Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Gone Revising

I've been trying to avoid this post for the last few weeks, but alas, the time has come to take a sabbatical so I can focus on finishing this revision. It's not that I don't love all of you, I do, it's just that John Burroughs is right...

I have a deadline that I will meet, so I look forward to catching up with all of you for the December ISWG. Until then I'll just...

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The technique of making things worse for your character is a running theme in the writing process. It is what we need to make the reader worry and care about the character, but when we love our characters, hurting them is hard to do. Yet, when we read a true story of struggle and victory it inspires us.

As you look for more meaningful ways to Throw rocks at your character, I thought you might find inspiration in the story of Michaela DePrince, Orphan Number 27. Her saga reminds us that even in real life when rocks are thrown, victory can come and make way for one to be Mighty.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015



It's the first Wednesday of the month time for another IWSG post where we writers help each other deal with our insecurities. A warm thank you to Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and his team of Ninjas for October... 

...for providing writer's a safe and supportive format to speak openly, and without fear, about the insecurities that come with the craft of writing. Be sure to check out the IWSG Facebook page where writers can garner support more than once a month. You can learn more about IWSG, or join in the IWSG fun, here.

In months like these, when Murphy's Law seems to be in FULL effect,mI like to post quotes that inspire me to go on despite all the voices that tell me not too. If you're having a Murphy Month, too, read on to refill your motivation motor. 

I'm sure it will all blow over in a day, week, month or so, but until then, I'll have to remind to do this...

How are you doing this month? Are you wrestling with the effects of Murphy's law? What quote, person, experience, keeps you putting one foot in front of the other?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

As a writer, I am a firm believer that books have the power to change lives. Right now I'm reading one that I hope will do just that for me. It's a book I stumbled upon in the cruise ship library. After reading a few chapters I became intrigued by the idea of tidying up for once and for all. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo has a unique approach on how we view our possessions. She believes that the reason we are in a constant state of tidying and re-tidying is because we never really learned the true magic of tidying up. Check out a few of her thoughts on the process:
  • When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too.
  • Most people associate the word “rebound” with dieting, but when they hear it used in the context of tidying, it still makes sense.
  • The ultimate secret of success is this: If you tidy up in one shot, rather than little by little, you can dramatically change your mind-set.
  • When people revert to clutter no matter how much they tidy, it is not their room or their belongings but their way of thinking that is at fault.
  • If you use the right method and concentrate your efforts on eliminating clutter thoroughly and completely within a short span of time, you’ll see instant results that will empower you to keep your space in order ever after.