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    SNAFU & FUBAR


    WARNING:  THIS POST WILL BE DISCUSSING A WORD THAT IS CONSIDERED RUDE AND OBSCENE. IF YOU ARE EASILY OFFENDED, PLEASE STOP READING.  I promise the next post will be my

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    reconstituted


    trapped in a gravity well of despair vexation stress obligations confound and bind emotional weave and weft shred under pressure corporeal bits ruptured a cry against denouement foundered by exhaustion hope stripped

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  • YOU SHOULD BE WRITING

    So, You Want To Be A Writer


    When asked what it takes to be a writer, authors often say ‘I had an idea and the book just flowed’. What they fail to mention is all the steps

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    Filling my creative well


    Every person in the world should give themselves permission to fill their creative well. You don’t have to write the next bestselling novel or paint a masterpiece or bake the

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    And the words go on and on


    I do not have a quiet brain. It churns constantly as it processes the sensory input. I tend to notice everything and am easily distracted by things that catch my

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    A perfect moment


    How often have you said, ‘It has to be perfect?’ and missed an opportunity to learn and grow waiting for that speck of perfection? I have and I’ve missed out

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    What inspires you?


    Sorry it’s been a while. Life has been working me hard and wringing me out like an old, smelly, dishrag. The good news is I’m writing. The bad news is

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    A Journey


    memories bob along the unruly currents raw edges smoothed by the never-ending flow hydrodynamics alter density and weight trickles of shifting flows erode landscapes layers revealed and illuminated transforming long-buried

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    Slaying the Inner Critic


    Here’s a question for you all. How do you deal with moments of crippling doubt about your writing? I am blessed to be surrounded with people who are amazing writers.

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    Diversity in Books #weneeddiversebooks


    I grew up reading – a lot. My parents settled on a 5-acre stretch in Maryland with intent of creating a legacy. I grew up with a vast garden, chickens

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What happens on the internet – stays forever on the internet

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As a global society, humanity is in a weird place. Thanks to the 24/7 lens of social media, we know when people screw up, feel sad, have success, and/or obtain a major milestone.

CNN posted an interesting article by Todd Leopold, titled ‘The price of public shaming in the Internet age‘. In the piece, he opens with the question if we believe in second chances and forgiveness.

My immediate reaction to that question is ‘of course I do’. Then I look at my own responses to things and realize I have a lot of personal work to do.

Here’s the thing – when you put something online for public consumption, it’s immortalized. It doesn’t matter whether it is good or bad, how ‘in context’ that millisecond of life is. When you put something out there, you completely lose control of that information, that snippet of life.

Like reality TV, posting a rant or a ‘WTF’ picture of someone in line with you can bring you a brief flare of fame. Then it can fizzle and turn into a nightmare.

Social media can help bring awareness to social injustice, uplifting moments, beautiful vistas, and sparks of imagination. It can also provide cringe-worthy moments where people ruin their own lives.

Here are a couple of examples:

The offenses in these examples run from brain-dead moments, to verified plagiarism, to not being able to disengage when someone gives a bad review.

Our special snowflake status does not exempt us from our own brain-fart moments. Does a project rejection, no matter how kindly stated, sting? Of course it does. Just because someone doesn’t get what I write doesn’t mean I’m going to have an online fit. It’s not worth the energy.

 

We live in a time where privacy is an illusion and our skeletons are a click away from being discovered. As writers we’ll be complimented or torn apart by people we know or strangers. The key is to have your mental house in order so that you can continue on your writing path.

The two rules to live by online, and in life in general, is:

DO NOT FEED or ENGAGE THE TROLLS.

DO NOT BECOME A TROLL.

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