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Progress Report: August

I was right.  Maybe it was that self-fulfilling prophesy thing.  July was kicked back and comfortable: 4th of July, Camping, BlogHer…  Not much to show for myself. I’m kicking in for some real progress in August.  I already have a full end-of-summer-one-last-bash kind of August on my calendar.  Okay, somewhere in there I will finish editing my book.  I promise.   My Progress on Game Plan 2014: Get my novel published:  I will get editors, a cover designer, and a publisher.  I will. Progress:  I’m tucked in for the hard work of editing, based on my beta-readers and Lisa Romero. …

Game Plan Report: April 2014

Okay, maybe I should make Distraction my middle name.  (My initials will be ADD.  Hmmm…) Most the time I’m pretty focused; I just want to do so many different things.  Along came Candy Crush.  I wasn’t even interested, until all my favorite TV shows started including it as part of the current culture.  I don’t even like it, but I keep playing.  Get behind me Candy Crush; I have A Game Plan.

My Game plan for 2014:

  1. Get my novel published:  I will get editors, a cover designer, and a publisher.  I will.

    Progress:  Rod passed my manuscript and author profile on to the Senior Editor at Harvest House.  I got a very nice rejection e-mail from him.  He said, in part:   “I looked at your submission and the writing is better than most I see, so I do think you’re a good writer. But…  I want to encourage you to keep writing and keep sharpening your craft. ”  Oh now, that’s good-bad news, isn’t it.Guy KawasakiSo

Game Plan Report: March

First my success rate at predicting the Oscars: I got a whopping 42% correct. If I factor out the winners awarded to movies I did not see, my success rate climbs to 53%. (I only missed two movies that got awards, FROZEN and HER. Those two raked in three awards.) Not bad for someone who knows nothing about movie-making. Oh, and guess what? The “Achievement in Documentary Short Film” went to a story that makes the heart and soul smile: THE LADY IN NUMBER 6: MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE. Check out the trailer here: The Lady in Number 6 (YouTube)…

Game Plan Report: February

My Game plan for 2014: Get my novel published:  I will get editors, a cover designer, and a publisher.  I will. Progress:  One publisher viewed three chapters and wants 4 more!  I met Rod at my first ever writers’ conference.  He liked the first chapter; I just had to follow up.  I’m planning to forge ahead with other editors as well.  Plus, I’m reading Guy K’s artisan publishing guide APE. Knit or crochet yarn stash into hats for charity:  I have a lot of yarn stash. Progress:  Three hats made.  Ummm… grandkids saw them, asked for them, and hey, I…

Looking Back and Seeing Ahead: A New Year of Goals

Ah January… cold and dark and long.  The holidays are behind us, the annual, quarterly, and monthly bills all come in the mail.  January is too cold, too long, and too dark. January got its name from the two-faced god Janus. One face looking back on the past, one face looking forward to the future, Janus is associated with doorways, beginnings, or transitions.  Now that sounds better than cold, dark, and full of debts. January is a time to contemplate, to assess, and to plan.  So here goes. Looking Back at My Goals for 2013:  Keep my counter-tops clean:  The…

Real BFF’s: Judith Wright & Me (and a Book Giveaway)

Judith Wright An old friend from high school. We’re both a long way from the self-consciously confident students we once were, “Judy” and I still keep in touch.

Judy Sewell, a bookish student involved in publication, orchestra, marching band, and student council, says she was a plain chubby girl searching for something, unaware what she was missing and unable to identify her dreams.  The year Judy graduated from high school, at least one high school teacher, Bonita Ansbaugh, knew that Judy stood head and shoulders above her peers and recognized her for outstanding achievement in publication.  Perhaps this small vote of confidence helped Judy have the self-assurance to put effort into identifying and pursuing her dreams.  On September 20, 2008, Swartz Creek High School honored Judith Wright (Judy) with the Outstanding Alumni Award.

Judith Wright is a recognized and sought after personal coach and self-help expert. She appeared on over 50 television programs including

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