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@LeslieTriceratops I agree with you. It's a descriptor I'm trying to eschew from my vocabulary.

This post is two years old. I've grown quite a bit since then. I still won't use the term "grammar Nazi." I hope I'm being more prudent about the obsessive-compulsive one.

1 week, 1 day ago on Why I Dislike the Term “Grammar Nazi”

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@magriebler HALT is a familiar acronym, too!

Emotions are such fickle things. Kind of like inspiration, I suppose. 


And you're right. When our emotions are raw, it's definitely time to slow down and reorient.

1 month, 1 week ago on Get out of the Emotional Sandbox

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@magriebler You're welcome! You'll have to thank Vonnegut since he's the originator - at least, that's who I credit. He probably borrowed the phrase from someone else, too.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Do the Things that Make Your Soul Grow

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@KenMueller Thank you, Ken! 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Created to Create

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@magriebler Thank you. I'd take the credit, but I think it's a part of nature, nurture, and a lot of experience. I just managed to learn the lessons. You're right; nothing happens if action doesn't accompany the idea.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on On Slicing Vegetables

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@magriebler Thank you for reading the post and leaving a comment.


I suppose this last year, particularly the past few months, has been one of growing in wisdom. We have to say "yes" to the things, as Vonnegut says, that "make your soul grow" and no to the others. The things that feed the soul are what make for long-term happiness and joy.

3 months, 1 week ago on No is a Valid Answer

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@JohnMTrader Thank you! 


I won't hold using the word "leveraging" against you.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Punctured Tires and Thumb Tacks

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@3HatsComm Oh, and good luck with the challenging pursuits!

4 months, 1 week ago on Is Writing Something You Do or Something You Are?

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@3HatsComm I just avoid going to those type of networking events. Everybody's there to make a sale or pitch of some kind. I prefer the "nontraditional" networking events. People are actually there to make connections and to help one another.

The "what do you do" may keep things neat and tidy, but people aren't neat and tidy, and they certainly can't be summed up in a job description.

4 months, 1 week ago on Is Writing Something You Do or Something You Are?

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@3HatsComm It does make sense.


I think labels help for the sake of clarity, especially when faced with popular networking question "What do you do?". 

4 months, 1 week ago on Is Writing Something You Do or Something You Are?

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@magriebler Gray isn't one of my favorite colors, either.


I love what you say about loss and regret and how we have to be the best of what we consciously choose to do. That does make all the difference. I needed those words today.

5 months ago on Don’t Be Afraid to Miss Out

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@RebeccaTodd Thank you!


I guess I've been contemplating friendship, solitude (what you call "aloneness"), and loneliness the past few weeks. It's starting to turn into words.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Loneliness is not Solitude

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@AnnetteClark I missed this comment somehow. Sorry about that. I think the poetry will come back to you because you're dedicated to it. Sometimes, too, the words we struggle to write become our strongest ones simply because we struggled and overcame.

6 months ago on Trust the Words

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@AnnetteClark Glad you think so.

6 months, 1 week ago on Trust the Words

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@AnnetteClark Thank you!

6 months, 1 week ago on I’m a Work in Progress

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@AlaskaChickBlog Thank you for your lovely comment.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Do Good Work

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@AnnetteClark  Thank you for your comment!

For me, I only have audio - and it has to be melodies, no lyrics - for certain types of writing.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Write Now or Later?

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@thebrandbuilder  Thank you.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on From There to Here: Do the One Thing

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@KDillabough  Agreed, but I think perfectionism tends to be the proverbial thorn in the perfectionist's side. Hence the reminders to keep up the good fight against it.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Never Surrender to Perfectionism

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@JohnMTrader  Indeed, and you're welcome!

9 months, 3 weeks ago on What it Takes to be a Writer

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@KDillabough  Indeed!

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Do the Next Thing

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@itsjessicann  Indeed! 


I'm ready for some sunshine. The gray clouds are not doing much for my work environment. :-)

10 months ago on Do You Work in Your Pajamas?

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@edking Thank you! I'm glad to be joining Geoff and Tenacity5.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on A New Adventure Begins: Tenacity5 Media

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@KDillabough Thank you so, so much, Kaarina!

10 months, 3 weeks ago on A New Adventure Begins: Tenacity5 Media

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@JohnMTrader Thank you! I'm excited about the work we're going to do. @geoffliving 

10 months, 4 weeks ago on A New Adventure Begins: Tenacity5 Media

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@geoffliving I'm excited to join! Thank you for saying so.

10 months, 4 weeks ago on A New Adventure Begins: Tenacity5 Media

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@Lisa Gerber Yes, it will! Will you be making it back to Austin again this year?

10 months, 4 weeks ago on A New Adventure Begins: Tenacity5 Media

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@margieclayman I thought I should say something here, too, before people panicked. ;-)

10 months, 4 weeks ago on A New Adventure Begins: Tenacity5 Media

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@Annette Schrab Clark I'm glad it met a need and hope you find some time to rest and focus.

11 months ago on You Will Find You are Strong

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@Annette Schrab Clark Thank you!

I enjoy your work, too. I hope the snow lets up so that you aren't housebound for much longer.

11 months ago on Thoughts on Poetry for Poetry at Work Day

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@Cynthia Price Indeed not! Although to be fair, I was on a Ramen trend for a few months when I was a teenager.

11 months, 1 week ago on My Blogging Secret: A Well-Stocked Pantry

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@noodlemaz Agreed.

11 months, 1 week ago on Why I Dislike the Term “Grammar Nazi”

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@Shonali Hmm. Nothing comes to mind immediately. Maybe a nickname you've had (if you've had one)? @biggreenpen @Sara Hunter Theisen @Howie Goldfarb 

1 year ago on Need Gifts for PR Pros? Here’s 12 of ‘Em

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@TristanPinnock I'm more like that when it comes to my poetry. I write it; I do some slight revisions; I format it (I write all my poems by hand first.); I choose if it's worthy of Tumblr; and I move on. I'd only spend extensive time revising and editing if I were to compile the poems.

1 year ago on Of Perfectionists and Pressure

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@DwayneAlicie Perfectionism never dies, does it? We just learn how crippling it can be and strive to be a little more imperfect (Somehow, I end up trying to do that perfectly. You'd think I'd learn.).

1 year ago on Of Perfectionists and Pressure

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@geoffliving Indeed not, which you unfortunately know first-hand.

1 year ago on Where Did You Find That?

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@Andi Roo Oh, those are great gift ideas! I'm a huge fan of Scrivener. It sounds like we might have similar tastes in music, too.

1 year ago on 5 Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Writers

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@gtsanker I saw a pin on Pinterest yesterday that said we cease to be afraid of monsters under the bed when we realize that the monsters are inside us. We all have that dual nature - the beast and the beauty.

I also think having a few close friends who keep us accountable is important. They tell us when we start to become monstrous.

Thank you again for the word challenge. I wasn't sure where it would go, but it went to a good place.

1 year ago on Hubris and Humility

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@bdorman264 Ha!

I think you actually had me at the place twice. :-D

1 year, 1 month ago on The Happy Friday Series: She Writes Right

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@Soulati | Hybrid PR It was my pleasure. I had fun writing the piece.

1 year, 1 month ago on The Happy Friday Series: She Writes Right

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@ExtremelyAvg I thought I'd separate all the comma rules as much as possible rather than try to condense them into a single post, so I'm sure I'll have more comma lessons in the future. :-)

1 year, 1 month ago on Write Right: Commas and Introductory Phrases

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@DwayneAlicie Aw, thanks, Dwayne! I guess I need to get back on top of my poetry game then...

1 year, 1 month ago on The Happy Friday Series: She Writes Right

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Oh, wow! Thank you so much, Jayme. 

1 year, 1 month ago on The Happy Friday Series: She Writes Right

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@NatPaq I hope all goes well with whatever I've kicked you into gear for. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Talent Won’t Get You Very Far

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@Anita It is an endeavor, but I think it's a worthwhile one. I think a number of my professors taught me to look deeper at a work before passing judgment - it's how Emily Dickinson has become one of my favorites. The same goes for Flannery O'Connor. I didn't understand her work at first, but once someone opened up her world, I was hooked. I often visit with other writers and friends, too, to learn what they're reading. I'm also prone to picking up a book that strikes my fancy, but those are usually ones that fall, at the very least, within a favored genre.

1 year, 1 month ago on Good Writing is like a Bowl of Ice Cream

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@KenMueller She's one of my go-to authors.

I'm glad it met a need.

1 year, 1 month ago on Writing as Grace and Transformation

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@Donna W Thank you for your kind words.

Twenty years - wow. Are you an independent editor?

1 year, 1 month ago on Why I Dislike the Term “Grammar Nazi”

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@yearwood It's a matter of keeping priorities straight, isn't it? It's tempting to create content for "buzz" - which seems ever harder to generate these days - but to what end?

Thank you, too, for the compliment.

1 year, 1 month ago on Your Business is not a Content Factory

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@Charles Hurst Author  I actually rejoined Triberr a few months ago with the thought it might be a means to create a community, but it didn't work that way. I haven't been back in about two weeks and am afraid of the slew of posts I'd have to delete. I may just let it go again. All it seems to do is create a sense of being heard, but a sense isn't the same thing as being heard. 

With one of my other projects, my collaborator and I haven't used Triberr at all. We've still built a solid following without the amplification, but that might be because we both have strong networks of people.

1 year, 2 months ago on Why I Quit Triberr

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@John_Trader1 

Thank you!

Humor is essential for me as well. Laughing either during or after a thing is important, although I always have to work to do in that area - that pesky perfectionism.

I am a former martial arts student. I'd love to train again, but I've yet to find a school that's quite right. I do CrossFit now, which has its own mental discipline.

1 year, 2 months ago on How to Keep the Heebie-Jeebies at Bay

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