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Friday, May 12, 2006


Getting over the Hump

I've got a serious case of the afternoon blahs, when my body yells at me that it's time to take a nap RIGHT NOW. This is a very bad time to have a telephone conversation, as the person you are talking to will think that you are totally disinterested in them. Or so I just discovered.

Anyway back to the point. I've just had a very busy week and managed to meet a challenge of 10,000 words on the book I'm writing. After celebrating this landmark last night (which may have something to do with the blahs) I started looking around on the internet to find out how many words there are in a regular-type non-fiction book. Imagine my devastation on discovering that the goal is 75,000! That's feeling like a LOT of words at the moment.

It's not that I don't have that many words to say on this topic. I'm enjoying the writing very much as it is a chance to witter on endlessly about something I'm very passionate about. But I wonder if I can pare down that wittering into something tight and readable. Then I start second-guessing myself and thinking that I need to do more research and start citing famous people in the field. Then I stop writing and start worrying about getting it right.

This is such a great time to do an improv show! I can't possibly get improv right, no matter what I do, and I need to bring that same experimental attitude back to my writing. So hopefully participating in the Micetro show at Loose Moose theatre tonight will be just what I need to get back in the zone. Yeah.

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Monday, May 08, 2006


Another Conference!

I'm thrilled to announce that I was selected from over 900 proposals (that's right, ***900***) to present at the National Association for Gifted Children's 2006 Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. It's wonderful to receive such great support from the big cheeses in the gifted world for the work I'm doing.

In order to prepare for this and for the SENG conference, I'm doing a lot of writing about why improv is such a great tool to use with gifted people in particular. It's interesting to sit down and actually write all the reasons out, dividing them into comprehensible chunks. The best thing about using improv is that it's so immersive, and I quite easily get totally lost in it. I'm having to further develop my self-observation skills!

Lately I seem to be spending a huge amount of time writing. I love writing and it comes very easily, but I'm surprised that it has formed such a large part of my entrepreneurial experience to date. I guess that's one of the great joys of being in charge of my own journey - I get to do whatever comes naturally, whenever the opportunity presents itself. Dream on!

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