Announcements, Self-Improvement

As winter descends, the end is near

Well it’s almost winter time. This morning I woke up this morning to a bevy of snowfall, so perhaps it’s appropriate I selected a snow-themed picture to close out my 2020 blog posts. I know I didn’t post much this year, but with a busy daily schedule, it could not be helped. I’m sorry if anyone felt shortchanged by my extended absences. So perhaps, this final 2020 blog post will ease any disappointment.

As a tumultuous 2020 draws to a close, we gladly bid it farewell. And what a year it was: a pandemic, economic uncertainty, a controversial Presidential election in the USA, and many lives lost.

But this isn’t a rant. No. As 2020 makes way to 2021, there is hope. A covid-19 vaccine is making its debut, and hopefully, by this time next year, the pandemic will be a thing of the past.

For me this was a year of transition. I left my full-time job and returned to college to pursue a graduate certificate. Saw my young Nieces grow a year older, helped out elder family members in need, and lost over 20 lbs. of unwanted weight.

So when you look back on 2020. Try and find something from it that will help you in 2021. If you suffered tragedy, and many of us did, use the pain to strengthen yourself.

I know I have lots to be grateful for. In a time when people are being evicted and wondering when their next meal will be served, I managed to improve my condition.

So here’s to 2020, it taught us a lot about ourselves, and hopefully, in 2021, we’ll take that experience and make something great from it.

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Writing Advice

Coronavirus and the Writing Life

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As the planet battles the latent new virus known as COVID-19, I sit here wondering what the future holds. But, as a writer I am already accustomed to this anomalous feeling.

Writing itself is an unpredictable animal, and the current pandemic gripping the planet is a situation most newly-published writers find themselves at odds with. The energy-sapping questions begin making their way through their thoughts. What should I write about? Will my books ever sell? Will I ever be able to support myself on my writing? Then, once you get self-published, the constant checking of your amazon royalty figures can almost drive a newbie mad.

Like the Coronavirus and writing, both unpredictable in their own right, the only thing you can do is focus on doing your best, and ignoring the fear factor. Because, worrying about something you have no control over will simply ruin your quality of life, and take the fun out of anything.

So I say this to every new writer and human being. Be calm. Live every day to the best of your ability. Don’t fret over the virus that the news agencies are constantly blasting over the airwaves.

And get back to two things. Living, and writing.

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