Thursday, July 15, 2010

Finding diamonds in the glass

This past week, my 6 year old daughter broke a window and was playing in the mess. Upon questioning, I learned that she was trying to find the diamonds in the glass.
After dwelling on her innocents for a short spell, I found her treasure hunting experience to be very much like writing. She thought she seen great potential in the window and was doing all she could to help it come forth.
Sometimes in life we search for the ‘diamond’ stories while other times we wait for them to come to us.
What kind of a writer are you? The kind that waits for a story to present itself to you, or the kind that searches through the endless possibilities of life and gleans stories from it?
Kristi Holl said “Some days I feel about as creative as a cement block. Most of us know, however, that we can’t wait to feel creative before we write.
Writers who wait for inspiration before they decide to write are generally known as hobbyists. Working writers-those actively writing and growing in their craft-must write whether the muse is “in” or not.” http://institutechildrenslit.net/Writers-First-Aid-blog/category/creativity/
I will admit that I am a hobbyist – it’s not a bad thing, it’s just who I am. With the demands of being a stay home mom to four young children, my time is consumed before my eyes.
Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
In the book, The 7 habits of highly effective people Stephen R. Covey speaks on habits and says, “For our purposes, we will define a habit as the intersection of knowledge, skill and desire. Knowledge is the theoretical paradigm, the what to do and the why. Skill is the how to do. And desire is the motivation to want to do. In order to make something a habit in our lives, we have to have all three.”
I like those quotes. They give me hope that maybe when my time is in a little less of a demand then I can change my habits to become more than a hobbyist – until then, I’ll keep writing (and learning) as I can to keep my mind sharp.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Canada!!

It's the birthday of my beautiful country. I'm excited to take my children to the parade this morning and the fireworks tonight - celebrating something worth celebrating is the best way to go.
I am grateful that I live in a free country - a country that allows me to worship my higher power in my own way, to write the things of my heart (even if they are not yet published), be a mother, and to raise and teach my children in the way that I feel is best.
So to all those who have come before me to make this a country of freedom, I give my thanks. My thanks I also give to those who currently defend those rights and those who will continue to keep this country a safe haven for my children.

Happy Birthday Canada!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Yes verses No.

In everything we do we have at least two choices. Sometimes picking one over the other is easier and requires less thought, but at some point in our lives, we will come face to face with our fears and we must choose how we are going to handle them. Are we going to say ‘yes’ and accept the challenge presented by our fears, or will we say ‘no’ and hide in the shadows?
Ralph Waldo Emerson was quoted saying, “Always do what you are afraid to do.”
I have two great writing fears; the first is the fear of success (crazy, I know) and the other (perhaps a little lesser) is the fear of rejection.
I fear being turned away and the heartache and disappointment that come with it, but more so, I fear becoming successful and then finding I don’t have what it takes to be that person and making a big mess of things!
J.D Roth said, “My goal is to continually improve myself, to become better than I am today. One way to do that is to do the things that scare me, to take them on as challenges, and to learn from them — even if I fail.”
I recently found a manuscript I had ready to mail out – it was dated for over a year ago! I had the desire to step out of my comfort shadow and try something new, but as I prepared to cross the finish line I tripped.
What have I done about it? Well, I’ve jumped back up and brushed off the dust, ready to finish this part of the race. I made the necessary changes and have them sitting not six inches away from my laptop, ready to go to the post office – I actually sealed the envelope this time!
I’m working on overcoming my fear of rejection, and there really is no point in trying to cross a bridge before I get to it, so if I ever reach the point of success, in my career, I will figure out some way to deal with it then.
For a great article about building confidence and destroying fear visit this link: http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2009/02/17/how-to-build-confidence-and-destroy-fear/

Monday, June 14, 2010

Links worth opening..

I am an advanced student with The Institute of Children’s Literature, and I am working on my first novel. I am more than a little scared about taking on such a large project, but I know my instructor will help me see it through. As I await the editing of my assignment, I find I have lots of time – I do spend some of it working on the next lesson, but I don’t want to do so much – just in case my instructor has insight that I might find valuable to my writing style. I don’t want to rewrite more than necessary. But to keep myself in check and in tune with my writing ideas and habits, I like to follow Kristi Holl in her blog “Writers first aid” http://institutechildrenslit.net/Writers-First-Aid-blog/,
I also google search for articles that are related to my current work project. My ICL project is fantasy based, and here are some articles I really enjoyed:
http://www.elfwood.com/farp/thewriting/liljenbergworlds/liljenbergworlds.html

http://www.elfwood.com/farp/thewriting/liljenbergworlds/liljenbergworlds.html

I dare you to go visit those links – if you’re like me, you’ll spend many hours there!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Not writing news, but happy news...

*Sigh*
This morning at 6:21, my sister had her first baby - a little girl.
Complications with the birthing resulted in the baby being rushed to NICU after mom got to give two little kisses. Her husband, the wonderful guy he is, videotaped the nurse doing the babies weight in the NICU so mom could watch it and like she was feel part it. She is a whole four days overdue a whole grand 6 lbs and 12 ozs.
There is a very interesting story between this new little family and mine - the mom is my sister and my sister-in-law. How is that possible you might ask?
On my wedding day, she eyed the best man and decided he was going to be hers - and he is, she didn't know at that time that he was my husband’s younger brother (they don't look alike). So he is my brother-in-law twice.
Her daughter and my children have the same four grandparents. They will spend every Christmas together and a good part of their summers together as well as the in-between time since the four of us adults enjoy each other’s company so much.
I to, have what is called 'double cousins,' as my mom and her younger sister did the same thing. It really made for a strong bond between us cousins.
Here's my congratulations to my sister, her husband, and their daughter who is not yet named!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Day 1

I am always following literary agents as they keep current blogs and some of the common advice I have come across time and time again is to blog. Literary agents and publishers don’t like it when they can’t find you on the web – even if it is as simple as facebook or twitter. So, here I am, attempting to make a blog. I have a facebook and twitter account, I have a google site for my photography and now I have a blog. I do hope that I don’t bite off more than I can chew.