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How to adult

Our son turned 20. Our daughter will be turning 25. Our kids are no longer kids.

They are in one of the most challenging phases of their lives, or as they would describe it, adulting. It’s a time when we ask the most important questions, “Who am I, and what do I want to do with my life?” What makes those questions hard is that the only people who can answer them is ourselves. Parents can only offer advice and support.

What advice can I give? There are several things I’ve learned from my own experience. I’ll talk about one that may sound cold, but it’s actually liberating.

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Watch your language

Cursing - Image from PixabayPresidents use profanity. What is different about what President Trump said is that he brought profanity into the public forum. The news media struggled to figure out how to handle it. Some spelled it out, others hyphenated it, others worked around it, while others ignored or excused it.

Does this mean that the rules for us as speakers and writers have changed? If it’s OK for the President of the United States, is it OK for the rest of us? (In order for us to discuss the subject, profanity will be used.)

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Can anyone be president?

US Presidential Seal (from Wikimedia Commons)In the United States, we tell our children that they can be anything they want, including president. But this past year has shown us that just because almost anyone can be president, it doesn’t mean they should. Now, Oprah Winfrey’s name is being floated as a possible presidential candidate in 2020. Before we can decide whether or not she’d make a good president, we have to figure out what qualities a good president should have.

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A writer’s perspective on Fire and Fury

Fire and Fury on AmazonI’m going to look at Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff from a different perspective. (If you want my opinion about the subject of the book, click here.) It has been a long time since a book received such a reaction and widespread discussion. What does this mean for us as writers, and what can we learn that can help us?

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Basing the villain on yourself

Caricature of a villain (image from Wikipedia)What makes for a good villain? Their motivations? Their reactions to their misdeeds? The possibility for redemption? And where can you find inspiration to create such a good villain in your stories?

There is one place we overlook because we don’t feel comfortable looking there. But suppose you base the villain on yourself?

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