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The Dark Side of Writing and a Creative Life

As a writer, you’ve felt fear, rejection, insecurity, lack of follow-through, procrastination, and resistance. Each one hits like a truck, trying to ruin your creative dreams. They’re in your way every day and are all members of a soul-crushing group that I refer to as “the dark side” of creativity. The worst aspect of the dark side is that you feel alone as you battle. You’re not alone … we all fight the fight. I was first published when I was 17, have been read by millions and been on national TV and radio. I’ve also created content strategies and built…

8 Laws Santa Shamelessly Breaks Every Year

(This piece I wrote first appeared on the Avvo Naked Law Blog.)   While Santa is universally loved, he’s gotten sloppy over the past few years. It’s time to look at the big picture and tally up the damage he does each Christmas Eve as he goes about his business, largely unchecked. Here are eight laws Mr. Kringle brazenly flaunts each year—it’s time to call him out! 1) Breaking and entering St. Nick’s going down the chimney for a reason—all the doors and windows in your house are locked. Milk and cookies could look like entrapment, but who’s to say…

The Best Bill Murray Movies Ever

“I’ve never made any horrible, horrible movies. If you don’t ruin your reputation, you can always get work.” – Bill Murray It’s Bill Murray’s world. We just live in it. There’s so much of Bill Murray’s work sprinkled throughout my everyday life that it actually scares me sometimes. He came along at a very impressionable age for me, so picking the best Bill Murray movies is like picking my favorite kid, but I’ve spent way too much time thinking about this. I was lucky enough to be a teen in the 80’s when movie comedies hit their peak. I consumed…