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Covernotes

Covernotes

For an author, people are gold. 

Seriously, I can't make up characters half as interesting as those I meet in real life.

Covernotes, in Newmarket, ON, made sure I had plenty of new characters to create with later. 

Bless 'em, every one.


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Why I started blogging every day

Why I started blogging every day

You don't have to blog every day to really create something amazing, but the odds certainly go up if you do.
 


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Racism isn't a pop quiz

Racism isn't a pop quiz

If the plan is to learn from history and grow, then you have to concentrate on what worked, not what didn't. 

You can't move forward when you're under the weight of past hatred and cruelty and evil. 

If you're going to build something out of the ashes, you have to put out the fire.


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Author typecasting

Author typecasting

There's a sort of "rule of thumb" when it comes to being an author. It's almost akin to "dance with the one who brung ya." But it goes deeper than that.

Authors can be typecast, just like actors. 

The trouble is, some of us don't want to play the same role forever.


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What to look for when you've found everything you were looking for

What to look for when you've found everything you were looking for

When you're used to keeping your eyes peeled for specific things, it can be kind of a shock to realize you've outgrown the need for those things, when you weren't paying attention. 

So what are you looking for, when you're still out scouring the world? Probably something you never even realized you needed.


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Junk Driving

Junk Driving

Sometimes you outgrow a tradition, but that doesn't mean the tradition has outgrown you. 

Every now and then you have to pull on your old clothes, and for a little bit you'll be the person you used to be, so that you can connect with the people who matter to you. 

That's not a bad thing. It's ok to remember. It's ok to look back and even GO back every now and then.


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What Wild Peach taught me

What Wild Peach taught me

Experience is the great teacher, but we sometimes make lousy students.

Perspective can change your life—but only the new ones. The old ones are just the clothes you wore in. A new perspective might not fit well when you first try it on, but give it time. You'll break in for it.

Let's look at the world a bit differently and see who we become.


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Time surfing - How I get it all done (sometimes)

Time surfing - How I get it all done (sometimes)

I don't mange time. I kind of just surf it. 

I can't keep routines from being interrupted. I can't keep life from intruding on my plans. I can't prevent the hiccups that happen when I thought I had my day all mapped out.

But I can keep my priorities in mind. I can keep a list of tasks. I can look for spaces in time to do what needs doing. 


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Disruption

Disruption

You'll never get anywhere new by taking the same paths you take every day. You already know how to get to work, get to school, get to church, get home. 

How do you get to Mars? How do you get to a Fortune 100 business? How do you get to a world free of disease?

The only way to get there is disruption. Embrace disruption. Be disruptive.


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The antidote to fear

The antidote to fear

I just learned that fear is a sign that you're not loving perfectly. And at first, that makes it seem like fear is inevitable. 

But the truth is, that's hopeful. Because it means that the antidote to fear is to do something you love.


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Let's go dent the universe

Let's go dent the universe

No matter what kind of positive impact you have on the world, there will always be someone who thinks you're a selfish jerk. And maybe you are!

So what?

Go make a dent in the universe anyway. Take up your hammer and start making some noise. Drown them out with the wonders you'll create.


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Sure, let's talk about money

Sure, let's talk about money

What do you feel when you talk about money?

I feel terrified. Anxious. Sick to my stomach.

And it seems a lot like God is trying to kick me in the butt and move me past that, because lately talking about money has been unavoidable. So when you can't beat 'em, or avoid them while you cringe and cower at a back table in Starbucks, you might as well join 'em. So sure. Let's talk about money.


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How to avoid looking like a carrot

How to avoid looking like a carrot

If you eat nothing is but carrots your skin will turn orange. And the same thing happens when you read, watch, listen to, and experience the same stuff, over and over. Want to be inspired? Want to grow? Want to become wise and unbeatable in everything you do? Branch out and find new experiences, as often as you can. 


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Why we create

Why we create

Why we create— 

Because it puts something new in the world. 

Because it pushes back against the entropy of the universe.  

Because it remembers where we come from, and those we knew, while inviting new expereiences and new people into our lives.  


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What you see and what you get

What you see and what you get

Sometimes things aren't what they seem. So we should work on understanding and thinking and caring before reacting to what we think is an injustice. 


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Considering Mia

Considering Mia

Sometimes the things we consider most become our biggest excuses. It's time to start considering a different way of looking at considerations. 


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Me and Mrs. Kringle

Me and Mrs. Kringle

"I didn't mean to startle you," she said.

But she hadn't really startled me. It was more like ... well, I was having a moment of "Is this real life?"


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How to Have (and resolve) an Existential Crisis in One Weekend

How to Have (and resolve) an Existential Crisis in One Weekend

I attended the 2015 Sterling & Stone Colony Summit this weekend and came away with more than I had expected. I rediscovered my true passion, and I know exactly how to pursue without leaving anyone behind.


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Just because it's easy doesn't mean it's wrong

Just because it's easy doesn't mean it's wrong

Here's irony for you—I spent a huge chunk of my life writing for a living until I could figure out what I wanted to do for a living. 

I kept trying out new careers and new industries, taking new jobs and building new businesses, and all the while doing anything but considering writing as my career. 

What makes it worse is that all the while, I was saying things like, "I wish I could win the lottery or get a job or build a business that gives me the time to just write full time." I kept putting off actually writing, waiting for "some day" to come, so that I could finally start writing.

What a profound disrespect for the skill that has served me so well, all of my life. 


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3 Tips for Using Criticism

Traditionally, I haven't been so good at accepting criticism. I get defensive, which leads to getting irritated, which leads to saying or doing things I shouldn't, which leads to the Dark Side. So the trick to my own personal growth, for a while now, has been all about avoiding the path to becoming Kev Vader, and keeping an open mind and a willing heart. 


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