Medicine Is Magical…

Newsletter 62 – May 10, 2024 Hi, Modern medicine can do a great many things it couldn’t do when I was born in 1946. Let’s start with an image. These are two x-ray views of my right hand and wrist. The image on the left is a dorsal (top) flattened view. In the image on …

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What Is The Grass…

Newsletter 61 – April 26, 2024 Hi, Grass grows. Unfortunately. Mowing season started early for me this year (on February 28th, to be specific). In 2021 my first mowing was on May 8th, In 2022 on April 15th, and in 2023 it was on March 20th. It’s been getting earlier every year. Global warming? Yes, …

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Procrastination Is The Thief…

Newsletter 59 – March 22, 2024 Hi, The previous newsletter was about how trying to make a novel “perfect” can really slow the process down. Whenever I fall into the trap of trying to make everything perfect, I always end up wasting a lot of time, and sometimes — when progress seems futile — stop …

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Being Perfect Isn’t a Thing…

Newsletter 58 – March 8, 2024 Hi, No one is perfect. We all have our flaws. I certainly have my share, and I’ve been struggling with some of them lately. I have lots of ideas for novels I would like to write, but I find I spend a lot of time planning and plotting and …

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Make No Little Plans…

Newsletter 57 – February 23, 2024 Hi, Over the previous two newsletters I talked about interruptions and distractions, and about how my writing routine is sort of haphazard (and maybe a little too flexible). I think the main realization I’ve had, after thinking about this for a while, is that I need to find a …

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Promises, Promises…

Newsletter 056 – February 9, 2024 Hi, The previous newsletter was about opportunities (like grants and paid residencies), which can be excellent resources for writers (when they are successful), but can also be time-wasters (when they don’t pan out). Anything that wastes a writer’s time isn’t good for their productivity, of course, so it’s important …

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This Year I…

Newsletter 055 – January 26, 2024 Hi, This year I will hopefully not run into as much external interference as I did last year. The “interruptions” I mentioned frequently last year did pull me off track and slowed down my progress, but I can’t afford to use those as excuses. I need to be more …

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Ends and Beginnings…

Newsletter 054 – January 12, 2024 Hi, If you’ve been following this newsletter for any length of time you will have noticed that 2023 was a year of ups and downs for me. Things didn’t always go as smoothly as I hoped they would. In the newsletter I sent at this time last year, I …

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Sticks and Stones…

Newsletter 053 – December 29, 2023 Hi, Yes, “Sticks and stones [and stone floors] can break my bones, but words shall never harm me.” In the previous newsletter I led you up to an incident I had (on November 14th, 2023), but didn’t describe the incident or the aftermath. This is another long one. Sorry. …

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