write drunk with ideas, with dreams, with the possibilities; write with uninhibited abandon, your thoughts not tethered to the realities of the ground. Then edit; and edit; and re-edit for good measure.
A well read woman is a dangerous creature. I think I would say a well read person is a dangerous creature, for they have been taught to have an open and questioning mind that thinks beyond the small box societies at large wish to place one in.
NO GRIT, NO PEARL. I can think of nothing, but lack of health, that should interfere with one becoming successful. There is no other handicap that you should not be able to overcome. To overcome a handicap, all that it is necessary to do is to use more de