Assume anything, and make an Ass out of U and Me

I really hate being told what to do. Just ask Michael, or my mom. They'll tell you what I get like when someone utters a command, directed at me, in my presence. I turn belligerent and beady-eyed, and transform into a hissing Gollum faster than a hobbit. But what's even worse than being told what to do...

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This just in: I'm a writer because I love to write

I was raised in a culture of productivity. Early on I came to know that discovering a new mountain is the best reward for summiting the one I've just climbed. Aha! The journey isn't over, there's much more work to be done! 

Ever onward. Ever onto the next mountain. Not a bad perspective, but one that comes with its own blinders and limitations.

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Because it's probably never going to happen again

Michael and I are sharing real estate on the Communitech website, and THIS WILL PROBABLY NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. So I'm taking the time to preserve the moment here in my blog so that years from now Michael and I can scroll through my senseless ramblings with the intense clarity of hindsight (we'll reminisce fondly about how we were out of our minds then, dear) and stumble upon this page and think: What the hell were we doing?

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Becoming an Author, 5 Lessons From 5 Books in 18 Months

Aside from puns, the most exciting thing about being a writer (for me) (so far) is plotting out what's next. I think it has something to do with infinite possibilities and new beginnings. I'm not entirely sure. But before I can decide what to do next, I have to think about what I've learned so far.

The following five lessons, one learned per story, are keeping me motivated and excited about what's coming down the pipeline. Hopefully they can help keep you going, too.

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Adventures On a Bicycle in Kyoto

HamoHamoHamo.  The thought, likely inspired by last night's alien ten-course Hamo meal, eels its way up from my winded gut. I'm like a Hamo out of water, open-mouthed and gasping while staring up at the expansive grey sky so far above. I'm a beached white-bellied eel, and the world is an infinitely large and confusing screen. And all because I said, “Yes! Yes! Yes!”

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Authorship From the Ground, Up

I’m someone who learns by Doing (making mistakes). I’ve written manuscripts that could one day be published but aren’t in current form to be; I’ve written and thrown out countless pitches (query letters); I’ve queried immature manuscripts and been rejected; I’ve entered contests and lost; I’ve entered contests that I’m waiting to hear back from; I’ve cultivated an online following; and I’ve pissed off people over the internet by stepping on toes and breaking things (probably something to do with moving too fast).

Coming into such a mature industry with no experience meant that I had a lot of catching up to do. I’m not caught up yet, but I’m getting there. Now, I’m sharing some techniques/revelations/perspectives that I’ve gained along the way.

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Culture of Giving Won't Let Writers Give Up

The world of writing won't let writers give up because it is filled with people who believe in the power of words. It is filled with people who believe in magic. It is filled with people who never stop giving the best pieces of themselves to other people who in turn, do the same.  

I'm not a literary genius. I'm not a creative genius. I'm just not a genius, but that's OK. I haven't been picked out of the slush pile for having written a mindblowing query letter (yet ;)), I really don't like blogging (....yerp), and Twitter gives me anxiety.

So, what am I going to do to succeed in selling my art?

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Writing a Novel in 72 hours: Day 263 of being a writer

Ah, and this brings me to now. Right now. This book is the reason I'm writing this blog post and not tearing my hair out to keep my fingers busy, instead. I fell in love with the idea behind Where the Sun Sets two weeks ago when it first occurred to me. Immediately, I wanted the novel to already exist so that I could buy it and gift it to my husband for his birthday. But it doesn't exist so I need to write it (which is what I'll be doing over the next seventy two hours), so that I may gift it to my husband for his birthday on Tuesday, September 8.

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Power of Perception

Do not think or worry about how others will judge you because then you will judge yourself.  Instead, think about how others will perceive you because then you will perceive yourself.  Do this and you will find yourself giving others benefit of the doubt, and you will practice self-perception.  Self-perception gives birth to self-awareness.  Let self-awareness be your path to finding happiness.

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'In Love' Kitchener Couple Each Receive Sentence Of 15 Minutes In Solitary Confinement

KITCHENER, ON  Local couple have been sentenced with 15 minutes of solitary confinement each, for needing to talk to one another far too much.  Sources say that the husband travels for work and when he's away, the time apart is "more than [the young couple] can handle".  To put a stop to such a flagrant display of devotion and respect, a popular local judge has stepped up to the plate and offered to crack down on the two offensive love birds.  "They need to adapt to today's fast-paced, digital world.  The survival of our species depends on young adults, like these two here, being happy when they're apart.  15 minutes of solitary confinement is a very generous sentence for these two blatantly selfish and irresponsible individuals," the judge was overheard saying...

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Book Reading with the A-Team

Thank you ... Thank you, thank you, thank you.

When I left NetSuite I bet you all thought you were free (freedommmmm)!  No more listening to Donna read off slides for hours at a time.  Little did you know I'd be back ... but this time, instead of waxing on about our strategic advantage, I was even more self-indulgent and read out loud the first chapter of my first novel (ermagherd)... 

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Transformation

What began as, 'I want to create a special experience for my niece and nephew because I love them', has transformed many times.  But what it is most, is this: 'I want to create an experience for the children of my brother and sister so that my nieces and nephews may know how incredible their parents have always been, still are, and will always be.'

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