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Self-Appreciation is a Wonderful Thing

26 Jan

003Happy January-Almost-February to you all!

What have you been doing lately?  I just self-published the second in the “Shadows” series, this one titled “Shadows Over Innocence.”  If you’re interested in a thriller, you can find it on Amazon, and that’s the last time I’ll mention it on this site for marketing purposes….well, maybe not the last time. lol

If you live on the east coast then I imagine you’re still digging out from the blizzard. I hope you are all well and healthy.  Nasty storm for sure!  Here?  Mild…wet….not a sniff of snow.  Welcome to my world!

Now let’s get on with the show.


By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you’ve achieved – and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses – you actually can enhance everything about you. Self-acknowledgment and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.

Jack Canfield

Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities.

Robert H. Schuller

My latest novel is my fifth book.  I have four novels now published and one non-fiction book on writing tips.  If you would have asked me twenty years ago how many books I would write in my lifetime I would have said none.

Today I have five.

I’ve begun work on #6, plus work on my first in a series of novellas.

The point is not to brag.  I am a fairly honest person when it comes to self-reflection, so when I say I am basically a modest person you can take it to the bank.  No, I’m only mentioning the five books because I’m amazed by what I’ve accomplished, especially since I didn’t really start writing until I was sixty-two years old.

What I’m trying to share with you is a lesson it has taken me a long time to learn….it’s all right to acknowledge your accomplishments and give yourself a pat on the back.  In my case, I will always think a book I write could have been better but still, I’ve actually written five of them, so how cool is that?


Give yourself a pat on the back today.  Maybe you aren’t accomplishing what you wanted to so far, but you are moving forward and you have made progress.  Concentrate on that progress and for one day rejoice.


Are you looking for paying jobs?  They are everywhere around you, so open your eyes and see.

Traditional magazines and newspapers are still hard to break into, but online mags and newspapers are great in number and seriously not that hard to break into….but you have to try.  You might get rejected a couple times but keep trying.

Here’s a free tip:  Decide what your passion is and then use that passion to springboard into a paying gig.  There are online mags, blogs and newspapers for practically every passion.  Get online, start Googling and see what you come up with.

If you have your heart set on traditional mags then be prepared to do some work.  I have a friend who parlayed her love of photography and nature into a newspaper gig called “Life at Boomer Lake,” a weekly article about the birds at Boomer Lake in Oklahoma.  She had a passion, she came up with a unique approach and she sold that approach to a newspaper.

You can do that too.  I absolutely hate hearing someone say “I can’t do that.”

Bull!  You can do it….you just don’t realize it yet.


Someone mentioned the other day that I should have an online writing course.  I’m thinking about it…they aren’t that hard to start.  I wonder how many would sign up for a course if I offered one?  What do you think?  Is it worth the time and effort?  Are there people out there who would pay to learn from this old teacher?


I used to do this blog at least twice-weekly. Now I’m lucky if I do it twice-monthly.  Oh well.  Life hands us changes to deal with, and we change our approach, and our priorities change, and we either learn to handle the change or we get run over.

I’ve never been run over in my lifetime and don’t plan on it happening.

I’m not a victim and never will be.

Have a great week!


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”