Reflections of 2017
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Reflections of 2017

While I’m not big on New Year resolutions; it is an excellent time to reflect and think about the year that was.  When I began this blog last April, I didn’t know how it would evolve.  I have a lot of varied interests, most of which don’t overlap, so it is hard to build a blog around them.  As the CEO of a multi-million dollar company, I have an exciting work life, but it is also chaotic and stressful.  I wanted a blog separate from all that turmoil, concentrated on more positive features.  While I like to travel, outside an outstanding trip to Spain, I curtailed my normal travel schedule to deal with issues anchoring me close to home.  And hovering over all those elements of my life was a persistent and pervasive fog of depression and anxiety which dominated much of my year.

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Year End Review of Writing: Whispers in My Head
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Year End Review of Writing: Whispers in My Head

I haven’t been writing a lot the last few weeks. With my job, this time of year is tough. I have to prepare my business for end-of-year taxes, so I get to huddle with the company bean-counters a lot the past few weeks. My partners and I also review the year and decide about bonuses, distributions, and next year’s budgets. Throw in the obligatory holiday events, vendor meetings and even personal holiday duties, I’ve had little time to write.

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Write Drunk, Edit Sober
Write drunk, edit SOBER. Need to work on that.

Write Drunk, Edit Sober

When I first started this blog 7 months ago, I had a simple goal. I wanted to learn how to write again. Over the years I’d noticed my writing had turned banal and repetitive. Most of what I wrote was for work, but even then I saw no reason I shouldn’t be able to make my prose cleaner and concise.

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Writing Without Creativity
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Writing Without Creativity

I haven’t written anything in a while, the “muse” just hasn’t been there.  I recognize that is exactly the wrong way to write consistently.    Best practice is to sit down with a pen and paper every day, the muse be damned!  But for me, this endeavor is not a passion, or a livelihood, or really even a hobby right now.  It is an experiment.

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