Create Your Own DIY Planner is now available on Smashwords. It will soon be available on Amazon and other ebook retailers!
A print version, with sample layouts you can copy and use in your own planner, will be available by the end of summer.
Yes, you read that right.
Prepare for launch!
For several years, I struggled to find planner peace. What’s that?
Well, you know you have found planner peace when you find a planner system that works well for you and you like to use it.
I tried making my own. Then I found the Bullet Journal system developed by Ryder Carroll. Then I started melding my own ideas with that system. Now, while I use a few elements of that, I use mostly my own.
And I wrote a book about creating your own planner system.
Create Your Own DIY Planner.
It launches on Wednesday, which is, not coincidentally, also my birthday. Wednesday evening, I will have a launch party on Facebook where I will give away an e-copy. Print copies will be available in mid-June.
Watch this space for more updates about the book, launch party details, and more!
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.
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:
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.
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!
Note: The other day, I was going through some files and found a few articles that had been assigned to me by a website but were never published. This is one of those.
Success as a freelancer, whether writing, graphic design, etc., depends on self-promotion. Many of us were taught as children that it is considered impolite to brag about ourselves. However, that is exactly what we need to do as freelancers.
Here are five ways to promote yourself as a freelancer:
There are more ways to promote yourself as a freelancer. Word-of-mouth also works well. The above are five of the most effective methods of self-promotion and can bring you success if you use them and follow up on any leads and assignments you receive.
I’m trying something a little new.
I have signed up on Medium.com. I spent a day looking around after I signed up. As of right now, I have two stories on there.
I am not abandoning the blog. Goodness, no! Especially not after I’m just restarting it. I am doing this in conjunction with the blog.
I’ve received several recommendations for Medium. When the universe talks, I listen. I’ve been hit with clue sticks in the past and ignored them. Then I got hit by the whole clue tree. Yes, I’ve learned from that. So I’m on Medium. Feel free to check me out over there.