"...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." - Unknown (as seen on River's blog, "Drifting Through Life")

"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



Thursday, June 26, 2014

* MORE...LIVING THE WRITER'S LIFE *

In spite of time flying by every day, I'm managing to get a few important things accomplished.

 

Papers, notes, printed e-mails, bills, pencil holders, and stapler, etc. Oh, and the much needed diet soda. I think there's also a cup of coffee hiding behind my laptop!
(I really must get my desk painted (the one with all the drawers!) and brought into my office/spare bedroom.) 
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1) On June 16th, I mentioned: The Royal Nonesuch National Humor Writing Contest, Deadline June 30, 2014  https://twainhouse.submittable.com/submit/26632

Well....I'm happy to say I've been working on something to submit to this. Just hope I can get it completed in time!

2) I hadn't said anything yet about another contest I entered last month, but receiving an e-mail today prompted me to do so now. No, the e-mail didn't contain any exciting news! At least, not what some of y'all might be thinking! BUT, it was exciting to me. Here are the first couple of sentences:
 
Greetings!
We wanted to give you a quick status update on your entry in the 22nd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Your book has been processed and has now shipped to the judge!  

I'm pretty sure I first heard about this contest from my friend, Marcia Gaye. (Thank you, Marcia!) I was in a panic to get my entry form mailed on the deadline date of May 30th, and a few days later I noticed it was extended to June 13th. That didn't bother me, though, I was just glad I got it sent in! The factor that held me back was the entry fee. It was exorbitant!! But I emptied my piggy bank and dug under the couch cushions and collected enough money for it. Winners will be notified by October 17th, which sounds like a long way off, but it's only four months. Please keep your fingers crossed! 

3) I've been reading some of the books my author friends wrote and I will be posting a review of sorts as soon as I can. Also, if anyone would like to be highlighted on my blog, please e-mail me. (Even if we already discussed it, because I might need a reminder!)


Myrna, this photo is for you!
(I'll explain it on another blog post.)

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One of the books I've been reading is a pure gem: Round Up the Usual Subjects: Thoughts on Just About Everything, by Robert Brault
(Robert is the amazing author of many sayings, some of which have been posted over the years on his blog, and particularly a very famous one: "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."

Here is another new favorite I just discovered in his book. The chapter is "Perseverance," and it's the Keynote Thought:





"How often in life we complete a task that was beyond the capability of the person we were when we started it." -- Robert Brault

10 comments:

  1. Love that second Robert Brault quote. How true it is. As is the first.
    Good luck with your submissions and contests - and yay for tackling all those niggling tasks.

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    1. Hi EC! Robert Brault has an amazing vault full of beautiful, inspiring, humorous, etc. quotes! Thanks for everything!

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  2. Becky, thanks for the mention. I think my quote on "Perseverance" certainly applies to the Becky Povich of your memoir. I sometimes think that the author's credit on "Pigtails" should read,"by Becky Povich, as told to Becky Povich," such has been your transformation. I must congratulate the subject of your memoir on her choice of author (smile).

    Elephant's Child, so glad you like.

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    1. Robert ~ even your blog comments are poetic! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I'm always so thankful for your kindness and encouragement.

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  3. BECKY-O! ~
    I'm in the process of composing a personal theme song for you. Here's what I have so far:

    "Yo Ho, Yo Ho, it's a Writer's life for me!" ...And so on and so forth.

    I haven't got the rest of lyrics written yet but be patient with me. After all, Rome wasn't pillaged in a day.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Mr. Stephen T. ~~ Your comment made me smile and laugh!!! Thank you! And it also reminded me I haven't replied to your e-mail yet. I have that on my mental list of things to do. No sense writing it on my other To Do List, 'cause it just gets buried and forgotten!! :) ....Oh and I'll be looking for the rest of the lyrics....but no hurry!

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  4. Proud of you for taking the step (despite the fee - yikes) to get your book recognized. All the best!

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    1. Hi Marcia! Thank you again for telling me about the contest. Yes, I finally decided I HAD to enter it....in spite of the fee...YIKES is right!! LOL

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