Category Archives: success

International Toilet Paper Week

The picture of Colton lovingly caressing a roll of toilet paper made Brody stop in his tracks. “What the-” said Brody. “It’s Toilet Paper Appreciation Week. A week when we take time to celebrate the considerable improvements toilet paper makes … Continue reading

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Anonymously Successful?

I wonder which is better, to appear successful in front of an audience or be genuinely successful in anonymity?

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A Small Parable on Success

Ever since he was a small boy, Blake wanted to be an artist. He and his mom used to spend hours wandering through the Art Gallery of Ontario. He was particularly awestruck by the Group of Seven and Emily Carr. … Continue reading

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I Won!

At 11:35pm on November 29th I finished my NaNo novel. What a month it’s been. I’m exhausted and ecstatic all at the same time. It’s hard to describe. It really is a marathon. I remember hitting the wall sometime in … Continue reading

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Failure, success and things that bind them

Why is failure considered such a terrible evil? Many sports for children don’t keep score so that no one loses. I know of schools that don’t offer failing grades. Instead, failing students are sent to remedial classes and advanced with … Continue reading

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The bubble bursts

The events of this week have reinforced that writing is an individual activity. Basking in the acceptance of my first article, I was eager to share my joy with family. I was greeted by waves of apathy. My wife was … Continue reading

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After seven years of rejection and frustration, I’ve finally reached the holy grail of unpublished writers. Later this year I will finally see my name in print. I’ve crossed the enigmatic barrier from aspiring writer to legitimated contributor. The object … Continue reading

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