Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ten-Word Tuesday

Who stole my words? Writer's block is the ultimate villain.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ten-Word Tuesday

Music and words are as inseparable as head and heart.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ten-Word Tuesday

The hardest things are
the things most worth the doing.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Improving productivity

I came across a blog post awhile back that had me so impressed that I asked the author, Katie Ganshert, if I could share her wisdom on my blog. She (being the totally sweet, awesome person she is) gave me permission to repost. I really think her advice will help a lot of people so I'll stop rambling and just post it.

Sometimes, having more time makes us less disciplined. And being less disciplined affects the way we use our time.

Sometimes, having more time makes us take that time for granted. And taking our hours for granted affects how productively we use them.

I think she is so right. What's more, she posted her plan to make the most of her time. Again, her goals are spot on!

Protect the time I've always had.
Just because I don't have to be somewhere, doesn't mean I should get up later. My writing time has always been in the morning, before my son wakes up. I'm not going to change that now. My alarm clock will beep at the same time it always has.

Make and stick to a schedule.
I'm a fan of schedules. It's the teacher in me. It's the mother in me. It's the control-freak in me. Whatever it is, I like them. Schedules offer a sense of security and bring order to the day. They ensure that there is a time to play, a time to nap. A time to clean, a time to cook. A time to read, a time to write. Anybody feel like they're reading Ecclesiastes?

Write short and long term goals.
I'm also a fan of goal-setting. They give me purpose and focus. The biggest thing I've learned, when it comes to goals, is to physically write them down. Not just think them. But write them. So I'm going to buy a notebook and record all my goals in one place.

Assess and adjust.
Just like a good little teacher checks in with her students and adjusts her instruction as needed, I need to check in with myself and adjust my routine and habits as needed. How am I doing as a wife? As a mother? As a writer? Where am I dropping the ball? How can I improve?

I took the hightlights from Katie's post. To read the whole thing go here.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ten-Word Tuesday

Two steps forward and one step back? A second look.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Eternity review

In Eternity, AJ Cole and Jenni James provide a different look at what life might be like in heaven, but, unlike many stories, they look at the days before Satan's ultimate fall. Balancing a budding romance with the primal conflict of good and evil, Cole and James tell the story of a general and a not-so-common soldier in heaven's army. General Laurilia shows a hard exterior to her troops but struggles in dealings of the heart. Petrus yearns for a greater existence but has no idea of how to stretch his horizons. The two must face false love, betrayal and an evil army to find their own place in existence.

To read more about AJ and Jenni, check out their Facebook page.