheless, it forces me to continually ask myself, “When will you feel ‘successful’ as a writer?” And the answer is always: “today, as long as you write something.” Read on to see why that should always be your answer to that same question too.

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Focus on local and state government if you value your sanity

Today the legislative session for the state I live in, Colorado, is coming to an end. And this has me reflecting on the often-overlooked significance of local and state government. I know we’re all a little (or a lot) disgruntled with government nowadays. I am not naive. But read this post and hear me out. And consider why it can help you, and us all, to focus on local and state government issues to stay sane right now. Especially if you’re writing about anything relevant to the current world in which we live.

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Mothers in fiction

In the wake of US Supreme Court Justice Alito’s leaked drafted opinion regarding Roe v. Wade and Mother’s Day, which was yesterday, I am wondering: Does fiction about mothers and motherhood reveal more about our society and how it treats women than we readily acknowledge? Mothers in fiction are typically distraught, depressed, scared, prone to run away, etc.

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5 ways overturning Roe v. Wade could help pro-choicers

First, let me make it clear that I am 100% for abortion access for all women, and a woman’s fundamental right to choose. However, I do believe there is some good that could come out of the US Supreme Court overturning its previous ruling on Roe v. Wade if it does indeed come to that. Even though I don’t want it to come to that! Below are five ways overturning Roe v. Wade could help pro-choicers. And a little bit about how this news is relevant to my current book project.

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A Diplomatic Life

Here’s my book review for Marie Yovanovitch’s new memoir Lessons from the Edge. It’s a must read for every American. Or individual who believes in, or needs to believe in, the power of diplomacy and sincere integrity again. And who needs to feel hopeful about current goings-on in our world, in the midst of Putin’s destructive reach. She truly lead and continues to lead, a diplomatic life.

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To Tweet? Or not to Tweet?

Elon Musk is officially buying Twitter and the company will be private again soon enough. Like many others, I’m apprehensive about this news, for a variety of reasons. Especially since a lot of authors swear by the Twitter platform. I’ll be honest though, it’s never really been my favorite platform to use and I don’t tweet that often. And now I’m thinking of deleting my profile altogether.

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