How to Help an Author …

I love this article by Susan Toy! There are so many easy ways to support your creative friends. Much of this article can be applied to all form of art, not just writing.

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

Buy/Borrow, Read, Promote to other readers
… those books you enjoy.

Repeat.

Never expect the author to give you a free copy. But, if they offer to do so, you shouldn’t feel you are under any obligation to either read the book or give it a rave review. Unless you truly enjoyed reading that book. (As far as I’m concerned, I’m always thrilled to death with the thought that someone else may be reading my book!)

Buying or borrowing a copy from the library is the best show of support. (And if your local library does not have the book in their collection or the bookstore doesn’t have it in stock then this is a good time to mention the book to them. Did you know that most libraries encourage their patrons to recommend books that may be added to their collections? Both print and eBooks in most cases ……

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Fate & Make Haiku Challenge

I skipped a couple of rounds of Ronovan's Haiku Challenge, but I'm back with two haiku that utilize this week's challenge words: Fate & Make. Autumn Fate Trees shudder sending Autumn leaves to their cold fate Beneath the first snow * Castaway Lonely castaway Fate left to the ocean waves Moon her only guide * … Continue reading Fate & Make Haiku Challenge

What Is Success? – Guest Post by Tina Frisco…

How do you define success?

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While writing the introduction to a fellow author’s book, I realized many of us view success as an end-product. We aspire, we strive and, if fortunate, we manifest. Only then do we feel gratified, overlooking all we accomplished in the process. In short, we fail ourselves.

If we become discouraged when met by an obstacle, we are not seeing that obstacle for what it truly is: a teacher. Obstacles not only teach us what does not work, but also challenge us to reach beyond our perceived limitations. Obstacles are opportunities to practice what we’ve learned, alter our approach, and move forward. This is success.

Being stuck in obsessive thought patterns, limiting beliefs, or anything that stops us short of reaching a goal can lead to wallowing in the past (nostalgia) and yearning for the future (desire). Turning inward and finding the embedded thoughts sabotaging our efforts…

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Ocean Shore Haiku

I'm a little late posting my entry for Ronovan Write's Haiku Challenge, but better late than never. I LOVE the prompt words this week: Ocean & Shore. OCEAN WAVES Ocean waves erase Footprints along the shoreline As you walk away * SANDCASTLES Joyful children build Sandcastles on the shoreline Beachside paradise * LIGHTHOUSE Through the … Continue reading Ocean Shore Haiku

Does Your Website Need an Update?

  Yesterday, I discovered that, although my website looked quite lovely on my laptop computer, on my cell phone it looked like a deranged monkey had put it together. Some of my images appeared off-center, while some were teeny-tiny, while others were huge and looked like they were going to attack unsuspecting web-goers. The text … Continue reading Does Your Website Need an Update?