Monday, January 24, 2011

Quote of the Day

I can live for two months on a good compliment.

Mark Twain

Say something nice to someone today! You might just make their month. 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

For 2011, Embrace Failure as a Stepping Stone to Success

Failures are milestones on the success journey. Each time you plan, risk, fail, reevaluate, and adjust, you have another opportunity to begin again, only better than the last time. As sixty-seven-year-old Thomas Edison said as his laboratory burned to the ground, "Thank goodness all our mistakes were burned up. Now we can start again fresh."

Quoted from Failing Forward, John C. Maxwell

Today, make a fresh start.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Talent and Creativity

"People who follow their joy
discover a depth of talent and creativity
that inspires us all."
~~Dr. Robert Holden

Discover joy today, and follow where it leads.
How are you inspired?

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Wrap Up...

Hi All,
Well, we're all safe at home snug in our jammies and comfy clothes as the snow continues to fall over the Heartland.

The final word count for our 2011 retreat was: 52,372!!! That's a category length book!!!

CONGRATULATIONS, Ladies!! We all worked really hard and had a very productive weekend.

The workshops were all very interesting and informative. I know I learned a lot - I even learned from comments made during the workshop I gave. :)

I hope everyone is ready and raring to go in 2011 to Finish The Damn Book!!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

After Dinner Mints....

Hi all,
We just got back from dinner. The group split up for a couple of hours to indulge our palettes with some of Omaha's best food. It's 7pm now and we're back for our last session of timed writing tonight. Our word count is growing by leaps and bounds! Some of us already have 19 pages while some of us only have 4 or 5, but EVERY word counts!

Keep up the good work, HWG!

Going PRO

Mary Karen and Anita received their PRO boa scarves. Congratulations, Ladies!
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The paper fondler strikes again!

Ann Stephens has corrupted us with her paper made of stone. Here she is showing just how much she loves the bestest paper in the world.
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Halfway through the day....

Hi all,
We just finished a terrific lunch catered by our own Barb H and her mom. THANKS, Darlene!!! The potatoes were huge and so tender they just melted. And the toppings?? Everything you could think of. I especially loved the marinated artichoke hearts on the salad. (Personally, I was just glad to be able to eat at all!!)

We also had our awards presentation.
Mary Karen won the Sunshine Award.
*lizzie won the Give Till It Hurts Award.
We had quite a few contest finalists and winners and four people who completed their NaNO goals.

There's been brainstorming and lots of timed writings. We just finished session #5 and the total word count was: 7529 words. The Heartlandians are flying high!!! Total for retreat so far: 28,328 words.

Friday, January 7, 2011

The first night

Hi all,
We've had two timed writing sessions and a great program by Kim Louise about starting our books in the right place. I think we were pretty productive! Check out our numbers!!
Session #1 - 5857 words.
Session #2 - 4340 words.

And Away We Go........

The Heartland Writers Group's Annual Retreat is starting right now! 17 of us are gathered together to conquer our writing fears, gather new techniques and put words on the page. Wish us luck.... Eve