Saturday, December 29, 2007

GOALS INSTEAD OF RESOLUTIONS FOR 2008!

In May of 2001, I listened to Henriette Anne Klauser speak about her book, Write It Down, Make It Happen, at the "Oklahoma Writer's Federation" conference.

In essence, she explained how writing down goals is the first step toward achieving them. I believe that. In fact, most of the things I wrote down have come to pass. One goal on my list was that I wanted to be published in Woman's World, another was that I wanted to be a public speaker. I've done both. I also wrote that I wanted to go to England. I've been in the wonderful land of the UK twice. Once in 2006 and I just returned from my second trip last fall of 2007.
Last year I wrote that I wanted to finish my novel and get an agent. Did that too!
I also wrote that I wanted to weigh 140 lbs.

Oh well, like I said, most have happened.

January 1st is a great time to write down goals instead of resolutions. Dream big. Write your goals down, and be faithful to do your part. Rarely are things handed to us on a silver platter.
The reason I've been published is because I wrote something and submitted it.

List at least 5 things. I'll do the same. In the comment section of this blog, let me know some of your goals for 2006. Mine are:
1. Finish and sell my nonfiction parenting book, "Now What Do I Do?"
2. Get a good start on my second novel, "Shifting Shadows."
3. Make enough money from my writing and speaking to support my craft.
4. Sell my novel, "In The Elephant's Shadow" and have a contract for "Shifting Shadows."
5. Write a travel column for a newspaper.

How about you? What are some of your goals for 2008? Let me know.
(my sneaky way of getting you to write them down!) Seriously, I'd like to know.

ALSO, I mentioned above the writer's conference in Oklahoma. This is seriously a great conference. This year the Conference is, "FANTASTIC FORTY, WRITER'S GLORY!
It is at the Reed Conference Center in Midweast City, Ok May 1-3, 2008

For more info, go to: http://www.owfi.org/

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

SELAH

I wrote this poem for all who resist life until they finally understand that it is best to rest in Christ.

Merry Christmas!

SELAH

The blue-white moon calls
The surf answers in thunderous strength
Water reaches for the shore
Resisting sea’s command
To return to the deep

Waves charge straining to escape the ocean
Grabbing at rocks, pawing the sand
Roaring allegiance to the lunar pull
Refusing to submit to the deep
But all is futility

Selah
pause
rest
reflect

The moon gives way to dawn
Weary, submissive, the tide returns to sea
Docile water glides over the beach
To play with seaweed
And tickle children’s toes

Peaceful ripples drift on water’s surface
Reflecting the sun’s brilliant light
Sending millions of diamonds
Dancing in dizzying glory
And so it is with life

Selah
pause
rest
reflect

Dance in the sun

Linda C Apple 2005

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

ME me


My great friend, Velda Brotherton, tagged me with an "It's All About Me (me) blog questionaire. So here goes:

1. How long have you been blogging? Since 2004

2. What inspired you to start a blog and who are your mentors? I wanted to get my thoughts in cyberspace and it also worked well as a pseudo-website. My mentors are Velda Brotherton, an incredible writer of both fiction and nonfiction, Dusty Richards, every writers best friend, and my critique group, the Northwest Writer's Workshop.

3. Are you trying to make money online, or just doing it for fun? Actually, neither at the moment. I just have a passion to reach people and help make their lives better.

4. What 3 things do you struggle with online? TIME! It takes a tremendous amount of time to keep blogs current. I have three blogs at the moment.

5. What 3 things do you love about being online? All the information! I also visit my friends blogs and stay in touch with them. Beautiful!

Visit Velda's blog: http://www.vbrotherton.blogspot.com/ "On Being A Writer"

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Daydreaming on Paper


This blog is for writers in all seasons of life. Whether you are a beginner, or a multi-published writer who has royality earning books, we are all consumed by the same passion--writing.


No matter what we write, fiction or nonfiction, it all begins with a thought swirling in our mind. We write it down, add, subtract, edit, rewrite, edit, wad it up and throw it in the trash, retrieve it, take it to critique groups, rewrite, polish, submit, recieve rejections, cry, resubmit, and . . .


quit? NO!


We keep at it. And then it happens. Our swirling thoughts are published and create in the minds of our readers a place to daydream, a haven from harsh reality, an answer, hope.


There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein. ~Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith