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Dear Ones –
It's 4am here in Mexico and I'm about to get on a flight, making my way to Seattle for Oprah's Life You Want Tour (HOORAY!!!!) and I'm handing this decision over to you.
Which dress, for Seattle?
The green silk swishy number, with gold necklace?
Or the more formal gold brocade?
I can't decide.
Both are relics of our dear departed Mr. de la Renta, may he rest in beautiful peace.
UP TO YOU!
Sleep tight, my little citruses…
DONE IS BETTER THAN GOOD.
Dear Ones –
Those of you who regularly follow this page know that I say this all the time. The best lesson my pragmatic mother ever taught me, and the opposite of perfectionism: Done is better than good.
What she meant was: Just get it done. It doesn't have to be immaculate; it just has to get done.
I like the way George Patton said it, too.
I cannot even tell you how many plans I have "violently executed" by the seat of my pants, rather than waiting for things to be perfect. In fact, I have written every single one of my books that way — in stolen moments, as efficiently as I can, and constantly letting things slide that are not ideal.
Ben Franklin said that laws and sausages are two things you never want to watch being made. I would add to that: Books.
If we wanted to have a really boring afternoon together, I could sit down with you and point out every single mistake, shortcoming, shortcut, and problem in each one of my books. I could show you underdeveloped characters, points where I skipped over 20 years in the narrative because I couldn't figure out how else to do it, areas where I didn't do the research I probably should have done, or where I rushed an emotional epiphany. I could show you characters that I killed off simply because I didn't know what else to do with them. But you know what? Those books are DONE. All six of them: Done. And they are FINE. And for that, I am proud.
Because at some point, you really have to put the kid on the schoolbus and send him out into the world, ready or not.
And I think this goes for everything.
Make a plan, dear ones. Execute it. Violently, if you must.
But get it done, ok? The thing you came here to do. Get it done.
There you go….