Nobody Expects a Global Pandemic: My First-Quarter 2020 Goals Check-In/Reassessment

The inspirational title of my day planner for 2020 is “Grand Plans”.

It’s funny how so many sayings about plans are negative ones:

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.”

“No plan survives first contact with an opposing force.”

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.”

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Inside My Earbuds: Soothing Music for a Stressful Time

Once upon a time I used to review music albums and concerts on my blog.

I always enjoyed doing this because music is such an important part of my life.  I only allow myself to watch TV/Netflix on weekends, but I listen to music all day every day.

I got away from blogging about music the further I progressed in my writing journey, centering most posts on that instead.  This was especially the case after I reduced my blogging schedule from once a week to twice a month.

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Another New Year Along the Way to the End of the Old One: My Third-Quarter 2019 Goals Check-In/Reassessment

For many people, September is the true start of the new year.

It makes sense when you think about it: summer holidays are over; both grade school and university classes are recommencing; the days are shorter; the weather is cooler.

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What Worked for Me: A Round-up of Recommendations for Getting the Most Out of a Writers’ Conference

If I didn’t go now, I’d have to wait until 2021.

It was this—the inherent uncertainty of any long gap of time—that convinced me to go to the recent writers’ conference of the Historical Novel Society’s North American chapter, held June 20-23 in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Writers’ conferences are expensive, even more so with the exchange from Canadian dollars for those held in the United States.  Still, as a writer of historical fiction, I felt it was important for me to go.

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At the Midpoint to the End of All Things 2019: My Second-Quarter 2019 Goals Check-In/Reassessment

For people with New Year’s Resolutions, the middle of the year is truly do or die time.

On the one hand, if you’ve yet to do any work toward your goals for the year, mid-year seems to represent the latest you could realistically start and still achieve the full desired result.

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Reasons to Keep a Journal

I first started journaling years ago because Julia Cameron told me to.

Not literally; I’ve never met or communicated with the renowned author and screenwriter personally.

However in her bestselling creative self-help book/program The Artist’s Way, which I completed in 2011, she advocates a practice of “morning pages”—three handwritten, stream-of-consciousness pages of journaling first thing every morning.

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