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    Might and Main Monday: Tackling Procrastination

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

    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 on the work I’d previously given myself to do. This happened these last two weeks. I spun my wheels in…

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    Might and Main Monday: Provence Vacation in my Mind

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

    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 takingĀ a Provence vacation as I write this novel. I imagine its countryside, its delicious food, its charming villages. Yes, I want to be there in person, but I can’t, so as I’ve…

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    Might and Main Monday: Struggling Not to Wilt in Summer

    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

    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 the dog’s dish. The sun is relentless and the work, difficult. Just when I feel on top of the watering,…

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    A Tribute to Plants in Paris

    Chestnut Tree in Courtyard, Paris, France, Karen Hugg, www.karenhugg.com #plants #gardens #Paris

    This year on the 4th of July, my husband and I took our kids to see the fireworks show by our neighborhood lake. It was in a park where 5,000 people peacefully sat in the dark and watched pretty flowers explode in the sky. As sweet as it was to see kids and teenagers running around on a warm summer night, I couldn’t help but think of the people in Nice, France a few years ago. That crowd had also…