Repetition and Excellence

Repetition and Excellence | Lexie WinslowI’m not one for inspirational quotations, but from time to time I do hold on to a turn of phrase that I find resonant, particularly if it relates to the craft of writing. This one is particularly special to me:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy

Durant’s quotation eloquently summarizes a section of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, and the sentiment has gone on to be paraphrased (and/or misattributed) dozens of other times. The same idea shows up in other famous quotations, like the proverb,“Practice makes perfect;” Woody Allen’s, “Eighty percent of success is showing up;” Gretchen Rubin’s, “What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while;” Ira Glass’s, “The most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work;” even in a sense Benjamin Franklin’s, “I am a strong believer in luck and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”
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Quirky Rom Com: My Personality Type, According to Netflix

Quirky Rom Com, My Netflix Personality Type | Lexie WinslowAmong the classic differentiators that we use as cultural shorthand to define personality types (morning person versus night owl; optimist, realist, pessimist; , Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin; etc), I have a suggestion for a new classic differentiator: recommended Netflix genres. According to the media streaming service’s insightful assessment, I prefer Quirky Romantic Comedies with a Strong Female Lead. Yes, Netflix, I’ve never put so fine a point on it, but I do, to watch and to live. And while every movie or television series that fits those parameters may not be perfect, some of them are wonderful. Read on for my list of the most enjoyable Quirky Romantic Comedies with a Strong Female Lead that Netflix has thrown my way.
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Top 5 Ways to Get Free Books

Top 5 Ways to Get Free Books | Lexie WinslowReader confession: most of the books I currently own, I’ve received for free. In fact, I’ve won them in publisher giveaways. And now I’m sharing the secrets to my success.

The thing is, way back when I used to work in publishing, running these sweepstakes fell under my job description. And it always boggled my mind that no matter how cool the book or how widely we spread the word, at the end of the day we’d only receive a few dozen entries. The odds of winning were so high that I had to keep track of the winners to avoid duplicates too often. To be completely honest, sometimes there were fewer entries than total books we were giving away! [Read more…]