Happy Mother’s Day!

Being a mom is never easy.

You have to have courage…

Strength…

And patience.

But the rewards are awesome.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Oh my goodness! How cute is this picture! I just had to share this one along.
By the way, if this one picture just hit your heart the way it did mine, check out the site: Wicked Aww Pics. It’s heaven for any animal lovers out there.

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The smallest little snail

I was late for work. The last thing I should have been doing was stop and start taking pictures. But I couldn’t resist. It was the smallest snail I have ever seen.

Can you see him? He's even got little snail antennae and everything!

Can you see him? Isn’t he adorable?

Honestly, I wanted to take him home and keep him and pet him. I’d name him Minimis and hope he wouldn’t get much bigger.

Then I got into my trusty Jeep and drove to work.

Mondays suck.

Fuzzies

This is completely self-indulgence at its worse. Like too much sugar, I think it can actually rot away your teeth. Look at it at your own risk.

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My goodness. No matter how sucky my day is, these little guys just make me smile. Here’s hoping you did too! ūüėÄ

Confession

I got a bad review. Or rather my book did.

Everyone gets bad reviews. I know that.

Weeeeelll…my head knows it. My heart has trouble remembering. It’s a pretty easy thing to forget when you get that nasty review.

Dealing with a bad review isn’t easy. Though everyone has their own way, I thought I’d share¬†what has¬†worked for me.

1. Writing about it. It might sound ironic but writing about painful stuff helps me. I either journal about it or I write it into a blog post :-). Writing is cathartic and helps me get it out.

2. Sending out positive energy. I find that if I send it out, it comes back to me. So, when I need support, I try to send it out. When I need a kind shoulder, I try to be kind to someone around me. If nothing else, at least I feel better about myself.

3. Working out. We have this punching man downstairs and these great boxing gloves. I go down there and punch that guy in the face until all that anger and frustration is gone. Or I go to the elliptical and run or I head to the gym. Anger is a great motivator. I can get amazing work outs thanks to those nasty reviews.

4. Sharing with other authors. I know there are trolls online but I have found amazingly supportive people in the web. I can go to them and share my misery. Odds are, they’ve had a bad review and can identify with me. If not, they’re Nora Roberts…no, wait she’s had bad reviews as well.

5. Kissing my doggies. They don’t care if I’ve get bad¬†reviews or bad hair, they love me unconditionally and trust me. I can kiss those furry heads and tell them all my troubles and they just listen.¬†No judgement.

6. Working at DayJob. I work with the public. Within five minutes of being at work, I’ll have an impossible demand; within ten, someone will be shouting at me. I’ll come back to my computer glad that at least that review was written and not shouted.

A nice list, with nice items. They hurt no one and are good, mature choices.

What follows is a more immature list. Choices that, so far, I’ve managed to avoid.¬†Please notice the ‘so far’. The next bad review will probably send me over the edge.

* Throw away the computer.

* Send the author of that review a nasty email calling them every name in the book and a few I’ve just invented.

* Start a Voodoo doll.

* Go to Tibet and join a monastery.

* Take up Wicca and conjure up a spell. Or two.

* Give up writing and take up playing the banjo.

Absolutely ridiculous list. Time for some maturity. Let’s have some links.

-Try this link and see what works for other authors from Writer Unboxed.

This one is from Digital Book World and has great tips.

One more from The Write Life.

What about you? Have you had a bad review? How did you handle it? What helped? Any other items you’d add to the ‘immature’ list?

How about some cute baby animals? They always make me feel better…

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Awww….

Awww!

8504326519_37f41d5551_zAwww!!! Okay, feeling a little better.

 

Cuties!

This post is self-indulgence at its worst. I just had to post them because…well, they’re soooo cute!!

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