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what I learned this week . . .

* Prayer cannot take a back seat to writing time — it needs to be the beacon that guides me

* Embrace the snail’s pace

"Tiny segments of time = Filled books and pages." -- SARK

* Writing = Happier Me

Young Girl Writing, by Henriette Brown

* The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) reminds me that I am obligated to be a good steward of my gifts as a writer and a teacher, and that God is only concerned with my efforts

The Parable of the Talents, by Rembrandt

* Deal a death blow to the demons of doubt by staying close to writers who have gone before me

Virgil and Dante View the Minotaur, by Gustave Dore

* Reading anything, but especially reading about writing, is a very valuable use of time

* Support from a fellow writer-friend is essential to staying on track and moving forward

“Nobody can understand the special kind of suffering that writers can feel at times, except another writer.” — Ilene Cummings in Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper

Status Check: Wrote 4 out of 7 days this week

My reward: Curling up in my purple blanket to watch The French Chef DVD box set with Julia Child — one of my mentors in cooking, writing, and living. Onward!