Whoa is me…Publishing Blues

Yes, whoa…and woe… I feel like Truman looks, contorted and tortured. (Ignoring the fact that Truman is actually having a good snooze.) I should have stopped, but I published two novels that were half-baked. Folks who read them, liked the stories, but one review was justly titled, “Editor Wanted.” She was right, but editors are WAY expensive and out of reach for a struggling writer. So what to do?

I republished better versions of both books and hope that at some point the new versions will overcome my fatal mistake…

Newer versions are:

Once Stung

Ride the Gray Mist: The Secret Horse

Powering Through

In difficult situations, physical, emotion, intellectual, work, relational, spiritual, etc., a person has two basic choices: 1) Give up/give in/do nothing, or 2) Power through

Give up/give in/do nothing

  1.  Negatives:
    1. You are not facing reality
    2. You are not solving any problems
    3. The problem will resurface
    4. You are giving up on yourself
  2. Positives: (only for a moment, then on to Power Through)
    1. You can learn to recognize your value on this earth and to others
    2. If a situation is truly beyond your control (some are), although you may give up on one goal, you can learn to refocus and create a new goal that fits a new reality. This gives you new power to carry on.

 Power through

  1. Negatives
    1. It can be a rough road
    2. I can be scary
    3. It can be complicated and time consuming
  2. Positives
    1. You learn new survival skills
    2. You can be content that you gave it your all

Just remember it is a good idea to take breaks and rest.

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Preparation for Power Through

  1. Learn about yourself
    1. Examine your motivations-we are all in this together (if your motivations are only self serving, please throw them into the junk yard)
    2. Know your strengths and weaknesses
    3. Know your boundaries
  2. Do not adhere to only your own understanding of a situation
  3. Read, and talk to positive experienced mentors, and learn
  4. Determine your goal(s) and focus on one at a time
  5. Examine alternatives
  6. Know how to be flexible without undermining yourself
  7. Know how to ask questions, and don’t be afraid to do so

 

If I were an insect

Being a Beetle

I would find a place far from the toxins of humanity. I would live my life contented, seeking out all that nurtures me, and avoiding that which harms me. I would not worry about tomorrow. I would do what I needed to do and occasionally just look at the world with no judgement. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA