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Numbers are my friends. They are the scaffolding to build a little structure for my monkey mind. I’m always motivated by the goal of some looming number. Twenty laps in the pool, 500 words before breakfast, $25 a week into savings. The Catholic schoolgirl within loves to check the numbers off, loves to get a gold star for extra effort. As a mind game, it works well for me. Last year my goal was to send my writing out into the world at least 100 times. I kept a spreadsheet and it felt good to record each effort and see them tally up. My goal was simply to send my work out, NOT a production or a publication, though I hoped that would be a by-product. You can’t win if you don’t play. I put my w

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