WELCOME TO THE NEW YEAR

I don’t know about all of you, but this past year was full of surprises that crossed different avenues for me. I RETIRED!!! Never thought I’d give up my Silver Sneakers(R) Exercise Group, but after eight years, needed to let go and give the group some new instructors and new choices. They are still in full force and have added new members. Sometimes, it is the right thing to do and help the members grow and learn new moves/exercises.

Thought, this would give me an opportunity to dig further into my writing, which I have done, just not as much as I wanted to accomplish. The ideas are there and my fingers try to hit the ‘write’ keys. Some days are better than others.

Been hitting our little library a lot and going back over some of the old books again. Got interested in reading the classics and older books. Jeffery Archer had a new book out, “This Was A Man,” and I could not just get this without going back over his other novels. It was the seventh book in a series and I needed the background information. Still working my way through the series.

We had our annual meeting and good attendance. Found out our CMA, Office Manager, is being transferred to a new property and we have a new CMA coming in to keep our place in order. Will not know for a while, as he starts this coming week. New opportunities, I hope.

I find myself at ends, but not for long. It takes a while to wind down after working all your life and at times two jobs. Still, I find new avenues to travel and include my writing. I am thinking of doing some volunteer work with The Atlanta Humane Society. Since we have a “NO PET” rule at our Condo, figured this would give me something new to volunteer and give myself a pet for a while. I’d been there to an open house months ago, but couldn’t work and do this type of volunteering. I’ll let you know how this goes.

I had a quiet New Year Eve celebration and watch all the crowds gather at Underground Atlanta for the annual Peach Drop. It was cold, windy, and a little of the sprinkles falling down. NO, not the white kind that stick, only the wet, uncomfortable drizzle. Then learned this would be the last Peach Drop at Underground. Guess it has been sold, so have no idea where or what will happen–upset a lot of attendees.

My wish for you this new 2017 is to be happy and share your happy thoughts with friends, neighbors, and yes, even strangers. Be Inquisitive. Be Inspired. Be Kind.

I’ll see you in a week or so. Until then, keep yourselves busy and have fun.

PATRICIA

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On Overload?

The Otherlife
Yes, this is also part of writing. Our brain works for us on a 24/7 time schedule. Even in our sleep, our brain works. No wonder we wake up in bad moods, tired, and overloaded.
We have schedules, time tables and deadlines for a blog post, a writing assignment, an edit, and you name it. Then, we have to write new material, or a sequel, or decide to change genres. Our brain functions in all of these changes and events, but sometimes our body does not.

We go from one thought to another, jump into unknown territory and scramble to complete three things at the same time. Poor brain. Still, this majestic part of our body is always on alert to danger and can signal us of the dangers ahead. Have you ever thought about “what could happen?” instead of the present, your heart beats faster and you get tense.
Can we do something about this? Of course, slow down, get in the present, and stay in the present and . . . . no way. There are so many things that needs attention. We cannot quit worrying about not doing our best (perfectionist) or being the best caregiver and cannot quit multitasking.

STOP! Think of the practice of Yoga, the mindfulness we keep forgetting about. Stress gets to our lives in so many ways, but we can learn to control this and give ourselves a happy outlook. Sorry, but go offline for a full twenty-four hours. Yeah, I spelled this out instead of using figures, to soften the blow. But there are emails to answer, research to do, picking kids up from school, dinner to cook, laundry piled up, and the last two chapters to finish, and then editing. I’m so far behind.

Unclench your teeth. Open your mouth wide and stick your tongue out. But, that’s kids’ stuff. Try it, and while you are doing this release the muscles around your eyes, let your face relax. Roll you chin down and then over to the right shoulder, back to center, and over to the left shoulder.

Schedule “worry time.” What? Yes, we all have worries, but why keep them with you every second of every hour of every day. Make an appointment with yourself and list all of your worries. Read this list, and then tear it up. Worries are gone.

Remember the old rubber band snap? It still works. Put a rubber band on your wrist and give yourself a slight snap. If this doesn’t work snap harder and quit thinking of what you should have done and look at what you do have. What about a massage? What about a manicure or pedicure or BOTH? Relax into the moment. This is YOUR time, enjoy.

Learn to focus on the present. Forget all the pressures and take one item at a time. I’ll answer ten emails, finish the next chapter, and grab a take-out dinner for this evening. Do these few simple avenues release the jumpy stomach feelings? How about the tightness in your hands and feet. Hey, the driver of the car in front of you might be going through some of the same. Smile, and say to yourself, “been there, done that, and no more.”

Happy Release. Happy Procrastination. Happy Present.

HAPPY WRITING.

MAGIC MONDAY

energyIt is Monday. Here is your Magic Wand _____!! How will you use it?

Are you a writer, who dreams about a best selling book, but never gets around to writing this story. Something else pops up and your dreams ends.

You want to write and you can, once you get your desk cleared or a plot starts to form. You have paper, pads, pencils, and pens ready to go. Then you decide to do research on your plot. Your fingers chase the internet, but you forget to write.

Are you a writer, who maintains control over your writing process. Once your “butt is in the chair,” your favorite CD playing, your computer fired up, your mind goes blank. You search for your memory — gone. Where are your thoughts?

All of you different writers, got a Monday Magic Wand at the beginning of this blog. USE IT!!!! (Yes, exclamation points to emphasize how important this wand is.)

Wave the wand over being perfect, ALL THE TIME. We aren’t  and can’t be.  POOF!

To focus your writing, give the MUSE her freedom. POOF!

Look at ALL  your writing possibilities, some you’ve never tapped. POOF!

Then take these wishes from your magic wand and think of your individual wishes.

POOF!

Magic Monday.

(A little late, but took some of the advice and stopped worrying, at least while I was at a musical concert. But, by magic, here is your Monday blog.)

Happy Writing.

 

ARE YOUR RESOLUTIONS SHOWING?

DiamondYou are almost one full month into your 2014 Resolutions. Take a peek and see if you are on track. Did your wants for change make you go overboard? Did you set unrealistic goals? Don’t laugh. Some people go for sky-high goals and set themselves up for failure? Why? Success frightens, no scares them. Get out the list you made and see how you are doing. Do not beat yourselves up. This is an oil change, not a full tune-up.

Are you writing every day? Maybe you can’t do fifty pages, or three thousand words, or revise every page of your current manuscript. But, do you sit yourself down and write? You might be working on your blog, critiquing a partner’s work, or jotting down ideas for a new book. Take another look at your original resolution. Are your goals unrealistic for you? Make an adjustment, take the pressure off, and you might find yourself writing more than you thought.

Are you researching for agents, editors, or publishers for new submissions. Have you talked with your current publisher about new options or avenues for a new work? Sure, this is still January 2014, but have you listed what you want with a new work? Can you see the WIP or the characters? Who will be your audience.  A lot of questions and no answers, yet. Go back and see if this new WIP will be ready or are you still pushing publicity and reviews on your latest work? This is the time to make adjustments. You will feel better and your submission process will improve.

Do you sometimes look at other authors and wish you had their time to give to your work? Some writers make time seem like the most active parts of their lives. But, look deep; they also have to MAKE time to get everything. Never compare yourself to another writer. Each of you are different in the way you write, what you write, your lifestyles and be thankful. Do not try to compete. Try to complete. Fine tune your resolution efforts.

Stop worrying and focus on what you want to happen. Take the negativity out of the formula and throw in a pound of positivity. Now, take a look at your writing area. Do you have good lighting, is your chair or bed or cushion comfortable? Are your files up-to-date? A lot of stress is brought on by misplaced articles, notebooks, lost pens, and extra supply of printer ink. See what you need to do your work with ease. Then make the changes in your original resolutions.

A happy and competent you gets your writing, right.  Happy Writing.

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