Unfinished projects

Every now and then, life hands you an opportunity to reevaluate your views and habits. Of course, at the time, these events usually look more like a crisis than an opportunity, A few years back, I went to a new optometrist for a routine checkup. He handed me a disturbing diagnosis: I had macular degeneration,

Time, optimized

We often talk about making time, saving time, managing time, or finding time.  In reality, none of these things are possible. Time is what it is. You can’t create more of if. You can’t snip off a hour here and there and stockpile it for future use.  You can’t manage it;  it won’t be sped up, slowed down,


One of the most insidious habits, and one of the hardest to shed, is the tendency to keep adding more. It’s hard to resist adding that extra work project, one more class, another PTA committee, more after-school activities, two new social media sites. More is better. Except that it really isn’t. Over-committing can be just

Pruning a shrubby life

A few years ago, while I was working through the middle novel of a trilogy, my editor observed that I tend to write “shrubby plots.” Though I hate to admit it, this was a fair critique. There are so many potential plot complications, so many possible subplots, so many fascinating secondary and minor characters with