My name is Rene, which everyone pronounces as if it were Ruh-NAY, but it’s really REE-Knee. I’ve lived in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area for about 9 years now, and work full time. I have two wonderful teenage children and a supportive husband, and of course, Neptune the Cat, who we never actually call Neptune but rather Missy, which is short for Missy Foosa.
In addition to my day job, I coach academic writers though an online platform at The Academic Ladder. My specialty is STEM professors, most of whom are women. From time to time, I also help academic writers of all disciplines with manuscript editing to improve their chances of getting their message across and published.
In my work coaching academic writers, and my own experience as a human being, I’ve been struck at how often we create artificial barriers and obstacles to realizing our goals. We often talk to ourselves in unproductive ways, saying things like “This is no good. I’m not cut out to be a writer. I’ll never get anywhere with this, I should just give up.” Or – one of my favorites – “I’ll start tomorrow.” And whether you have a day job, as I do, or are a full-time writer, there are always other demands on our time and energy and limited time to do what we really want to do.
In my blog, I share tips on how to avoid procrastination, quell the negative voice, and get the writing (or any other major project) done. I discuss how to organize your time for maximum productivity, while also explaining how your own brain can help or hinder you along the way. Your brain isn’t being helpful when you are procrastinating or resisting the writing or just generally freaking out, and in my blog I try to show how you can avoid all of that (or at least minimize it), focus on your goals and reduce the stress that so often gets in the way.
Besides the blog, my publications include a list of academic journal articles, a Ph.D. dissertation with a lot complicated math, and a novel for NaNoWriMo, which I keep in the bottom of my sweater drawer – initially because I didn’t want anyone to find it, but now just so I can remember where it is.
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