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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…

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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 taking a Provence vacation as I write this novel. I imagine its countryside,…

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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…

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    Might and Main Monday: Why Read? Katherine Paterson

    Might and Main Monday. Why Read? Katherine Paterson. Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/07/09/why-read/ #inspiration #quotes #books #whyread #reading

    I’ve been thinking about why fictional books matter. Do they? Why read? What would happen if we could no longer read stories? Fiction readers would live like people who choose not to read. A world of the here and now only, a world where one doesn’t join the dreams of others. There are a lot of people in the world…

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    Might and Main Monday: Tim Gautreaux

    Louisiana by Tyler Domingue, Karen Hugg, www.karenhugg.com #louisiana #timgautreaux #writing #inspiration #books

    I’ve been thinking about this quote from Louisiana writer Tim Gautreaux. It feels appropriate as families across America will be celebrating the 4th of July. He reminds us that the place you grew up is valid material for creative expression, no matter how humble or obscure it is. People own the territory they are born into. That’s the richest ore…

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    Might and Main Monday: Ann Patchett

    Eucalyptus Tree, Might and Main Monday: Ann Patchett, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/06/22/ann-patchett #writing #inspiration #fiction #novels #books #annpatchett

    Writer Ann Patchett says it all in this quote about the creation of art and the importance of forgiveness. It’s from her article, “The Getaway Car,” reprinted in This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Forgiveness. The ability to forgive oneself. Stop here for a few breaths and think about this because it is the key to making art, and…