Tech Woes, Adaptation and Boundaries, Oh My!

I work at my grandmother’s house from around 7am to 1 or 2pm Monday through Friday. I help her with some care giving activities and during my downtime, I work on my business. Yesterday I discovered that my MacBook Pro couldn’t connect to the WiFi, no matter what I tried. My iPhone and iPad were connecting just fine, so I was able to search for help for a couple of hours but wound up with nothing but a headache. I knew that I should just let it go, figure out what I could still work on, and worry about the rest later. Surely nothing too urgent could come up, right? I did my best to stay curious and look for the good in the situation, but I could not get rid of that nagging feeling that I was missing something. I looked deeper, and saw that my fear of missing out was connected to my fear of not making enough money to have a thriving business. A monster was telling me that if I wasn’t plugged in all day, I might miss out on a “This Day Only!” opportunity to grow my biz in a major way. My wise Higher Self gently reminded the monster that all growth happens internally before it is manifested externally. The monster responded with its fear that there will never be enough time to spend on the activities that will bring me more of my Right People. My Higher Self agreed, because time is a tricksy bugger never really the answer, then suggested looking at things from a different angle. One, how could I...

NaNoWriMo: T-Minus 11 Days (Gulp!)

NaNoWriMo 2011 and the Lady who is crazy enough to do it. That’s plenty of time to finish my outline, right? It’s not that I’m procrastinating. I just never hit on a viable story until this week. I thought I wanted to write a novel in the fantasy genre, but my best story ideas were set in the current world. I’m not going to argue with my muse. If you ever have and lived to tell about it, I’m all ears. I was invited to spend two nights at a client’s bed and breakfast this week, during which I planned to work on my outline. The three and a half hour drive up had yielded a pretty good plot and I was feeling confident about working with it on the page. Of course, that time never materialized. Now it’s Friday and my day is full again. I barely have time to get this post out. I know a fair amount of NaNoWriMo participants don’t put anything down until November 1st. Maybe they’re better at keeping a good outline in their heads. Maybe they don’t like to work with outlines. I do, however, and the ticking clock is starting to instill panic. It is time to decide what is absolutely essential to this preparation process and what isn’t. I wanted to have a vision board with images I’ve collected from magazines that inspire settings, characters, and costumes. I wanted to have a full character list and descriptions of those characters. I wanted to have an outline that would show me where to write scene by scene. So if I can’t...

NaNoWriMo 2011 in the Hizzy!

Oh yes, this is the year I finally do it. I not only have the background I need but some really good, monster-appeasing reasons to do this thing. National Novel Writing Month is about to be crossed off the life list! The Background If writing were a religious endeavor, I would say I have found my Church. While I have always considered myself a natural writer, I never had any formal training in it beyond what they teach you in school. I certainly had no idea how to go about writing a book except taking the seed of an idea and a blank document and just hammering it out. Then I found Larry Brooks at Storyfix.com. I learned that there is a tried and true process for getting it out of one’s head and onto the page. There is a structure upon which to base the story. There are techniques for fleshing out all of the elements of a story (The Six Core Competencies of Storytelling). I have been gobbling up every word and am quickly becoming an evangelist. Well, maybe not quite an evangelist. I do believe that people vary and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to anything, so I would never be pushy about it. This, however, fits me. It appeals to both sides of my brain; I get to organize and plan on the one hand and let my imagination run free on the other. I have also discovered software for that makes using my newfound techniques easy: Storyist. While I am just beginning to learn the ins and outs of it, thankfully I have some...

Who Runs the World? Girls!

Can you feel the global shift in energy this week? That quiet but insistent pull towards hope? That is the feeling of the Girl Effect Blogging Campaign. The Girl Effect ripples like nothing else. It lets us know the potential for amazing change is within our grasp. Yes, over 600 million girls living in developing countries have at least as much potential for being caught up in the cycle of negativity as breaking free, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You never know what is going to change the course of someone’s life. Being a part of breaking the cycle of poverty for even one girl can and does have untold benefits. There are so many ways to be a force for good in this world, and it does make a difference. I must remind myself of this over and over, because it’s all too easy get caught in a cycle of negativity in my own life. Guilt settles in. Some of it is survivor’s guilt, for having been born in a time and place that affords me all sorts of advantages. Some of it is for being ungrateful for all that I have and wanting more. But it’s not about me. It’s not about how much I have, either materially or in opportunities. It’s about lighting a candle, holding a space, raising consciousness. I found out about this campaign from Liz at Dream Garden Coaching. Like her, I questioned what I could possibly say that would begin to be adequate. Thanks to her, I realized that just by saying something, I am introducing others to this...