Finding Motivation in Tennis-#TakeAMomentMonday

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Welcome to another installation of Take A Moment Monday. With the French Open Tennis tournament right around the corner, I find my thoughts turning courtside. I typically watch the slam tournaments and read player interviews because to me, these athletes epitomize the never say die attitude I want to embrace. And that is my moment this week. That caption above is something I take to heart. I work to achieve my dream of being a successful author.

To that end, I surround myself with people I know will root for me to attain my goals. My Writing Warrior friends, who get up early with me, and cheer me on when I hit a word count goal. Ladies who will kick my ass when I need it, but also tell me it’s okay to take a few days off when everyday stress gets me down.

I have several friends who know just the right words to say when I find my faith in myself flagging (I do thrive on flattery. I mean who doesn’t?). But I strive to return the favor because I want to be the supportive friend to them they have been to me.

Every game in tennis starts with love. When you fault on the first serve, you get a second chance. You learn from the wins and the losses. Each point is a new opportunity, just like each new story. If you keep your eye on the ball and follow through, you can add a tick on the win column. Even when the fans are for the other guy, they will cheer you on as well.

I’m just going to take this moment and enjoy each match, on the court and off. Wishing each of you a lovely week. May all your matches start with love.

Gemma Sig-1a

 

Setbacks and Forward Thinking

Hey, hey, hey! Welcome to our new series, Setbacks and Forward Thinking.

As writers, many of us struggle occasionally (or frequently) with rejection, setbacks, and thoughts of what if I’m not cut out to be an author? Days like this can be dream-crushing. But fortunately, we are creative about finding ways to tame this particular savage beast and shove it back in its cage. This new series is going to be about what we do to shake off the challenges and what each of the Chicks plan for 2016.

So, here are my little tricks for boosting my spirits and setting my feet back on the ‘write’ track.

I listen to music that makes me want to move my feet or bang my head (Fall Out Boy is my current favorite band). Whether it’s dancing myself out of a dark mood or letting Dwayne Johnson do it for me, it usually works.

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If music doesn’t do the trick I head to the kitchen to rattle the pots and pans. I bake, cook or barbecue. Not decimates a setback like taking a wire whisk or rolling pin to that bad boy and whipping or pounding the stuffing out of it.

When it gets really bad, I binge watch Bravo TV. In comparison to the trivialities of the lives of the Real Housewives or the Ladies of London my troubles seem paltry. Hand me the remote and a big bowl of popcorn and I start to feel better.

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So, what’s in store for me in 2016?

I’m planning a new series and making a foray into the paranormal genre. I hope to have 9 books writing in the series, The Goddesses of Delphi and will indie-pub those within a short time frame. I’m thinking by April or May at the latest. Aggressive, I know, but I think I can pull it off. I’m also going to work on completing my Romancing The Vine Series and finding a traditional publisher for that work. Lots of great things in store for me writing-wise and I hope to squeeze a tropical vacation in there soon.

I’ll keep you posted!

Gemma Sig-1a