Jul 15

Proven Strategies for Actually Achieving Your Goals

It’s been my “goal” to be a published author for a long time. I say “goal” in quotes because really it’s been more like a dream, not something I can control. I could make a goal to actually finish the book, but I haven’t been successful at that, either. (Not a draft that I like, …

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Jul 03

Free Writing

Posting a grammar quip right before July 4, with fireworks exploding outside, just didn’t seem right. Instead this is a post about writing and freedom. I’m very grateful that I have the freedom to write, and write what I want. I don’t have to worry about criminal charges for insulting my president. I don’t live …

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May 28

Confessions of an Inveterate Pantser

Or, “How I learned to stop bumbling and love the outline.” On the spectrum from “write by the seat of your pants and see where it goes” [whence “pantser”] to “plan every scene before you write a first draft” [“plotter”], I’m naturally a lot closer to the former. I like to wait for inspiration and …

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May 06

Keeping up appearances

I’ve been working on my novel on and off for more years than I care to admit. Since I first had the idea, I’ve gone to college, gotten married, and had two children. This past year, I’ve gotten really serious about making the book good enough to sell, but there were some plot holes that …

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Apr 18

Tenet or Tenant? Grammar help you can remember!

A basic tenet of owning a rental: Your tenant quality is fundamental! Bonus! I’ll give you pictures. Tenet: a belief (not necessarily religious) or principle Tenant: someone who rents a space Tennant: To me, always the Tenth Doctor Okay, yes, I was basically just looking for an excuse to have a Tenth Doctor picture.

Apr 08

Why my site is secured even though I’m not a shop

The short version: you’ll notice that when you navigate to my website now, you will automatically get the https version (in your browser you’ll see something like the green locked padlock below). I don’t sell anything (directly!); the only reason for the secured connection is to keep any Nation State Actors from tracking what you …

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Mar 22

Affect vs. Effect: Grammar Help You Can Remember

These two words, affect and effect, cause a great deal of consternation in English, no doubt because they sound similar and each can be either a noun or a verb. The quickest rule of thumb is that, in most cases, you affect something (verb) and cause an effect (noun). Side note: the noun affect is …

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Mar 16

How to Lower Your Expectations Without Giving Up: A Reframing Exercise

Since having my second baby, I’ve constantly struggled with my frustration at not getting enough done. I’m have more resources than many moms, but I also have overly demanding expectations of myself. When I ran out of resources to throw at the “no time” problem, there was only one thing left to change. You might …

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Feb 26

Loose or lose? Grammar help you can remember!

(The second in a series.) Like many similar words, loose and lose are easy to confuse because they look and sound similar. Also, because English is confusing, loose can be an adjective or a verb. So here’s a little quip to help you out: You can loose a goose that’s caught in a trap, But …

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Feb 17

Lead, lead or led? Grammar Help You Can Remember!

The verb to lead rhymes with need, speed, and indeed, but the past tense is led that rhymes with dead. The famously dense metal lead also rhymes with dead.  Here’s a quip to help you remember: Lead in the water led Flint to disaster, but “lead dead redemption” could come to be if only its …

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