Tuesdays Truths – Things I Have Found to Be True in My Life

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Happy Tuesday!  Here are the five truths for today:

  1. Music is what feelings sound like.
  2. It feels good to be lost in the right direction.
  3. To hear God’s voice, you must turn down the world’s volume.
  4. God is not an option.  He is a necessity.
  5. It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man. Psalm 118:8.

Which truth have you found to be true in your life?  Let me know!  Leave a reply!

Making the most of everyday,

Mickey

Writers Digest Writing Conference, Philadelphia April 9 `

Saturday I attended the Writer’s Digest Workshop in Philadelphia.  It was my first conference and I thought it was simple, straightforward, and worth my time.

Chuck Sambuchino was the main speaker.  There were over ten writing agents who had scheduled pitches with many of those in attendance.  As it was my first conference, I chose not to pitch.  I met many new friends and exchanged business cards.  It was a great time to network.

There was an hour devoted to “Writers’ Got Talent.” 1st pages of manuscripts were turned in and read anonymously to the audience and the agents who critiqued the writings.  It was a good experience to hear what the agents liked. Mine wasn’t read, but Chuck read at a pace to get as many read and critiqued as possible.

Books were available for purchase and I bought several.  I learned that a blog is very good to build a platform.  It should grow at about 8% per month.  A blog can be started well in advance of writing and publishing.  The reason for this is that traditional publishing takes upto 2 years!

For the writer just starting out, this is a perfect conference that will provide many good tips.  It also provides chances to meet fellow writers with whom relationships can be built over time.  The sharing that comes with networking is priceless.  There are other workshops coming up.  Visit the Writer’s Digest Website to find out if it is being held at a location within driving distance.  It’s well worth the $129!

Spotlight on Blogher Conference 2016

Today’s spotlight will be on this year’s Blogher Conference in LA, August 4-6, 2016.  After starting my Blogs, late last year, I read about the annual conference sponsored by Blogher.  It sounding so encouraging and I began to check on how I could benefit should I decide to attend.

I found a fabulous way to attend for free (except my flight and hotel room costs) I asked to be considered to volunteer!  Luckily I have enough flight miles to pay for the flight so my expenditure will be for the hotel room.

What is going on at the conference?  Here are five examples that I’ll be taking part in:

Publishing & Writing | Behind the Curtain on Blog to Book, from the Publisher POV

Tech & Tools | Discoverability: SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

Business, Writing, and Geek Labs give attendees hands-on access to tools and tips to improve your blogging, writing and social media skills.

Publishing & Writing | Snackable Content: eBooks, Printables, Short-form in all its forms: Mining Your Content for Product Opportunities

You might ask, “How did you just get to be a volunteer?”  Well, the Blogher team put out a call for any interested individuals who wanted to be a volunteer to let them know via email what qualifications and fields of expertise they could offer as a volunteer.   I let them know that I was a people person and that I previously owned a wedding planning business.  I also told them I was comfortable coordinating events and handling crowds.   About a week later I got the response that I could attend.  Who knew?!

Put yourself out there when there’s a call for help.  It can be a win-win situation!

I’ll keep you posted on my travel plans as they progress.

My blog on Blogher is WriteWhatMatters@blogspot.com.

Making the most of everyday,

Mickey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday’s Wisdom: A Time to Reflect

First of all, I want my readers to know that I am having trouble getting the comment forms to appear on my Tuesday Truth’s.  Yesterday I thought I had placed a poll and the ability for you to leave your vote.  I must have done something incorrectly!  I apologize and will succeed in making these things available to you!

What shall the reflection of the day be?  You never know what someone is going through.  A few nice words can help a person a lot more than you think.

Many people hide behind masks of sadness, despair, depression, and loneliness and that’s just naming a few!  There’s heartache, health problems, and financial issues too.  You may know the person or you may not.  Take a moment to give a few nice words to someone you encounter.  Think about it.  You might open the door for someone and just look at them and smile.  You might come upon someone who looks nice in particular color.  Let them know.   You might be the one they hold the door for  so say a hearty, “Thank you so very much, I appreciate your kindness!”  Be on the look out you never know how much your words may mean to someone on a day they really need to hear!

 

 

Tuesday’s Truths to Ponder: Things I Have Found to be True in My Life

Here are my five truths for Tuesday for you:

  1. You deserve to be happy.  You deserve to live a life  you are excited about.  Don’t let others make you forget that.
  2. When people walk away from you, let them walk.  Your destiny is never tied to anybody who leaves.
  3. The less you worry about what people think, the less complicated life becomes.
  4. You never know what someone is going through.  A few nice words can help a person a lot more than you think.
  5. Eternity is a long time to be wrong.

Think on these my friends!  Which one is your favorite for the day?  If you let me know, I’ll write on that particular truth for Wednesday!

Pondering these truths on Tuesday,

Mickey

This World that is Called Writing

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Happy Monday to you, my fellow writers and authors!  I have been hard at work preparing for the conference in Philly this upcoming weekend.  I’ve still got to prepare my book proposal for my memoir.  However, the conference will take oral pitches only.  My goal is to at least have it with me for conversation with the various people I will meet.

I ordered some business cards to hand out.  I am trying to decide which story I’m going to put forth for the Anonymous read aloud and critique.  I am prepared for rejection comments, but it’s all a part of the learning process in writing!  I want to submit the first page of the memoir about my dad.  It is humorous and written in his voice so it should stand out…I’m hoping!

I am so excited to take my first trip to a writing conference!  I look forward to making contacts and friends and learn new things!  It’s at the historic Radisson Blu Warwick at Rittenhouse Square.  It has a lot of ambiance!

At the close of last week, my twitter account showed continued to growth as did my blog followers.  I am so pleased to get likes and followers.  It’s all about bringing value to my readers.

A goal I wish to meet this week is that I need to get my affiliate tool box from the Freelancer Writers Den and learn how to set it up here on the blog.  Carol Tice has been such a helpful guide as I endeavor to become a successful freelance writer!

I also submitted a 500 word story to Mashable.  The special requirement was that the words mug, happiness, and converter were to be used in the story.  The story is a humorous tale of a mischievous boy on a motorbike.  It was a hoot to write!

I also wrote a post for my Blogher blog called, “I’m a Political Junkie” Go see it at http://www.writewhatmatters.blogspot.com.

Enjoy the day!

Mickey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forgive my late post, I was spending valuable time with an old friend!

This week a dear friend of mine came all the way to the Eastern Shore to visit me during her spring break.  I had already prepared two posts of my usual four for the week, but when she came up I made my dear friend my priority!

We’ve talked, texted, and followed each other on Facebook, but we hadn’t seen each other in four years.  Like my earlier post this week stated:  Throughout my life friends have come and gone.  Some friends may be far away, but when we get back together, it’s as if no time has passed and we pick right back up where we left off.

That’s how it was this week when Erica came to visit.  We have known each other long enough to have shared both good times and bad.  We’ve supported each other through the years and that’s important in a friendship.

We toured the small, but lovely islands of Chincoteague and Assateague.  We enjoyed some scrumptious ice cream from the famous Island Creamery.  We ate fresh seafood from the Village Restaurant. We got to see some of the famous Chincoteague ponies close up at the Carnival Grounds.  We saw Miss Molly’s Inn where Marguerite Henry stayed while she wrote the classic book, “Misty of Chincoteague.”

We also enjoyed relaxing at my house, catching up on all the hometown news from Roanoke.  We settled in and watched the chick flick, Bridget Jones’s Diary and we spent time reminiscing and laughing about life in general.

Yes, I missed my Thursday’s post, but this is why!  So my spotlight is on the value of my supportive friend, Erica.  She is like a sister to me!

Erica and my kidsPonies on Assateague

 

 

 

 

Wednesday’s Wisdom

Surround yourself with people who will only make you better.balloonbalance-865819_640

Throughout my life friends have come and gone.  Some friends may be far away, but when we get back together, it’s as if no time has passed and we pick right back up where we left off.

The key question is:  Are you friends with people who will make you a better person?

I like to surround myself with people who will be a positive influence and encourage me.  People that I can talk to and listen to and be advised by are very important to me.  Interaction with such people make for a rich friendship. Growth occurs.  Perspective widens. Confidence blossoms.  I have become a better and more well-rounded individual by having such friends in my life.

Life is short.  Make the most of your valuable time spending it with those people who will make you a better person.  Take a look at those people in your social circle.  These special people can come from all walks of life.  I like to call them kindred spirits.  Hopefully you’ll find encouragers and nurturers in your circle.  Remove the sharp-tongued, opinionated dart throwers as you move up,up,and away.   Don’t let them take the air from your balloon!

How important are those special friends to you?  How have they enriched your life?  Leave a comment below.  I’d love to hear from you!

Making the most of everyday,

Mickey

 

 

Tuesday’s Truths to ponder, things I have found to be true in my life

  1. If you don’t think photos are important, wait until they are all you have left.
  2. Two Things Define You:
    1. You patience when you have nothing
    2. and your attitude when you have everything
  3. Surround yourself with people who will only make you better.
  4. I am and will always be the optimist.  The hoper of far-flung hopes.  The dreamer of improbable dreams.
  5. Lord, you have saved me from the empty things I used to chase.

Please feel free to let me know if you enjoy this series and which one you have found to be true in YOUR life!

Making the most of everyday,

Mickey

My Writing Status an Update

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Happy Monday!  Another week is here, can you believe that it’s the last weekend in March?  As I reflect on the month and writing,  I find that I have researched enough to be able to write on a more regular basis.  I have enjoyed building relationships through my research and highlighting authors and bloggers who I find to be helpful in my journey.

I have two weeks before I head to Philadelphia to the writers workshop.  I will report to you how I find it to be.  My goals are to listen, observe, and make new acquaintances.  I will make my final decision on pitching my father’s memoir and/or discussing a query letter with Chuck Sambuchino.

I am reading “The Wedding Dress” by Rachel Hauck; The Ultimate Guide to Marketing Your Freelance Writing” by Linda Formichelli;  “Writing Scary Scenes” by Rayne Hall;  and I have just finished reading the sample for Molly Greene’s “Blog It!” – the book  is available for purchase for $3.99 on Amazon.

I have been making lots of notes in my notebook and I have had several new thoughts with regard to a fiction story.  I’m comfortable with the “play around” stage with my ideas and I don’t want to share them online right now.  Tomorrow is the Tuesday’s Truths series where I share a list of 5 things that I have found to be true in my life.  See you then!

Making the most of everyday,

Mickey