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An Online Notebook by Tom Swift
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Eye on the Target

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 7:44am

Are you distracted in any way by what happens to you from outside? Then give yourself some free time to learn something new and worthwhile, and stop wandering about aimlessly. But after that, you must also guard against going astray in a second way; for equally foolish are those who have become weary of life […]

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October 2020

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 4:24am

21 Wednesday Long walks in cold weather. Broccoli pizza. Great conversation. Feeling stimulated and grounded at the same time. Squats. Squirrels on your fence. Hustle. The good that comes when you use the writing muscle. 20 Tuesday An honest mechanic. A small bill. Good news. Early walks. Early workouts. The moment you file a piece. […]

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COVID Winter

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 7:44am

Now is the time to learn anew who you are. To write and reflect. To ask yourself good questions. The sort of questions you would ask a good friend. All contentment is available when you forego externals. To grasp is a form of fighting yourself. You will, you must, admit defeat. Your happiness is up […]

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Lifebuoy

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 4:14am

Recall when you were a boy at The Lake. At various points around the shore, including at the edge of your backyard, near the wooden bridge, stood the water wheelies. Writing is your version of those white donuts roped to the red sticks that stood always for anyone who may need to be saved. You […]

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Leaves — So Many Leaves

Mon, 10/19/2020 - 4:11pm

You are subpar at tending to the yard-work. Yet it feels good to do it anyway.

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First Steps

Mon, 10/19/2020 - 3:55am

The first thing you do when you wake is important. The instinct is to move slowly into (or back to) the day. Instead, write right off. Go directly to the gym first thing. Walk. Prepare. Do not be anxious yet do act with purpose. What you do first sets a tone for all that follows.

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To Start Again

Sun, 10/18/2020 - 8:18pm

Remember how long you have been deferring these things, and how many times you have been granted further grace by the gods, and yet you have failed to make use of it. But it is now high time that you realized what kind of universe this is of which you form a part, and from […]

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Acceptance

Sun, 10/18/2020 - 1:51pm

There are times during the day, such as when the sun is high in the sky, when you are liable to slip into sloth. There is little means to avoid this. Do not despair. Yet there is strength in playing the hand you’re dealt rather than folding your cards. Choose wisely. If you do not […]

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Purpose

Sun, 10/18/2020 - 7:37am

It is pretty simple: if you do not pursue your purpose you will get sick and you will be tired and you will feel uninspired. You will covet externals. You will become easily irked. You will look to others for answers. For escape. You will be passive. Purpose = oxygen.

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Action is Character

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 10:46pm

You feel like a writer when you do writerly things. It doesn’t take long to forget who you are.

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Riddle Wrapped in a Paradox

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 6:36pm

What do you do if your mode is to write but there is no part of you that wishes to write?

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Ease

Sat, 10/10/2020 - 1:25pm

See that black bird on high. There, above the tallest tree, against the blue forever, well beyond the orange brown leaves that fall at your feet. His wings outstretched, he glides this way. Then that way. And back again. He works not at all. He has no place he needs to be. He has nothing […]

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September 2020

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 4:04am

28 Monday New neighbors. Gene Hackman. Pretty hockey plays. Small stretching sessions. The opportunity to get better. 27 Sunday Powderhorn Park. People who walk their dogs. People who sell self-published books in public places. Tristan Harris. The New York Times. Intellectual stimulation. Sunday mornings at the gym. Salmon supper. 26 Saturday A clean car. The […]

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