Monday, January 6, 2020

Picture Book Inspiration





In the start of a new week, in the beginning of a new month, at the dawn of a new year and commencement of a new decade, where do you find your inspiration? This fun puzzle was great fuel for the creative fire for me. I believe I will shellac it and hang it on my wall for continued incentive.

How many of these classics have you read? Which are your favorite? I would be hard pressed to pick just one though would probably say THE GIVING TREE followed closely by GOODNIGHT MOON and WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. Any all time favorites you feel are missing?

Wishing you all renewed and continued inspiration and fruitful writing in the new year.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Storystorm 2020

I'm in...are you? STORYSTORM is the brain child of Tara Lazar, and it is much fun.
How does STORYSTORM work? It’s simple…
  • Register.
  • Read daily posts.
  • Write down story ideas.
  • That’s pretty much it.
At the end of January if you have at least 30 new ideas, you can sign the STORYSTORM PLEDGE and be eligible for PRIZES.
To learn more or sign up, visit Tara's blog at https://taralazar.com. 
Registration will remain open through JANUARY 7TH.


Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a healthy, happy and prosperous new year! As this new year and new decade dawn, may you find all the success and happiness you deserve. Write, revise, submit and repeat, my writer friends!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Happy Holidays

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and wonderful time spent with friends and family! May all the joys of the holidays be yours. For those of you missing special loved ones who've passed, my thoughts and prayers are with you.


Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

                                   
Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving, time spent with family and friends and safety in travel should you be on the move this holiday.

I am thankful for many things, but the love and presence of family is, by far, the most important. I hope you all have the opportunity to share time with those most important to you. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Leftovers





Do you like leftovers? I am not so much a fan typically. Lately, however, my life seems to involve a lot of leftovers; at least, my writing life seems to be getting a lot of the leftovers--of time, energy, etc.

I've often spoken previously of my need for an organized life and work zone in order to be functional and productive.  I do frequently feel the need to complete all I want/need to accomplish in a day before moving on to fit writing into the leftover time--and energy which is often nil.  So, how does one cultivate the mindset to do the opposite, especially as the chaos of the holidays is quickly approaching?

Good question, you might say! For me, I am going to:

1) Prioritize what MUST get completed during a given day and tackle that quickly.
2) Keep my to-do list reasonable and move things that are not essential to a later time or get rid of them altogether.
3) Make time to write and to hell with the clutter, laundry and dirty dishes during that time.
4) Enjoy my reading time and don't feel guilty about it. After all, it is important for writers to read.
5) Try to get enough sleep and eat well.
6) Make time to exercise and say my daily prayers as both keep my mind sane.
7) Spend quality time with my family as this is, ultimately, the most important part of life.

And, finally...

8) Save some time and eat the dang leftovers rather than cooking a new meal on occasion!

How about you? Care to share some of your best time management strategies in the face of a crazy holiday season?

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

St. Thérèse said...

"May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us."

I love this! It hangs on my living room wall and speaks to me on so many levels, both personal and professional. However, I've not really before thought of it in terms of my writing life and don't know why. Every sentence and thought applies extremely well. Struggles and rejection require peace within. Every now and again, one needs affirmation that he/she is where he/she is meant to be. We, as writers, definitely must believe in the possibilities and gifts we have and certainly should celebrate those gifts afforded us. I just realized how very applicable it is to all walks of my life as I was reading my sign. If you haven't read this before, I hope you love it as well.

Are there specific quotes that speak to you and help govern your life, writing or otherwise? I'd love to read them!