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My simple process explained

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Things just work better when they’re simple. Don’t they?

Complicated systems and overwhelming processes are excuses waiting to happen. They’re just too danged hard to follow, and too much of a pain in the neck to keep up with. The better process is a simple one with as little friction as possible.

My process comes down to essentially three core elements: Idea generation, a loose outline, and the one-two punch of starting one new article and finishing another from a day or so before.

When I do these things, I keep a rolling collection of work. Often I have several options for what to focus on next and what needs doing. …


Poetry

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Every heavy drop of rain
is slow poison tempting the creek
to fill and fill till it's overflowing
the stagnant backwater a memory

Slow poison gaining quicker momentum
as the creek rocks grow slick with rain
the stagnant water is yesterday's problem
today's problem is floodwater growing

Every stone sings the song of the rain
falling in heavy fat plops
slapping the thirsty creek bed below
she is pregnant with the threat of rising

Heavy thunder and the sound of rain
fill the hollow banks with thirsty hope
the creek is pregnant with the possibility
every heavy drop of rain


Poetry

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She poured the moon in a Mason jar
labeled it, “Silver fire”
on starless nights, she stole little sips
tasting its ancient mysteries

Shh, just listen
can you hear the moon singing
like an owl whispering on the night
she knows your name

Every star strikes a chord
but no chord sings like the moon
she holds the leftover fire
of an already burned day

More than ashes, she is a Phoenix-promise
the day may come, but the night will follow
the day is all burned up
but she drinks the moon and rises to meet the night

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