Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I'd like to earn enough money from my books to pay for my kids' tuition at their private school. Well, that too takes discipline. Discipline to write consistently, to read voraciously, to learn all I can about the industry, to submit to critique groups, to query agents, to meet editors at conferences, to network with other writers and potential readers, to build a "tribe" of followers, to develop unique ideas, to promote my work, and to do it all over and over on a daily basis.
How much do I want to succeed? It'll show up in how disciplined I become.
What about you? Where do you want to be successful? What simple disciplines done daily will get you there?
Monday, June 27, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
The title advises not to look back - implying that she shouldn't dwell on the past, but instead move forward. Yet, by looking back, she is able to recall significant clues and gain the strength to face evil once again.
What about you? Have you grown stronger after going through pain? Do you look back at that time or look ahead? Should we do both? Why or why not?
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
But how do you know what to put on the list?
Start with what is necessary. Quiet time, exercise, meals, a load of laundry, errands that must be done today. The next steps to complete a project at work. These are the things that have to be done and really need to be finished today.
What about you? Are you a list-maker? How do you decide what to put on your list? Have lists helped you accomplish your goals?
Monday, June 20, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Does this sound like something you, or someone you know, would be interested in reading? If so, the book is available in both print and ebook formats. And, for a limited time, you can download the ebook in a variety of different formats for FREE.
Why did I write this book? Well, as many of you know, my fourteen-year-old daughter has Cornelia de Lange syndrome and it has been an emotional parenting rollercoaster. What you might not know is that my seven-year-old son has allergy-induced asthma requiring medicine to visit Grandma's house. When he was diagnosed, I discovered the surprising truth that my emotional journey as the parent of a child with asthma was strikingly similar to that as the parent of a child with CdLS. I interviewed seven other families facing a wide variety of issues including autism, mosaic Down syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, and cancer. The common threads of our experiences were woven into the pages of this book.
What about you? What's been keeping you busy so far this summer? (Formatting, editing, and self-publishing have been on my list!)
Monday, June 13, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
I sense an unexpected theme this week. The beaches on Monday. Suffering and overcoming on Wednesday. And a character facing down the storms of life ... on a beach.
What about you? Have you found life to be more calm or more stormy? Sometimes even a hurricane? How is life like the waves upon the sand?
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
What if, instead, I simply did my best with the gifts I've been given? What if the applause I sought after was to look at myself in the mirror at the end of the day and know I gave it 100%? What if I lived to hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant?"
If I never heard the accolades of others, would the applause of One be enough?
What about you? What applause have you received? Have you pursued the applause from outside more than the applause of One?