Friday, June 10, 2011


I've mentioned before that I love to listen to music, especially when I'm cleaning....usually '70s Rock, Oldies, Country...doesn't matter, as long as it's not Easy Listening. Oh, I like that kind of music, too, Just not when I need to do physical work! I gotta be Movin' & Groovin'!

I turned on the kitchen radio this morning while I made coffee and unloaded the dishwasher. (Yes, we finally got a cheapie one quite a long time ago!) I tuned in to one of our local independent radio stations. They play a wide mix of music genres, depending on what day it is and the time of day. As I listened to some really great music and vocals, it occurred to me that musicians and writers are so much alike. The Big Name Record companies only want to stay with the tried and true singers....just like the Big Name Publishers want to stay with their best selling authors. And this is understandable.....BUT....every now and then, that singer with the fabulous voice appears out of nowhere and is the new sensation. The same goes for writers. It can happen. It's possible. We've seen it happen to others.

I Wonder: What will the future bring for us Unknown Writers?
(The Unknown Comic from The Gong Show)

I Wonder: Will we emerge from obscurity after our self-publishing or small press publishing? If we're talented enough, if we write a book worth reading (to at least thousands) then I say a resounding, "Yes!"

(I found so many great quotes for today's post...I chose to post three of them!)

“Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself.” -- Robert Collier

“Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don't leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.” -- Alan Alda

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” -- Malcolm S. Forbes


  1. Becky great quotes! I need to be bolder in my belief in myself! You are a star and will be famous one of these days! hugs, Linda

  2. The quotes are great!

    We are often our worst critic (at least I know I am) - we need occasional reality checks.

    That's one reason why writing groups are so valuable.

  3. This morning on the deck I had paraphrased the Forbes without knowing it. DH and I were talking writers, well I talked he listened :), and that many writers think they are better than they ar, while many decent writers fail to see they measure up!

  4. Hi sweetie, the quotes are the best! I'm was so lad to receive your wonderful email. It would be wonderful if all of us here could get together in a meeting place. I know so many bloggers do and have a wonderful time together. Try to stay cool over your way, we have cooler temps with rains that just moved through. So at least the flowers will flourish again. hugs ~lynne~

  5. Thanks for the quotes Becky. I think we all need encouragement, confidence and belief in ourselves. Your blog is all about that.

  6. Awwww, thank's y'all! And I agree about being our own worst critic, not having enough confidence, etc. Throw those doubts aside and be like Barbra Streisand....singing at the top of your lungs.♪♫ Don't Rain on my Parade!♪♫

    And thanks, Lynne! I'll be happy to feel those cooler temperatures!

  7. I needed your pep talk this morning. thanks for the quotes. I especially like the last one.

  8. Today's artists like to take old classics and ruin them with their remakes.

    While doing housework, I like to listen to the classical music from Fantasia. This kids' movie is really for adults.

    Please stop by my blog and read my review of Gone With a Handsomer Man.


  9. What a great pep talk Becky - I truly needed it today! Loved the quotes, especially the one from Alan Alda. Kat

  10. Inspiring quotes, Becky. The key word in your post was belief. We need self-belief to make it happen!

    Ellie Garratt

  11. Thank you, Donna, Joyce, Kat and Ellie! I always appreciate everyone's comments very much!

  12. Such a loaded question! Self-belief is the key. If we value our own writing, then we are not really "unknown." The process (the writing itself) has to be the reward. The rest is a crapshoot. (I just read your more recent post, too. That's such great news re the retreat place!)


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