Category Archives: General

Guest Blog Post – Christine McDonnell: Keeping Motivated

So, a year ago this week, I had the pleasure of meeting Christine McDonnell, a writer from Virginia, at my first Smoky Writers retreat. Christine is a word-production machine – I really don’t know how she does it. I was … Continue reading

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Walking Through the Mountains With Tee Morris – Part 3

This is Tee’s Facebook Live video from day four of Smoky Writers 2017 (my third morning walk.) We talk fire damage, writing, rain, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Cards Against Humanity.

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Walking Through the Mountains With Tee Morris – Part 2

Day two of the Facebook Live videos that Tee Morris shot while we went for our morning walk up and down the mountain during last week’s Smoky Writers retreat. This one was from Wednesday, March 1.

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Walking Through the Mountains With Tee Morris – Part 1

I spent last week at the Smoky Writers retreat near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. I’ll post a recap shortly, but for now I’m going with videos. Tee Morris and I established a habit of starting each day with a walk around … Continue reading

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Words To Remember During a Terrible Week

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How To Get Unstuck

Are you feeling stuck, at least in some areas of your life? I know that I always feel like there’s some part of my life that’s not progressing the way I think it should be. Writing, weight loss goals, career … Continue reading

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On Understanding Other People

He wouldn’t stop talking. He was average height, with a gray beard and hair. He wore glasses and a Bluetooth device over his right ear. When I teach a class, I’m normally the only man in the room wearing a … Continue reading

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The Art of Juggling Writing Projects

Photo by Gabriel Rojas Hruska. Used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license. Tee Morris discusses a problem that most of us struggle with – too many projects going on: You’ve got project upon project, and suddenly you are at … Continue reading

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Awards, and Why My Insecure Mind Wants Them

          Chuck Wendig has a good take on the annual awards season in which we are now knee-deep: Awards are not infallible. The best book will not always win an award. The best book sometimes won’t … Continue reading

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The Kindness of Strangers

I think this is a wonderful story from The Moth. A celebrity reaches out to a stranger and does a very nice thing just when the stranger needs it most. This particular celebrity had a reputation for being a prickly … Continue reading

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