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for September, 2017

The Grace of Fortitude

The Grace of Fortitude

September 18, 2017

For nearly eight years on this blog we’ve talked about fortitude: the ability to just keep going despite what life throws at you. Today I’d like to talk about what we’ve learned over all these years about resilience and why choosing to not give up is itself a choice worth celebrating. The Many Alternate Endings of Courage 2 Create There were many possible endings to Courage 2 Create. Something happened practically every single year that made me think of giving up, and stop writing it. At first it was my own insecurity: not thinking that this blog would be good enough. Then, when the blog succeeded, I wanted to withdraw from fear of the critics and the haters who started to come after me. After that, there was a period of time where life was going very good for me, and I very seriously considered ending it then. But I didn’t. I decided to keep writing it for my readers, […]

How To Stick The Landing

How To Stick The Landing

September 11, 2017

“Calm down Deep breaths And get yourself dressed instead Of running around And pulling on your threads And breaking yourself up If it’s a broken part, replace it If it’s a broken arm, then brace it If it’s a broken heart, then face it And hold your own Know your name And go your own way…” – Jason Mraz  What falls will eventually rise. What rises must eventually take flight. What flies must one day learn to soar… The star must turn supernova, then whittle down into a blackhole. Fall must give way to winter, winter to spring and spring to summer. Everything that begins must have an ending. New horizons, new adventures and new characters await, and one must have the courage to end, as much as one has the courage to begin. These are the last 6 months of Courage 2 Create.  There will be no leaks of spoilers because my life is unfolding at the same pace […]

How To Dream (Without Making Dreams Your Master)

How To Dream (Without Making Dreams Your Master)

September 4, 2017

This blog post originally appeared in 2012. New posts on The C2C return on September 11th, 2017. There are a lot of people who dream about manifesting their creative dreams but never actually sit down to make anything happen. In my opinion, these people aren’t lazy, irresponsible, weak, or cowardly. In my opinion, these are simply people who’ve yet to learn how to dream without making dreams their master. Why We Would Rather Dream Dream Than Actually Live The Dream In his famous poem, “If,” Rudyard Kipling shares several important lessons that he hopes will help his son become successful in life. One of the best parts of the poem is when Kipling tells his son that he should dream but “not make dreams [his] master.” Now, when I first read this line, I had no idea what Kipling meant. But, two years ago, when I finally began to write the novel I had dreamed about writing, I finally understood […]