Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Use Your Mind

"It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well."

Wise words by Rene Descartes. I found this so inspiring this morning when I read it. Very often, a good mind is wasted for one reason or another. Other times, one cultivates his/her mind to the fullest potential. This morning, reading the above noted words, I re-affirmed my commitment (despite the summer mush brain I seem to currently have going on!) to use my mind and use it well. Can you commit to the same?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


I was sitting in the orthodontist's office this morning waiting for my kids to finish their appointments. I started reading a great book called SECRETS OF SERENITY: TIMELESS WISDOM TO SOOTHE THE SOUL. There were many wonderful snippets of inspiration, but here are a couple I found especially notable.

"Life is not always what one wants it to be, but to make the best of it as it is, is the only way of being happpy." Jennie Churchill (English Editor & Playwright)

"Life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced." Soren Kierkegaard (Danish Philosopher)

The second struck me particularly because, as writers, it is that reality we experience which gives us a solid foundation on which to create stories, characters and plot lines. It is often too easy to look at the path of life as problematic, especially in difficult times, but thinking of it as a reality to be experienced on the path to happiness seems very serene and inspiring to me.

Experience your life's reality and use it to create a masterpiece. Happy writing!

Monday, June 13, 2011


While reading the May/June 2011 issue of Writer's Digest recently, I came across a list of best websites for writers. For those of you who do not subscribe (though I strongly suggest you do) to Writer's Digest, I wanted to pass along a few of the most noteworthy in my opinion in case you haven't stumbled across them yet.

agentquery.com is reportedly a great place to find an agent.
allfreelancewriting.com/writers-markets is a directory of paying freelance markets.
fundsforwriters.com has tons of great information.
marketlist.com has hundreds of market listings.
editorialanonymous.blogspot.com gives great advice on real submissions.
scbwi.org is a must for writers which even has great info for nonmembers.

Go to WritersDigest.com for subscription (and a bunch of other valuable) information.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Editorial Staff Changes

Here is a great site full of information regarding editorial staff changes that Harold Underdown compiles from various sources. If you have not seen this before or recently, you may want to check it out. I found some very helpful information.