Redefining Failure

By Shelli Johnson | Oct 22, 2011

Thomas Edison: “I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” I once spent 14 months writing over 600 pages. I thought I was done. I thought I had a novel, thought I could turn it in, thought I could work on the next thing. Then I sat down & read it. …

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How Do You Define Success?

By Shelli Johnson | Oct 15, 2011

For some people, success equals money. For others, it’s fame. Maybe scoring an agent. Or a book contract. Good reviews. A New York Times bestseller. Your book optioned for a film. But what if you don’t have those things? What if your attempts at finding an agent fell flat? Or you got reviews that cut …

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Utterly Delicious Apple Cobbler

By Shelli Johnson | Oct 8, 2011

Okay, so this one is a little more involved. Takes about 30 minutes prep. time (most of that is peeling & cutting up apples), but it’s so worth it. And as an added bonus, it will make your home smell yummy. Serves 8 – 10. Costs less than $10. You’ll need: 6 cups thinly-sliced apples 1/4 …

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A View Of My Writing Space

By Shelli Johnson | Oct 1, 2011

My writing space is my favorite room in the house. I made sure I decorated it so I loved it because I spend 8+ hours a day in it. Some of the time is writing fiction, the rest is doing my day job. If this room were a person, it’d be my best friend. Really, …

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Why Persistence Matters

By Shelli Johnson | Sep 17, 2011

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never ~ in nothing great or small, large or petty ~ never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”~ Winston Churchill One of the main reasons that people fail to achieve …

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Passion ~ Nicety Or Necessity?

By Shelli Johnson | Sep 10, 2011

In his stunning book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell states researchers have come to the conclusion that in order to truly have expertise in a certain area, you need to spend 10,000 hours at it.  I’d argue that passion is a necessity to succeed at your dream. If you’re going to spend 10,000 hours (roughly 10 years, …

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Need Permission To Follow Your Dream?

By Shelli Johnson | Sep 3, 2011

  “You wanna fly, you got to give up the sh*t that weighs you down.” ~ Toni Morrison I kept getting told as a kid that when I grew up, I needed a good paying job with great medical benefits. That, my father said, is something to strive for. He meant well, I’m sure, but …

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Beware Of Your Own Voice In Your Head

By Shelli Johnson | Aug 27, 2011

This one goes along with a post I did a few weeks back about being careful which people you choose to listen to (find it HERE). But this one’s about possibly your worst critic: your own self. Anne Lamott, in her fabulous book Bird by Bird, calls that voice in your head the radio-station KFKD. You …

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Blueberry Breakfast Bread

By Shelli Johnson | Aug 20, 2011

Want something yummy to serve for breakfast? Got 10 minutes & a crock-pot? Here’s a recipe that, so far, has made everyone who’s tried it happy. Serves 8 – 10. Costs less than $10. You’ll need: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 3/4 cup sugar 1 …

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