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Learning about websites and more

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately trying to get my website to look the way I want it to look. It’s been a time of trial and tribulation. But I am learning!

As part of the process, I decided to start a subdomain. (Which is a completely new word in my vocabulary.) I called the friendly support people at my web hosting service and they walked me through the process. I decided to set up an editing subdomain and I am now launching a side venture as a copy editor. Copy editing is something I have done for years for free, as a reviewer for scientific journals, as a university instructor commenting on student work, and as a colleague of others who write for various audiences and purposes. Now I hope to make a small business of it. There will be a large learning curve for me on the business end, but that is part of the fun!

And I love, love, love helping people improve all kinds of writing–the only types of written work I will NOT be editing are children’s picture books (There are not enough words to make it cost-effective.) or erotica (This is a genre I do not read.). But other than those, I am open to whatever comes my way.

Check out the website I created for this by clicking on Susan’s Editing Website.
Let me know what you think. I would LOVE to have your comments and suggestions!

Putting this website together gave me a chance to use a different WordPress “theme” than the one used on this site. I like the new one, so far. It is very flexible, and the more I learn about it the more powerful it seems. One day soon I hope to change this site over to the new theme–that may involve taking it down for a day or two. I am still figuring out what the best way to do that will be.

The featured photo in this blog is up for consideration as my new logo picture. What do you think? Like it? Or should I stick with the old one? If I decide to use it, I will add my name, tagline, etc.


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How to Step Past the Fear

Has there ever been a step you wanted or needed to take, but fear held you back? You’re not the only one.

One night, a few years ago now, I had the privilege of watching my adult son coax and coach my then ten-year-old grandson through a newly-developed fear of diving from a standing position.

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Five Reasons Challenge Lures Us…

What is the lure of a challenge? What is it that hooks us and reels us in?  That convinces us to step outside our comfort zone? In this post, I explore five reasons we take on a challenge.


1.  A challenge is a break from routine. Usually a challenge involves accomplishing something we have not yet achieved. So a challenge has newness. It brings novelty into our life


2.  A challenge sparks our creativity. In meeting a challenge we discover new approaches to what might be old problems. We can’t succeed at a worthy challenge by merely left-braining our way through. We have to access our creative side.


3.  A challenge gives us a chance to learn. In fact, a worthy challenge triggers an incredibly steep learning curve. It makes us feel young again. When you are a toddler, there is so much to learn—motor skills, language, how to feed ourselves—that all of life is a challenge. As we grow up, we lose the feeling of exhilaration that accompanies great strides in learning. A good challenge can bring that feeling back.


4.  A challenge brings out the best in us, because it requires us to use all our skills and abilities—to perform at 100%. Operating at 80% is enough to get most jobs done excellently once you have mastered them, but it just doesn’t feel as good as 100% performance.


5. Some of us are just adrenalin junkies. ‘Nuff said.

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If you are raising children, especially those under the age of seven, you benefit from all these aspects of challenge every day. When our children are grown, we can either settle in at 60, 70 or 80 percent, or we can seek new challenges. I vote for 100%. How about you?

What aspects of challenge appeal most to you? Are there some I have overlooked? Let’s talk about it. Leave a reply!