Writing-The Necessity of Being a Little Crazy

Anyone who believes all writers are lazy, only know writers from a distance. Many writers work hard, writing in a style others will desire to read.

I think it is necessary to be a little crazy to continue to write in our saturated informational, social media changing world.

I think it is necessary to be a little crazy to travel to far away lands in our unstable world.

But there is one constant in the middle of it all. Boredom is not part of my vocabulary.

How about your life, is it filled with boredom?

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Now On Kindle, A Hurting Heart Turned Inside Out

I finally moved, “A Hurting Heart Turned Inside Out, ” over to Kindle.

The final step will be to place on audio.

Check out the Kindle version. Price $2.99.

Life time writers and challenges

The struggle of book covers and dpi.

Quotes from the Heart for Women Leaders

I sent my book in for formatting and received the digital copy. The challenges of self publishing! My cover, (which I love) is not the correct dpi for printing.

If you are not familiar with this term it means when the paperback copy is printed it is highly possible my cover photo will  not be clear.

It is a bit frustrating, because I am unable to change this cover to fit the correct parameters.

BUT as writers, we do not give up, correct? People who do not write, stand on the outside and eventually see the finished product, but they do not realize the many hours of focused work required for the book to become a finished product.

BUT to non-writers this is ok, because this is part of what we do as writers. We may become frustrated, a little angry or discouraged, but a true writer, may take a break, but we do not stop writing.

To my writing friends, when you hit any type of wall, take a short break, go for a walk, or maybe you simply need a little rest. A time will arrive when the writing project is finished and it is now in the hands of your readers.

Selah, pause, breathe deep, and press on.  ~Nancy~

 

When the Lion of Opposition Roars

When the lion of opposition roars we must stand our ground.

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When I began to wade into the land of being a public person in a new city, it required me to get over insecurities of living life in a city where I had no history.

It is in this place where the war began to tear at my well being.

The jeolousy of others surfaced from hidden places with attacks with words, which added to my insecurity.

The critics and self-proclaimed coaches moved in to speak words of death over my life. The imperfections of my life were shouted from the mountain tops and passed around behind the scenes.

I recall a time when I walked around the corner and overheard a group of men laughing at my beginning efforts to launch into the land of writing, teaching and travel.

This was the most difficult, because I had no idea they felt this way. I considered them to be my friends.

It is years later as I write this, realizing when the lion roars it is the enemy trying to stop us in our tracks.

The words hurt, but they did not stop me from moving forward. I forgot about this incident, until I was scanning through past writing to use in my future leadership book and stumbled on what I share in this post.

Not long ago, I experienced a similiar situation. Only this time it was not a group, it was a phone conversation that I unintentionally overheard.

I was not mistaken that the conversation was about me. It was a lie, but I let it go, because it is important for me to stay focused on what is more important for me to handle in my life today.

Leadership Point- We must choose our battles wisely, and not allow others to distract us from what is more important.

Reading is for Writers and Others Too

Reading is for readers and for others too. Not only is it possible for reading to be enjoyable, but reading will increase our creativity and assist us to understand worldviews outside of our own.

Below is a partial list of my 2017 summer reading.

Nancy’s bookshelf: currently-reading

Settle for More
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Flight Patterns
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Share book reviews and ratings with Nancy, and even join a book club on Goodreads.

 

Still Alice, When Alzheimer’s Strikes

Hearts are turned inside out, when Alzheimer’s arrives at our doorstep.

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Not long ago I read the book Still Alice and a few days ago watched the movie version of the book.

The book and the movie brought tears to my eyes. The writers of the book and the movie, brought the emotion of an intelligent educated woman who experienced the early onset of Alzheimer’s and opened her heart bare before us.

The book and movie reveals to us everyday raw emotion in an impossible situation. The deep struggle of the woman, when she received the diagnosis, along with losing touch with everything dear to her.

The adult children grappling with the fact that the day would arrive when the mother they loved would not recognize their faces.

A husband who loved his wife dearly, grappling with his wife’s illness. At the beginning denial, and a continued all consuming love for his wife, and his adult children as her mind descended into blankness.

For a few minutes I pressed pause for the video, because this story was taking me back to  a time long ago.

I recall the day my Grandfather visited our home. He was sitting in a chair in our living room with his head in his hands. He was crying, and repeating over and over, “I can’t find my way home. I don’t know how to get home.”

My mother stood next to him and was trying to console him.

I have never forgotten that day, because this was the day we all realized my Grandfather was no longer able to be alone.

You see, my Grandfather lived in a house a short distance from  my parent’s. For me this experience was sudden.

My Grandfather was not as young as the Alice we read about in the book or watch in the movie. He was elderly, but this did not make it any easier. The Grandfather who was always in my life from the day I was born, was gone.

Today I was looking through a few photos from long ago. One of the photos touched my heart and brought a smile to my lips. It is a photo of my Grandfather holding my tiny little daughter, who is now not far from being 40 years old.

It is a special photo, that I will cherish forever and eventually I will pass it on to my daughter who is the baby he is holding.

Emotion, tears, anger, rejection, sadness, joy, rage, denial, loss, love, perseverance. All real emotions we will experience in our lives. Raw, revealing, and hearts exposed to the reader and movie watcher.

To my writing friends; don’t be afraid to reveal emotions in your writing. In this way we will touch the hearts of our readers in ways that may even bring healing to their lives.

 

 

Bloopers From Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt’s blog and website is a great place to hang out and learn. It is also a great place to laugh. I am at the beginning stages of videos and podcasts. This definitely shows me that yes I am normal. I am always tripping over my tongue, and creating bloopers. Part of success is being able to laugh at ourselves in life. Beauty in life can be found in laughter.