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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.

1 week, 5 days 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.

3 weeks, 5 days 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.

1 month, 1 week ago on Trust the Words

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@AnnetteClark Glad you think so.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Trust the Words

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@AnnetteClark Thank you!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on I’m a Work in Progress

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@AlaskaChickBlog Thank you for your lovely comment.

2 months 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.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Write Now or Later?

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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.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Never Surrender to Perfectionism

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@JohnMTrader  Indeed, and you're welcome!

5 months ago on What it Takes to be a Writer

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@KDillabough  Indeed!

5 months 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. :-)

5 months, 1 week ago on Do You Work in Your Pajamas?

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

6 months ago on A New Adventure Begins: Tenacity5 Media

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@KDillabough Thank you so, so much, Kaarina!

6 months 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 

6 months ago on A New Adventure Begins: Tenacity5 Media

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

6 months 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?

6 months, 1 week ago on A New Adventure Begins: Tenacity5 Media

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

6 months, 1 week 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.

6 months, 1 week 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.

6 months, 1 week 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.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on My Blogging Secret: A Well-Stocked Pantry

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@noodlemaz Agreed.

6 months, 2 weeks 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 

7 months, 1 week 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.

7 months, 3 weeks 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.).

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Of Perfectionists and Pressure

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

8 months, 1 week 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.

8 months, 1 week 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.

8 months, 1 week ago on Hubris and Humility

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@bdorman264 Ha!

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

8 months, 2 weeks 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.

8 months, 2 weeks 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. :-)

8 months, 2 weeks 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...

8 months, 2 weeks ago on The Happy Friday Series: She Writes Right

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Oh, wow! Thank you so much, Jayme. 

8 months, 2 weeks 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. 

8 months, 3 weeks 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.

8 months, 3 weeks 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.

8 months, 3 weeks 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?

8 months, 4 weeks 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.

9 months 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.

9 months, 3 weeks 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.

9 months, 4 weeks ago on How to Keep the Heebie-Jeebies at Bay

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@Michelle Spear My process comes from my mom: annual spring cleaning. If you don't want it anymore or haven't worn it in over six months, out the door it goes. :-)

I think it's a good way to gauge the content we write, particularly content that is meant for public consumption.

10 months, 1 week ago on Useful, Entertaining, or Beautiful

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@Michelle Spear I think what you're getting at is blind obedience versus open-eyed obedience. The one questions nothing; the other understands the reason for or against obeying whether that be in the case of a building being on fire or a new marketing initiative.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Always Ask Why

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@ebrianneb Poetry's a bit different. The traditional route is to submit your work to journals. Once you've had a few poems published in them, you're more likely to be able to submit a manuscript to one of the poetry publishers/journals and to have it be accepted. That, of course, is dependent on who's reading or judging the manuscripts, so you have to pay attention to that as well as to what kind of poetry the places have published recently. 

You won't need an agent, but an editor or mentor can be helpful. Some editors may look at your poems line by line - and that's needed at times - but I'd recommend someone who's primarily going to consider your work as a whole. I'd look for someone who's knowledgeable and would recommend poets to read or different essays on poetics that could help with your growth. I also would look for someone who understands what you're trying to accomplish but isn't afraid of letting you know when a poem undercuts your purpose and would help you to identify overarching themes so that you can organize the collection in the best way possible.

You can self-publish, but I don't know much about that. You'd have to consider other items such as cover designs. You may want to reach out to @dustyjournal on Twitter. She's self-published at least two collections of poems and has them available on Amazon.

I hope that helps.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Talent Won’t Get You Very Far

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@gtsanker I will! I need to schedule some time so that I can assess what posts I have and see if I can order them into a new e-book.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Write Right: All Aboard for “Al+”

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@geoffliving Neither can I. Perhaps that's one reason we get along.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Do the Honorable Thing and Apologize

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@ExtremelyAvg It is true that we can't know another person's motives, and it's folly to try to interpret them based on what he or she does or doesn't do. All we can do is measure their actions and choose how we will respond to those actions.

I think there's a notion that asking questions is a sign of weakness. Maybe it's part of the American individualism. I don't know. I only know that as I get older and maybe a bit wiser that asking questions doesn't make me weak. They may make me vulnerable, but vulnerability requires a certain sort of strength and humbleness.

10 months, 4 weeks ago on Don’t Feed the Piranhas

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@Michelle Quillin I don't know. I only know I'm a slow learner. Fortunately, I have a few people on a personal level who are okay with me asking questions when I'm no longer sure what the lay of the land is. On the professional, I've just tried to learn to never assume the client has the same understanding that I do and to make sure that we're both on the same page before any work is done - even if that means I have to ask ostensibly stupid questions.

10 months, 4 weeks ago on Don’t Feed the Piranhas

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@KDillabough That's high praise! Thank you.

10 months, 4 weeks ago on This is What an Editor Does

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@ExtremelyAvg I think it depends on where you are in life, too. I know I'm at a certain juncture where I welcome some interruptions into my oh-so-busy life.

My mission, if I get beyond the surface level of the writing, editing, and art, is people. If any three of those things become an obstruction to being a blessing to others, then it will be time for me to quit those things. Am I meant to write and draw and seemingly edit? I think so, but only insofar as I remember to consider others more important than myself.

I think you must be able to do without fewer social interactions than I. :-)

11 months ago on Living on Mission

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@SandraFernandez Thank you, Sandra!

11 months ago on Write Right: Every Day versus Everyday

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