Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Getting Ready to Debut

Wow, I never thought I'd be setting up a web site for my mystery series. This day has been years in the making. It's not that it took me that long to write my mystery, Let Us Prey, but that it took this long to get up the guts to send it out to see if it was a story worthy of publishing. So here we go. And now I'm in the final stages. The cover is almost ready. The current mock up is on the left side of the page.
I have so many people to thank, for so many reasons. I'll be doing a post for each person individually, as I think they deserve more than just their name in a list. So stay tuned...
When publication gets closer (hoping for the end of June), I'll post an excerpt for your reading pleasure (at least I hope it's a pleasure).
I'll be posting here for my book news, but I also write screenplays, and I'll link to those when I feel they are relevant.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Perseverance

Within every great person is the essential quality of perseverance, an unrelenting desire to find a way, to seek and find fulfillment.  
There’s always a way.  If you can’t find it through the front door, then look through the back door.  You don't have to open all of them;  just make the effort of finding them, and of going the extra mile.  Because that’s what opens all doors. 
See where you can pour more effort into something, and discover how to add elements of perseverance along the way. via Yehuda Berg

This was advice I really needed today, so I thought I'd share it.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Complacency

Complacency is when we look back and appreciate how much we've changed. Of course it is important to look for results, to gauge whether or not what we're doing is working. The pitfall is that once we've climbed a steep hill, we tend to sit down to enjoy the view. While enjoying the view is nice, the longer we sit, the harder it is to build up our momentum to climb further. 
When we can locate these traps of complacency—and convert them into proactive steps toward self-transformation -—the feats of growth we can achieve are tremendous.
So this week, look for the darkness. When you see yourself putting your feet up on the desk and saying, “Yeah, I did that,” stop and look for where your garbage is hiding.

Via Yehuda Berg.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Compassion Fatigue Syndrome


Compassion fatigue gets all of us, so busy helping, our batteries get drained.
Recharge yourself by doing something joyful, just for you alone (yes, this can be for the sake of sharing.) Enjoy yourself now so you can share guilt-free later.

This advice comes from Yehuda Berg in his Daily Tune Up emails.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Advice for Aspiring Writers?

“Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king.”

- Alan Watts

I had to share, because this is GREAT non-advice.