Gambling on an Opportunity I Found Permission

I took a gamble and went to Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago. No, I didn’t gamble on slot machines or baccarat tables or any of the hundreds of games of chance there. The gamble I took was on myself and my writing. I attended 20Books Vegas 2021: a 20Booksto50k® educational and networking event. By gambling on an opportunity I found permission. How it Started The 20Booksto50k® Facebook group is a social learning group created to share knowledge and best business practices for indie-publishing and selling more books. Michael Anderle, founder of 20Booksto50k®, and Craig Martelle, group leader and organizer, host the conference in Vegas every year(except 2020 when COVID-19 closed Vegas). They keep costs as low as possible to make it affordable for all writers.  This summer, generous donors created a scholarship fund for writers with limited means. Interested people answered essay questions. Awards ranged from covering all costs to partial scholarships to attendance fees only. Need and those essays determined who won what. They awarded more than 100 scholarships.  I took a gamble and answered the essay questions. Figured if I didn’t win, I’d lost nothing. And if I won, it was a sign I was meant […]

10 Quotes to Inspire Your Climb

A creative endeavor often feels like climbing a rugged, treacherous mountain. One slip and you’ll fall to your doom. Yet, the analogy has many positives, too. Here are ten quotes to inspire your climb up your creative mountain. Know Your Why The summit is what drives us, but the climb itself is what matters. Conrad Anker There’s no glory in climbing a mountain if all you want to do is to get to the top. It’s experiencing the climb itself – in all its moments of revelation, heartbreak, and fatigue – that has to be the goal. Karyn Kusama Don’t Give Up Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. Michael Jordan The climb might be tough and challenging, but the view is worth it. There is a purpose for that pain; you just can’t always see it right away. Victoria Arlen Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than […]

Feed Your Creativity

Nanowrimo is an acronym for National Novel Writing Month. Held every November, it’s a month of relentless creativity. The goal is to write 50,000 words in thirty days. Many writers embrace this group event. But it leaves out many other creatives. There needs to be a National Feed Your Creativity Month open for creatives of all types. Regardless of whether you’re involved in a month long endeavor or a catch-as-catch-can project, you need to feed your creativity to keep the ideas flowing. How Can You Feed Creativity Unexpressed creativity isn’t fun. Sometimes it’s painful. Sometimes it’s a sense that something is wrong, that you, the creator, aren’t right. Simply expressing your creativity can be one way to feed your creativity. But you can feed creativity in other ways too. Foods to Boost Creativity When your brain works better, so does your creativity. Follow a healthy diet. Boost your brain function with specific foods. Omega-3 fatty acids aren’t just good for your heart. Add brain power with fish such as tuna or salmon in your diet twice a week. Soybeans, nuts, flaxseed, and other seeds also are high in omega-3. Dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao may support better […]