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After a delightful breakfast with a writerly friend I was planning to come home and do some housework. Hmmmmm. So much for that idea, because instead of doing a grocery run, I came straight home, made another coffee, checked Facebook, read emails (some of which still need replies), set up a services page on my blog and am now writing a new post.

writingThe services page has come about, because a writing group friend has been studying and setting up a home based editing business. During my time at writing group, she has diligently edited all of our short stories and poems, so they could be placed in an annual anthology.  As many of us know, self promotion within the writing industry is hard work, so as well as offering her the space to promote her services, I thought some of you may appreciate adding your area of expertise to the page as well.

As an enthusiastic writer, I have not as yet had a complete book/novel published, sometimes I wonder if I ever will. I don’t believe this is a bad position to be in as writing for me is like a drug. Words on a blank page(or screen), paint pictures, reveal heart-felt truths, expose hidden dreams and create my own personal masterpiece. Once I have finished writing something I yearn to write more, it’s in my blood, I just can’t seem to help myself.

With my poor grammar and spelling skills I will always need a good editor to set me straight. My good friend D.J. from Stutely Tales(http://stutleytales.com/), spent hours with me, editing a short story a couple of years ago. Her support and advice was incredible, where I learnt a great deal about the craft of writing and dissecting the text, realising that I still have a lot to learn.

My local writing group has also been a great resource, as we regularly hand our work over to group members to be critiqued and edited before submitting to magazines and competitions. I am often amazed at how diverse the comments and feedback can be, within such a close-knit body of people.

When it comes to moving forward with my writing, I took the plunge last week and opened up my NaNoWriMo file for the first time since December. Although I was a little upset to realise that I did not save the last 2,700 words, it made pretty good reading and a buzz of excitement stirred within. With my ‘Bottled Sunshine’ (Vitamin D tablets) improving my mental health/attitude, I am preparing to launch into a fresh season of polishing up a potential book.

So I am feeling a little more encouraged and motivated at the moment and that is a very good place to be.

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We all have a hunger to feel loved and accepted. One of the most popular verses in the Bible concerning love is taken from 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8. It is often quoted and spoken about as part of a wedding ceremony. It goes like this:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (NIV version)

Most of us would agree wholeheartedly, that these sentiments when read, are a list of characteristics we desire to live with. What’s written below is not my adaptation of these verses, but it does make me question the genuine expression of my love towards others.

I endure long and I am patient and kind, I am never envious, nor do I boil over with jealousy. I am not boastful or vainglorious and I do not display myself haughtily. I am not conceited, arrogant or inflated with pride; I am not rude and I do not act unbecomingly. The love of God in me does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for I am not self-seeking; I am not touchy, fretful or resentful. I take no account of the evil done to me and I pay no attention to a suffered wrong. I do not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but I rejoice when right and truth prevail. I bear up under anything and everything hat comes and I am ever ready to believe the best of every person. My hopes are fadeless under all circumstances and I endure everything without weakening.

I never fail because love never fails.

It could be suggested that behaving in this way is to cower down and be intimidated, displaying a sign of weakness. Personally, I feel it takes a person of great strength and integrity to stand tall and walk courageously like this.

I still have so much to learn and apply to my life.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

 

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