Tag: hope

  • Taking Stock of the Year

    So you’ve survived yet another year. YAY! Glad you’re still with us. 😉 And at this time of year, it’s only suitable to start to look back and consider the year. Remember those goals you were supposed to write down at the beginning of the year? Yep, those ones. Go drag them out now, hmm?…

  • Crap, Crap, Everywhere: How to Find Perspective When You Think the Pages Stink

    Yep, I’m still in revisions. And this post is late today (sorry about that!). I’m at the point where it feels like revisions will never, ever end and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. It was turned off last Tuesday. Or maybe back in December … Anyhoo, I’ve been going through…

  • The Power and Danger of “If”

    “If” is a strange, tiny little word. On it’s own, it doesn’t do much. But give it a dance partner, and it changes everything. Think of all those “if then” statements from programming. And of course, the all important “what if.” What if leads us to wondrous places, flying wherever our creativity can take us.…

  • 7 Reasons for Hope to Persevere

    It’s scarcely 1/6 of the way through the year (17%), and I begin to wonder if I can achieve what I set out to do, if this will be another year when I try hard, but nothing seems to come of it. More rejections, and I fear contest entries were more like throwing away money.…

  • Affirmations for Writers

    Last week I was talking about how to climb out of the whirling toilet-bowl of despair, and I suggested making yourself some affirmations. Personally, I found this kind of hard, since it felt a bit corny to me. But, I did come up with – and find – some. To get you started – and…

  • Crisis and Catharsis: Or, Just Keep Writing, You’re On Your Way

    It’s been a heck of a wonky-week. I’ve been reading new craft books, and testing out a new potential CP. CP looks terrific, but both the books and the CP delievered the news (unintentionally, both of them) that what I was taking for subtly is just lack of clarity. Oh, and the plotting isn’t working…

  • Mountain Climbing in a Fog: How Do We Measure Progress?

    We all have end goals, some small, some, well,  mountainous. Some goals – and their attainment – is easy to measure and see. Others less so, especially if success is something measured in our heads. That makes some of these goals like mountain-climbing in the fog: we have no way of knowing where we are…

  • Decision Paralysis: Or, You’re Allowed to Screw-up

    I’ve been getting ready for the big RWA conference in Anaheim in July, and recently had to make my picks for the “pitch sessions”: one agent appointment, one editor appointment. I’ve done pitches before with a fair degree of success, and in fact, I like doing them. But this year, just the idea of choosing…

  • Acceptance and Publication: A War of Attrition?

    I’ve been out querying and feeling a bit down about my writing lately – one of the low points in the ride, perhaps – and my husband suggested that I had to consider the process towards publication like a war of attrition. I got the feeling he meant I couldn’t simply give up, but I…

  • What Are Your Reasons? : Remembering Why You Persevere

    Maybe it’s the dull day, maybe it’s a lot of other things, but I’ve been feeling pretty down about my writing lately, which led me to go back to my list. I think most of us – no matter what goal we strive for and continue to fight to achieve – sometimes feel like the…