• Crow Photo, Raven, Might and Main Monday: Peering into Darkness, Karen Hugg, Photo by Tyler Quiring, https://karenhugg.com/2018/11/19/edgar-allan-poe/ #books #edgarallanpoe #poetry #crow #raven #creepyquotes
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    Might and Main Monday: Peering into Darkness

    Hey everyone, today’s inspirational quote comes from Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven.” If you don’t know it, you may want to check it out. It’s creepy and musical and lovely, about how a young man, who, one night while sitting by the fire, hears a raven tapping at his door. When he opens the door and the bird flies…

  • Lightbulb, Might and Main Monday: Outlook on Failure, Karen Hugg, Photo by Drew Thomas, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/17/failure/ #ThomasEdison #failure #rejection #writing #books
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    Might and Main Monday: Outlook on Failure

    The other day I was researching famous American inventors and came across this quote about failure from Thomas Edison. It struck me as perfect for a writer. We often submit our work for publication only to be rejected again and again. In other words, we fail all of the time. If we’re experienced, we get better at not taking the…

  • Calendar, Might and Main Monday: Dealing With Sunday Night Dread, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/10/sunday-night-dread #inspiration #Mondays #Sundays #work #job #schedules
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    Might and Main Monday: Dealing With Sunday Night Dread

    So many folks who work a traditional Monday through Friday schedule often feel the Sunday night dread. It’s that creeping sadness that sits in our guts as we realize the weekend is over and we have to return to a job the next day. It clouds our enjoyment of dinner, of a movie, or whatever else we’re doing that evening.…

  • Fuchsia as perfection, Might and Main Monday: Perfection Vs. Good, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/08/31/might-and-main-m…rfection-vs-good/ #perfection #Voltaire #quotes #perfectionvsgood
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    Might and Main Monday: Perfection Vs. Good

    My husband and I were eating lunch at our local brewery the other day. I explained to him how, even though I was taking on the daunting task of blogging every day for September, I was ready to lower my standards if I had to to complete the task. He, a software architect, thought it was a good idea. He…

  • Popcorn and TV, Might and Main Monday: Tackling Procrastination, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/08/12/procrastination #procrastination #writing #tasks #work
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    Might and Main Monday: Tackling Procrastination

    Procrastination is the devil. It’s insidious, it creeps up on you when you hadn’t planned on it, it tricks you into behaving as a worse version of yourself. It thrives on your weaknesses. I’ve been thinking about procrastination lately because I’ve been doing it. Putting off revising my novel for days until I panicked late in the week and hopped…

  • Gordes, France by Freddie Marriage, Provence Vacation in My Mind, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/07/30/provence-vacation #Provence #France #vacation #inspiration
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    Might and Main Monday: Provence Vacation in my Mind

    What is a vacation? By my definition, it’s a place where you go to relax and feel happy. In that case, writing is my vacation. It’s where I’m in a “flow” state, where I’m not concerned about every day tasks and feel spiritually at ease. This year I’m taking a Provence vacation as I write this novel. I imagine its countryside,…

  • Beach Water, Struggling Not to Wilt in Summer: Margaret Atwood, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/07/22/water #water #beach #inspiration #MargaretAtwood #summer #heat
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    Might and Main Monday: Struggling Not to Wilt in Summer

    The heat of summer is intensifying. The sun beams a hotter radiation on Earth and challenges all growing things. Plants wilt, dogs pant, people sweat. I sit down at dinner and drink a large glass of ice water, then return to the fridge and refill. As dusk settles, I water my plants with the hose, then go inside to fill…