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I Am Lonely, Are You?

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This morning I watched a video that made me realize that I’m lonely and it’s by choice.  There is no telling what or who I have missed by sitting in-front of this computer.  Have you ever wondered what kind of world we have created for our children and grandchildren.  I can truly say that I understand the line, “back in the good-ole days.”  There is so much my Grandchildren will not see and experience due to technology.

Take a look at this video and give it some thought.  Have a blessed day.    Shirley

 

 

 

Nagging Voice

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For the past several days I’ve had this nagging voice in my head telling me to write a story. I push it away and it returns a short time later. I woke up this morning thinking about it, one more time. I am beginning to think someone is trying to tell me something. Have any of you ever had a head voice nagging you about something? If so what did you do? Did you continue to push it away or finally give into it and do what it was telling you to do.

Today, I am going to write that short story called The Red Shoes and post it on my website shirley-mclain.com. I’m going to stop that little nagging voice. It is a non-fiction story dealing with the trauma of alcoholism.

I think dealing with any issue in your life is better than pushing it aside time after time. My little voice may only be talking about writing a story, but even if it was pushing me to something outside my comfort zone, I think I would follow my voice. Of course, if your voice is telling you something you know is wrong or could hurt someone then that is a totally different thing.

Bottom line is deal with whatever your inner voice is saying to you. I truly believe there is a reason we have that little voice inside of us prompting us to do what needs to be done.

Do you let life interfere?

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I have been terrible at blogging this past week. I have let life interfere with what I love to do, and that is writing and blogging. I also seem to be spending more time than I like with the social networking. I do love people and communication. Those sites let me talk to people all over the word. I consider that a blessing from my Lord.

This week I have been running around like a chicken with its head cut off. In case you don’t know what that cliché means, it is a country girls way of saying, I was going so many directions, I didn’t get anywhere. I did manage to get my granddaughters prom dress and of course she looks lovely in it. I’m also looking a houses so my husband and I can pick out our retirement home. I was also the caretaker for my adopted mom while she had a doctor visit and found out she has to have surgery. All in all it was a full week, but I let my blogging and writing go. How do you handle what life throws at you? Share some tips with me on how you make time for everything. My goal is to continue writing and sharing through my blog, but I have found that is sometimes very hard to do.

When Does Your Muse Strike?

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When do you think of new stories to write, or new books?  I was sitting at the dinner table yesterday evening and it came to me what my next book is going to be, along with the title.  I had an outline completed in my head and it all took place within a fifteen minute period of time.  It was  one of those times when no effort was being made but it all came together.

I can remember the content this morning, so it was something which touched me.  I find stories coming to me while lying in bed trying to read another book, or watching tv.  It seems anything can get those creative juices flowing.  I find it a rather amazing how my Muse comes into play at the oddest moments.

Todays video is about finding your Muse, just in case you lose it.  Have a great day.

http://youtu.be/dGwBVTsTPTM

 

It’s Hard To Get, Or Is It?

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Writing this particular blog happened, because I was listening to a video made by John Wooden, who I believe was a basketball coach at UCLA.  He made me start thinking about success in writing.  I do have to tell you I am not a sports fan at all.  Up until I watched this video, I had no idea who John Wooden was.  I have placed the video on the blog so you may listen to it also.

I liked his definition of success: “Having peace of mind after doing the best you can do.”  He also said a person must have faith and patience in whatever they do in order for it to be a success.  I can agree with that sentiment, but you also have to have the works to go with it.  As a writer, I can have the faith a patience that I am going to write a book.  Unless God steps in and creates a miracle (which I don’t see happening) and the book suddenly appears.  I am going to have to start working at it, to get the book written.

As far as success, that is something each one of us will have to determine for ourselves.  My girlfriend asked me last week, when would I consider my book to be successful?  I had a tough time answering that question.  I told her, I did not know because I hadn’t gotten there yet.  I think I will recognize it when it happens.  On the other hand, I was a success at writing my book, and at getting it published.  Do I think the book is a success? No, because it hasn’t sold a million copies, and yes, because I have received so many positive reviews on “The Tower”.   Maybe the question should be, when will you consider the book to be successful?  Am I really the judge of that answer, or is the reading public?

On eHow.com, I ran across ways to measure success and I want to share it with you.

Things You’ll Need:

  • You are the Master of your own success
  • You can measure success by failure being overpowered with something good
  • You must measure by accomplishments and not failures

1.  Start by setting goals

2.  Understand your strengths and weaknesses

3.  Make preparation for the challenges of your success, and reassure yourself that you can be a success.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be positive
  • Be aggressive
  • Be productive
  • Be an achiever
  • Be aware of those hindering blocks
  • Be aware of the interests that pertain to you and your measure of success
  • Be aware to avoid negative actions
  • Be aware that time will bring on change

I would like to know what success means to you.  Since we have determine it for ourselves, there must be guidelines in your head on what you want.  I think it is a tough subject.  That’s my two-cents for today.

The Knights and the Basketball

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My husband is an active member of the Knights of Columbus with our parish, here in Plano.  The Knights have always made an effort to find activities for the young people.  Today they had a “Free Toss Basketball” competition.  They had announced it in the church bulletin, at the school and had sent out flyers to the neighborhoods.  They had one child show up and were so disappointed.

When my husband asked me what I thought, I told him.  I think the children of today lead very busy lives.  They have all kinds of afterschool activities, and the weekends are also covered over.  Just ask any parent of a school age child.  I am not sure kids are into basketball toss anymore.  Give them a competition with a video game and see what happens.

I no longer have school age children, but I do see my grandchildren and how “techno” they are.  My youngest grandson is a marvel on the WII games and his sister is right there with him.  The activities for our young people have changed, but I don’t see our parish making any changes.

There is a lot of participation in the Soccer Challenge the Knights have, but it seems to me, that is a very popular sport with the youth of today.  There is not a lot of activity with the Soccer Challenge.  It entails kicking a ball though certain holes in a net to get points.  The winner scored the most points.

What else do kids of today like to do besides video games and soccer?  I am looking for suggestions that would be appropriate for a church activity.  That’s my two-cents for today.

Political Emails

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Hello, I am writing this morning about a topic that personally bothers me a great deal and that is “Political Emails”  I am not referring for ones that say Vote For Me.  I am referring to the ones that contain violence.  Today I recieved an email from an online friend that disturbed me a great deal.  Especially with the event that just occurred in Arizona.

This particular email with video showed Speaker Pilosi handing over the gavel, and then getting hit in the head with it.  It actually made me cringe.  I know my friend has very strong political views, but I was actually offended by that video.  it had nothing to do with political views, it was the violence it demonstrated.   I will be letting him know not to send me any more political emails.

I feel if we would all take a stand with our email friends and let them know about the violent, not funny video’s, or the word only  commentary’s that are supposed to be jokes  are not appreciated, it just might help change things for the better.  I would have a hard time believing I am the only person who finds this type of thing  on the offensive side.

We do have free speech in this country, so anyone has the right to send or say what they want.  I think it makes each one of us responsible for what we receive by email, as much as possible.   I for one am about to start fighting back.  I am going to start sending back polite notes asking not to receive any more political emails.  How about you?  Are you ready to try to stop this garbarge from circulating?  If you have more ideas, let’s talk about it.   That is my two cents for today.

Branding, Part 2 What not to do

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Kristine Lamb wrote in her book “We Are Not Alone”, she has made all the mistakes when it comes to social networking.  I had to laugh when I read some of her great ideas turned into “tar babies”.  Those tar babies is what prompted her to write her book.  She lists several mistakes that writers make when they start branding.  I will list them here.

1) Brand yourself, not the title of your book:  That makes sense because if you brand your book then you would be doing a rebrand every time you published.  Also unless you self-publish you have no control over the title of the book.

2) Branding  your content:  This works just like branding the title.  You have to have a brand that can be used with everything, or you will be repeating the branding.

3) Branding Names of Characters:  Build your platform using your name that way you do not have to keep rebranding

4)Branding Multiple Identities:  Even if you do a number of different genres, you don’t need multiple identities.  The example Kristine uses was “Proctor and Gamble”.  They have hundreds of products, but you recognize the name, “Proctor and Gamble”.

“I can put all of my products under one umbrella of Kristen Lam to make things easy and simple for my fans.  Through this brand I can then direct traffic.”

If you are a new author like myself we will tend to lean heavily on networking with others authors.  We need to learn more about our craft and the world of publishing.  Once the publishing is done then you can network with people who can show you how to boost book sales.

Ways To Find Ideas for Your Blog

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This is actually a review of a great little book by Steven Aitchison called “100 Ways To Find Ideas For Your Blog Posts.”  In the introduction of the book Steven writes, “There are times when blogging can be tough and it feels like we have just run out of ideas for our blog posts or as a freelance we dometimes think there’s nothing else to write about.  Where does the muse go when we are feeling like this, and how can we get it back?

He goes into great detail of his 100 ways to find ideas.  It is interesting to read and the ideas are fantastic.  I found the book on Amazon and I am glad I did.  As a newbie to blogging, I am trying to learn all I can and this book was very helpful.  A few of the ways he has discussed within the book for blog ideas are:

1.Talk to children

2. Visit TED.com

3.  Do something you normally would not do.

4. Write a controversial post

5.  Open up your encyclopedia

I have found that his ideas make a lot of sense and are easy to do.  If you would like to know  more of his ideas just let me know and have a look at the book on Amazon.com  I happen to think this little book is great to have on hand as a resource guide.  That’s my two cents for the day.