Today I thought I’d better try and get back into blogging, which I had been looking forward to but other things have got in the way and I couldn’t seem to decide what to write about.
One thing I am really pleased about is that I at last seem to be making progress with an idea for a novel, one of my ambitions in life. It is gradually beginning to take shape, slowly. At last I seem to have found a way that works for me, by doing it randomly and gradually it is coming together and different ideas are starting to pop up. I want to write something that is both simple and yet complex in the way that it is structured, bringing together things to do with life that I am interested in and using some of my life experiences and learning. I had often thought about writing something autobiographical until I attended a creative writing course which made me realise that I could write fiction and weave personal experiences within it.
The other thing I have been doing over the past couple of weeks is catching up on an online learning course on social media marketing. It is an introduction and has been interesting seeing how the course itself has been put together. Maybe this will come in useful when I publish my book! When it comes to publishing – some way off for me at the moment – there are decisions to make on whether to go the self-publishing route, whether to publish an e-book, traditional printed copies or both. I love books that I can just flick through, there is just something about browsing in a book shop, holding the book and turning the pages. Yet having an e-book would open it up to a much wider audience.
Something else I have done in the past couple of weeks is putting together a photo book. I took advantage of one Groupon’s offers and enjoyed putting together a random selection of memories from photos on my computer which spanned from the birth of my 13 year old daughter. I received the book in the post yesterday and am really pleased with it. It has a hard cover with my own photos on the front and back. A bonus was that I could share an electronic version with friends and family if I wished – I wasn’t expecting that – so I am well pleased. Going back to my novel, I can really see the benefits of going the ‘e’ route but a combination – like my photo book – would definitely suit me best. So at some point I will need to research the options, particularly cost-wise and time-wise. If I really got a move on with my draft, when could I realistically publish? At last I do actually believe it could happen, that it is not some flimsy dream without legs.
Since coming out of hospital I have been dipping into ‘The Millionaire Course. A Visionary Plan for Creating the Life of Your Dreams’ by Marc Allen. I really like the book, particularly the use of ‘keys’ and numerous quotations. It has reminded me of things I have learned in the past and I have started doing affirmations again in relation to things I want to achieve. Last time I did this regularly, I did notice changes take place in my life for the better. I just need to remember to read the affirmations each day, add to them or change them, and see what happens. It helps in keeping things positive during a difficult time, as does my writing.
Well that’s it for now. I hope not to leave it so long till next time. I’m now going to see what photos I can use for this post.
It intrigues me where things lead. As I thought about what photo to use, I decided to take a photo of an inspirational tile that was a gift from my eldest daughter some years ago. It sits here in a prominent position in my room. I then decided to look on the back to see if there was any way of finding out if it was still available. Well I still don’t know the answer to that as I got distracted. The tile is by Russ Berrie and I googled this. I ended up reading about Russ Berrie’s story as Founder of The Russell Berrie Foundation. A man who starts making money at the age of 10 years old selling scorecards at baseball games and has a real belief in the value and skill of being able to sell. He becomes one of the top 40 most generous Americans and founds The Russell Berrie Foundation. Sadly he passed away on Christmas Day in 2002 but his memory lives on through the Foundation. I liked the following quote from his story which is an extract from a lecture given in 1998 “Selling Your Way to Success”:
“So, set a goal, then persevere in that goal through thick and thin, overcoming all obstacles … if you have the courage and the sense of urgency to get it done, you will do so. You can achieve what you want if you truly want it badly enough. My wish for you is that you get in touch with the person that is uniquely you. I advise you to trust yourself enough to let the world in and savor all that it has to offer.” (Russ Berrie 1998)
Just got back home after another spell in hospital. I realise I have missed the blogging world which is out of reach where I stay as there is such a bad mobile connection and no Wi Fi. I thought about writing blog posts while I was in hospital but for me it isn’t the same. I like to be spontaneous. To write and post the same day if I can. There may be some snippets of writing that I can share but I tend to look back later at any writing I do in hospital rather than revisit it straightaway.
Anyway, the week before I was admitted to hospital following my third cycle of chemotherapy, I had taken a gentle walk in a couple of different places. So some of those photos will be appearing here. They are not brilliant photos, a bit blurry in places, but for me they represent days spent enjoying just being in nature on beautiful sunny – yet cloudy – days.