The power of small wins in writing a book

A friend on a writers’ e-mail list shared a link to this wonderful story about persistence: The Daffodil Principle

It’s a lovely, inspirational story, but of course my first reaction — I suppose this is true for a lot of people — was to wonder whether such a beautiful garden could really exist. Was this a real anecdote from the author’s life, or a fictional story? So I went on one of my research jags.

An illustrated storybook version of The Daffodil Principle is available from Amazon.

The spectacular garden described in the story does exist. I found an archive of an old Geocities website that describes the history of the daffodil garden and includes some lovely pictures.
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A Labor Day Infographic

Back in my newspaper days, Labor Day was one of a handful of company holidays. Sometimes we dreaded holidays, especially the Monday holidays, because that meant a “short week”—we had to produce the same number of pages in fewer days, which meant the price of a day off on Monday was overtime on Tuesday and Wednesday. Not to mention the Friday before.

Now, as a freelance editor, I could give myself the holiday off if I wanted to, but I probably won’t, because I love my work and I’m in the midst of editing a great novel by one of my brilliant clients. Continue reading

New year, new beginnings

I’ve never been one for new year’s resolutions. If a change is going to be made, one might as well make it now as wait for some arbitrary date on the calendar. But it just happens that this change — redesigning my website — has been in the planning stages for months. This reboot just happens to coincide with the turning of that page from December to January. Continue reading