A New Year Has Begun at the Writer’s Desk

Good morning, everyone.

It’s been awhile since I’ve been here. After working every day for three years, I was in desperate need of a break. I should have taken one immediately after that seven-month out of the house, working every day for 12 to 14 hours job in 2014, but I didn’t. Instead, I jumped into a self-imposed every day, dawn to dusk working schedule of writing, editing, publishing and marketing. I squeezed in the other part of my life (family, household chores, animals, etc.) where I could.

So a break was necessary to reset my timer, recharge my batteries and reflect on what I’ve done and where I want to go next.

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The Cost of Hiring a Traditional Publisher

Throught of the DayHave you ever had one of those Ah-ha! moments? Those times in your life when you believed one thing only to find out the opposite was true?

Everyone has them. Some probably have them more than others. I like to refer to these Ah-ha! moments as thinking outside the box. That’s been a catch-phrase of the past two decades, so now it doesn’t have the same power as it did before. It has lost its edge from overuse and misuse. Thinking outside the box to some might be ordering muffins for a meeting instead of the doughnuts that have been ordered for the past ten years.

That’s not really thinking outside the box. That’s just making a change.

One way of thinking outside the box to me means someone has taken a truth that is generally known in society and flipped it inside out to reveal the actual truth. It’s like viewing something from a different angle and learning it is “B” instead “A” like everyone else thought.

This sort of discovery is thought of as innovative thinking because it was never before realised.

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Thought for the Day – Secret to Wellness

Throught of the DaySick time can really take a bite out of work time for many people. Since I work at home most of the year, I can easily keep working regardless of the cold or flu attacking my immune system. There have been a few bouts over the past ten years, however, that landed me in bed, unable to even look at a computer let alone make any sense of the words hopping around on the screen.

Usually I get a bad cold in October (about four weeks after the kids start back to school). Another one invades the house around February (you guessed it: brought home from school). March brings another round of sickness before spring delivers relief. Throughout these illnesses, I typically lose only one day’s worth of work because I struggle through them.

However, not everyone is as lucky as me. They may be exposed to germs more often or they work in positions that do not allow them to come in sick.

In May 2014, I was working out of the house with someone who shared their secret to wellness. It was simple and cheap to do, so I gave it a try. The results: I haven’t been sick since.

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Thought for the Day – Breaks

Throught of the DayAll work and no play make Jack and Jill…boring.

A seasoned entrepreneur said this last week during the business workshop I had attended. He went on to say we should work hard at our businesses, but we must also work hard at allowing ourselves some regular time off to enjoy life.

I’ve heard many others say the same thing over the past few years. It’s easy for business owners to work every waking hour. After all, if we don’t work, there’s no money coming in, and if there’s no money coming in, our business will fail, and we will have to work for someone else.

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Thought for the Day – Learning

Throught of the DayFor about ten years, I searched for a manuscript for a western novel I had written in my late teens. It had been packed away when I moved. I knew it was here—somewhere—in a box. I just had to open the right one.

Looking back to that time in my youth, I recalled I had written a good story. I had done extensive research on the old west, read several western novels and even took notes when I went horseback riding. I knew it was a gem. It would need a little editing, and it would be ready for readers.

When I finally found the manuscript, I was a little disappointed. It wasn’t as well-written as I remembered. To be honest, it was poorly written and would need extensive editing. My punctuation and sentence structure was okay, but far below my current writing ability. I read only about 20 pages (all hand-written) before I put it on a shelf and marked it as a future project.

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Thought for the Day

Throught of the DayLast night I attended a workshop where four business owners talked about what it takes to operate a business.

Here are three key notes I walked away with. They are true for all types of businesses.

Network: Get out there, meet people, talk about your business, listen to how others run their business.

Smile: Regardless of what is going on in your life, when you’re with a customer, present a positive attitude. They’ll remember if you don’t. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.

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