I have started — OK, restarted — a creativity coaching endeavor. This time, I’ve been considering what could be usable on a solo basis, which is how I tend to do things. And with those ideas (and input from others), I’ve developed The Creative Toolbox to encompass it all.
Every year at this time, the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. (OWFI) has a conference. This year, for various reasons that I will not get into, I had decided not to go. I kept my resolve through reading updates on Facebook and Twitter about the pre-conference session.
That sure sounded like something I could have benefited from!
I kept my resolve through most of Friday. OK. That’s a lie. On Friday, my resolve wavered. A lot. I could have benefited from a lot of the sessions I saw highlights posted about. My mother (who is often my driver since I cannot drive) kept suggesting I call the hotel, see if they had a room, and go to the conference on Saturday instead of just going up to visit (which was the original plan).
At 5:00, I finally did. They put me on hold. I waited a long time, convinced they would come back and say the hotel was fully booked and they had no rooms.
They did! I gave them the payment information, threw some clothes in a bag, gathered other things I would need, and we left. It was worth it!
I went to listen to a talk by Rhonda Penders of the Wild Rose Press (and relearned something I had known about them but forgot), listened to The Publicity Hound Joan Stewart, skipped the next session, had lunch, took a nap the next session (I was getting over bronchitis), listened to Joan Stewart again, and ended the day listening to Amy Collins of NewShelves.com.
I got information I desperately needed about blogging, marketing, and newsletters. I got some great ideas about book promotion and getting into stores that aren’t bookstores. I reconnected with old friends and met some new ones. I listened to live music in the hotel bar after the awards banquet.
I reconnected with me.
That last line is more important than you realize and goes back to some of the reasons that I’m not talking about here yet.
Prior to the conference, I had been debating my blog. I knew I needed to start blogging again, but I couldn’t decide if I should scrap this one and start over or continue on here. Since you’re reading this post on this same blog, I obviously decided to keep this one. After all, I’ve put a lot of work into it.
I am not going to commit to a set schedule, but I am going to post things about what I’m writing, what I’m making (knit/crochet), reviews, and other things that are going on and coming up. I hope you stick around, enjoy it, and perhaps even contribute sometimes.
No, I’m not a doom-and-gloom nay-sayer I’m stating a simple fact. The end is near.
And I’m glad for it.
I’m talking about my current manuscript. I’m almost finished with the first draft. Although I missed my goal for finishing the draft in August, it’s going to happen in September.
In fact, it might happen as soon as next week.
My working title is Bullet Journal Basics. If you ever wanted to learn more about the bullet journal system, this book will help. I do not claim it will answer all of your questions. No book can do that. I do think, though, it will help you get a good start.
Since I hope to finish the draft next week, it’s possible the book will be ready for Kindle by Thanksgiving at the latest.
I had an opportunity to spend a few days at a house where I used to live. I loved that house. I still do. So I jumped at the opportunity. I didn’t consider not having any reliable Internet except on my phone.
I grabbed at the chance that I could get a lot of writing done on a current manuscript that I wanted to finish in August. That didn’t happen, so I’m hoping for a September finish. It’s definitely possible.
And today I got a lot done on it.
There were a few things I needed to research, though. I used my phone. No big deal. It’s doable. Not ideal, but doable.
Tonight, I decided to sit down at play a game on the computer. It was then I noticed I had an Internet connection. Not just one bar from the coffee shop next door that I’ve had on my Kindle off & on all day, but FULL bars. Full signal. From the coffee shop. It’s not fast, but it’s letting me post.
That’s why this post was almost an oops. It almost didn’t get posted and that would have been okay because it had to be. Since it’s not, you get this short little rambling post about how my unobservant day almost missed this deadline.
I’m struggling with motivation today. Its a case of so much to do and too little time to do it. I decided in order to get at least one of the things done (this blog post), I would make a short list of three things to do when your motivation is low.
Here they are:
- Make a list of things to do. These can be things you need to do or things you want to do. Make a list. Get that forward momentum going again to help you build your motivation. (If you’re a bullet journal-er like I am, you do this anyway.)
- Already make to-do lists but leave things off? It’s not wasted if you do something that’s not on your list. Add them to it and mark them as done. It’s not cheating. it can honestly help you see that you are getting things done and building your motivation back up.
- Take a break. You’re not Superman or Supergirl. Nor do you want to be. (Trust me. The world would expect way too much of you.) Tell yourself it’s OK to rest, to take a break. If you don’t get everything done, the world won’t end. You can start again tomorrow.
So here’s one more thing I can mark done on my to-do list. Now if someone would write a query letter for me, I’d be set.
It is safe to say that one of my favorite movies of all time is Charlie & the Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder as the incomparable Willie Wonka.
Since he passed away a couple days ago, I thought it would be appropriate to share a quote from that movie today.
“We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams.” – Willie Wonka
I just had an amazing weekend and I wanted to tell you about it.
My mom (that’s her on the right) went to a Kevin Welch concert at the Goddard Center in Ardmore, Oklahoma, on Friday. The concert was Kevin Welch, a country music singer and songwriter (that part will become important in a minute) and his son Dustin.
Kevin played his guitar. Dustin played two kinds of guitar and a banjo. They sang together and separately. Each sang backup for the other. They have a beautiful harmony. We had front row seats and didn’t miss a ting.
Remember the part about songwriting?
On Saturday, they had a songwriting workshop. Kevin said these workshops are normally 2-3 days. This one was fro 10:00 to 3:00 on Saturday. He said it was difficult to figure out what to include and what to leave out in such a short workshop.
It was pretty intense.
We talked about shapes, patterns, rhymes (or not rhymes) as they pertain to songs. We also talked about such things as a prechorus, chorus, and bridge. The use of metaphor and cinematic writing and so much more!
Several people brought their guitars. One man brought his mandola. He said it’s like a Chinese mandolin but with one extra string. We went around he table where participants played and sang what they were working on. Except me. I had two lines of a chorus that I didn’t know what to do with and I (currently) don’t play guitar. The woman beside me didn’t play either.
As the workshop was winding down, Kevin said we didn’t even touch on allegory or parables in songwriting. Honestly, I don’t know if my head could have handled much more. I was already on information overload and couldn’t even start processing everything until today. Thank goodness for taking notes!
It was a great workshop!
If you’re ever in Ardmore during business hours, be sure and go to the Goddard Center and check it out! I didn’t get to see near enough of it and can’t wait to go back!