Posts By: Maxie van Roye

Maxie van Roye

Running Scared

“All of us are born with a set of instinctive fears—of falling, of the dark, of lobsters, of falling on lobsters in the dark, or speaking before a Rotary Club, and of the words ‘Some Assembly Required’.” Dave Barry Tonight, to celebrate Friday the 13th, my friends will be gathering to collectively shiver, shake, sweat,… Read more »

Battling Your Muse

Writing coaches advise their students to gently and deliberately facilitate the flow of ideas. we’re encouraged to maintain a level of openness to inspiration, to cultivate our surroundings so that they’ll bear rich fruit. To handle inspiration with care. To ?fondle our muse,? so to speak. Apparently, they haven’t met my writing Muse. She needs… Read more »

Study Space – A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

This article originally appeared September 17, 2010, in issue 1837. Browse the web, and you’ll find a plethora of study advice. Make a schedule. Set goals?but reasonable ones. Study for short periods. Schedule in break time. But most of all, create a study space. Most ?experts? describe the ideal study space as having certain characteristics…. Read more »