Wednesday Words of Wisdom #5

“[Nurture] all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. To accept these realities is to accept contentment as the maturation of happiness, and to acknowledge that clarity and grace can be found in genuine unvarnished existence.” ~ Richard Powell

This quote jumped out at me someone’s email signature recently and I had to write it down. It speaks to me so much as a writer. Especially the last two, but I think that the first is an important point as well. As I am learning to manage my anxiety and struggling to establish a meditation practice in my life (something I’ve been trying to do on and off for the past couple of years), clarity is important to me. Clarity of purpose in life and clarity of vision in my writing, and not letting myself being intimidated by things I don’t know how to do. The world building and amount of research I have ahead of me for my novel is daunting but I have to go for it or the story will never get written.

So let’s break this down.

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One of the classic reasons to write is to create something that will last after you’re gone. It’s to preserve ideas, for sure, but I can’t really imagine anyone who doesn’t, in some corner of their soul, want to have a little slice of cover-bound immortality. Even if you factor in the universe outliving the human race (which is the ultimate “nothing lasts”), a writer’s words might stick around for generations and that’s still better than what we could do with our own lifespans.

What definitely doesn’t last are the little roadblocks of writing. A hundred years from now, it’s not going to matter which chapters that gave you the most headache or how many hard criticisms you have to hear along the way. With anything that makes me frustrated or upset, it’s important to breathe, take a step back, and view it with only as much passion as is necessary. I’m working on having a better perspective in life; not everything is personal or the end of the world. Continue reading “Wednesday Words of Wisdom #5”

Daily Writing Progress #9

Tuesday, March 1st

  • Missed this day.

Wednesday, March 2nd

  • Project: Wednesday post for next week
    • Word Count: 710
  • Thoughts: I was trying to get this done in time to post today, but it still needs some editing.
  • Tomorrow’s Goal: I will need to edit this more at some point.

Continue reading “Daily Writing Progress #9”

Monday Musings #7 – Thoughts About Zombies

Some of my followers are already aware that I am a Walking Dead fan. Since my binge-watch introduction to the show two summers ago, it’s become my favorite portrayal of the zombie apocalypse (although World War Z is a close second and Newsflesh is a not so distant third). Once, my partner and I made these awesome brain cupcakes for a mid-season premiere party (of four people, lol, but hey- more cupcakes for us). At some point I will get around to borrowing the comics from a friend, but for now I think I’d rather just enjoy the show. 2014-10-12 20.14.34

From time to time I pick up a new zombie story. My most recent find is an audiobook copy of Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, which I have not finished yet to be honest. But it’s fascinating to me because I found the attitudes in the book so irritating at first, and now it’s starting to grow on me.

The following review doesn’t exactly contain spoilers, per say, but it does go over the context of this book’s zombies and apocalypse.  Continue reading “Monday Musings #7 – Thoughts About Zombies”

Sunday Gratitudes #8

“Notice your day-to-day world from a point of gratitude and be amazed at all the goodness we take for granted. The video ‘A Good Day’ from TEDxSF can get you in the right frame of mind.” ~ How to Practice Gratitude

I’m grateful for…

🍾 – The recognition I’m getting for making social media guide sheets to send out to customers for events and social media inclusion packages. It’s so nice being employed again and feel like I’m contributing to something!

🍾 – The free 7 Days of Calm series I’m listening to every day on the Calm app, and the new record streak of meditating 5 days in a row.

🍾 – Work paying for me to attend marketing and industry seminars in the beautiful Napa Valley.

🍾 – Gradually but successfully rebooting my sleep schedule to a regular workday schedule.

🍾 – All the good ideas I have after those seminars! I think my boss is going to let me plan a massive overhaul of the website for her cider company. (If only I knew how to design websites myself though, lol.)

What have you felt grateful for this week?

Daily Writing Progress #8

Tuesday, February 23rd

  • Project: Wednesday post
    • Word Count: 271
  • Thoughts: Surprise writing! Surprise, I wrote it!
  • Tomorrow’s Goal: I would like to start getting more into the swing of writing while employed full time again. It’s been a year! But I’ve been doing so well lately so I think it will be okay.

Wednesday, February 24th

  • Project: Potential post draft
    • Word Count: 340
  • Thoughts: Productivity! Yay!
  • Tomorrow’s Goal: Be happy with life.

Thursday, February 25th

  • Missed this day.

Friday, February 26th

  • Missed this day.

Saturday, February 27th

  • Project: Monday Musings post
    • Word Count: 728
  • Project: Future post A
    • Total Word Count: 1,035
    • New Words: 193
  • Project: Ultimate Tag post
    • Word Count: 1242
  • Thoughts: I got a lot of good editing done on that future post! Mostly reorganizing it.
  • Tomorrow’s Goal: More work on a future post or two tomorrow.

Sunday, February 28th

  • Project: Future post B
    • Total Word Count: 926
    • New Words: 421
  • Thoughts: I might have to cut this post down a little later, but I like the images I’ve prepped for it.
  • Tomorrow’s Goal: I’m just going to play it by ear.

Monday,  February 29th

  • Missed this day.