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Last week of February!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers. It’s the last full week of February. This year is slipping past us in the blink of an eye. Let’s hope we’re moving toward better things.

For those who are pursuing a life passion, we’re certainly encouraged and would do well to stay in touch with those goals. To keep moving toward them, as it were. This week’s motivational quote goes right to the heart of that. It mentions writers specifically, but I think you could substitute any creative outlet here:

“If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you.”—Natalie Goldberg

Good writing, like other skills, takes a lot of practice and time. Every month, on the last Monday, I share some pieces that made an impact on me. That means today it’s time for our regular writers’ showcase. Check out some fun pieces that run the gamut of emotions: melancholic; romantic; wistful; even creepy. Read all of them now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

Last week on Instagram I shared the book I’m going to be reviewing this week. On Wednesday I’ll let you know what I thought of The Future is Yours by Dan Frey. Find out how this #bookreviewpreview turned out on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

On Thursday, I return to the Bookshelf for the last installment of Thursday R.E.A.D.s for this quarter. All month I’ve been doing a deep dive into The Test by Sylvain Neuvel. Come back to see what I thought of this novella in the role of Dreamer.

Finally, at the end of the week, we go back to parenting adventures and Growth Chart. Find out what the kids and I have been up to in the last month. See the latest installment on Friday!

Wear a mask; stay socially distant; wash your hands; find out about the vaccine.

Encourage someone today who really needs it.

Have a wonderful day, readers!

E.R.G.

Daring to go forward…

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Hello, Write Edge readers! Before any of you think anything dramatic has happened, the title of today’s blog post is a simple reference to the fact that it’s so bone-crackingly cold here Central Illinois that I’d rather curl up under a blanket with a book than do any writing. Yet, I have to dare to go forward with my writing dreams, including revisions and brainstorming and all that entails. After all, no one else is going to accomplish my writing dreams for me, right?

To that end, here’s this week’s motivational quote. I don’t make a conscious decision to match these with how I’m feeling on a particular day or even the stories I write every Monday. Yet somehow it all comes together in a serendipitous way. This is a wonderful life lesson as well as a lesson for artistic endeavors:

“To be passive is to let others decide for you. To be aggressive is to decide for others. To be assertive is to decide for yourself. And to trust that there is enough, that you are enough.”—Edith Eva Eger

Next, this week’s short story. It’s about a girl who decides she’s enough, even if no one else sees her that way. Check out the excerpt:

She thought about hiking boots—her mother’s, specifically. When her parents moved them to the city, her mother had taken the boots she’d worn on that last hike and put them in a box for charity. The night before Mom drove all the donation items to the Salvation Army, Ruby sneaked down to the garage and rummaged through the boxes.

Read the whole story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

Next, it’s the month of love, and on Wednesday I’ll share a brand new book review with you about a book with love as its central theme. Come back in the middle of the week to find out what I thought about The Love Proof by Madeleine Henry. You’ll get that review on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

It’s the first quarter of the year, which means a new Thursday R.E.A.D.s analysis. This month I’m diving deeper into The Test by Sylvain Neuvel. Come back on Thursday to find out what I thought about this book as an Editor.

Finally, on Friday, it’s Instagram again! See what I’ll be reading for next week’s book review as well as other fun pictures from my life as a member of the publishing industry, a mom, a friend, and just a regular person. :>

Wear a mask; stay socially distant; wash your hands; get information on your vaccine.

Have a fantastic week, readers, and stay warm!

E.R.G.