Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about using a 6-box to-do list

After you use a boxed to-do list for a while, you start to think of your life as a set of focus areas. You think of your tasks as part of these areas. You see how your tasks belong (and thus, help progress) a certain area or how they don’t belong. And you start to reject, delegate, or delay tasks that don’t belong in those focus areas. Continue reading

Be a writer!

How to be a writer

These are the steps you have to take.

1.Write daily.

By daily I mean every day.

By every day I mean every day, not every weekday or every not-busy day or every day I feel inspired.

Write to a word count or write for a specified amount of time.

On the weekend days or the busy days or the uninspired days, write less: a smaller word count, a shorter… Continue reading

Letting go

On letting go

You don’t get to know ahead of time: when you’ll be asked. If you’ll be ready. What it will look like. How it will feel.

You can try to prepare, anyway you like. Mentally, physically, emotionally.

You can pack bags or unpack baggage. All these things are allowed. You can do therapy or do yoga. You can run and hide, change your identity, sing out a mantra moment… Continue reading

today

Today is your day

It’s here.

Morning.

Today.

What are you going to do?

You can avoid it, turn your back to it, resist the energy calling you and the possibilities awaiting you. You can tell Today to wait on you. (It won’t, but tomorrow is around the corner, I hear.) Are you drained, exhausted, sick in body or sick at heart?

Is rest what you need today?

You can… Continue reading

write

How to write a thing

You can’t treat writing as some mystical, mysterious, only-for-the-called-and-gifted endeavor.

Not if you want to do much of it.

If it helps, think of it as content production. Personally, I hate that term. It’s like saying meal production instead of cooking.

But if it helps, who cares.

Whatever you call it, to do more of it, break it down. Then tackle one piece at a time. Maybe… Continue reading

the turtle moves

Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

I find it harder to write reviews of fiction than of nonfiction. I think it’s because, once we get past the basic questions (Can this author write a decent sentence? Do they understand grammar? Is there an actual plot? Are the characters believable?) we get to subjective questions.

For example, I hated Moby Dick with all the whale-hunting passion of a true Ahab.

I never got through anything… Continue reading