When Non-Essentials Matter More Than You Think

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I’m typically rather obsessed with not caring about the little things, and sometimes that can be a bad thing. My husband , for one, has long told me I don’t pay enough attention to detail at times, and I know […]

Why Non-Writers Should Learn to Free Write

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I was listening to a good audiobook recently on the writing process called Accidental Genius. The premise of the whole book can basically be summed up in one sentence: Free writing does a body good.  The act of free writing […]

Does Practice Really Make Perfect?

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Last year, one of my friends had a baby. It was a natural birth. It was also a home birth. It was also her fifth. Yup. A mere hour or so before giving birth, she was apparently chatting on Skype with some […]

How Much Does it Cost to Travel Around the World?

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I spent 2006 on the road. And I mean that in the capital letter sense. The Road. Over the course of a year, I traveled to 19 countries and fulfilled my dream of, well, “traveling around the world for a […]

This Week in the World {Links}

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This week, I got back into peanut butter. In a big way. I continued to be annoyed by everything Aria says on Game of Thrones. (Whiny, much?) I bought 18 boxes of tea (Subscribe and Save, anyone?) I read a few more books, […]

I Went to Kenya to Climb a Mountain…

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I’ve been thinking a lot this week about Twitter for Good, a book I wrote about using Twitter well. When I wrote that book I also launched an online video course alongside it. But things change, and it’s time for that course to sunset […]

Should You Pay Money to Start a Blog?

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I love me some blogging, and have since 2006, when I started my first blog. The other day I gave you a complete step-by-step tutorial for how to launch your own self-hosted blog on WordPress. In response to the post, […]

This Week in the World {Links}

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This week I finished the 25-hour (!) audiobook I had been listening to, Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown. This was actually the third time I’d read this particular book (first via audiobook) and I came away feeling as […]

How You Wanted Me to Help You

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Last week I sent out a question. It was a simple one, and apparently it resonated. When I asked, “How Can I Help You?”, I got over 250 responses. There were a number of things folks wanted help with, and […]

Why You Need an Ideas Notebook

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Here’s the scenario. You’re a writer, say. You put words on paper and put those papers into the hands of people who read them. Or maybe you put words on screens and let Twitter do your billing: I PUT A […]