September 23rd, 2021

I sometimes worry that I am not working hard enough. I create writing goals each year and those, in turn, put expectations (and pressure) on me to produce. In some ways this accountability is good but it can also create stress and stagnation when those expectations become too heavy.

If I have too many goals or competing projects, it just divides up the effort and makes producing something really good, hard enough in its own right, even more difficult.

Progress, not perfection on a single project, each day, can still mean you are being productive. And that more natural productivity can lead to compounding returns that you might not expect.

Here are 3 crime fiction links, 2 quotes, and 1 question for this week:



Two quotes from Elba’s Luther this week:

  • “Don’t you ever worry that you’re on the Devil’s side without even knowing it?”
  • “I’ve heard that one before. Lack of conscience dressed up as philosophy.”


  • What returning series or new book are you most looking forward to this fall?

Until next Thursday, happy reading,


Author the Max Strong thriller series

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