Acceptance

The last piece in this trio of blog posts is about acceptance. It's a skill as much as learning to maintain your focus. It takes practice. But it falls somewhere between the empirical and emotional partnering of focus and determination. It's about learning to be at peace. This is a skill I need to spend... Continue Reading →

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Determination

Last week, I talked about an important writing skill—focus, as the mental discipline needed to keep yourself writing and to stay on track with your story. If focus is the practice or technique, determination is the fuel. Focus helps you stay on the path. Determination keeps you moving. I'm always thinking in terms of writing,... Continue Reading →

Focus

Having natural talent helps when you want to be a writer. Reading, studying, learning about the craft—that helps too. Practicing is the absolute best thing you can do to improve your skill level. You also need self-mastery. If you can't get yourself to sit down to write, you can't write anything! But is getting into... Continue Reading →

Pressure

I put myself under a lot of pressure. People have pointed this out to me my entire life. It used to always be a warning—I was about to crush myself, and they wanted me to ease up to avoid it. I didn't usually listen, and often ended up running myself into the ground. As I've... Continue Reading →

Moving Forward, Looking Back

This week marks an important milestone in my writing career. Tomorrow, July 7, it will have been one year since my first book, Wandering Soul, was published 🙂 I adore this book, and have been wanting to go back and read it again—to visit the characters and world of The Summer Park Psychics. The urge... Continue Reading →

The Strong Sun Moon

Today is triply blessed for me. It's the Summer Solstice and the full moon for June—the Strong Sun Moon. And also, today is the release day for my latest scifi novella (which is not at all a coincidence 😉 ). It's a good time to take stock of the last year, and after reading my... Continue Reading →

Messages from the Universe

Here's a quick little post about the Universe once again giving me some feedback 🙂 Last night, I gave myself a bit of a break and played some video games in front of the TV (decadent!). I have so many projects in the works right now, with edits for the spider-headed zombie romance underway, the... Continue Reading →

Planning to Plan

Earlier this year, I moved away from using a planner for a while. That was a Very Bad Thing. It wasn’t just bad in terms of not knowing where and when I needed to be places or what I was supposed to be doing. It was bad for my motivation. Without goals written down where... Continue Reading →

Remembering Challenger

A while back, I blogged about watching the first space shuttle launch while standing in a small patch of trees lining the water across from Cape Canaveral. I had no idea what my dad was so excited about or why he kept making us look at the island across the way so we didn't miss... Continue Reading →

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