Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Letter of Complaint

Dear Winter,
Since the start of the season, you have seen fit to dump massive quantities of snow on us here in New England. This, coupled with frigid temperatures, has made for a most unpleasant season. Being the proactive problem-solver that I am, I have come up with a list of ways you could make up for these seeming mistakes.
1. Do not allow snow to accumulate on the roadways or sidewalks. This would make driving and walking easier. This would also help to stop falls, strained backs and occasional whining from those who must shovel it.
2. Snow only overnight so that when we awaken, the sun will gleam off the snow and make us happy. This would also make for beautiful pictures. We could make you a star, Winter! You'll be famous!
3. The kids will be in school until August if you keep this up. STOP IT. NOW!

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. I trust that next week you will see to it that when Punxatawney Phil pops out of his little den, he will not see his shadow and run back. We know you can be reasonable, Winter.
Work with us...please.

A severely over-winterized,


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Craptastic Disappointments Lead To...

...HOPE! LOOKING FORWARD! or, if you are really disappointed by the sheer craptasticness that empty Bacardi bottle?
I write this after having watched my beloved New England Patriots lose their playoff game. Which means no Super Bowl this year. And it's a LONG, LONG six months until training camp *sigh* By the way, it was my mother who had a little drinkie poo after the game and polished off the rum. I can hear Captain Jack Sparrow now, asking, "Where's the rum?" LOL!
Surprisingly, once I accepted the shock of the loss and absorbed what happened, I felt better before I went to sleep that night. Because I believe disappointments can spur us on to better things and more of a focused effort.
Sort of like when we get rejections as writers. That one bit of "No, thanks, We'll pass" can light a fire in us that makes us say "Oh you are so going to regret saying no!"
And this is good. Disappointment is necessary in life.
Because it makes us try harder. It makes us learn more. It helps us improve.

How good are you at shaking off the disappointment and stepping up to something bigger and better?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Traits of Highly Successful People- Part Two

It's a great day here in Rhode Island for writing! Large amount of snow on the ground, cancelled plans and no where to be!
Once again, I am visiting the list of the ten traits that make a person successful. Part One, with traits one through five, was posted last Tuesday for those that might have missed it. Let's see how these traits can be applied to writing.

6. They are self-reliant and take responsibility. They don't blame or criticize. They make decisions and move on.
Am I a self-starter? As writing is an isolated job, am I able being a good boss and working toward goals while letting distractions be at a minimum? Do I take responsibility for my time?
7. They keep their balance and perspective. They don't get caught up in drama. They're patient and tolerant of others.
Have I made time away from writing a priority? Have I found ways to keep my ideas fresh so I am not burnt out? Do I avoid gossip and getting caught up in the opinions of others?
8. They live in the present moment. They don't procrastinate or waste time, they use it.
Am I making the most of the time I have set aside for writing? Do I pursue an opportunity with a sense of urgency?
9. They look over the horizon. They anticipate 'what-ifs' and seldom get caught unprepared.
Am I learning about all of the new publishing options? Am i keeping abreast of trends in the industry?
10. They respond quickly. When they see an opportunity they jump on it. When something isn't working, they change.
Am I open to change? Am I able to identify my shortcomings and shift gears? Do I respond to emails or calls from my publisher or fellow authors within the professional 24 hour time frame?

There you have it folks. Hope this inspired you! See you next Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Traits of Highly Successful People Part One

Hi everyone! I hope you will all bear with me as I start this little 2 part series. I should give you a little background about myself. I once, many moons ago, was a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant and had access to some motivational handouts at meetings. At the time, we applied the knowledge we gleaned from these sheets to our Mary Kay businesses. I recently found some of these sheets and realized that this was great stuff for anyone with goals to use. There are ten traits listed, here is the first half.

1. They work hard. They expect performance from others, but demand extraordinary performance from themselves.
Am I treating writing as a priority? Am I consistently meeting time and page counts to reach my goal?

2. They are eager to learn. They study, ask questions and read constantly. They are always eager to apply something new.
Am I making use of educational opportunities that are there for me? Do I learn from authors who have gone before me and share their experiences? Am trying new techniques to make my writing exciting?

3. They network. They value people and take care to build relationships. They take care to be good friends.
Am I getting out and being social with other writers? Am I getting out of the
writing bubble to be around others? Do I help others as much as I ask for help?

4. They work on themselves and never quit. They know they are a work in progress and strive to better themselves.
Am I living up to MY potential? Am I comparing myself to others? Have I figured out what works best for me?

5. They are creative. They look for new ways of doing things, efficient solutions to problems, new opportunities and challenges.
Have I pushed out of my comfort zone? Have I lost my fear of criticism and put my writing out there for friendly critique by my peers?

Hope you find something to take from Part One, see you next week for Part Two!