“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dali Some days writing is effortless, fun and comes like breathing, easy and without much effort. Other days writing can be really hard. It’s like climbing the tallest mountain with no sight of the top and brutal weather beating up every inch of your soul.
"I use Grammarly for proofreading because without TYPOS, I have less gray hair and then I look much, much younger*." (Read the entire blog to make sense of this opening quote.) Of all of my skills and talents, proofing text is not one of them. In fact, if there were an award for the most consistent practice of missing those grammar gaffes, those punctuation oversights, or the spelling snafus, I’m sure I’d be a finalist. I’m okay with this because I know I have many other valuable skills that these grammar gurus and spelling bee society members don’t possess. I know these shortcomings drive my journalism-minded, editing buddies nuts. I’m okay with this, too. I do respect the English language. I understand that errors and bad writing reflect poorly on one’s professional image, and that’s not good brand-building.
Condensed soup, perfume and now skimmed news, all pack an intense punch of value in a smaller space than their fuller counterparts. In a world with seemingly less time and so much more to consume I've identified three tighter, smaller and concise was of getting three important things done in my world. 1) Read theSkimm.com. This daily feed of the top 3-4 news stories keep you informed even when your day does not allow any news reading, TV watching or much dialogue with your well-informed friends.
I have read two contentious and highly critical book reviews in the Wall Street Journal from the past 30 days. The first review is about a book by an author who is a great friend of mine. Brandwashed by Martin Lindstrom. Here is the not so flattering review, in WSJ. The second review was on the book The Secret thoughts of Successful Women by Valerie Young, E.d. D. No love affair here either, WSJ.