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    Might and Main Monday: Outlook on Failure

    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

    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 sting of rejection so personally. In fact, we can use the failures to change and better our writing. We can…

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    Might and Main Monday: Dealing With Sunday Night Dread

    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

    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. We don’t want to wake up early the next day, we don’t want to deal with the massive project waiting…

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    Might and Main Monday: Perfection Vs. Good

    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

    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 said, “Like they always say in engineering: don’t let the perfect get in the way of the good.” Engineers often…

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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,…