Literary Gem: Mud & Poetry

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014 by Ashley Brooks 2 Comments

Here in blogland, we trade book recommendations like a bad cold. (Well, not really like a bad cold since book recommendations are good. But I couldn’t think of a better analogy. Sleep deprivation and all that. Ahem. Moving on.) The problem is, I see a lot of bloggers always talking about the SAME books. Not […]

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Be a Finisher

Posted on: October 15th, 2014 by Ashley Brooks 4 Comments

I’m an idea person. I’m good at dreaming up plans and getting excited about new things. I’m not so great at taking action to make those ideas a reality. I lack follow-through. It’s just more fun to brainstorm new projects and give them their start than to work out all the icky details . . […]

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I Dare You to Write Slowly

Posted on: October 9th, 2014 by Ashley Brooks 2 Comments

via Books are written one word at a time. If you just keep going, you’ll get there someday. I promise.  

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Coffee Talk: Why Low Expectations Are Good for You

Posted on: October 3rd, 2014 by Ashley Brooks 10 Comments

This isn’t the post I’d originally planned to write. You should be reading something encouraging about writing. It probably would’ve ended with some sort of altar call where I get you all fired up about committing your life to finishing that book. This is not that post. That post died after I failed to find […]

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What I’m Learning: September 2014

Posted on: September 26th, 2014 by Ashley Brooks 6 Comments

September is one of my favorite months. Even when the summer heat drags on (which it didn’t this year—hello, frost advisories!), September feels fresh to me. The crisp air, the bright colors, and of course, kids heading back to school. I was one of those kids who loved school from kindergarten all the way through […]

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