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“The Grey”—It’s Not About Wolves

Filed in The Inner Life, Your Purpose as a Writer by on February 1, 2012 1 Comment • views: 552
“The Grey”—It’s Not About Wolves

Hollywood isn’t known for its multi-layered box-office smashes. They don’t often make millions with metaphorical masterpieces. The general word is that Americans don’t like them. They like their stories nice and neat, simple and straightforward, properly wrapped up and sealed at the end. Apparently, that’s why many of them scored the recent release The Grey […]

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Prepare—the Universe Will Test You

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on October 31, 2011 1 Comment • views: 558
Prepare—the Universe Will Test You

In the movie “The Dark Knight,” Harvey Dent, played by Aaron Eckhart (who ends up being the evil Two-Face), quiets an angry and fearful crowd by telling them, “The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.” This quote comes to mind when I think about the challenges […]

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To Make a Change, Set a Deadline

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, The Writing Life by on October 27, 2011 0 Comments • views: 379
To Make a Change, Set a Deadline

If you want to make a change in your life, here’s something I’ve learned—you can’t wait for things to get to the point of being “just right.” You need to listen to your inner voice, then set a deadline. A real, solid day/month/year deadline. Something about taking that one action makes things happen. My inner […]

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Listening to the Body’s Inner Voice

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on October 24, 2011 0 Comments • views: 402
Listening to the Body’s Inner Voice

It’s my first day of vacation, and I’m sitting in the Denver airport on a three-hour layover. Doesn’t take long away from the drive of the freelance life to be bitten by the creative writing bug. I love these times when I can just sit back, relax, and let my mind roam free. No deadlines, […]

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Relationships & Energy: Look for a Charge, Not a Drain

Filed in Who Supports Your Writing Dreams? by on June 8, 2011 0 Comments • views: 468
Relationships & Energy: Look for a Charge, Not a Drain

I was fortunate enough to talk with three people today who were full of energy and passion for what they do in life. I love talking to people like that, because they charge me up. I feel like a new battery just out of the package and go after my own projects with twice the […]

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Go Within, Young Man

Filed in The Inner Life, The Writing Life, Your Purpose as a Writer by on June 3, 2011 0 Comments • views: 406
Go Within, Young Man

At the risk of sounding ignorant, I’m going to admit something here: I’ve never read Letters to a Young Poet by Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke. I’ve heard of it, of course, but never read it. Maybe my teachers were negligent in school. Maybe for whatever reason it just hasn’t hit my reading radar. It […]

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The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Filed in The Writing Life, When Writing Is Hard by on June 1, 2011 0 Comments • views: 447
The Waiting is the Hardest Part

What Tom Petty said was true—waiting is hard. And sometimes life can seem like one big long line. Waiting for Mr. or Mrs. Right. Waiting for your ship to come in, your dreams to come true, or your luck to turn around. If you’ve started down a new road, you may be waiting to see […]

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Follow the Inner Voice Or Not? The Power of Choice

Filed in The Writing Life, When Writing Is Hard by on May 27, 2011 0 Comments • views: 437
Follow the Inner Voice Or Not? The Power of Choice

I really admire the writing of Bill Kenower, Editor-in-Chief of “Author” online magazine, a product of the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association. He posts a daily blog and I’m always amazed at his ability to write so profoundly on such a demanding schedule. In one of his recent blogs entitled “Born This Way,” Kenower talks about […]

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Tunnel Vision Can Keep You Unemployed

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on May 23, 2011 2 Comments • views: 584
Tunnel Vision Can Keep You Unemployed

I heard a disturbing news story a few days ago. It told about how people who have been without a job for six months to a year are coming up against a new kind of employee discrimination—against the unemployed. Employer thinking apparently goes something like this: “What? It’s been that long and you haven’t found […]

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5 Sacrifices You May Have to Make When Following Your Inner Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, When Writing Is Hard by on May 20, 2011 0 Comments • views: 373
5 Sacrifices You May Have to Make When Following Your Inner Voice

Let’s face it—following your inner voice doesn’t always translate immediately into joy and bliss. A lot of times it can make you feel downright uncomfortable. Taking action to pursue your calling will help you find meaning in life and bring you a deep sense of satisfaction, but it’s also likely to cause you some anxiety […]

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Check With Your Inner Voice Before Marriage

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, Who Supports Your Writing Dreams? by on May 16, 2011 0 Comments • views: 414
Check With Your Inner Voice Before Marriage

Why do people get married? Our current divorce rate of about 50 percent in the United States predicts that one out of every two marriages will end in divorce. So what makes one couple think they can beat the odds? What makes them want to try? Asking yourself these questions before marriage may help increase […]

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Channel Your Inner Wild Cat

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, The Inner Life by on May 13, 2011 0 Comments • views: 542
Channel Your Inner Wild Cat

The new movie African Cats, released a few weeks ago on Earth Day, follows the story of two families struggling to survive on the African savannah—one, an aged mother lion named Layla and her daughter; and two, a strong mother cheetah and her five cubs. There’s a lot to commend about this movie, mostly the […]

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