Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Things are getting hinky in Jersey, people. An odd message showed up on the cell phones of users in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex today that warned, “Extreme Alert: Civil Emergency in This Area. Take Shelter Now. US Govern.” Verizon says it was a test sent inadvertently and that there was never any reason for alarm, but it had people here on edge all day. This just days after dozens of New Jerseyans reported that they had felt an earthquake that didn’t show up on seismographs. Did we take a freaky turn into the Twilight Zone or something? What gives?
You have been oriented that you must pay a price in order to get somewhere, and in the process, you’ve come to believe that getting there must be really important; therefore, it must be your purpose. And we say, but if you’re not getting to joy, then you’ve gotten nowhere. Joy is really where you’re going.
With the new year coming, I usually buy my new calendar around this time. I tend toward the Sandra Boynton calendar for the wall and Day-Runner appointment book for my desk. But I had to ask: what do you use? How do you keep track of important appointments, meetings, deadlines, bills to be paid, etc.
For the writers out there, do you use a separate submission tracker as well, or just jot down your milestones on your regular calendar? I mean the queries submitted, article/revision deadlines, etc. I use Writer’s Market online (there’s a yearly fee), but it doesn’t fully meet my needs.
Just sitting here trying to figure out how much of my high-volume (not necessarily high-quality) word count from NaNoWriMo to salvage, when I came across this post on Writer Unboxed by Yuvi Zalkow. He offers a few unorthodox tips on how to make your crappy writing seem less crappy. Be sure to check out his video, but be warned: there is (oddly) a brief bit of semi-nudity.