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Month: April, 2012

eBook review: “You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like one)” by Jeff Goins.

Truth is beautiful. Sometimes, it’s brutal.

“Writing is hard — real hard. It’s work. Somehow, you never talk about that in your college composition class.” – Jeff Goins

The more I write, the more I realize this harsh truth, and the more I [falsely] believe I’m alone in this struggle.

Thank God for people like Jeff Goins. Read the rest of this entry »

The breath before the phrase.

I’m far more of a control freak than I like to believe, and when significant things suddenly spin out of my control [as per yesterday], I’m left waiting for a resolution to be decided.

Do you struggle with uncertainty? With waiting? I sure do.

As a particular song says, sometimes we just need to throw a fist full of glitter in the air, and wait. That’s where life is found. Read the rest of this entry »

Oh, waiting. What a beast you are!

Sometimes I’m the most impatient person I know.

Least patient? Not sure. Whichever one is more extreme, I meant that one.

I’ve written before about waiting, about how hard it is for me. Even when I know a great sense of accomplishment is near, I still hate the time it takes to get there.

*Slaps self on hand* Read the rest of this entry »

Inspiration to quit: Interview with Jim Woods.

For the second installment of blogger interviews, I’m pleased to introduce Jim Woods from

Jim Woods

Jim lives in Nashville with his wife and daughter and describes himself as a writer, musician and dreamer – each of which are evident in his blog posts. He values honesty, creativity and community and I’m honored to have crossed paths with him. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s on your playlist?

Today’s post is a complete departure from anything related to writing or editing.

Here’s the deal: I have hated running for most of my [very short] adult life. My shins would burn for days on end after a jog. After finally caving and purchasing a pair of actual running shoes, I have found a sense of enjoyment in the act. I’ve got three 5k races to my name and am participating in two 10k races this month. The first is on April 15, the Vancouver Sun Run. Nearly 50,000 participants registered each year, making it the largest 10k race in Canada and the second-largest in the world.

Needless to say, I need to practice. Read the rest of this entry »

Everyone needs an editor – including me.

Last week was excruciatingly busy. My editing assignments seemed to grow more and more each day and I was running up against a deadline for my latest feature article. I worked through my long list of projects and produced quality work, yet most days I didn’t feel any closer to completion. I was so overwhelmed by words. Read the rest of this entry »