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When I’m not working on a new book, I like to write a blog. My goal is that you will glean some ideas from these articles that you can use to improve your life, as well as be entertained for a few minutes. In this way, we are making the world a better place! If you like what you read, please comment, and make sure you subscribe so that you can get each blog in your email to read at your leisure. Thanks for your time, I appreciate it! – Justin B. Long

Setting and Achieving Goals

Setting and Achieving Goals

Setting and Achieving Goals Setting and achieving goals is one of those things that few people think about, fewer try, and even fewer actually do. It’s in the same category as dieting, exercise, and making good life decisions. But we all have intentions of doing...

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What in the world is DimWorld?

What in the world is DimWorld?

What is the DimWorld series all about? DimWorld is the series of books I’m writing, in case you’re not familiar with the title. I’ve made a few vague references to it in blogs here and there, as well as some posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (I’m easy to find:...

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Do You Have the Right Job for You?

Do You Have the Right Job for You?

The right job for me If you follow me on Facebook, you probably know that we have a bottle-baby kitten right now. This isn’t the first time one of these has shown up at our door. As a veterinarian (and crazy cat lady), my wife attracts these sorts of adventures. As a...

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What is your Dominating Emotion?

What is your Dominating Emotion?

What is your Dominating Emotion? Where do you get your inspiration? This is probably the most commonly-asked question when people are interviewing authors. It has always irritated me when someone I’m interested in is being interviewed, because I see it as a complete...

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Prepping for Nanowrimo

Prepping for Nanowrimo

Prepping for Nanowrimo In case you don’t know, November is National Novel Writing Month, or Nanowrimo for short, and Nano for even shorter. The idea is that you write a certain number of words (1,700 is a base number; I’m shooting for 2,500) every day for a month, and...

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Accountability Partners are Invaluable

Accountability Partners are Invaluable

Accountability Partners I've had an accountability partner for almost a year now, and I wonder how I lived so long without one. I also wonder how much more I would have accomplished if I had found her ten years ago. We met online during the 2016 Nanowrimo event. She...

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What Gives You Value?

What Gives You Value?

As I’m preparing the outline for the next book in the DimWorld series, I’m working out the philosophical explorations that my characters are embarking on. This is one of my favorite parts about writing this series. My characters get to work on a concept and draw their...

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Tribalism

Tribalism

  Tribalism   is an interesting part of the human psyche. It's one of those things that's so subtly ingrained that most people don't even recognize it until it's pointed out. In my ever-continuing study of people, I'm starting to realize that tribalism is...

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It’s All About Adversity

It’s All About Adversity

Facebook reminded me today that last year at this time, my wife and I went to the Grand Canyon, and then up to Zion National Park. That prompted me to pull up the pictures and videos from the trip, and we spent a half hour laughing about various memories from the...

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Hurricane Irma and the Power Outage

Hurricane Irma and the Power Outage

Oh my goodness, what a week this has been! Hurricane Irma wiped out the power grid here in Florida, and while most of the state is getting back to normal, my house is on Day 8 without electricity. Don’t feel too sorry for me; we do have a generator! It has been a very...

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Self-Doubt: The Taboo Topic

Self-Doubt: The Taboo Topic

Self-Doubt: The Taboo Topic (and how to beat it!) There is so much societal pressure on being perfect, or appearing to be perfect, that we all become alienated from the reality of being human. If you don’t have a strong figure to teach you about these things early in...

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How To Be Successful In 999 Easy Steps!

How To Be Successful In 999 Easy Steps!

So one of the many, many, many lessons that life has taught me is that everything that I want to do is going to be harder than I think it's going to be. I think I started off with the idea that people were just naturally good at different things, like sports, or...

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