Monday, April 25, 2016

Motivational Monday


AS A TEENAGER YOU ARE 
IN THE LAST STAGE 
OF YOUR LIFE
WHEN YOU WILL BE HAPPY
THAT THE PHONE IS FOR YOU.
(Fran Lebowitz)

I am not much of a phone person so it surprised me when, a few years back, a sense of nostalgia swept through me when my husband and I got rid of our home phone, keeping only our cell phones. 

I thought about the toy phone my sister and I played with. 

I remember giggling with my aunt as we'd pretend we could see each other through the phone. 

I can still feel the way the cord curled around my fingers as I tried to stretch it into my teenaged bedroom for some privacy. 

I recall coming in from college classes, seeing the flashing light on my answering machine, and feeling connected, wanted, part of a group of friends.

Today, I would rather send smoke signals or put a message in a bottle than use the phone. I will email or text. I'll write a letter. But when it comes to phone conversations, I am more awkward than ever. I'll do it, but it's not pretty.

At first, I worried - was I turning into a hermit? Was I losing the few social skills I had? But now I just go with it, embrace who I am, focus on ways to socialize that suit me and my personality. After all, times change. And so do people. 

Hmm, anyone know if Muggles are allowed to use Owl Post...? 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Motivational Monday


THERE ARE NO TRAFFIC JAMS
ALONG THE EXTRA MILE.
(Roger Staubach)

The other day, my husband ran into Barnes and Noble to pick up a book while I waited in the car. (If I went in, we'd be there until closing.) He was gone longer than usual, so when he returned to the car, I asked him about it. Turns out, he'd noticed a homeless man nearby, so my husband went to the store's cafe and bought a sandwich and a bottle of water for the man. 

(Now, this does not surprise me at all. This is just the kind of guy my husband is. I'd actually be more surprised if he didn't do this. I'd be checking him for a fever.) 

But here's what makes me smile even more. When my husband went to give the man the food, a woman and her young daughter were doing the same thing. They'd gotten him a salad from the cafe. The man was so appreciative, said he'd eat the salad then save the sandwich for later. 

None of this was caught on YouTube. No one Tweeted it. No one applauded. It was doing good purely for the sake of doing good.

It might seem like no one was paying attention, but I bet one person was. That young girl watched her mother and a stranger be kind, be generous. That will have wonderful, powerful repercussions someday. And we will all be the better for it.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Motivational Monday


JUST SPILLED COFFEE ON THE LAPTOP.
I DIDN'T FREAK OUT.
INSTEAD, I AM HOPEFUL THAT IT
WILL MAKE IT WRITE FASTER.
(Mindy McGinnis)

If only!

Wishing us all a week of few spills and lots of wonderful words!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

IWSG: What Big Teeth You Have


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I'm hunkering down with a novel idea that Just. Won't. Die.

Four years ago (yes, you read that right - four years!) I took a version of it to a conference on craft where I received tremendous feedback. I came home and re-worked it and revised it and . . . put it away. Every few months, I take it out, determined to make a go of it . . . only to put it away again. And again.

This Fall, I'm attending an advanced level of that same conference . . . with the same novel idea.

Just the thought makes me cringe with embarrassment. Where has the time gone? What have I done with it? Have I totally wasted that first amazing opportunity? Will I end up wasting this one? Should I work on something different and bring those pages?

But.

I'm not ready to let this novel go. I'm giving it these next few months and this conference to make sure it has teeth. (The story, I mean. The characters have enough teeth to . . . well, never mind.)

Wish me luck!

*****

I'm co-hosting April's IWSG, along with Megan Morgan, Christopher D. Votey, Viola Fury, Christine Rains, L. G. Keltner, Patricia Lynne, and Rachna Chhabria. Fingers crossed I do Alex and the rest of the team proud!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Motivational Monday


STOP MAKING EXCUSES
AND
START TODAY.
(Fiona Barton)

Do you want to write a novel? A collection of poetry? A memoir? 

Do you want to start a blog? Join Instagram or Tumblr or Twitter?

Do you want to learn how to cook, draw, dance, play Ultimate Frisbee?

Do you want to lose weight? Eat less meat? Watch less TV? Read more?

Well, what are you waiting for?

Start! 

Somehow. Someway. Somewhere. 

Just. Start.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Motivational Monday


DON'T THINK ABOUT MAKING ART.
JUST GET IT DONE.
LET EVERYONE ELSE DECIDE IF IT'S GOOD 
OR BAD. WHETHER THEY LOVE IT OR HATE IT.
WHILE THEY ARE DECIDING,
MAKE MORE ART.
(Andy Warhol)

The art class I signed up for waaaay back in January (2016! The Year of Living Creatively!) is due to start soon, and I am so looking forward to it! I'm old enough - and have taken enough art classes - to know not to expect perfection. The only things I'm expecting: to have fun and to learn. 

That being said, I am hoping not to glue my fingers together or get paint in my eyes. But hey, I made it through all those cooking classes intact, this should be a breeze.... Right?

Let's all stretch our creative muscles this week! Reach, stretch, bend, twist - work it!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Motivational Monday


REMEMBER THAT TRUE SUCCESS 
DOESN'T COME EASY FOR ANYONE
IT CAN BE AN ELUSIVE RECIPE OF 
WHO YOU KNOW AND WHAT YOU KNOW.
BUT IF YOU CONTINUE TO NETWORK 
AND TO HONE YOUR CRAFT,
YOU'LL BE ON THE RIGHT COURSE.

AFTER ALL, SOME OF THE MOST 
IMPORTANT QUALITIES FOR A WRITER ARE
PERSISTENCE AND RESILIENCE.

BEST OF ALL, WHEN YOU DO TRIUMPH,
IT WILL BE YOUR SUCCESS,
BASED SOLELY ON
YOUR DILIGENCE,
YOUR WRITING.

THERE WILL BE NO NEED TO COMPARE
WHAT YOU'VE DONE TO ANYONE ELSE.

FOCUS ON WHAT YOU HAVE,
WHAT YOU WANT
AND WHY.
(Liz Lazzara)

Be persistent.

Be resilient.

Focus.

We can do it.

We will do it.