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February 1st, 2007


09:01 am - Sinple Contest Winner Announced
The winner of the simple contest I was holding over at Créatif has been announced here.

Those who entered have also been sent an e-mail.

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January 27th, 2007


09:37 pm - Making Myself Nervous

There is a "Dreams" entry I'd like you to take a look at if you want.

I have most of the first chapter/prologue written.  Tonight, I've been doing some research.  I need to decide about what year it takes place.  In looking at various maps of Ireland, I've decided mid-400s would be good.

Why?

That's when Christianity started making its way into Ireland.  That may not be a key point in the story, but it does play a part in that the main character ("Phillip") has a prejudice against those of the "new religion."

I've also almost decided what area of Ireland, though that's not completely set yet.  I need to find a topographic map to see what the landscape around that area is.  If it's not what I want it to be, it'll have to be in a different area.

I'm going to do the research as I go.  Otherwise, I'll get bogged down in the research and never get the thing written.

I'm loving it so I don't want that to happen.  But, I have to admit, I'm making myself nervous.

Why?

I haven't written much from a male POV.  And what I have has been done in quite short spurts.  (Hmmm...  quite punny considering some things that will be coming up in the storyline.  ;))

Any females out there who have written from a male POV?  How did it go for you?  Was it harder/easier than writing from a female POV?


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January 9th, 2007


08:47 pm - Creative
Have I ever mentioned here that I would like to be a creativity coach?

No?

Well, I would. A lot.

The funny thing about it is I kind of do it anyway. Not intensive actual coaching, but here and there in bits and pieces.

Some of my beliefs/tenets?

-Everyone is creative. Some people just don't know how to tap into it.
-You have to give yourself permission to write/draw/create the worst crap imaginable.
-You have to give yourself permission to call yourself an artist/writer/performer. It's a mindset.

Over the past few months, I've been looking at websites for different creativity coaches, creativity websites, and creativity coach training programs. So far, I've determined I could become a Certified Creativity Coach through the Creativity Coach's Association.

It is certainly something to look into. It's definitely something I want to do. But it will most likely have to wait until after June before I can start seriously thinking about and saving for it.

Check out some of these websites, though. :)

Creativity Portal
Creative Helps
CoachCreative
Eric Maisel, creativity coach

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January 8th, 2007


09:57 pm - Ordered
I decided I wanted to do The Artist's Way again. I can't find my copy, though, so I'm ordering it. I just did. On Amazon.

I have more than one reason, though. :)

I also want to use a snippet or two for a presentation/workshop on creativity while I'm in Eureka Springs in June. So I ordered more than just the main book. I also ordered the Morning Pages journal thing and the AW workbook. I should have them by the end of the week, according to the confirmation e-mail they just sent me.

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January 6th, 2007


12:50 pm - I Have Decided to Have a Contest
Yes, a contest.

The rules are simple and described at the other Créatif.

(This could be considered a shameless plug to get you to go there. BUT I will not answer any questions about the contest here. You have to go there to see it and ask any questions.)

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January 3rd, 2007


10:51 am - Check Sent

It’s the first day of 2007 that the mail will run.  The check for the deposit for the residency is in the mail.

I feel as giddy now as I did when I first heard I got it.

It’s a good thing I got some of my to-do list done this morning before I put that in the mail because it’s going to be hard to get back to work.  At least, though, I have the motivation of a few things crossed off my list to help me get back into it.

Here’s how I see it:

Transcription = dull
Writing = fun

Who wants to do something dull when you could do something fun?  *s*

On that note, though, I really need to get back to it.  Let me leave you with a quote I found earlier today:

“Live out your imagination, not your history.” ~Steven Covey


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December 29th, 2006


09:45 pm - 2007's Writing Goals

In light of the post the other day where I quoted part of an article by C. Hope Clark, here are my writing goals for 2007:

  1. Write a minimum of 1,000 words a day.
  2. Send a minimum of one query a week.  (I tried to do more this last year and overwhelmed myself into doing nothing.)
  3. Develop a minimum of 2 greeting card ideas a week and send them out when I get batches of 5 or 6.
  4. Maintain a tickle file of article ideas that I add to weekly.

This one is both personal and writing:

  • Work through the 1-Minute Organizer system (in conjunction with FlyLady.com) to get organized in my workspace and personal space.

And there we have it.  :)


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07:36 pm - Cooking as Creative Expression?

Do you think cooking can be a form of creativity/creative expression?

If no, then what about those who write cookbooks, invent recipes?  (I’m thinking of Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa on Food Network, but there are others; I just really like her.  :))

I’ve been baking today.  I took some recipes that were done one way and tweaked them for me.  Being diabetic, it’s not a good idea to use the full sugar so many recipes call for.  But there’s this wonderful product called Splenda Blend for Baking.  I used that instead.

I made cranberry almond bread and banana nut bread.  Both recipes call for a cup of sugar.  I used half a cup of Splenda Blend instead.  It turned out wonderful.

That’s not the only change I made, though.  The recipes don’t call for vanilla.  That’s how I learned to make banana nut bread, with one teaspoon of vanilla.  It adds a little extra “yum” factor.

I also made a sugar-free cheesecake that uses Splenda Granular instead of sugar.  It’s very good.  And it came out perfect today. 

Yes, I’m a happy baker.  Sometimes — like the past couple weeks — I think I should bake (and cook in general) more.  Perhaps I will.


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02:34 pm - Making New Year Resolutions?
I have a friend, artist_writer, who has started a community to help us with reaching the goals we set for ourselves. We would love to have you join us.

2007_resolution

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December 28th, 2006


05:17 pm - 8007 Writing Goals
I've been thinking about this quite a bit lately. 'Tis the season and all that.

I just read an article by C. Hope Clark at the beginning of the FundsforWriters newsletter that made me rethink how I was wording my goals, though.

She says:
At this point of the holidays, the presents are wrapped, the dinner is planned and travel is done. Chances are you'll have
some moments to contemplate your life whether seated in front of the fireplace with eggnog or strolling through the snow that has blanketed so much of the United States lately. You know that notebook that sticks with you? The one that contains your story outlines, character thoughts and plotting changes? The one that contains your to-do lists and deadlines? That's the one...the notebook where you now need to record what you intend to do with your writing in 2007.

None of these phrases are allowed...

"Write more"
"Write everyday"
"Study writing"
"Sign up for a class"
"Read more writing books"

How many articles will you keep in play? When will you
finish the novel? How many new magazines will you break into? How much money will you make? How many articles will you sell? What hours of the day will you write and how many words will you write during that time?

Goals are only as good as the measurements. Theories are for dreams, not for accomplishments. While you start with a dream, the work comes when you mold them into reality. Most writer
wannabes love the dreams, but stop there. You know them...the
ones who talk about being famous, making money, speaking on Oprah.

You think about recording thoughts and stories that do more for the reader than they do for you. That's the sign of a good writer. He thinks more about how the writer will enjoy the words even if the writer doesn't remember where the words came from.

Failing to communicate lets others down. It's when you crave doing for others that you perform your best work.

Now...what are your writing goals for 2007?
Clue: It ain't about the byline.

(Funds for Writers, December 24, 2006, Volume 7, Issue 52)

Things to make you go "Hmmmm...."

For me, I've already made one change. In Microsoft Outlook, I have set up some daily, weekly, and monthly tasks that I need to do to accomplish my writing goals. One of them was "Write at least one hour!" It now reads, "Write 1000 words!"

I still need to work on goals for queries and the like. I'll get to that. Soon.

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