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Don't Let Your Great Ideas Get Away

Here's the one thing you need to do in 2017: You need to write everything down. Write down the great ideas you have in the middle of the night, the plots to novels, the blueprints for inventions, the obvious next steps for launching ourselves into fabulous careers and simultaneously solving the problems of the universe.While most of these will not make sense in the morning, to have a record of them is both fascinating and hilarious....more

Don't Let Your Great Ideas Get Away

Here's the one thing you need to do in 2017: You need to write everything down. Write down the great ideas you have in the middle of the night, the plots to novels, the blueprints for inventions, the obvious next steps for launching ourselves into fabulous careers and simultaneously solving the problems of the universe.While most of these will not make sense in the morning, to have a record of them is both fascinating and hilarious....more

A Writer's Favorite Things: 15 Gifts for Writers

A Writer’s Favorite Things: 15 Gifts for Writers What does a writer like?...more

Welcome to the Post-Truth World

How many of you studied Political Science at University? I did back in the 1990s, and it might as well have been in the 1800s. Not only the world has changed dramatically in the past twenty years; 2016 in particular will be marked in history books as the year when people stopped believing in facts.I see it more and more in my Twitter timeline: people arguing pro and against something, not backing their views with data but only by opinion. Arguments get heated, people get blocked on Twitter. Healthy debate seems to be confined to conversations we have with our inner circle....more

Blogging While Bipolar: What I've Learned

Next month, this blog will be three years old, an unruly toddler of a blog with jam on its face and a sticky plush animal grasped in its fist. Except for one dry spell of about a month during the first year, I have posted every week in both this and my general purpose blog, Et Cetera, etc. (janetcobur.wordpress.com).My husband often tells me that he's proud that I am doing this and that I have stuck with it so long and faithfully. (He doesn't often read my posts, but that's another matter.)...more

Advice for the Bipolar Blogger

Writing can be therapeutic – and more.Writing can save your life – or someone else's.Every one of us, depressed, manic, or bipolar, has something to say.I say, "Say it!"Although I've never been one to respond to that ancient exercise in which you express your unspoken thoughts to an empty chair, I am a proponent of expressing your unspoken thoughts. I just think writing is a better way to do it....more

Emotional states of a last-minute conference submission

One of the most painful post-graduate school realizations is that procrastination doesn’t magically heal itself and homework NEVER GOES AWAY.Case in point: Today’s conference paper deadline. That I’ve been planning for for six months. With the paper that I started working on in earnest a few weeks ago. That I finished with just two hours before submissions closed. Good lord.In case you want to know what it feels like… I present, the emotional states of last-minute conference paper submissions:...more

NaBloPoMo Day 2: That Time I Flew a Helicopter

Nov. 2: When was the last time you did something brave? What happened? I am not sure if this falls under “brave”, “adventurous”, or “just plain reckless”, but I saw a Groupon for a helicopter flight lesson and said, “Happy birthday to me”. I don’t know what came over me, I read the description and just thought, “yes”.  I had been feeling boring and life had become very routine, I was hungry for ways to shake things up again. What could be better than flying around in my own personal twirly bird?...more

My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

The end of October arrived, a nearly naked branch poised to let its final leaf fall. There's a smell to it—cold and faintly death-like—all that summer beauty rotting into a crunchy path that we track into the house no matter how hard we try not to. Ten cords of firewood were delivered in a manure spreader and dumped in front of our barn. Half of it remains, waiting to be piled....more
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