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  • September 17th, 2009 | 5:19 PM
I'm guest blogging

I posted it on Facebook and Twitter but forgot to mention it here. I'm guest blogging about redefining success for writers over at MAKE A SCENE with Jordan Rosenfeld today. 
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September 18th, 2009 10:14 am (UTC)
Great post, Susan! Most of the time, success for me is the ability to stop comparing myself to others. A big challenge, and probably the source of most of my misery.
September 19th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jama. That comparison thing is hard for a lot of us. I sure wish I could stop doing it.
September 20th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
Wonderful post, Susan. Comparisons are odious, but it's so hard for me not to make them! Will try and remember:


September 20th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about what you've said and renewed the struggle with my book, with the idea of not pulling punches and "deepening" it. Thank you. Above and beyond that, I took out Hugging a Rock yesterday and look forward to reading it! One last thing, I've been working on a similar themed piece for the SCBWI on slogging through in the face of "no-success". When I'm done, if you're interested, I'll share. Thanks again!
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

Susan Taylor Brown

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