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“Just writing” – How a summer of writing is teaching me to do life better

This is one of a series of posts for my writing challenge, Minutes to a Better Book. You can read more about the challenge, and see all related posts here.       I Wrote an average of 2.5-3 hours a day, for ten days... I've reached the 30-hour milestone for writing my books. I'm happy with the … Continue reading “Just writing” – How a summer of writing is teaching me to do life better

A Summer of Writing: Minutes to A Better Book

I write books as a hobby, and last month I had to push that hobby to the side. The school year was ending, and I spent the first two weeks of June wrapping up loose ends and taking trainings. I was busy, to say the least. The three days that followed were fraught with mental … Continue reading A Summer of Writing: Minutes to A Better Book

Bloggers and Noteworthy Reads (This Week’s Reads # 2)

Happy Sunday! I’d like to give a shoutout to a few bloggers and sites that may interest you. These people are worth following on WordPress if you like book reviews, writing, visually appealing blogs, and personal opinion pieces. This is the second post in this series. Read the first post here. Here are this week's reads … Continue reading Bloggers and Noteworthy Reads (This Week’s Reads # 2)

Marcus Aurelius and Quotes from His Meditations

Marcus Aurelius was once emperor of Rome, a philosopher, and a military leader. He practiced Stoicism, a branch of Hellenistic philosophy.  He is a great inspiration.   A Time to Sit and Think Years ago, I was on a trip with my fiancé that took me through London, Oxford, and Whitby (photographs available here). We made … Continue reading Marcus Aurelius and Quotes from His Meditations

Monday Recap – Last Week’s Wins

I’m smiling.  It was a productive week and a restful weekend. Here’s a recap of last week’s wins: Monday Recap - Last Week’s Wins Home & Writing BooksI spent time with my fiancé, attended a student play and worked 5 hours closer to my 300-hour goal for writing my novels. This puts me at the … Continue reading Monday Recap – Last Week’s Wins

A Poll for My Followers: How often should I post to Paper Palaces? What works for you?

Happy Sunday, everyone! I just wanted to get some feedback from you this week. I'm trying to make an effective posting schedule without bogging you down with too many posts. Let me know! -Curtis If you're new, you can start here.

How would ______ do this? Three more questions to ask yourself when experiencing a creative block. . .

I knew I had an idea . . . I knew it was great, but where did it go? The blank screen had no answer for me, and only the sound of my cat meowing filled the air. What happened to that shiny object I was chasing? Luckily, I had an answer. This is the … Continue reading How would ______ do this? Three more questions to ask yourself when experiencing a creative block. . .

Bloggers and Noteworthy Followers (This Week’s Reads # 1)

Happy Friday! I’d like to give a shoutout to a few bloggers and sites that may interest you. These people are worth following on WordPress if you like book reviews, travel blogs, challenges, and writing. Here are this week's reads . . .  Adventures of a Bibliophile WordPress:  https://adventuresofabibliophile.com/ Adventures of a Bibliophile is a solid site … Continue reading Bloggers and Noteworthy Followers (This Week’s Reads # 1)

How to manage your time when everything seems important…

We all know what it is like to be overwhelmed. Our parents, siblings, or friends may have events for us to attend. Our bosses, colleagues, customers, or clients demand a certain level of performance. At work, home, and in our relationships, we commit ourselves to activities and tasks that seem important. Sometimes, significant people in … Continue reading How to manage your time when everything seems important…

Why 300 hours of writing seems like a good idea . . .

For the last two weeks, I worked on promoting and participating in a 7-Day Reading Challenge. This summer, I plan on challenging myself with an experiment that I call Minutes to a Better Book. This long-term experiment involves dedicating 300 hours towards writing my books. Here’s why I'm doing it:   Why am I choosing … Continue reading Why 300 hours of writing seems like a good idea . . .