Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Serious Wednesday: Time to Get It Done!

 Okay.

We've all been busy with Thanksgiving

Then Christmas.


Too busy!

I planned on having most of my current manuscript

finished by the end of

October...

November...

Okay, December.

But it didn't get done.

What with things going on.

Serious things like surgeries,

illnesses,

mental blocks,

and busyness,

it didn't get done.



So...

After taking several deep breaths,


rebuilding my determination to succeed in this endeavor,


focusing,

making plans,

establishing new goals,

and writing...



I'm working on getting it done by next week.

Can I do it?

If I stay focused,

determined,



and let nothing get in the way,

I believe I can. 


What's your writing goal this year? 

Friday, December 31, 2021

Rambling Friday: Celebrating on Christmas Day or Another Day?

 I love celebrating Christmas!
More to the point, I love celebrating Christmas with my family...and friends. 
We've celebrated Christmas on Christmas Day, on Christmas Eve Day, and even another day.
But who cares? 

This year, we'll be celebrating on New Year's Eve Day with family. 
And I don't mind at all. 
We've been busy.
It also gave me more time to gather what I wanted to give, 
prepare for dinner
and prepare for the meal. 

What matters to me, is being with my family,
whenever we can. 

And isn't that what it's all about?
Celebrating Christ's birth together, whenever?
with love?
Peace?
Joy?
Contentment?
and happiness?

Besides...it makes the celebration easier on me...

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Serious Wednesday: When Interruptions Happen



I've learned a lot in being an author through the years. It's not all laughter and fun. Sometimes it's hard work. Sometimes it's happiness. And sometimes it's knowing you've got it right. 

Life happens. It flows. It interrupts. 

My biggest interruption in 2021? Well, let's just say, it was another surgery. A second REPAIR REVERSE shoulder surgery. Leading up to it I was nervous. Did I really want this? Go through the hassle of the surgery with a different surgeon, more inactivity, more hard nights of sleep trying to find the right position to get comfortable with, more pain, go through weeks of therapy? 

But it happened. I loved the new surgeon, loved all the people who helped with it, the registration people, the nurses were all so good to me. My therapists are excellent, understanding and push me with kindness to do my best. 

On top of that, I've been emotionally exhausted dealing with all of the above, plus keeping up with promotions, my responsibilities as an author, my pages on FB, setting up details and responding to my fans, helping my hubby with his ministry, dealing with our beloved pet's serious illness--twice! 

So, yes, life interrupted my writing. I was stuck on a plateau of not knowing what to type on that blank paper on my screen. Was it frustrating? Worrying? Irritating? 

Indeed it was. 

But you know what? I had a breakthrough. I had an idea, then another, and another, and now, I'm on my way to finishing this book I'm working on. 

Was all this trouble worth it? I don't know. It interrupted my life. My writing. But I came through it--I think, just a bit stronger. 


My advice when things interrupt YOUR writing, your plans, your life? Endure. Trust that it will come out all right. There be a cause for why it's being interrupted at that specific time. Or not. Whatever. Take it as a sign that this is a time to try to repair, heal, grow stronger. 

Trust that this is a special time for you and relax. 

After all, what more can you do? Your normal life will resume soon enough, and if there are changes to it, then either accept them or correct them. Take charge of your attitude. 

You'll be happier and better able to hit the ground running when the tide turns for the better. 


Happy New Year! 





Sunday, December 26, 2021

Sunday Morning Sunshine: Be as Wise Men

Be as Wise Men.

Lo, when the Wise men saw the star in the east, which went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy....

Jesus is our star. He's our Savior, our leader, our comforter, our all. He is the ultimate guide who will never lead us wrong but safely, loving, carefully guide us in all things of our lives.

Be wise.

Be happy.

Be at peace.

Follow the star! 

Friday, December 24, 2021

Rambling Friday: Merry Christmas!


From Luke 2:10-13 says:


 And the angel said unto them, Fear not:
for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David
a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

And suddenly...a multitude of the heavenly host
praised God, saying...
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth,
peace,
good will
toward men.


May you all have a very 
MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Serious Wednesday: Include Christmas in Your Next Novel

Whether you love or hate Christmas, for writers, it's an opportunity to share some joy, happiness and
perhaps write with a different perspective than where your usual writings take you. Here are some very good reasons to write with a Christmas theme or background or even as part of your plot: 

1.  It helps to increase your reader audience. Readers love Christmas-themed books. Christmas books look great on store shelves and attract attention. By writing a Christmas-themed book, you will possibly draw new readers who will follow you through the rest of the year, reading your other books. 

2.  There's a huge demand for holiday-themed books. The colorful festive books with their shiny snowflakes and fancy script titles are hard to miss. They line bookshelves over the holidays and scream for attention. There is a big demand for these types of books, and if you're trying to make a living at writing, then Christmas is the perfect time to release a holiday book. Shopkeepers are looking for these type of books to sell that fly off the shelves. Why not capitalize on this opportunity? 

3.  If you approach it right, writing a Christmas-themed book can put you in a holiday mood. Admit it, from Thanksgiving on, life is busy and can be stressful, but having a Christmas book release kind of gives you a sense of happiness and peace. Just knowing that you've fulfilled and shared some joy to readers should, in return, fill you with a sense of completion. 




There are a lot of good reasons to write a Christmas book, and these just touch the surface of the why. I would encourage you to give it a thought. You might just come up with the perfect plot! 



Serious Wednesday: Time to Get It Done!

 Okay. We've all been busy with Thanksgiving Then Christmas. Too busy! I planned on having most of my current manuscript finished by the...