If we were having coffee

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that our little tree, Hope, finally has her colours right. She’s just a little thing but she’s a beautiful shade of red now and we couldn’t be more delighted.

This was Hope before

This is her now

Hope in her beautiful colours

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this has to be one of my favourite times of year. It’s both beautiful and amazing outside. I take every chance to walk with my doggies and enjoy the view. It’s that amazing.

That’s Hope too 🙂

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that our dogs are now shedding their coats…or at least dropping hair like teens drop adjectives. It’s made my vacuum a daily necessity.

This is what happens when I brush my dogs

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that work is all-consuming now. It’s the time of year when it’s so busy, it’s easy to stay late into the day and sometimes into the night. So, of course, this is when our house has decided to throw a fit and our garage door, our dishwasher and our phone have all broken down at the same time.

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In the meantime…how are you? How are things?Thank you so much for reading! And a huge thanks to  Eclectic Alli for hosing Coffee Share!

New colours of hope

Our little new maple is finally starting to clue in to the weather and change colours.

I should explain, if you’re wondering what on earth I’m talking about, that we planted a new tree in our yard when we had to take down an ash tree. I named her Hope and I’ve been keeping a careful eye on her. She seems to have taken to our yard, looking quite happy and green in her spot. But it did worry me when all around her the other trees were quickly changing colour in response to the drop in temperature but Hope was blissfully continuing with her green hue. Maybe our little Hope needed some remedial help in tree education or something.

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I was really happy to finally detect changes in her leaves a couple of days ago. Phew!

 

Hope

We’ve had a long, cold winter the likes of which people hadn’t seen in years. Only last week, we had another snow storm, complete with freezing rain and ice pellets.

Finally, finally, we see signs of Spring. It’s such a beautiful sight.

You might not be able to see those little sprouts but I was so excited to see them. Signs of nicer weather and warm days and sunshine.

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Aren’t they exciting?

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I have no idea what they are. Could be tulips, could be a tree, could be a weed. I just know that looking at them gives me hope.IMG_0097

This is Tubby, the tree. He didn’t come out of our long winter unscathed and we’re trying to set him ‘right’ with that pole and tying him straight. Poor little guy.

IMG_0092And these are the ‘Baby’ trees. We planted 5 of these on our property and this is how they’ve emerged from winter. I’m hoping that brown will turn green. Hoping…

Hope comes in with Spring. 🙂

Positive thinking: You’re an awesome writer!

That post by Jeff Moore is still with me. I was looking for reviewers yesterday and their warnings sent me to a sad place. I started to wonder what I was doing fooling myself writing. So, today, I went and found some sites that have positive messages for beginning writers. I certainly needed to hear what they said. Here’s hoping some of you will find these helpful.

Justine Musk wrote 11 things writers should know here. I really liked that post.

I needed to hear that the first draft will not be perfect and that I should give myself permission to write badly. I always try to get that scene right. Not just the dialogue but the ambiance, the foreshadowing, the goal of the scene and the character quirks…not to mention the editing. With all that critique in my head, I just feel a lot of pressure. I loved hearing that the first draft should be rough!

I also related to her first item. “If you have a calling to write, it won’t go away.” I believe that. I’ve lived in different countries, learning different languages and I managed to write and read. It was in me and it certainly didn’t go away.

And I loved when she said: “Reading is the inhale, writing is the exhale.” Isn’t that so very true?

But I’m not done! Kelly Leiter has this awesome blog where you can find all kinds of goodies for writers (see her side menu). Here’s the link:

http://www.thebeginningwriter.com/

In particular, here is a post on self-doubt. I particularly liked the article by Susan Mary Malone, “Writing’s Four-Letter Word: Fear”. And the one by Michael Wallace, “On the Importance of Persistence.” I really liked when he said he could ‘wallpaper a room with rejection letters’. If he’s so good and got that many rejections, maybe there’s hope.

Finally, Kelly Leiter has these helpful quotes to get you started wherever you are in the writing process.

http://www.thebeginningwriter.com/2012/03/helpful-quotes-to-inspire-and-guide-you.html

So, like Natalie Goldberg says: “Just write. Just write. Just write…”

One little image, just for a smile.

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Failure is the first step towards success! [video]

I have just read my first review and it was simply awful. I started questioning the book, my editing, self-publishing, writing in general and the book I’m writing in particular.
I’m not going to lie and tell you that watching this video magically fixed everything. I still doubt. But it helped. And I need to thank Ankush for that.

I also hope it helps others who are also doubting.

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Thanks to my buddy Kim who shared this absolutely amazing video with me:

 

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