2018: A Year in Writing

Here is my annual roundup of freelance and book writing highs, lows, and other projects in 2018. I also share a list of 12 writing-related essays by other writers that kept me inspired me each month of the year. And, of course, some writing goals for 2019. Here's wishing you all a happy and productive writing year in 2019. Stay tuned for updates and please do share your own goals and progress (here or connect with me on social media).

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Published: What Commands Your Behaviors? ‘On Rule Makers, Rule Breakers’ (PopMatters)

Gelfand's thesis is that a culture is shaped, primarily, by its perceptions of internal or external threat. The greater the sense of threat, the tighter it gets with rules and norms and vice versa. Threat-driven tight cultures seek order and unity and do not allow for the ambiguities or risk-taking that loose cultures revel in. Throughout, Rule Makers, Rule Breakers, Gelfand gives many examples — both historical and contemporary — to prove how the customs that have shaped worldviews, behaviors, identities, and personal lives in any particular culture, have originated from underlying perceptions of threat. Whether a culture embraces diversity or division, its tolerance for norms deviation or permissiveness depends largely on whether it's a rule-making tight culture or a rule-breaking loose culture. (And within any given culture type there will also always be pockets of the opposite type.)

Published: Emerging As a Writer — After 40 (Longreads)

I've written elsewhere about being a debut writer at a later age. This personal essay is more about my own journey. [. . .] It was gratifying to see that this one went viral on social media for a number of days. It resonated with women of all ages and even many men because of the later-life career transition theme.