Problems and desires are catalysts for everything great that is ever created. They set our normal life off balance and send us tumbling toward the next big thing. The first guy to light a fire had them. They were hidden in the sparks. If you are far from home, chances are it’s because of a…Read more Problem and Desire: The First Spark
Should You Get an MFA in Creative Writing? Consider this Alternative.
Don’t get me wrong, spending two or three years with nothing to do but write sounds like heaven, but there’s another question that comes first. The real question is: Will I become a writer if I don’t get an MFA? That’s what I was asking myself 7 years ago when it was time to decide…Read more Should You Get an MFA in Creative Writing? Consider this Alternative.
One Thing More Valuable than Time and Money
People (especially Americans) say time is money. But the fact is both of these commodities are wasted without ATTENTION. Let there be no mistake, attention is power. When we apply attention to time it's magnified and when we apply attention to money it’s multiplied. I’ve got all kinds of quotes for you: In business: "Attention…Read more One Thing More Valuable than Time and Money
Why Bad Luck is Better than Good Luck
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about leverage. People talk in terms of leveraging time and money, but people don’t talk about leveraging luck. In finance leverage is basically anything you can do to multiply your gains. Just like a lever, you invest a little force on one side, and the other side rises exponentially.…Read more Why Bad Luck is Better than Good Luck
Cynic / Idealist / Realist: A Game that Helps you go for What you Want
This is a game for that little voice inside. The quiet one that nags you about something you desperately want but get conflicted about because of a bunch of other little voices that make you think it’s not possible. Perhaps you talk to a more rational friend or relative about it and they pat you softly…Read more Cynic / Idealist / Realist: A Game that Helps you go for What you Want
Inspirational Tools for Writers, Wherever, Whenever…
The Wherever Café is created especially for: Fiction writers who want to travel. Travelers who want to write fiction. This site isn’t just about travel writing. It’s about using your own experience to create something meaningful. Toward those ends we are developing lessons, worksheets, blogs and field notes that help you put your life on…Read more Inspirational Tools for Writers, Wherever, Whenever…
Brain Training for Expatriate Writers
You've taken a risk. You're brave enough to get out into the world and away from your family and friends. You're going to live and work abroad as an expatriate writer. I know it and you know it. The fact is that you are embarking on an extremely meaningful life. Except that when you finally get a chance…Read more Brain Training for Expatriate Writers
Humility: The Best Kept Secret for Universal Communication
One thing that blocks people from using their second language is fear of making mistakes. Here's the big secret, making mistakes is a HUGE advantage in connecting with other people. In fact, if you're single and want to get out more, just throw in a few extra grammatical errors for good measure, and I bet you…Read more Humility: The Best Kept Secret for Universal Communication
Journaling: Make Life Braver.
You HAVE to journal. Yes you. It engages you in your life, making everything more exciting. And if life starts to get too exciting, you already have this calm and faithful habit to help you work things out. Journaling is a natural metabolizing process for our thoughts, and therefore your wildest dreams. In fact it´s kind of weird…Read more Journaling: Make Life Braver.
Oh, the Places You´ll Go…
I teach at a bilingual private school in Bogotá, Colombia, and a short while ago I was opening up new preschool material with another American expat, who was living abroad for the first time. Among the books was Dr. Seuss's classic: Oh The Places You´ll Go. Somehow my young friend had made it all the way to 24 without…Read more Oh, the Places You´ll Go…