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You, you. You are the best. What a nice review. Thank you!
I had no idea I had that effect on you when you decided to go out on your own. That makes me feel good. Thank you for including it in the blog post. I still say the hardest part about going out on your own is making the decision to do it. Sure, there are up years and really crappy years, but you're in charge of your own destiny. I cannot imagine ever going back to work for someone again.
P.S. I like that I'm holding a glass of wine in this photo. So characteristic.
14 hours, 47 minutes ago on 3 Things From Spin Sucks, The Book
I have to get through the current book first. Next year will be the year of fiction.
14 hours, 49 minutes ago on 31 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Die
To be fair, I said 31 was worse than 30. I'm coming up on 40...and dreading it.
I like the idea, too!
@Howie Goldfarb You ARE old.
14 hours, 50 minutes ago on 31 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Die
@PeterJ42 I read this comment this morning and had to stifle a laugh because I was in a meeting. Freaking brilliant!
@bdorman264 How do you not like beets? You clearly have not had them prepared appropriately. I will make you change your mind.
@Lara Wellman You also should answer a 32nd question: What do you do without the use of a phone?
14 hours, 51 minutes ago on 31 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Die
@BillSmith3 I knew what you meant! I laughed out loud.
@lizreusswig We can talk about them on Thursday!
@ClayMorgan Uh yeah...your life has changed significantly.
@Patti Agnew In the meantime, I hope you had a happy birthday!
14 hours, 52 minutes ago on 31 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Die
@TaraGeissinger It IS easy. I think about it a lot. In many ways I'm doing what I thought I'd be doing by now...and not at all in other ways.
@KevinVandever And better taste in wine.
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes It's really awful to have to buy friends who are the same age...when you're not in your 70s or 80s.
14 hours, 53 minutes ago on 31 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Die
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@tressalynne Sending you a big virtual hug!
@AndreaKempfer I love the change! And now I can hold you accountable to doing it!
@Robin Adams West Amen. Times 100.
23 hours, 29 minutes ago on 31 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Die
@Howie Goldfarb You do know it's Tuesday?
@LSSocialEngage OK! Adding to my list. I just started The Husband's Secret so I'll read this next.
1 day, 15 hours ago on Fiction Makes You a Better Storyteller and Content Producer
Happy Anniversary to the two of you! Thirty years is a looooong time. You clearly were 10 when you wed.
1 day, 15 hours ago on Trophy Husband
@LSSocialEngage I haven't.
1 day, 16 hours ago on Fiction Makes You a Better Storyteller and Content Producer
@belllindsay @bradmarley I had a boss who used to sit with his feet on the desk and read for one hour every day. I remember, as a young whippersnapper, I was incredulous about it. Now I realize that's what made him seem so much smarter than the rest of us. Of course, back then it was all hard copy stuff. You could see him actually reading. Today you can mask it because it's on the computer screen.
@JoeCardillo I know lots of little kids who are reading voraciously. I think it's up to the parents to make sure it's part of their lives. Will they read differently than we did? Sure, but they're still reading.
@LSSocialEngage I couldn't get through that one, either!
This doesn't sound like you'll be changing the content all that much. You've always asked the bigger questions and written stories about people who inspire you. Keep doing what you're doing.
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@LSSocialEngage Do you have to finish a book...if you don't like it?
1 day, 18 hours ago on Fiction Makes You a Better Storyteller and Content Producer
@ExtremelyAvg Books are awesome! The New Yorker did a piece on the studies mentioned in the blog post and it said Americans always have to have a result for the things we do. I wanted to make the argument, "But we watch so much TV!" I'd much rather read than watch TV.
@biggreenpen The owls totally creeped me out!
1 day, 20 hours ago on Gin and Topics: Happy Owls, Happy Artists, and Happy Moms
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes Perhaps they'll do a Father's Day video for you. (And you're among a minority with parenting.)
@rosemaryoneill I love how Oprah says it's bigger than him and he cries more. Love.
@Word Ninja You should have sent it to me! It's funny how people think I've probably already seen something and then haven't. I had to do a call for videos on Facebook the other day.
@biggreenpen Did you actually comment on your own (without hitting reply)? Did we fix it??
1 day, 20 hours ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: John Jantsch
@barrettrossie We've missed you!
@Howie Goldfarb Oh no.
@Tinu I hope you do!
@wabbitoid I'm going to tell this to my seven-year-old niece, who read us her poems this weekend. Here is one example:
Medicine is yucky
I don't like it at all
If you take medicine
It will make you ill
1 day, 20 hours ago on Fiction Makes You a Better Storyteller and Content Producer
@Danny Brown @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes I'm with Danny. Whoa.
@bradmarley I don't know why that can't work!
The New Yorker wrote a piece about how Americans, in particular, feel like there have to be results to everything we do. While I agree, in principle, that doesn't make sense entirely because there is an awful lot of TV watching that goes on here. I'd much rather read than watch TV.
1 day, 21 hours ago on Fiction Makes You a Better Storyteller and Content Producer
@makeaner I'm reading The Husband's Secret right now, which I keep teasing Mr. D about by saying I'm learning what his secret is.
@belllindsay The study shows a person cannot develop empathy by reading other types of writing. Not that reading non-fiction is bad. Just that literary fiction develops characters so well that you feel something for them, which makes you more emotional in your dealings with human beings. The non-fiction - and even commercial fiction (which I love) - doesn't do that...and that's what the study is about.
@belllindsay @LauraPetrolino I didn't think I'd like Audible, but I also love it. I love being able to have a story told to me while I ride my bike. There are some books I'd never listen to, but books that are read by the authors or by actors who do the different characters work really well for me.
@LauraPetrolino @bdorman264 Oh shoot. I didn't realize the ban had been lifted. On it!
@bdorman264 You CAN tell some whoppers of a story. I agree!
@Danny Brown My aunt and I had this very conversation this past weekend. She's been in the same job for 25 years and is thinking about a change. When I asked her why, she said, "The older you get, the less likely you are to change. I want to keep growing!"
@Chris Bell The study showed that wasn't the case. They say it's because literary fiction takes a character and develops it so deeply, you begin to feel something toward them. With genre and commercial fiction, the characters are generally stereotypes so it's easier not to be empathetic to their situations if you don't agree.