Friday’s Itty Bitties — #10

Have you figured out yet that I’m a Yogi Berra fan? Here’s another statement some have attributed to him: “In theory, theory and practice are the same thing. In practice, they’re not.” In theory, a person ought to be able to take a few...

Friday’s Itty Bitties — #9

It’s Friday and the end of a snowy, cold week. It’s nippy out there. So my itty bitty is ittier and bittier than usual. Nipped in the bud. Frost-nipped. Wishing it had a nip… Stop me! Is this a symptom of brain freeze? To the business at hand: Yogi...

Friday’s Itty Bitties — #8

Here’s something to help you keep plugging, revising, submitting: Even James Lee Burke, best-selling author of more than 20 novels, has hit rough patches.┬áHis novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years. Then, when it was...

Friday’s Itty Bitties — #7

I stumbled across this Chinese proverb:  “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” In a world where we rush to succeed, hurry to accomplish, push to achieve, we often equate slow improvement with failure. I like this...

Friday’s Itty Bitties — #6

It’s Friday and two days before Christmas. I was thinking about appropriate gifts for writers. In Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson, a classic is said to be a book which people praise and don’t read. If that’s so, then here’s my...

Friday’s Itty Bitties — #5

It’s Friday. You’ve been working diligently all week. In yesterday’s post about the La Jolla seals, I mentioned what they taught me. After a week’s worth of writing, one of the lessons bears repeating: Haul yourself out of the surf, and just...