Tag: joy

Books, Reading, & Libraries, Fun & Humor

The Joy of Serendipity

While out shopping this holiday season, I had a rare opportunity to appreciate a long forgotten concept: Serendipity. The simple joy of discovering something new and unexpected. I was rushing around, picking up things I’d bought online, running errands, and grabbing gifts I’d already researched when I found myself stranded near a bookstore. I had …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Rediscovering the Joy of Writing

Joy

Part of the reason why I took on the recent enormous house painting job from hell was because I’d lost the joy of writing. Between my freelance writing day job and my novel writing, I was stressed and the joy was gone. Even more disheartening, I knew it shouldn’t be the case. I was living …

Freelance Writing Advice

When Quitting Equals Winning

Quitting the Game

People like to refer to life as a game or competition. The winners are the ones who accumulate the most or best things, achieve the most success, or attain the most power. That’s the conventional wisdom, anyway, which means that most of us are playing a game we’ll never win. We’ll never have a lot …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Productivity & Time Management, Random Generalizations & Observations

The Joy of an Analog Day

Analog nature

Once a week I make it a point to turn off everything digital and live in the real world. That means no cell phone, no laptop. No social media, no TV. No tablets, no texting. I can hear a lot of you screaming at the mere thought of such a day. What would you do? …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Productivity & Time Management, Writing Tips & Career Advice

NaNoWriMo: 14 Years Later, Why Do I Still Do This To Myself?

NaNoWriMo Coffee Shop

I just checked my computer and discovered that I first participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) way back in 2002. It doesn’t feel like fourteen years have gone by, but obviously time flies when you’re having fun. When I mentioned this to a friend and told him I was doing NaNo yet again, his …