Angel Oak, the oldest tree east of the Mississippe. 1,500 years old!
Photo taken from the Angel Oak site.
Life keeps getting in the way of writing time. One catastrophe after another. One new responsibility after another. And then there’s the day job!
Becca asked a challenging question this week on Write on Wednesday. What fresh new ideas do you have for your writing? I don’t have any fresh ideas, I guess. Any more fresh than usual. I have so many projects started right now, I don’t dare start anything else. I do, however, enjoy change and challenge, so I would have to say I am constantly in a state of fresh ideas. Norman Vincent Peale said:
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
While Peale is rather controversial, albeit long famous, he has said some pretty brilliant things. I have, since the new year began, been reading some books outside of my range of normal. Peale, Flannery O’Connor, William Ellery Channing, and Wayne Dyer. Do you sense a theme here? I will write about this later in the month, after I have gathered my thoughts.
Back to fresh ideas. Peale also said,
Those who are fired with an enthusiastic idea and who allow it to take hold and dominate their thoughts find that new worlds open for them. As long as enthusiasm holds out, so will new opportunities.
This goes back to my father telling me, “you can do anything you want.” I am fortunate to live in the time and place I find my self, with the health and resources available to me, to have this be true. So I am willing to take risks, assuming that everything will work out, and so far, so good.
On a slightly less than fresh note, I continue to search for that agent who is going to fall in love with my work. I use Query Tracker to keep track of what I have mailed out. It is also an excellent site to research agents from. All the links you could possibly need are right there, and it is free. I have five queries out there, with one partial requested. Cross fingers, etc.
I received a pleasant comment this week, from the author of the second or third book I ever reviewed on this blog. Bonnie Trenga, author of The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier, also has her own very cool blog, The Sentence Sleuth, which is worth a regular visit. Check it out.
I am prattling today. I haven’t written a real post in so long, I think I have forgotten how. I do have a couple book reviews to write and post, so I will leave you here and move on to that.
Methuselah, oldest tree in the world, located in Northwestern United States. It is 4,800 years old!
Photo taken from the Waymark site.
P.S. If you are wondering “what’s with the trees?” I will just give you a little clue: think tree house.