- You only have one life.
- Work hard but play harder.
- You can’t do everything.
- It’s okay to say no.
- Better to fail than never try.
- Less is more.
- There’s always room for improvement.
- Write for yourself, not someone else.
- Find your voice.
- Read what you want.
- Hone your art, your craft.
- Your health matters.
- Finish the projects you start.
- Your body and mind need exercise.
- You learn more from failure than from success.
- Research before you jump to conclusions.
- You’re allowed to have fun.
- Never feel guilty for pursuing your passions.
- You don’t need permission.
- Everyone has 24 hours in a day.
- You’re closer to the end than you realize.
- You are worth it.
I read every day, just not as much as I would like to.
Black Heart by Holly Black
Getting through it once makes it easier to believe that it can be gotten through again.
My general thoughts: I read the other two books in the series forever ago, but that being said, I think I liked White Cat and Red Glove a little more. My old age is getting to me. Thanks Goodreads for the beautiful picture. Bite me. I borrowed the book from the library, so it wasn’t camera worthy.
White Noise by Don DeLillo
Every disaster made us wish for more, for something bigger, grander, more sweeping.
My general thoughts: Not my kind of book. I probably wouldn’t have finished it if I didn’t have to.
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
It’s the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong.
My general thoughts: A challenging read, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I recommend watching the play being performed or listening to the audio version of it as well.
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
Your demons are always with you.
My general thoughts: Since “everything is relative”, the Maze Runner books were more well-written than this one. At least, I didn’t see the plot twist coming.
I’m currently reading…
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Why: University and because I’ve always wanted to.
Until next month…November. You know what that means.
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My observation from past years: I work much harder in the summer than I do from September to June.
- I have more time. Hence more writing magic happens.
- I have no intention to burn in the sun. So I trap myself inside approximately 166 hours every week.
- I balance work with play. Therefore motivating me to work hard in order to play just as hard.
- I balance my priorities more efficiently. Thus I feel happier.
- I’m well-rested. Which means I don’t look like a zombie every day.
- I’m not annoyed as easily. Since I do not have to see anybody I want to murder…in my next book.
I hope to continue this tradition. You should too.
Have a great summer, no matter what you’re doing, where you are, or who you’re with.