Change Your Words, Change Your World

It’s time for Take A Moment Monday. I want to talk about words, and how even one little word can make a difference.

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We’re writers, and it’s our job to evoke pictures, even entire worlds, with our words. You’ll often hear authors talking about word count, and how lofty their daily goal might be. Or lamenting that they haven’t hit that goal in a couple of days, weeks or even months. Somedays, stringing an entire sentence together can seem a bit like climbing to the top of Mt. Everest … dragging a sled loaded with boulders behind us.

I recently saw a video and knew I had to share. The message is clear. It really isn’t what you say, it’s how you say it. And I’ll keep that thought with me as a venture through this week, striving to hit my word count, but more importantly, striving to use the best words possible to achieve the goal.

 

My wish for the week is that I can pick the right words in all I say and do. It’s my wish for you as well.

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Five-Line Friday – A Look At Tyranny

It’s Friday! Hooray! We’ve made it through another week. The Chicks hope that work didn’t defeat you this week and you have only happy events ahead of you for the weekend.

Here something a little different for all of our writer friends. We invite you to post in comments 5 lines from your Work In Progress, or from the book you are reading (be sure to attribute the work to the Author/Publisher please).

This week, we’ll keep it simple. Post the first five lines in a chapter. Let’s see what you’ve got!

I’ll start us off with the opening from my new book – Tyranny.

A violent crack of thunder reverberated against the stained glass window gracing the elaborate marble stairwell. The colorful display was meant to impress visitors as they entered the building. Right now, the only impressive thing about it was that the panels hadn’t rattled right out of the beads of lead holding them in place.

It ranked as one of the worst storm Clio Thanos had ever experienced. And she’d lived through more than a lifetime’s worth of them.

That’s it! I showed you mine, now you show me yours!

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#TakeAMomentMonday–The Journey

#TakeAMomentMonday–The Journey

For Take a Moment Monday today, I’d like to share something I’ve thought about a lot recently. As an author, I often feel like I’ve been designated to the eternal “waiting room.” Patience seems to be required at every turn in this industry as we wait–for response to queries and editors, for our next release, for our next promo event, for a new cover or a new contract, for feedback from beta readers or reviewers. It all just feels like an endless line of waiting.

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And while this is true, it’s really all about perspective. I’ve had some wise friends tell me to “enjoy the journey.” I’ve even told myself that, but it was only recently that it finally clicked for me. I thought of friends I know in teaching, who are waiting for the next holiday…and then the next…and the next. And somewhere in realizing that I’m not alone in waiting for the next event in my life, I discovered there are other smaller moments I enjoy and cherish every single day–waking up early to write, sprinting with my awesome friend and kickass chick, Gemma Brocato, and sometimes even A.S. Fenichel or Kyra Jacobs. Chatting with other author friends who offer me encouragement and inspiration, like Kyra, Cora Cade, or Rhenna Morgan. Or enjoying the supportive group of authors I know online, specifically all of the KACs, who make me laugh, cry and often “talk me from the ledge,” when something in the industry drives me nuts.38787826_s

And then, there’s the joy that family brings. I’ve made a pointed effort not to become so absorbed in my online world, that I’m ignoring the most important people in my life. My little one, Jack, who is five said the other day, “turn your computer off and play a game with me.” I did just that right away. So I spent my writing time playing Operation and High-Ho Cherry-O’s instead. And it was worth every second.

So yes, back to perspective. It’s true that I’m still waiting for the next review, release, deadline, whatever. But while I wait, I’m going to focus on the moments in life that bring me joy and peace of mind, which are all found in The Journey along the way–in the silly memes or gifs my author friends send me to bring a smile to my face, in the laughter of my son when he wins the game, in a phone call to my mom who lives farther away, in the afternoon silence after a long day, in an encouraging word to or from a friend who really needs it.

27831997_sSo here are my final thoughts for Take a Moment Monday–discover those smaller moments in your daily life that bring you that same joy and peace of mind and cherish them. Keep them closer to your heart than you do waiting for the next “big event” to roll along. Enjoy your journey, wherever that may take you.

 

 

#TakeAMomentMonday – Confidence

#TakeAMomentMonday – Confidence

Time for another installment of Take A Moment Monday, where the Chicks explore what is motivating us, making us think, or making us well, take a moment to be thankful for what we have. Today, I want to talk about confidence.

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You wouldn’t necessarily notice it, but I struggle with self confidence on a regular basis. I’m a good cook, a passable writer, a decent friend. All things I’ve strived for.

And, yet…

I doubt these abilities because I’m competitive. I want to be a great cook. I want to be a best seller, I want to be the friend people turn to for help, advice, or even just a smile.

So daily, I have to remind myself that on my path through life I am my only roadblock. The only thing standing in my way is my belief in myself.  So I look for confidence in the tiniest of things. Flowers, laughter, or a phrase I’ve written that makes me smile and finally believe maybe my writing is more than just a hobby. It’s what I’m meant to do.

I’m a work in progress for sure. And in the end, I will take what I learned, pull on the hard-won mantle of confidence and sally forth into the world, bold, determined and live these words of advice.Hard Won Confidence

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Fun Guy Friday – BatDad

We all love a guy who can laugh at himself while making others around him laugh.That’s why we’ve been trying to bring you fun features from the internet where guys just want to have fun.

Today, in case you haven’t met him, I’d like to introduce you to BatDad! This first clip is a Jen (that’s his wife) compilation and it’s a good sample of his crazy wit, and his wife’s support of it. Behind every great bat there’s an even greater, and long-suffering, woman.

And let’s talk about his kids! They are such good sports and get into the fun with him.

I love a family that has fun together.

You can get a dose of BatDad any time you want by subscribing to his videos on YouTube, following him on Facebook or Twitter. You won’t regret it.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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#Work #Life #Balance

#Work #Life #Balance

 

Since the clock ticked over to 12:01 AM on Jan
uary 1, I’ve been mulling over the past year. What I’ve accomplished (personally and professionally), what I’ve failed at. What I did a great job of, and most importantly, what I could do better in the new year.
2016 will be a great year. I won’t have it any other way. Sure, it will be a long road, and probably mostly uphill. I’m just going to consider this steep climb as exercise (A goal for 2016, but we’ll get to that in a bit).

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I’m Symbol Scales is made of stones of various shapesgoing to work on balancing life with work in 2016. I work from my home, so it’s tough some days to separate the two. And as a writer, many times my real life family takes a back seat to my fictional character family. To find this balance, I’m going to TRY to stop working by 4:30 in the afternoon. No WIP, no social media, no promotional work. I will schedule my days as if I left my house each morning, and then returned eight hours later. Office hours will be a priority for me.

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​I’m going to commit time to exercising every day. Even though I know I look like the picture on the right. I’m not going to let that bother me.

 

 

 

And I will add more balance by making time for friends. It’s true, time spent with girlfriends, and friends who are couples is great therapy. So when the world drags me off-center, expect to be invited to a big party. Friends, fun, food and music will be a great cure.

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My word for the year will be balance. What’s yours?

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Fun Guy Friday: What Boys Think of Girl Names!

Hey, everybody! Everyone needs a good laugh on Friday, right? I thought you might enjoy these if you haven’t seen them on Buzzfeed yet. What Boys Think of Girl Names. Hilarious! Here’s Part I:

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And now for Part II:

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Have a fabulous weekend!