Just a Quick Update

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Hello, Dedicated Readers of Stories are the Wildest Things.

I’m back. I’ve missed you. I’m here and working hard to bring you the content you expect from this blog.

I’ve been busy putting together two children’s books, getting the five-year-old off to kindergarten, putting on plays, working on films and pounding away at the MG and YA novels I’ve been trying to finish. I’ve also started a Paper.li web paper called Children’s Book News Daily. (<== Check it out by clicking the link.)

Please drop a line to say hello or leave a comment and let me know what you’ve been up to.

You’ll be hearing from me more often from now on.

I appreciate all of the emails, Periscopes, Twitter responses and Facebook posts.

Here’s a quick quote for the day:

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Stories are truly the wildest things and sometimes we must retreat in order to tell them. Look for more content soon!

Yours in story-telling,

Paul

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The Battle Within – Which Wolf Will You Feed?

On this Sunday after that irrational holiday, Pi Day, here’s a short film to think about as you begin the new week.

As we ate pie yesterday and today I thought about that old proverb that states there are two wolves we can feed in our lives; one wolf is good, one wolf is evil. The story ends with the question, “Which wolf will you feed?”

I know I struggle with this everyday. In the spirit of transparency, this film stars the five-year-old I talk so much about here and on my Twitter feed. The film was shot in New York City’s Bryant Park. Meir Kalmanson of AMK Productions (aka The High Five New York Guy) shot the film.

Let me know what you do to keep the wolves fed in the comments below.

Have a great writing week!

The Healthy Writer – Do Nothing for Two Minutes

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Photo by Paul Jenny

You’re BUSY.

I know. I mean, I’m surprised you’re even reading this 200 word post.

Your day is filled with things to do: work, chores, kids, after-school activities, finding writing time, editing, reading, taking care of those who are ill, surfing the web, responding to email, returning phone calls, checking and re-checking devices.

When does it all STOP?

If you’re like most people, it doesn’t really.

There are small breaks in the chaos that allow us to breathe, to think, to become more fully who we are as people. Sometimes it helps to have support for breaks.

I stumbled on this website the other day and wanted to share it with you. It’s called Do Nothing for 2 Minutes.

I like to use it when I’m stuck in what I call a “click-trance.” It’s that trance you fall into when you are surfing from page to page and click on link after link and when you look back at the clock, a few hours have passed. I used it just now. It helped me to focus and get back on task.

I challenge you to use Do Nothing for 2 Minutes and then post a comment about your experience.