I have never been caught up in making New Year's resolutions or even setting goals. Both represent something I said I'd do but I don't. I do enjoy the task of finding a focus word each year and allowing that to guide me through my days of writing.
Look at the face of a watch or clock. In it, we can see the hours already past, the present time, and even anticipated future hours. All in that singular dial.
A look at our lives reveals something similar to the clock face. On New Year's Eve, time is spent reviewing the previous year and what we didn't accomplish, or in enjoying the present moment of celebrating the coming year, or perhaps anticipating the singing of Auld Lang Syne as the clock strikes 12:01 AM and heralds in our future.
It doesn't matter which holiday you've just celebrated (perhaps Hannukah), you're counting down the days to celebrate (maybe Christmas), or you're still in the planning stages of festivities (Kwanzaa?), or some other holiday activity like ringing in 2018. I simply want to add to your revelries a wish for love, laughter and joy throughout your celebration.
Who doesn't enjoy receiving gifts related to the work they love to do? No one! And that includes writers.
I spent a little time scouring the Internet for the best deals, IMHO, on things I, a writer, would love to receive as a gift. Sharing them with you is a bright spot in my day if these ideas help with your Christmas shopping.
Two books written by William Kenower have made a lasting impression on my writing life. Today I want to share those books with you. The books are titled Write Within Yourself: An Author's Companion and Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write with Confidence.
News around the site is that the comments section for my posts is frustrating. The last thing I want to do is frustrate my readers. I thought perhaps the first step is to share via a poll to learn just what is happening, or not happening. And why.
Have you ever taken a substantial block of time away from your writing? Maybe a lengthy break away from your blog? Or has a family crisis interrupted the latest draft of your manuscript, and getting back to it seems impossible?
The last 20+ months for me have been what seems like a never-ending break from not only my writing but also blogging and social media, not to mention life in general. How do I recapture my momentum in those areas? How will I manage to return to what I was as a writer pre-January 24, 2016.
As we move from summer to autumn, changes appear all around us. We notice changes in tree colors, smells in the air, cooler temperatures, and the length of days. We even note changes in how our bodies feel.
A larger scope allows us to see larger and often destructive changes all around us. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and raging wildfires across our country left much destruction. In our treatment of each other, we sense the destruction of community.
On this next Sunday, August 6th, it will have been two months since my last post here. During that time, I've had surgery, am in my eighth week of recovery, and have managed to recover from sticker shock at the medical bills we now have to pay.
The best news is my pain level is vastly diminished, and my surgeon released me last week to return to normal activities. That release came with a disclaimer. My surgeon's expectations are that I will use common sense and previous experience with back surgeries to keep my activities within reason.
Beginning Friday, June 9th, I will be stepping away from this blog, my book review blog, and social media as I recover from surgery. During my time away, I'm hoping to regain strength and energy lost during my 18 month battle with chronic pain resulting from a fall in January 2016. I'm also hoping to take advantage of the quiet time to work toward completion of my memoir and ready it for publishing.
When I return, or perhaps before, I may propose some topics for blog posts and ask for your input on what you'd like to see and read here.
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What if you woke up one day, living with a family member who had changed into an entirely different person? What if she were an older sibling you had always admired and strived to be like? And what if you were an insecure preteen when it all started? What would that do to your life?
After many months, here is an update on the status of my memoir. Over the last year plus, obstacles attempted to sabotage my efforts. In all honesty, I tried to sabotage the entire book multiple times.
Thankfully I'm married to a man, also a creative, who would not let me turn loose of my dream. He persistently reminded me of conversations we'd had wherein I told him how much I wanted this to happen. To be a published author has been a dream for so long. Bob, love that you've got my back and push me forward!
When her alcoholic and emotionally abusive mother s health declines, Joan Rough invites her to move in with her. Rough longs to be the good daughter, helping her narcissistic mother face the reality of her coming death. But when repressed memories of childhood abuse by her mother arise, Rough is filled with deep resentment and hatred toward the woman who birthed her, and her dream of mending their tattered relationship shatters. Seven years later, when her mother dies, she is left with a plastic bag of her mother s ashes and a diagnosis of PTSD. What will she do with them?
I don't know about you, but several libraries played a role in my love of reading and, yes, writing. During National Library Week, I want to pay homage to Andrew Carnegie, a wealthy industrialist who believed in sharing his wealth by helping others. Among those institutions founded through his contributions are the buildings housing many of our country's libraries.
In my post a few days ago, I focused on the topic of self-care. I shared the things I believe I did wrong in caring for myself during my working life and the last few years as a writer. Today I want to share what I've learned along the way (and ignored). And I'll share some new things I have read recently about caring for yourself as you write.
The term "self-care" has been on the lips of many for some time, but not as often as since the election of 2016. In the days and months following, many were angry, frustrated, discouraged, depressed even. Self-care was the pathway for many to place those emotions on a shelf. Putting the election aside, I want to look at self-care from a writer's perspective. Based on my working and writing life experiences, I'll share bad choices I made in caring for myself. Over the last 14 months have had time to ruminate over the past and how it played a part in my current situation.
Sandy's Gift: Walking with the Light is the tragic story of a once young and happy wife and mother whose life was turned upside down by mental illness. Not only her life but the lives of her husband and two daughters took bizarre turns.
No one lifted hand to help, the law turned its back, her husband's efforts to find her the help she needed were blocked at every step.
Before beginning this book review, I want to point out that my scheduling of this book for review was well in place before the Executive Order signed on Friday, January 27, 2017, went into effect. However, Divine Providence likely knew of the events to come, and as D.L. Mayfield's memoir shares the author's experiences working with and living among refugees and immigrants in my hometown, Portland, Oregon, it is definitely a good time to look at what Mayfield's thoughts and reactions are to her experiences
Maybe you've come across some of the posts asking the question: Have you considered giving up your writing?
In recent days and weeks, I've come across several posts, both blog and on Facebook and Twitter, asking similar questions. My blog plans have included this topic for some time, but the increased interest moved this post up on my editorial calendar.