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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Cacaoethes Scribendi

Picture of Michael at a NaNoWriMo event

[Originally posted on my previous website, michael dot sirois dot com] It’s a Latin phrase, meaning an insatiable desire to write. Cacoethes can be translated as either a bad habit or a malignant disease. The phrase originally comes from a line in Juvenal’s Satires, “Tenet insanabile multos scribendi cacoethes,” which translates as something like “the …

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