Internal Dialog: Motivator or Enabler?

If my internal dialog genuinely wanted to help, this is what it would look like: And this is what it would shout: “Quit whining, shut your pie hole and run!” Instead it speaks in hushed tones and whispers and says things like: “You’re over 40.  Your metabolism has slowed considerably.  Of course you’re going toContinue reading “Internal Dialog: Motivator or Enabler?”

Sweet Chocolate Bunny in the Pantry

Conversation with a chocolate bunny: First, why are you still here?  Easter was…wait, checking the calendar…over four months ago.  Big eyed and all shiny in your pink foil wrapper, you aim to entice.  How many times has someone reached into the pantry for olives or oil, collard greens or BBQ beans, brushing you with aContinue reading “Sweet Chocolate Bunny in the Pantry”

Getting to know your ABC’s: Author Websites, Blogging and Contests

Thought for the week:  If you do everything you’re told, will you win a prize in the end?  Reading the writers magazines and listening to industry guru’s the word is you need to build a platform to succeed as a writer in today’s marketplace.  This is a terrifying prospect to those of us who are technologicallyContinue reading “Getting to know your ABC’s: Author Websites, Blogging and Contests”

Echoes of the Silent Response

Thought for the week:  When seeking support, accept surprises, avoid obstacles and don’t always discount strangers. Aside from other writers, I seek support and opinions on my writing from family, friends and acquaintances.  Interestingly, some of the most reliable feedback comes from acquaintances, not from my nearest and dearest.  Why?   I suspect the people whoContinue reading “Echoes of the Silent Response”

School Supply Savings

While chatting with a friend-R about the rising cost of everything, she mentioned she had just spent over one hundred dollars on school supplies, just for the basics like crayons and pencils. R also remarked that she recycled some of last year’s composition books by ripping out the used pages. It started me thinking. HowContinue reading “School Supply Savings”

Maintaining Momentum

Thought for the week: We all spend time in the writing ditch; how you get out of it is up to you. In the midst of writing and re-writing my first novel, “Seeing Scarlet”, a second novel materialized. Initially, I denied it time and energy due to WOCD, writer’s obsessive compulsion disorder, refusing to writeContinue reading “Maintaining Momentum”

Writers Group Therapy

Thought for the week: If you can’t take the heat, stay away from the fire pit. As an aspiring writer, I subscribe to various trade publications, my favorite being Writers Digest Magazine. The magazine offers solid advice, contest opportunities, author interviews and inspiration among other things. One piece of valuable advice I garnered from WDContinue reading “Writers Group Therapy”

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