Goal Setting

Goal setting is important. This article encourages us to make them and use them.

I don’t know about you, but it’s time for me to begin looking at the first part of this year, 2015 and see what I accomplished from my list I made New Year’s Eve, 2014. Why so early you ask? Well, I believe you have to have a plan in order to meet your goals. Just like you have to have a map to reach your new destination in a car. Therefore, now that July 2015 is here, I need to see what corrections need to be made on my goals for the remainder of the year and be sure to include these to do before the end of the year. You see this will help me to make sure I stay on point to reach my goals.  Checking on loose ends, making sure they are tied up so to speak. Must be sure not to overlook anything. After all, if it was on my list, then it was important enough for me to make certain it is done. I know, it sounds like a lot of work, but in reality, it really saves me a lot of work. Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly

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Counting the Days

Leeann Bett’s new book, Counting the Days: A 31-day devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk, will be releasing soon. If you are a numbers person or have a loved one who is, this might be a great book for consideration. Pre-release orders are being accepted right now!

A 31-day devotional designed to lead the reader into their daily quiet time, this book consists of 5-minute accounting-related devotionals. Immerse yourself in God’s word on a regular basis and see the positive changes in your walk with the Lord. Learn more.

Marketing As A Self-Publisher

This is an interesting article for self-published writers.

My journey as s self-publishing author is no different from for any other writer I have met, I did not want to face rejections or wait for months without an answer from publishers. Therefore, I decided to publish my own books using a local editor and a local publisher. I felt I could call myself a writer when I received my first printed book, yet selling without begging was a milestone. Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly

Writing Life

This writing journey can be lonely and difficult. We enjoyed this article and wanted to share it with you. Be sure to read the comments at the end of the post on the link provided. They are encouraging.

I was having some email banter with a group of my writer friends. One of them is working on her first novel, feeling insecure about it, and asked if this lack of confidence would dissipate as she gets more experienced in writing.

So another friend, a veteran with several novels under her belt, shared this:

The complete lack of confidence will likely persist and even become worse as you progress. I called my editor this summer and said, “What the heck is going on? This is my sixth novel! Shouldn’t I at least have my creative process figured out by now?!” And she laughed at me. Learn more.

Nancy

Road Signs

Have you ever traveled a barren stretch of highway? Have you traveled such a road, your mouth growing drier by the nanosecond and your stomach growling like an angry bear? Your eyes dart to the side of the road. They search the highway ahead. You are watching for an exit sign that promises a restaurant.

Ah, a restaurant-food, water, a restroom. And a safe place where you can walk around and let you muscles unknot. But on this wild, deserted road, will there be such a place? And when? Then you see it–the sign. Hope rises. It’s only ten miles away. Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly

What Makes A Great Novel?

What makes a novel a great one to read? Today’s featured article provides some insight into that idea.

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot-various books and back issues of writers’ magazines. (Have you read Eats, Shoots & Leaves? Who knew that punctuation could be such fun?) Anyway, some themes began emerging in the how-to-write-fiction articles. Some “standards” were touted. Sorry, but I’m questioning “authority.”

Does a book need to be a cliff-hanger to be a page-turner? Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly

Counting The Days

Leeann Bett’s new book, Counting the Days: A 31-day devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk, will be releasing soon. If you are a numbers person or have a loved one who is, this might be a great book for consideration. Pre-release orders are being accepted right now!

A 31-day devotional designed to lead the reader into their daily quiet time, this book consists of 5-minute accounting-related devotionals. Immerse yourself in God’s word on a regular basis and see the positive changes in your walk with the Lord. Learn more.

An Extra Touch

A story needs a little extra touch. This article provides insight on how to do that.

A writer needs time to gather a story, to let the glimmers spark out of that mysterious dark center of the imagination where stories are born. At times the glimmers may sparkle but still be as elusive as a sunbeam. You see it but you can’t quite grab it. I’ve been at the glimmer stage for many stories over the years. My current release, The Innocent, is my twenty-eighth published book. So I know about chasing after story glimmers to shine some imagination light on them. Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly

Siblings Reunited

A man was recently reunited with his birth siblings. It is a touching story about adoption and a lot of love.

Forty years after Robert Allen was adopted and separated from his five siblings, the Springdale, Ohio, man reunited with them on Saturday — and discovered that he’d actually met a few of them before. Learn more.

Kelly and Nancy