Monday, October 31, 2011

Yesterday's Glasses

Don’t approach today wearing yesterday’s glasses.


Yesterday is gone. There is nothing we can do to change what we did or didn't do. It's a waste of time to worry about it. And we should never approach today with yesterday's glasses. Wear today's glasses. Be in the present and think only forward.


If you let the worries, thoughts and actions of yesterday get in the way of today, you again lose precious time dwelling in the past. Our time here is short, approach it from today, and enjoy it.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Meet P.R. Mason and her Favorite Things




Hi, I'm P.R. Mason (aka Patricia Mason)and these are a few of my favorite things.

ON MY iPoD:  Florence + The Machine, Lungs.
CURRENTLY READING: Medusa by Michael Dibdin (Aurelio Zen Mystery).
COLOR: Lavender.
CITY: Savannah (in the U.S.) and Venice (in Europe).
DREAM VACATION: A month in Venice.
ACTIVITY: Reading
BOOK: Pride and Prejudice
BOOK ON WRITING: Save the Cat
PLACE TO READ: My sofa with my two cats curled up next to me.
TV SHOW: Justified.
MOVIE: North & South (The 2005 British version with my favorite actor)
SONG: Cosmic Love
SINGER:  Lady Gaga
BAND:  Florence + the Machine
ACTOR:  Richard Armitage (Ahhh so dreamy)
ACTRESS: Kate Winslet
PET PEEVE:  Traffic gridlock
MOST LIKE TO MEET: Richard Armitage - of course. He is my go-to muse when I'm writing a romantic scene.

My website: www.prmason.net

My Twitter handle: @prmason

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Three C's

The 3 C's in Life: Choice, Chance and Change

First you must make the CHOICE, to take the CHANCE, if you want anything in life to CHANGE.

What a great quote. So often we sit around and complain, or contemplate (oh, no, 2 BAD Cs) but never do anything about our circumstances. And it is a CHOICE to make more out of your life.

Are there choices you've made? Are you willing to take a chance?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Meet Cynthia Woolf and her Favorite Things


Hi, I'm Cynthia Woolf and these are a few of my favorite things.

ON MY iPoD: sorry don't have an iPoD...YET
CURRENTLY READING: Motor Mouth by Janet Evanovich
COLOR:  Purple
CITY:  Honolulu
DREAM VACATION:  Hawaii
ACTIVITY:  Writing
BOOK: Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood
BOOK ON WRITING: How I write by Janet Evanovich
PLACE TO READ: Bed
TV SHOW: NCIS
MOVIE: Practical Magic
SONG: Color My World by Chicago
SINGER:  Katy Perry
BAND:  Beatles
ACTOR:  Robert Downey Jr
ACTRESS: Sandra Bullock
PET PEEVE: using loose when you mean lose
MOST LIKE TO MEET:  My father who died when I was five.

My website: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com
My Twitter handle: @cynthiawoolf

Monday, October 17, 2011

Knock Out Punch

See the person you are and see the person you can be when you punch your doubts’ lights out. 


Doubt paralyzes us. It keeps us from following our dreams, writing that book or screenplay, asking for that raise, or applying for yet another job. But doubt is really the devil inside you keeping you from those dreams. 


When self-doubt raises it's ugly head, give the the jab, cross, hook combo, then finish it off with an uppercut. Literally. When you feel the poison of doubt creeping up, put your arms up and punch. I use the  jab cross, hook motions, and if I don't feel like I've knocked self-doubt to the floor, I finish with an uppercut. And if that's not enough, I do it again. In a public place, I do it mentally. But there have been many times I've been sitting at my computer, I've written 2-3 pages, and then I think, "What the hell? I have no idea what I'm doing. Why am I wasting my time?" When I'm writing, I know it's time to take a break and do some shadow boxing with my ego (which I believe is the home of self-doubt). When I'm done, I've usually worked through my issues and I'm ready to tackle the world.


What about you? What do you do to punch doubt's lights out?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Meet MJ Fredrick and her Favorite Things

Hi, I'm MJ Fredrick and these are a few of my favorite things.

ON MY iPoD: Hayes Carll
CURRENTLY READING: The Girl Who Was on Fire (essays about The Hunger Games)
COLOR: pink
CITY: San Antonio
DREAM VACATION: a trip to the Grand Canyon and staying at the El Tovar on the rim
ACTIVITY: These days it's sewing!
BOOK: Winter Roses by Anita Mills, the first book I ever read where the hero wasn't quite sure of his place
BOOK ON WRITING: On Writing by Stephen King
PLACE TO READ: bed!
TV SHOW: Justified. I love me some Raylan Givens.
MOVIE: The Mummy, with Brendan Fraser. I can watch that a thousand times!
SONG: Very hard! I'm going to say "In Your Eyes," because it's the first time my husband said, "I heard this song and thought about you."
SINGER: Right now this minute, a tie between Jason Aldean and Hayes Carll
BAND: Arcade Fire! I know, so different from my favorite singer, right? But they have such great energy.
ACTOR: Timothy Olyphant
ACTRESS: Sandra Bullock
PET PEEVE: Apostrophe abuse!
MOST LIKE TO MEET: Jon Stewart

My website: www.mjfredrick.com
My Twitter handle: @MJFredrick

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Social Media for the Author

I just read a book on social media for the author. Okay, honestly, I listened as my Kindle read it to me. I was stunned that there were so many references to John Locke's book HOW I SOLD 1 MILLION EBOOKS IN 5 MONTHS ( http://donovancreed.com/ ). I'd already read John's book, so nothing was new information, but this (very short) eBook seemed as if was trying to capitalize on John Locke's author status. Or something. There was a reference to John's book, with a long passage, then a short page and a half or so elaborating. Not that there weren't some good nuggets, but I'm glad I didn't pay more than 99 cents for it. I'm not going to name the eBook, because it's not worth mentioning.
I did learn a lot from John's book, and I've also learned some great information from Kristen Lamb's book (http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/). As an author we need to separate ourselves from the masses, and let me tell you, it's a full time job.
I love social media, and I was on Twitter, Facebook, and Blogger long before I was trying to market a book. This made the transition easier, but I have to try really hard not to run off my regular followers/friends with sales pitches. So I only put on the salesman/marketer hat a few days a week. I'd much rather enjoy the media to stay in touch with the "friends" I've made around the world. I just hope those friends my feel compelled to purchase my novel.

Jamie

Get Your ZZZZs without the Z (or how to prevent snoring)


Attach a Ball to the Back of Your Shirt to Prevent Snoring


There are so many remedies for snoring, with medications, therapeutic techniques, and crazy contraptions. But an easy way to prevent snoring is to attach a ball to your night shirt, t-shirt, or pajamas (whatever your wear, and I don't want to know that you don't wear anything, thanks). 
A tennis ball, or a rubber squishy ball is best because it isn't extremely hard like a baseball. You can tape or stitch it into your sleepwear, and the lump will prevent you from sleeping on your back. 
When you sleep on your stomach or side, your airways are less obstructed, and therefore you can breath with little or no snoring.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Attitude

I love this quote from Thomas Jefferson:
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

When I was transplanted to the Midwest, I had a great idea that moving half-way across the country would change my life for the better. But when I got here, I had a bad experience. Instead of letting that experience move me to be a better person, I held a grudge. And believe me, I'm good at holding a grudge.

For more than 10 years I kept myself from being happy. And even now I find myself slipping back into the negative attitude I harbored for years. I had that "someday" attitude, instead of realizing my some day was today. I was my own worst enemy. My thoughts were keeping me from being happy. Of course it took years for me to realize this, and sometimes I still try to blame others. But on the days I remember, my mental attitude will reflect my happiness and success, I'm so much happier.

What about you? Do you have to put your mental attitude in check?



Sunday, October 2, 2011

Looking Forward


Every day is a fresh start: it doesn’t matter what happened yesterday or the day before. When you wake up in the morning and take that first breath, it’s a new day, a new lifetime.

It’s all about who are you going to be today and tomorrow, not who you have been yesterday.
The above quote is from my Daily Kabbalah Tune Up. It’s a wonderful spiritual email I get every day.
Waste no more energy on yesterday. You can’t change what has already happened, and dwelling on yesterday is energy wasted, that can be used for today and tomorrow.