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Town Hall #17: Scrimmage

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In American football, the line of scrimmage is an imaginary border at which the next round of play begins.

To "move the ball forward" is to push that imaginary border into favorable territory.

We fantasize about heroic Hail Mary passes, but often fumble when it counts.

Creation is a toilsome, boring, everyday thing. Historic plays can't be planned in advance.

Keep moving that line of scrimmage forward. Use your lunchbreak to add a paragraph to your magnum opus. Scrounge for between time. Clearly structure large projects with lots of alcoves that can be decorated independently. Build Hemingway Bridges that beg to be completed. Do something. Anything.

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