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14 Days of Positive Thinking Power - Day 4

Jun. 17th, 2008 | 06:38 am

 "I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning." - J. B. Priestly

I love that!

A bit of magic waiting behind the morning.

How many times have you woken up in the morning and thought to yourself, there may be a bit of magic behind this morning? Oh, not many? Maybe we should try it.

This day holds all kinds of possibilities. What do you hope for?

Say it, and believe it's possible.

Afterall, it is a new day.

Let's say - Thank you for this new day, and for all of the possibilities that come with it.

I hope you have a great day, with a bit of magic behind it. :)

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14 Days of Positive Thinking Power - Day 3

Jun. 16th, 2008 | 06:26 am

"One can't believe impossible things." "I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes, I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." - Lewis Carroll

As writers, we spend a lot of time thinking about the work. We think about plot and characters and point of view and all of those things you need to make a story work.

That's all important, of course.

But try to spend a minute every day visualizing the book on the bookshelf. Imagine a kid or teen going to the bookstore, seeing YOUR book on the shelf, picking it up, and taking it home. That is one of the reasons we write, correct? To find a reader. To touch a reader. If you do this early on in the process of writing a book, when you get to the stage where it's time to start sending it out into Please Publish Me Land, I think you'll find you have less negative thoughts during the process. When the rejection letters start coming in, it won't matter. Because you've seen the book on the shelf and you know it's just a matter of time.

Regarding the quote: I'm guessing becoming Queen one day was one of those impossible things she thought about everyday before breakfast. Turned out pretty well for her, didn't it?

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14 Days of Positive Thinking Power - Day 2

Jun. 15th, 2008 | 06:48 am

I am a big fan of Michael Jordan. Did you ever watch him play? That guy never gave up. His team could be down 20 points with one minute left, and he went out there with the intent to win.

Think about that.


Where are thoughts go, our energy flows.

That's why it was so fun watching him. He played to win. ALL the time.

When Michael Jordan was in the tenth grade, he was cut from the varsity basketball game. But this only pushed him to work harder at perfecting his game. As he later said on his Web site, "I think that not making the Varsity team drove me to really work at my game, and also taught me that if you set goals, and work hard to achieve them—the hard work can pay off."

Why do some people get up and work harder when they fall down, while others don't?

I think it's all about how you react to those obstacles. It's about your attitude and what you're visualizing for yourself. It's about knowing that you can get better if you try and you just have to get up each day and keep trying.

Do you intend to win, whatever "winning" means for you? Finishing a manuscript? Finding an agent? Having an editor say, "I love this book?"

I recently finished a draft of a mid-grade novel in a month. I think the reason I did that is the whole time, I held on to positive thoughts. "This is is good, keep going, this is going to be your best yet, keep going..." I really tried to keep it positive ALL the time. And it made a HUGE difference.

Here's the thing.

When you go on the court, it doesn't matter what has happened the past 3 quarters. What matters is what you do right now, and your attitude about it.

Visualize the win.

Then take the shot.

Have a great day, and I'll see you tomorrow.

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14 Days of Positive Thinking Power - Day 1

Jun. 14th, 2008 | 07:11 am

Yes, for 14 days I'm posting here and we will all think positively and send good, joyful thoughts out into the universe and see what happens.

"Have you ever noticed that whatever occupies your mind tends to appear? If you're hungry, you start to notice restaurants. If you're in the market for a certain type of car, that model is suddenly on every street. By the same token, when you focus on loneliness, bad luck or failure, your belief manifests similarly." - Mary Manin Morrisey

What is occupying your mind today?

We need to clear those thoughts of bad luck and failure and focus on the positive.

Here are some ideas for positive affirmations. Please post others you think are good. Remember, if you say them over and over, even if you don't totally believe them at first, your life will begin to change.

Every day, in every way, I'm getting better.
I cherish each moment of my writing time.
I let creativeness lead me to new projects.
I find joy in writing.
Success is mine with every word I write.

See you tomorrow!

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A Little Bit of Inspiration

Jun. 7th, 2008 | 07:17 am

"Abraham Maslow said that peak performers, those great achievers in life, are not people with something added that the rest of us don't have. They simply have nothing taken away. We all have everything we need to experience the great dreams God is dreaming for our lives and to give our unique gifts to the world." - Rev. Mary Manin Morrissey

We all have everything we need.

We just have to believe that. And act like we believe that.

Do you believe that?

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Sometimes thoughts DO become reality!

Nov. 14th, 2007 | 06:28 am

My 13 YO had a great orthodontist appt on Monday. By great, I mean, his orthodontist said he did an excellent job wearing his head gear as he was told for the past 8 months, and he doesn't have to wear it anymore.

As a reward, we stopped in at his favorite card/gaming shop to buy a pack of figures for this one game he has.

While we were walking inside, he said out loud, "I really want Captain America."

These packs have random figures in them. You never know what you're going to get.

SO, we go into the store, with both of that in our brains. He wants Captain America. I'm thinking, it would be so great if he got Captain America.

He tells the guy he wants a Hero Clicks pack (or whatever they're called) and we both stand there, and I know we are both thinking the same thing.

The guy opens a brand new pack with all of these boxes. And he picks one from the middle. He hands it to my son, who smiles and points to the picture of the Hero on the box. They are all random as well. The Hero on the box is Captain America. I know he's really thinking, Captain America, please be in there. Please!

We go to the car, and he opens it.

Not only did he get a Captain America figure, he got one that is REALLY rare. He was so excited!

I know we don't always get what we want. And my son knows that as well. He's had plenty of times when he's opened a card pack or a box or whatever of random things, and not gotten what he wanted.

So what's my point?

Captain America IS possible.

Don't send that manuscript out thinking, why am I doing this, no agent/editor is even going to want it?

Send it out thinking, someone is going to love this. It is possible that someone is going to love this.

Keep it positive!

Captain America IS possible!!!!

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Okay, time to crank this baby up

Sep. 4th, 2007 | 08:34 pm

When at a loss for inspirational words,

I just realized

there's always Youtube!!!

Friends - Let's focus on the fundamentals... and most important, don't get caught up in thinking about winning or losing...


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A bit of inspiration

Aug. 8th, 2007 | 08:19 am

At the conference, Kirby Larson told us that she sold a couple of chapter books and then a picture book quite early in her career. And then for five long years, there wasn't a single sale.

She started looking for jobs. She thought she found a good one when she saw an ad for a stable hand. But then it said, "Experience required."

It was a very dark time in her life. In addition to the difficulties in her professional life, her grandmother was not doing well and had been moved to an assisted care living facility. But it was during one of her visits with her grandmother that the seed was planted for a story.

She'd never liked history. And when she started doing research on her great-grandmother, homesteading in Montana, she thought, this is history! I don't like history! Except this, she found fascinating, and the more she learned, the more fascinated she became.

For three years she worked on her story. She wrote and wrote and wrote. One of her writing friends told her, you have to keep writing, even through the bad stuff. So, that's what she did.

Despite her grandmother's failing memory, everytime Kirby visited her, her grandma would ask her, how's the project coming along? It gave them something to talk about.

Unfortunately, Kirby didn't get to show her grandma the actual book, HATTIE BIG SKY, before she passed away, although she's sure she knows about it. In fact, she's pretty sure she probably played a role in the Newbery committee choosing it as an Honor award winner.

This business is hard. No doubt about it. We have to keep writing, even through the bad stuff. And when you have a story you believe in with all your heart, follow your heart. Keep going.

That's really what it comes down to, yes?

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Are you still believing?

Jul. 31st, 2007 | 08:31 am

Time for an attitude check.

How's yours?

Sometimes it's so hard to remain in that place of belief and joy, and to remember that the universe has perfect timing, and we must trust in that timing.

I was reminded again today that Madeline L'Engle had over 100 rejections on A WRINKLE IN TIME.

Over 100!

How many of us could endure that many rejections on one book?

And yet, how many people have said, when asked, what was your favorite book as a child, or which book do you wish you wrote, and answered A WRINKLE IN TIME? Too many to count, I think.

But perhaps, if she had been accepted on her first submission, it would have been too early for people to accept the book and to embrace. Perhaps if it had been earlier, that book wouldn't be on library shelves across the country, 30+ years later.

Believing is hard. Being patient is even harder. But when you let go and trust it will happen as it should, it's such a relief, because you aren't carrying that worry of "it'll never happen to me" around, which then brings you down.

Have a great day!

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The Third Spiritual Law according to Depok Chopra

Jun. 20th, 2007 | 06:46 am

Spiritual Law #3: The Law of Karma

Every moment there are choices we make. We make them consciously or unconsciously. Every moment one choice is the most karmicly correct or appropriate. It is the one that will bring joy and fulfillment to oneself and others who are affected by it.

How do we actualize this law? Nature gives us a computing system...a system of intelligence...intuition...which is the finest level of feeling within ourselves. We can use that system to link to the spaces between thoughts where there is infinite correlation, infinite possibility. We have the ability to take an infinity of possibilities and simultaneously create events that will fulfill our desires.

It comes down to this:

Every choice generates a force of energy that returns to us like kind.

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