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@richnewman As for the discipline of remembering to track my progress — that, for me, is easy: my mother came from a long line of people who voluntarily stuck to very boring routines for the length of their very boring lives. I come by it honestly.

(My father, on the other hand, was a barely contained whirlwind, easily distracted, improvisational; so I have had to learn to balance these two forces in me. And I think I’ve done okay, mostly. For one thing, I don’t think “exciting” and “routine” are antonyms…)

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