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Roald Dahl On Readers | Quote of the Day 10/30/17

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Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo 2017

That’s right, I’m doing it again. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) is right around the corner, and I’ve committed to doing it again this year. I’m taking a short break from my Otherworld Trilogy to start my Murphy Family Mysteries series. So, what book am I doing this year?

Murphy'sLaw of theJungle

This will be the first of many mysteries for the zany but endearing Murphy family. I’m not letting myself do a whole lot of over-planning for this one. I’m trying to short-circuit my perfectionist tendencies that usually make me bog down in my writing. This year, I intend to make steady progress and have an extremely rough draft to work from by November 30.

What tools do I have in my arsenal for this November? Here’s a short list:

  • A Basic Idea of Where the Story Is Going
  • The 5KWPH App/Technique Developed by Chris Fox
  • My Bullet Journal/Planner
  • Pens
  • Papers
  • Notebooks
  • Supportive Family & Friends Who Will Hold Me Accountable Via Our Facebook Group
  • My Awesome Word Count Widget In the Sidebar of My Blog! →
  • My Fantastic Blogging Community
  • Some New ADHD Management Techniques I Learned from Overcoming Distractions by David A. Greenwood
  • My Amazing Friend Lacey At The Creative Kitchen & Her YouTube Channel (Daily Check-Ins Are Totally Going to Happen)
  • My Trusty, Well-Worn Copy of A Writer’s Guide to Persistence
  • Did I mention COFFEE?

Well, that’s about all I have for you guys right now! 🙂 Stay tuned for all the NaNoWriMo shenanigans!

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Here’s the video from my first writing workshop hosted at The Creative Kitchen in Bay Minette! HUGE shout-out to the owner, Lacey Collier, for working with me and hosting my events!

Are You Called To Write?

Have you ever had a thought like this? Man, I’d really love to write a book someday, but I have no idea where to start.

I used to have similar thoughts, but I worked my butt off over the past 11 years, and I’ve been published in Flash Fiction Magazine, Noir Nation No. 3, as well as having self-published A Collection of Reflections (poetry) and Frost: An Otherworld Tale (my debut novel).

If you love a good story, that love is all you need to become a writer. I’ve invested a lifetime of passion and thousands of dollars in learning about writing craft and the publishing industry, and I’d love to share what I’ve learned with those of you who have an inner storyteller begging to get out.

If you’d like to learn more, you can reserve your seat at my upcoming writing workshop dates HERE. The workshops will be held at The Creative Kitchen in my aweome hometown of Bay Minette, Alabama.

Here’s a fun exercise for those of you considering attending the workshop (or anyone who wants to join in, for that matter):

Describe your worst fear in a single paragraph, but there’s a catch; you cannot name your fear in the paragraph. Post your answers in the comments and we’ll try to guess your fear!

Doctor Pychyl On Procrastination | Quote of the Day 9/7/2017

Doctor Pychyl On Procrastination | Quote of the Day 9/7/2017

Robert Benchley On Freelance Writing | Quote of the Day 8/26/17

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Robert Benchley On Freelance Writing | Quote of the Day 8/26/17

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Ray Bradbury on Life – Quote of the Day – 8/30/2016

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Well, I’m trying a new way of doing the quote of the day posts to see if it works, guys. If you want just the quote, you can look at the image at the top of the post and go no further. If you want my personal thoughts on the quote as it relates to me pursuing my calling of writing, then you can read what I have to say, too.

I’ve tried the Quote of the Day a lot of different ways, as you can see by scrolling through this blog. I’ve also been inconsistent, and I know that needs to end. I’ve just been struggling with my novel and trying to find a job because I’ve been unemployed since January. Not bringing money into my household is stressing me out badly because I feel like dead weight, even though I’ve been working my butt off on fixing Frost: An Otherworld Tale.

How do I continue to heed my calling if I’m basically a dead weight in my marriage/personal life? I find myself lost and praying a lot lately. Praying for a job. Praying for clarity. Praying for guidance. Praying for help with finishing my novel and getting it published. I’ve been praying on a pretty constant basis. The thing is, I don’t really know if I’ve been paying attention and listening for a response.

Besides, even if I get some sort of spiritual response, how will I know? I guess I’m just going to keep trying things to see if they work, as Ray Bradbury would say.

Audrey Hepburn on the Impossible – Quote of the Day – 6/8/16

“Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE, the word itself says, I’M POSSIBLE.” -Audrey Hepburn

I’ve been doing a lot of wondering lately about whether or not it’s even possible to get 250 pre-orders for Frost on Inkshares. There’s that little doubting voice in my mind that’s whispered to me a million times since I started this campaign. The voice tells me that I’m sure to fail.

I, however, am choosing to disagree. I’m choosing to believe that this thing is possible. I have to believe that I was called to share this novel on Inkshares for a reason. I cannot have come this far only to fail.

Dr. Seuss on Thinking – Quote of the Day – 5/10/16

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” – Theodor Seuss Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss

I have often struggled with writer’s block in the past. That is one of the reasons it has taken me so long to finish Frost: An Otherworld Tale. I’ve been working on (and wrestling with) this novel for the past 10 years.

Something to remember when you’re dealing with roadblocks on the way to pursuing your calling: you can think your way out of anything. That’s what I take away from this quote!

Heed your calling, and God bless!

Quote of the Day – 3/14/16

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” -Thomas Huxley

After a weekend vacation away with my husband, I’m back to sharing my thoughts about how to heed your calling with you guys! I believe that today’s quote ties in really well with the last Quote of the Day post I made. I believe that pursuing your calling and continuous learning go hand-in-hand with one another.

We’ve already talked about the importance of learning and learning broadly within your field. Once you’ve explored and you’re sure of your path in pursuit of your calling, you can focus on expanding your knowledge of your chosen path. Your calling might be something you already know a lot about, but are there things your not so familiar with about it? Why not take some time, find one thing you don’t know, and improve your knowledge of that one thing.

I can promise you it will improve your overall knowledge of your calling, and it may also improve your self-knowledge.

Quote of the Day – 3/7/16

 “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” -Warren Buffett

I believe that, in relation to pursuing one’s calling, this quote means that we can grow through helping others. (By the way, I’m terribly sorry for posting this QotD post so late. That seems to be happening a lot lately.) I believe that the only way we can actually grow and advance in our respective callings is to aid other like-minded people who may need a helping hand.

Quote of the Day – 3/5/2016

“We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.”
-Winston Churchill

I used to struggle with the concept of free will versus God. It took me a long time to realize that God chose to give people free will for a reason. I used to wonder why on earth he would do that when he knows what flawed creatures we human beings are. He knows that we can make very poor decisions when left to our own devices. I wrestled with confusion over that for many, many years, until I finally realized just how much His children we are.

We are the Lord’s children in the truest sense of the relationship. If you’ve ever been around kids, you know there’s nothing like a bought lesson. Children are hard-headed. They have to do things their own way and in their own time. God lets us learn things for ourselves and when we make mistakes he’s waiting to help us pick up the pieces with open arms and a loving, understanding heart.

So, how does any of this apply to heeding your calling?

Only you can know when you’re doing what you’ve been called to do. It’s not something that an outsider can tell you, but you can feel it. When everything clicks and feels right, when what you’re doing is fulfilling and spiritually satisfying, you know it. You can feel it when things are falling into place. Even if what you’re doing isn’t benefiting you monetarily, it may be fulfilling you in ways you never imagined, and you may one day be able to achieve a life making a living doing what you love. Don’t let the insidious voices in your head tell you that you’re wasting time doing what makes you happy. Pursuing happiness and trying to share that happiness with others is NEVER a waste of time.

If you feel called to do something, you have the free will and spiritual fortitude to pursue that calling. If you’re still not quite sure what your calling is, try some prayerful meditation on the subject and see where God leads you.

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