Monday, November 25, 2013

Pet News 5: Holidays and your Pet

Now that we’re approaching the Holiday Season, it’s always good to take into account your pet.

They also feel the excitement and stress of the holidays. Any changes can have them regress to earlier episodes of undesirable behavior.

Keep in mind that dogs need reassurance as much as discipline that things are okay. Let them know you haven’t forgotten their daily walks and feeding times.

Sometimes, the changes we make are sudden, so remember that your pet can read your body language. (This one's the biggy!) 

Let the joy of the holidays fill your home with love and peace and your pet will appreciate the skill in which you cater to their needs with much loyalty and enthusiasm. (Note that no pet is perfect=) 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Writing Endeavors 6: Writing as an Island or Journey?

I always thought that after you finished writing a novel it concluded my working on it. That it was time to celebrate and start submitting to different publications, agents, editors, publishers. It’s a good thing I started reading about the profession and realized it took more than just getting words on a page to flow.

Writing is a lot of work: you have to edit, revise, rewrite, cut, paste, get feedback, read it backwards, read it aloud, etc. etc. etc.

But one thing I found unfair in the writing biz was how… with all the mix of self-publishing and traditional publishing, the writer was left to deal with promotion on their own.

First of all, does that make sense? Writing is a lonely occupation (sitting around a computer all day constitutes lonely). One could be on their ‘island’ for more than eight years, and then, be told to go public (or have started on the road to it). Shouldn’t there be more help with promotion? After all, writers want to write. No wonder a lot of writers end up selling e-books and promoting them on their website and other social media.

Of course, it should not deter you from completing a novel. There are things we do to get ahead and be noticed. So, cheers for arriving at the promotion stage. There’s only one way to go now. If only I could get off my island, I would join you!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Quote 4

“In time of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our achievements.”
by Mao Tse-tung

The Holidays are quick approaching and one usually starts to think about what has been accomplished in the year.

There are many things we have done to make the year worthwhile, and there are many people that have tagged along with us to make us smile. But when it comes down to it, we tend to focus on the things we didn’t get done or don’t have. I’m guilty of this thought, too.

I look at the two novels I’m working on and ask myself, why haven’t I finished? Why haven’t I landed an agent? Why are there still chapters to edit? And I have to stop myself from pulling my hair and look at what Mao Tse-tung said: how many people can say they completed two novels and are editing them? How many poems have I written this year? Is my family well? Do I have a place to rest my head? Is my car still ticking?

Instead of dwelling on the negative, let’s come up with a plan to continue building on those small achievements that make our trek to become an author, etc. appealing. I’ve started a list for myself:

-be consistent

-be patient

-reward yourself for any little step closer to your goal

-and exercise your mind and body (really trying on this one!)

Go ahead, stop looking at the broken plate, or chipped nail (or whatever it might be), and start celebrating those little steps!


Monday, November 4, 2013

Writer’s Workshops 3: Killer Letter

I like writing workshops where the presenter discusses a strategy and gives ideas on writing. I especially like it when they provide plenty of time to write on the spot and then writers get to share their first drafts.

I had written my first draft of Killer Letter on Writer’s Digest and then, revised it for the Nightmares Anthology in October. As you look for my poem, you’ll see a great collection of poems from various authors whose creativity on the subject really made this past Halloween worthwhile.

So, now that the festivities are over, you may find some time to browse at them at