"...IF YOU FOLLOW YOUR BLISS, DOORS WILL OPEN FOR YOU THAT WOULDN'T HAVE OPENED FOR ANYONE ELSE." - Joseph Campbell

"SOMETIMES ON THE WAY TO YOUR DREAM, YOU GET LOST AND FIND A BETTER ONE." - Lisa Hammond

"IT IS POSSIBLE AT ANY AGE TO DISCOVER A LIFELONG DESIRE YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD." - Robert Brault


"IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHO YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN." - George Eliot

"WE DID NOT CHANGE AS WE GREW OLDER. WE JUST BECAME MORE CLEARLY OURSELVES." - Lynn Hall

"GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS! LIVE THE LIFE YOU HAVE IMAGED." - Henry David Thoreau

Friday, May 2, 2014

* FRIDAY'S FEATURES *

Happy Friday! Another week has flown by and I'm happy to say I actually accomplished quite a few items on my List of Things to Do. I also created a schedule for myself that makes more sense than any of the other ones I've attempted to follow. Instead of writing down that I would perform a particular task on a certain day, and/or at a certain time, (which, of course NEVER worked) I did it this way:

Donate ______ hours for e-mailing.
Donate ______ hours for marketing.
Donate ______ hours for actual writing
Donate ______ minutes to Facebook
ETC.          ETC.           ETC.

** I can't believe I typed "Donate" four times, or the fact that I just now - 10:15pm Sunday night - realized it!! I meant to type: DEVOTE. **

I copy the sheet every morning, write the date on it, and get to work. So far, so good!
This helps me manage my time so much better. It hasn't been a perfect system because things do interfere, but it's a great beginning.

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I'm excited to announce another site I found online to promote my memoir. It's Writing-World which I just mentioned in my April 26th post. It has a LOT of information, so take your time browsing! There's a link very close to the top of the main page that says BOOKS BY OUR READERS. <<<< You can get there by clicking this link. Different price packages are available for promoting a book, and believe me, they're very reasonable.
 
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Are you the type of person who can read more than one book at a time? I really can't, and it's too bad because I'm "sort of" reading four or five books right now. Don't ask how it's going!  J AND, I just happened upon a table of books yesterday when I was at Dollar Tree (my very favorite dollar store.) Well, my goodness, a person can't pass up a table of hardcover books that are only One Dollar, can she? I've purchased books there many times. Some I take to Goodwill, (especially if I don't care for them) and others I'll take to writerly events where there's a table for free books. I bought a few just to donate to a government facility that requested books. Sheesh... I'm getting off course here....Anyway, I dug through the few books that were there, kept control of myself, and bought only one. I've only read 20 pages so far but that's pretty good because the print is so tiny, I get blurry-eyed after about 3 pages! The title is:
 
The Writing Circle
by Corinne Demas
 
It's about a woman who ......guess what??...joins a writers critique group! I'll let y'all know what I thought of it when I'm finished.
 
Buying it also reminded me of a book I bought in a Borders' bargain bin way before they closed:
 Blind Submission
 by Debra Ginsberg.

It's about books and a literary agency, etc. In one of the reviews on Amazon, it says "This is the book-world version of The Devil Wears Prada." I really enjoyed it! If anyone would like to read it and pass it along, I'll be happy to send it....anywhere in the US. (Sorry other countries!) The offer is the same for The Writing Circle when I'm finished reading it, too. 
 
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Oh, guess what? I actually submitted a story for an anthology, which is something I haven't done since 2012! It was for the Special Call Out from Publishing Syndicate that I mentioned on April 26th. It will be awesome if my story is accepted!
 
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Oh my gosh! The famous Blue Angels are in town this weekend! I am always thrilled and terrified at the same time when I see them in person, which has only been once or twice...Talk about having "nerves of steel." 
 
 
 
The Ronald and I might try to find a parking lot somewhere near to watch them. (We don't like crowds, and the admission is $12.00 per person! Yikes!)  
 
 

 

18 comments:

  1. Wow. Busy and productive.
    I am always reading at least two (and often more) books at a time. Which, mostly, works for me.
    And I always, always put at least one item on my to-do list that I KNOW I will achieve (feed cats, feed self sort of entries). Crossing something off feels productive and encourages me to keep going...

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    1. Oops! I didn't know I hadn't replied to these comments yet! OMG, EC!! I laughed at your items on your To Do List! GREAT IDEA! I'm definitely going to add that I take Vern out at least four times a day! LOL

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  2. Sounds like you have a plan, Becky...moving along...and reading too!!! I can't get to reading much right now in my life....I am trying though!!!! Have a good weekend....

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    1. Hi Bookie! Well.....it's a PLAN....that much is for sure! :)
      I've already found out that I can't keep it up every day. And I forgot to add those necessary things in life, like Elephant's Child said....feed Vern, walk Vern, feed myself...sleep...rest...take naps! LOL

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  3. Oh, I hope you enjoy the Blue Angels performance! I've only seen them once ... vs. the Thunderbirds who visit the Valley pretty often. We, too, try and find a vantage point far away from the crowds. Seeing them never fails to give me goosebumps!

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    1. I'd forgotten about The Thunderbirds! I'll have to look them up. Do you know if they still fly? We ended up not even driving over that way. It was near such a congested, busy area anyway, and we just were enjoying our time on our deck! BUT, we did see a couple of formations fly over!

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  4. Sounds like you have things under control and well planned. Enjoy the Blue Angels. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Hi Molly! Well, we enjoyed the Blue Angels...from our deck! LOL
      And I'm attempting to keep things under control! :)

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  5. I really need to create a schedule like yours for myself. The day constantly gets away from me.

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    1. Hi Robin! You worded it perfectly: "The day constantly gets away from me." Yep! Let me know if you create a schedule because maybe sharing ideas will work! If you read my above comments, you'll see I'm not doing THAT WELL yet!

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  6. How exciting for you! You have a lot going on!

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    1. Boy, that's the truth....a lot going on...And sometimes exciting! LOL

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  7. It is tough to balance it all, isn't it? I feel like I'm doing the work of five people sometimes! Your checklist is inspiring.

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    1. Hi Stephanie! Welcome! If you've commented before, I'm sorry I don't remember. It's really nice to know so many of us are in the same boat. And yes....the work of five people! :)
      I hope you enjoy my blog and come back!

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  8. Glad you found a system that works for you. I seem to be going in all directions these days.

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    1. Hi Linda! Well....yes, it's a better system. I just need to tweak it a bit! And YOU are definitely going in all directions! I hope you have a very restful vacation SOON!

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  9. What an awesome idea to donate...I mean devote hours to tasks, rather than schedule.

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    1. Hi Ellie! I cracked up when I read your comment! Love it!! LOL
      Thank you!!

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