Don’t Be A Failure!

I titled this post, “Don’t Be A Failure!” for a reason. To me, failure means giving up. If you continue to fight the good fight, regardless of the odds, even if you lose, you are still winning. You have stood behind your convictions and pushed back at your detractors. I have heard it said that it takes seven positive things to be said to a person to boost their ego/confidence/whatever and only one negative thing to pull it all down. I believe that to be true and more so for creative types (yes, I include myself in that group). It drives my wife crazy when I let some foolish comment or imagined slight pull me down when I have so […]

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Stay the Course

When I look at everything I’ve done to get published, I realize that, while my efforts as a whole have been important, one thing has stood out as the make or break characteristic for me – persistence. I say that because I’ve had my fair share of disappointment as a writer. I have submitted and been rejected over and over again. I have been told a story will be accepted once I make the requested edits only to be turned down. There have been days when I wonder why I subject myself to the roller coaster ride that is trying to get my stories published. Naturally, I questioned whether my work was actually good enough to see print; that seems […]

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