Category Archives: Writing

Starting My Nanowrimo Journey

nanowrimo (Photo credit: evilnick)

This is the third year that I’ve participated in National Novel Writing month.  Each year I’ve been taking the work that I’ve done in that year and pulling everything together by writing it from scratch for a month.

The book I created in the first year was a start, but not a very readable novel.    Last year’s book was better, but I still felt that I was missing something.  This year, I feel like I finally have a clear vision for the series of sci-fi fantasy novels that I want to write and publish.  It seems like, I’ve written the second novel in the last two years, but am now finally ready to write the first novel in the series.  If this all sounds confusing, it is! :)

Still, I’m very excited and feel like my novel-writing is coming together in a new way.

How about you?

Today’s contemplation:

Has your writing been evolving in ways that you couldn’t have imagined?

Do you have any long-term projects that are finally coming together for you?

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Do You Accept Blogger Awards?

I have always appreciated receiving blogger awards — it’s so nice to know when someone likes your blog and writing.  The intent to share other people’s blogs and good work also has appealed to me.

However, it can be time-consuming to respond to them. In the last three days, I received three of them, which are very kind– the Commentator, Thanks for Writing and Illuminating Blogger Awards.  As a Leo, I love applause and attention, but I have to say these are the last blog awards that I’ll be sharing.

Over the time I’ve been getting these awards, I’ve noticed several people don’t accept any awards, and I understand their perspective.   I also have more than enough awards and other people deserve and need them more than me.

Since I want to focus on sharing my message, I won’t be responding to any new awards other than to say thank you.  I created an Awards page today to keep things simple going forward that states this policy.

Fortunately these last three awards have rules that are pleasingly vague.

So, I’m choosing to award just three bloggers in each category to keep everything simple.  With anyone who I nominated feel free to just receive the award without further action on your part, unless you want to spread some good will.

Also, many thank you’s:

Thank you Leigh from Bluegrassnotes for the Commentator award your posts on spiritual growth and healing are very inspiring to me.

Thank you to Literary Tiger who shares her joy of reading in an engaging and humorous way that is very engaging, and helps me to stay motivated to keep up my reading.

Thank you to Jennifer Politi from News of the Times.  I love the engaging way in which her blog discusses the big issues of our day in an open-minded and thoughtful way.

The rules for the Commentator blog are thank the person who gave you the award and apparently choose any number of bloggers who you appreciate their commentary.

Here are my nominees for those bloggers who consistently share insightful comments with me and the others that read their blog:

Elizabeth at Mirth and Motivation

Stephen at Life Revelation

Ledia at Creative Musings

I also appreciate the many other people who comment on my blog and share your perspective.  I enjoy our social media conversations.

The rules for the Thank You for Writing as rewritten slightly by Literary Tiger are:

  1. Post picture of award.
  2. Say some stuff about yourself (see below).
  3. Pass the award on.

This is an almost impossible one to choose.  So, I decided to honor some of my more recent subscribers that I’ve been discovering in the last few weeks:

Cathy’s Voice



The rules for the Illuminating Blogger Award are simple.

You just need to share one random thing about yourself and thank the person who recommended you.  The one random thing that I’m sharing is that dancing is my secret hobby and sort of spiritual practice.  I’ve liked dancing since I was a teenager, but mostly for myself.  I’m thinking of taking some Nia or dance classes this fall to get back into that.

My nominations for the Illuminating Blogger award are also other blogs that I’ve just begun reading that share illuminating posts:

Zen City

Heaven Happens

Earth Pages

Again, I appreciate all these awards and all the bloggers I’ve mentioned and all of you, but like some of you, I won’t be accepting any new awards after this.  Thanks for your understanding!

What do you think of blogger awards? Do you accept them?

Harnessing the Transformative Power of a Writer’s Retreat

Deutsch: Retreat
Deutsch: Retreat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you read or listen to many coaches for authors, you might notice them saying the same thing.

The first purpose of inspirational writing is to change yourself.

You may or may not agree with that idea, but you probably have noticed that often when we teach something to someone else, we are the ones who learn the most.  Personally, I have always found any kind of writing to be transformational.  Even writing computer user guides can teach you something about writing.

The process of organizing our thoughts or simply writing them, at the very least lets us know what our thoughts are.  Sometimes when we’re lucky, our writing creates beauty and wisdom and inspiration for others.

Most of all, writing is a form of self-expression.  What else could we be put upon this earth to do, if it is not to share our best self?  If writing calls to you, why not see where yours will take you this summer in an even more concentrated way and take part in a writer’s retreat?

You may already be planning on attending a writer’s retreat or creating your own.  Whether your retreat is 15 minutes or the whole summer, give yourself the chance to learn, grow and explore your unique self that you’re expressing.

In the next few posts, I’m going to offer some ideas on how to increase the expression of your self in a self-driven writer’s retreat. You deserve something that goes beyond your typical routine with writing and you can do that on your own.  However, if you want to include other writers, that’s great too!

Had you planned on giving yourself the gift of a writer’s retreat this season or this year?

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Where is Your Writing Taking You?

Shell Spiral
Shell Spiral (Photo credit: Theen …)

There are many places that our writing can take us:

  • New worlds (fantasy or real)
  • New work – assignments and projects we might not have been able to imagine
  • Discovering we have a tribe of followers of our ideas
  • Discovering no one resonates with our ideas
  • Deeper into our soul, whether anyone reads our writing or not
  • Into despair even though we have many readers
  • Closer to God
  • Farther away from God
  • Stuck in our mind
  • More deeply into the heart of our life
  • Into our own world that keeps us separated from others
  • Into a shared world that brings us closer together with others

And more . . .

Our writing destination is both a choice and an unplanned spiral journey expanding us and often bringing us back to a focal point defined by the greater part of our soul.

Where is your writing taking you now?

Where would you like your writing to take you?

Do you have a choice?

the center of the universe
the center of the universe (Photo credit: JasonChamberlain)

Where is the center of your writing universe?

Free Transformational Author Teleseminar with Christine Kloser

Christine and David Kloser with Barbara DeAngelis from Transformational Circle in 2010

A couple of months ago, I shared my admiration for my dear friend Christine Kloser, who offers world-class coaching for transformational authors.  Here’s a picture of her and her husband David from when we all were studying with Barbara DeAngelis back in 2010.

Christine is in the midst of holding another transformational author teleseminar this year, which started yesterday.

I forgot to mention this last week, and I’m sorry about that.  When, I got around to listening to Christine’s interview with Lisa Nichols from yesterday’s launch, I realized that I had been remiss to not share this information with the Writing Your Destiny blog community, because it’s good stuff.

Here is the place to link into the free tele-seminar:


Christine also has a Transformational Author Writing Contest where aspiring authors could win career-boosting prizes such as:

* Guaranteed agency representation by Bill Gladstone (Eckhart Tolle and Neale Donald Walsch’s agent)…

*Personal review of your book proposal (and consideration for a traditional publishing contract) by Marc Allen, President and Publisher of New World Library…

*Publishing packages with Hay House’s Balboa Press…

*And much more!

In full disclosure this is an affiliate link with Christine. So if you ended up buying one of the replay packages some benefit comes to me as well.


There’s no pressure to buy.  I’m sharing this primarily because the free calls could be just what you need to hear right now, and Christine has some great speakers lined up!

Check out the transformational author teleseminar, if you’re in need of this kind of inspiration or guidance!  The book contest also looks interesting for those of you to trying to write transformational books.

Novel Monday: Pulling Bit and Pieces Together

Entrance to Hell
Entrance to Hell (Photo credit: joeltelling)

Today is the day I’ve designated to write about progress with my novel, and share excerpts when it feels appropriate.  I just got a chuckle from reading a post about Revision Hell  by Joe Pineda.  I’m so in that place of feeling like an idiot with my novel like many other writers in the world apparently.

Today, I had some personal business that I had to attend to in the afternoon.  In one of the lulls waiting for an important meeting, I started reading some material I had written in a journal for the novel about 2 years ago.

I really liked the chapters that I was reading, but I had to laugh because they were written in 1st person with an entirely different lead antagonist and time frame.  I’ve since switched to 3rd person, but am now wondering about 1st person again. I’m not sure how to pull the good bits in with the twee sections.

It may be time to take some writing classes at the University of Chicago Writer’s Studio again.  I took several novel-writing classes many years ago, and they helped get me started on this road to writing novels and am now well beyond the entrance to writer’s revision hell.  Maybe the Writer’s Studio can help me get out of it too!

I almost changed today’s post to Memoir Monday because I had an inspiration that kept me inspired last night.  I was inspired by Aaron’s post on 30 things to do before 30.  Being well beyond my twenties, I looked at his list from a different perspective.

Tomorrow, I’ll share my idea for the reverse bucket list with you, which helped me to realize that revision hell is just another way to say that I’m not sure where I’m going with my novel or life and that’s ok.  Life has often had different plans for me than I expected and many challenging roads led to amazing new vistas.