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Be curious

Remember that how others judge us has nothing to do with us.

David Gane
David Gane
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Be curious
After receiving our second dose, my wife and I went out and celebrated with food and beer. This is the second time I've been in a restaurant since COVID happened, with the first time being due to my travels. I'm still not used to it, but it did feel nice to go on a date.

Hello once again!

I am up early and on time. Yesterday was rough after getting my second dose on Wednesday, but now I'm back and feeling good!

I have five great things to share this week, so let's get to it:

  1. Comments have been enabled—even for this newsletter! To keep the spam out, you must be a free or paying member to participate. And starting next Monday, I'll be testing something new: I'll post a question and open it up for discussion to hear from all of you throughout the day.
  2. A big inspiration for this Q&A is Yanyi, a writer and teacher. His approach to feedback in the classroom and the wonderful descriptions of his photos (important for image alt text) is amazing.
  3. I revisited Ted Lasso this week, and I just want his optimism to life. A good place to start:  Be curious, not judgmental.
  4. I also want to shout-out Fear Street Part One: 1994 on Netflix. This is a horror film series based on the R.L. Stine books, but fair warning, this is a solid R rating. I had a lot of fun watching it, but I haven't seen a lot of people talking about it yet, although I'm sure it has its fans. (One weird criticism I did see was that there was "too much diversity." These people seriously need to take a lesson from Ted.)
  5. A habit I'm adding to my daily practice: Practicing Your Scales/Getting Your Hours:
It was from Hemingway and Tobias Wolff and John Fante that I learned about typing up passages, about feeling great writing go through your fingers...I’ve probably copied and typed out a couple dozen books this way. It’s a form of getting your hours, modeling greatness so that it gets seeded into your subconscious.

How do you practice whatever it is that you do? What’s your version of playing scales or running through drills?

That's it for the week. Thank you for reading.

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Co-writer of the Shepherd and Wolfe young adult mysteries, the internationally award-winning series, and teacher of storytelling and screenwriting.


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