Paper or plastic?

I’m paying for a handful of groceries when the cashier asks, “Paper or plastic?” I open my mouth to answer when it occurs to me that the answer isn’t “paper” or “plastic,” it’s “neither.” I can carry what I have in my hands. This gets me to thinking about how often we set up our…

Choosing the path

When I began training in martial arts, it meant a whole new life for me. It meant I gave up smoking and cut back on drinking and watched what I ate and worked out every night. All of these were good things and I felt positive about them. It was just that sometimes I missed…

On choosing

The other day, I was complaining to a friend of mine that the problem with being a neurotic writer is that neurotics hate uncertainty – we’d rather hear “no” than “I don’t know yet” – and writers live in a constant state of uncertainty. You send your book or your pitch or your proposal out…

Pick Happy

This is a reprint of an essay I wrote a few years ago.  Next week I’ll be writing about the choices we make and I’d like to start by sharing this experience. We’re in a grocery store and my seven-year-old daughter Jessica wants some stickers. Since this is the reward I always give her for…

Q&A with . . .

Q&A With . . . . Linda Formichelli is a freelance writer based in New Hampshire. She’s the co-author of The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success, and co-founder of the Renegade Writer blog (http://www.therenegadewriter.com/). She also just turned 40 and adopted a baby! So I asked her to tell us…