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Freedom and Urgency

Posted 09/07/2016 by Stacey Cornelius

As many of us shift gears post-Labour Day (and some of us scrape the dust off our writing practice), I’m reminded of something that happened at the start of a summer, which also meant the start of a busy tourist season.

It was a dirty rotten marketing trick, I suppose, and one of the oldest in the book: say something extreme to get the attention of your audience. It was a workshop for a small group of makers, most of them just starting out. It was a piece of advice that came from experience.

Run your business like your life depends on it.
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Duplicating Success

Posted 03/17/2015 by Stacey Cornelius

There’s that guy. You know the one. His work is okay. Well, better than okay, if we’re being completely honest and don’t have to say it out loud. A little commercial, maybe, but (sigh) that’s what seems to sell.

The thing about That Guy is he’s so damn successful. And not just that, he brags about it. It’s galling. You grit your teeth and wonder what he has that you don’t. How do you copy that success?

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Resolutions, with Benefits

Posted 01/08/2015 by Stacey Cornelius

I am, at this very moment, anticipating toast. This is a very bad thing, because gluten breaks my brain. I’m also about to break a resolution, even though I never make resolutions in early January, or late December, because I’m not at my best during the bleakest time of the year, when the days are short and cold, and often grey, and I find myself wanting to spend months at a time in a warm bath and my insides crave nothing but comfort food.

But I’m hungry, there’s heroin—I mean, bread—in the house, and everything I can safely consume requires far too much cooking.

Currently my insides are not interested in cooking, just toast. So my unwritten, slightly vague pledge of Healthy and Unapologetic is in serious jeopardy.
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