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Twice If I Like It.

January 29, 2013

I have recently been challenged/encouraged to take some pressure off myself and write a short (or shorter) blog post.  The wise people behind this challenge also suggested that editing need not be an obsession that lasts for days.  Refraining from my self-inflicted rewriting marathons is an even bigger challenge for me than brevity is.

My instructor for an editing class I took recently said it best:

Perfection is the enemy of DONE.

Keeping that in mind, I shall attempt a short blog post, or at least shorter than usual.

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“I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure.”

This quote is amusing, but it’s inherently true of most people, is it not?  I’ve never heard anyone say, “Wow, I really liked that, and I’m never doing it again.”  Short of being illegal or morally wrong, most people will repeat things they enjoy when at all possible.

But if you like something, why stop at twice, or even three times? My siblings and I were trained by the example of our talented mother to live with the attitude that anything worth doing is worth OVER-doing.

Mom’s the smart one. She strives for excellence rather than the ever-elusive perfection, so she actually achieves DONE, and she achieves it beautifully.   I’ll share more about her in future posts.

I’ll try almost anything once. Many things won’t be worth a second try, I’m certain, but to know the difference requires at least one try.

Did you notice I said almost? It has to be said there are things I won’t even try once. Like snake charming.  Or snake catching, snake eating, snake skinning, or pretty much ANYTHING that has to do with snakes. The only thing I’ve ever done or intend to do concerning snakes is avoid them…or panic when that’s not possible.

And scream. There would be lots of screaming.

Now, for the sake of brevity and just plain gettin’ er done, I bid you adieu.

I promise to edit only once.

♥Twice if I like it.♥

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11 Comments
  1. Oh so very very well-ended. 🙂
    Now follow your own advice (and that of everyone else you know)! LOL.

    • Thanks, Pamela! Of course you know I had to go for the third time to make sure, as well. :))

  2. I am living proof that one should not worry too much about minor errors in righting. (Pamela, that was a joke). Rhonda keep writing.

  3. Whitney Cox permalink

    I’m thinkin I don’t find the short posts quite as interesting as the long ones! Find a middle 🙂 Love reading your stuff!

    • Best comment of the day! Woot! I really have a hard time with short posts, so I LOVE hearing the longer ones are more interesting. Whitney, my hero! 🙂

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