I’m back at it. 
Going to try to finish these revisions.  I told her I’d have them by the end of August and here it is.  The end of August.  Focus and attention. A light touch.  Toning down the perfectionistic tendencies.  Being gentle on myself and the chapter.  Plugging along, singing my song.  That’s what I’m about today. 
Update.  8 hours later. I’ve finished the revisions of the chapter.  Now I’m going to proofread the whole thing.  This feels scary, but here I go.
Update again:  I’ve sent off the chapter.  Tomorrow I have to revise the intro.  I feel like the muse was helping out today.  Time for some wine.
Leave behind the passive dreaming of a rose-tinted future. The energy of happiness exists in living today with roots sunk firmly in reality’s soil. Daisaku Ikeda (via feellng)

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Creative people are confident in only one thing: their own doubt. I think there’s a huge lack of self-confidence in a creative person because, by nature, the definition of a creative person is someone who is trying to make something new. They know, if they are professional creatives, that the likelihood of doing that—making something new and significant—is hugely unlikely, so they build within that city of doubt. From doubt, they get to iterate and work extremely hard, hoping to find something new; it’s all about hope. I’ve never met anyone who is good at what they do creatively and is super-confident. Maybe they pretend to be confident in front of their agent or the media, but I’ve never been confident in that way. A conversation with the inimitable John Maeda. Complement with Seth Godin on dancing with self-doubt and Anna Deavere Smith’s advice to artists on what self-esteem really means.  (via explore-blog)

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Keep it moving along today.  
Work for an hour or so and then get a latte.  
Keep the pencil in hand.
You must write. 
Geez Louise.  I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  It’s a ways off, but there’s a teeny little glimmer.  
Moving slowly down the track.
You have to surrender to your mediocrity, and just write. Because it’s hard, really hard, to write even a crappy book. But it’s better to write a book that kind of sucks rather than no book at all, as you wait around to magically become Faulkner. No one is going to write your book for you and you can’t write anybody’s book but your own.

Cheryl Strayed (via maxkirin)

Just bought Wild today! Been meaning to read it forever! (Even before I ran into Reese Witherspoon on the street in Portland when she’d just gotten there to film the movie haha.)

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The Critic

 Creativity over critique.  Trying to push through today.

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15 minutes.  Let’s see what happens.
Back in the chair. Got some writing to do.  Had the most wonderful interaction with a former student at Starby’s.  He hugged me and said, “I love you.  You were my favorite.”  
I was so touched.  I remember always hassling this kid about his missing homework.  I guess I did some other things too.  
Now some writing.  I have 24 hours to finish this chapter in order to meet my deadline.  I’ve decided not to worry.
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Do your soul a favor and read this, the definitive manifesto for handling haters: Anne Lamott on perfectionism, priorities, and how we keep ourselves small with people-pleasing