Catching Fireflies

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Beating the Inner Perfectionist into Submission

Anne Lamott wrote in Bird by Bird, “Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft….Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist’s true …

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Eating the Elephant

I read a story once called The Man Who Ate the 747 by Ben Sherwood. It was the story of a man who was systematically eating a Boeing 747 to prove his love for a woman. For those of you who do not know, an empty 747 weighs between 358,000 and 472,900 pounds (or 162,400 …

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