My friend Norma Miller posted this picture with a jokey comment her friend made: "A friend told me that if I was smiling, I wasn't trying hard enough." That kind of joke is not a joke That kind of joke causes injuries. That kind of joke makes you doubt yourself. You push yourself harder. You … [Read more...] about Enjoyment and hard work
Recognize this little fella? Research day? Is that what you call it? You're just staying home in your pyjamas taking a day off. You've got more important things to do like plan classes, and prepare for that committee meeting, meet with students ... I certainly do. In fact, back when I … [Read more...] about Why finding time for writing is hard
This is the third post in a short series about guilt. You may also be interested in Stop feeling guilty, and More about guilt. As I was writing the post on making difficult choices another important aspect of this discussion about guilt came to mind. My initial impetus for writing about guilt … [Read more...] about Take guilt off your to-do list
Did my post on planning make you think about changing how much planning you do? Did a gremlin (or six) turn up to tell you what a big risk that would be? This is not surprising. After all writing is an important part of your work. A lot is riding on it. Maybe no one will die but what if you … [Read more...] about Changing your relationship to planning
I've noticed this little fella hanging around lately. I'm not sure that ze's hanging around more. I think maybe I'm noticing hir more. I think what happens is that someone suggests a way of approaching something I'm stuck on and that makes visible a whole set of rules I thought I needed to follow … [Read more...] about Do you recognize this gremlin?