Thought of the moment....
No matter how hard you try, you will NEVER control anyone else's attitudes, actions, or outcomes. The only person that you have the ability to directly impact is you, and it is your responsibility to learn how to do just that...to utilize the knowledge, skills, and abilities you have been given to impact the world in the most positive way that you can EVERY chance you get!
Friday, September 24, 2010
One of my blogging friends, J.L. Jackson is having a Welcoming the Fall Giveaway. If you haven't already been there, then go there and sign up and you could possibly walk away with some more books to add to your TBR (to be read) pile. She has a spectacular blog and is very entertaining. Like I said, if you haven't been there, go there now and check it out! Thank you friends for all of your support.
Needless to say that I think that is what the peanut football team is labeling me lately. As I sit watching…ok sometimes looking up to watch practice between checking my iPhone for email, scribbling notes in my notebook for story ideas and reading a book…I sometimes have thoughts out loud.
Yes, thoughts out loud. No, thank fully I don’t answer myself during the conversation and most times my husband could be sitting beside me in the next chair but he will be napping so I am having a one sided conversation with my trusty self.
Self…here is another great idea for a story. Yes! That’s perfect…I would say satisfactorily loud—or no…no…no! and the little players would just look at me crazy like hey lady we didn’t even make a play yet—shake their little heads at me and continue on. I know that they are very thankful that I am not the coach. Lol J
Have you ever caught yourself talking out loud for story ideas or just in general over something or nothing in your life? I do it all the time so if you do…just know you are not alone.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Today I am curious to know how many people know when to make the right break in a chapter and when their chapters seem to run on and on. Do you know when to transition to a new chapter?
I myself get lost in my story and continuously write without knowing when to break the chapter at the right time. It is not until either a brilliant beta or editing for the sixth time do I realize that I need to break a chapter up into several chapters. Sometimes my chapters can get lengthy and now that I am in the editing process for the millionth time, I am finding it easier to pace the chapters and break them into places where they transition better than they did before.
This is something that I did not even realize before being an amateur writer but am learning as I go. Without the assistance of beta readers and critique partners then I would be in a world of hurt trying to submit something that would surely be put into a slush pile and immediately be rejected.
How easy to chapter breaks come to you? Did it come naturally or was it something that you learned over time with the help of others? Lord knows I need all the help I can get and am greatly appreciative of those who help and support me in venture towards a writing career. Please share your secrets with us to help many of us struggling with this issue out! Thank you for your thoughts and suggestions.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Pride is considered the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins, and indeed the ultimate source from which the others arise. Identified as a desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to acknowledge the good work of others, and excessive love of self.
I have self pride (I like me and am proud to call myself author), but cannot say that I want to be better or thought differently about than anyone else. I would also be displeased with myself if I failed to acknowledge others for their hard work or achievements.
This reminds me of the phrase ‘Keeping up with the Jones’. People like that tend to be annoying at times, but I usually just let them be. They are who they are and I am me. I cannot better myself by belittling anyone else, so I try not to be a hater.
Some days I win and some days I lose. I am not perfect. So tell me dearest readers, friends and random passers by who secretly want to start following my blog *wink*wink*, have you run across a sin suffer of Pride? Or perhaps you have suffered this curse yourself. I am not here to judge. I love you for who you are. And who you are is what makes you special to me. Don’t change!
Besides, who the hell are the Jones’ anyway and where did they get all their money? lol
Friday, September 3, 2010
My husband's family are coming over for a visit. It is his Aunt Gusta. I can't wait to meet her, I am so excited. I really want to get the chance to go there and visit with her in Amsterdam as well some day.
I am also hoping to get some writing done and editing. I have another book idea floating around in my head but have a lot of unfinished business to take care of as well.
Also has anyone heard from our wonderful friend Laura Kaponer?? I haven't heard from her for some time and am missing her. So if anyone is in communico with her please tell her hello and that I miss her. Thank you.
Also, I did splurge and buy myself the purdiest little gadget...the iphone 4. I love it so. I am obsessed with it already and I have never owned one before. Please, no negative comments...let me enjoy my high. Now I can be internet friendly from my phone. Yeah.
Alright my precious friends. Please be careful and enjoy your holiday and weekend.