Ring Out the Old, Ring in the New! (or, How I Felt Friday Night)

It’s good to remember that we aren’t the first folks trying to speak to the hearts, minds, and souls of others. Some of the truest words ever consigned to paper came long before our arrival on the scene. I think Alfred Lord Tennyson’s words above prove that quite eloquently, especially for the demise of 2021. As he says in his classic poem, “let him go.”  (Full poem below.)

Now it’s time to look forward to what we can accomplish in 2022. Who can we touch with our writing? And how can we make this brand new year better for our families, our friends, our neighbors, and ourselves? Small things can make huge differences in the lives of others, as well as in our own lives, and we have the power to accomplish them. 

Personally, I want to strive to be the best I can be at whatever I’m tackling at any given time. From writing the next Great American Novel to cleaning the bathtub, I’m going to aim to do my very best. And the moment I  wake up each morning, I’m going to remind myself how lucky I am to have another chance to do everything better.

Good plan, huh? But just thinking about it won’t “get ‘er done,” as we say around here. I know I’ll have days now and then when I don’t meet my goals, but ONE day is just that: a day, out of a week, out of a month, out of the year. A bad day doesn’t mean I’ve failed and should just give up on my goals.

So that’s basically where I am today, my friends. I’m back now, and I’ll gradually be getting all my regular blogging features back up and running. And I hope some of you are thinking about being guests on The Write Stuff this year. I’m eager to help you promote your books, and I know many of you will reciprocate when you can. This writing/blogging community of ours is filled with generous souls who support each other, and I’m so blessed to be a small part of it. Whaddya say we make this year a wonderful one for writing, publishing, and sharing with each other? 

I believe in US!!

Happy New Year, and Gloriously Happy Writing!


In Memoriam, [Ring out, wild bells]

Alfred Lord Tennyson – 1809-1892

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
   The flying cloud, the frosty light:
   The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
   Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
   The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
   For those that here we see no more;
   Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
   And ancient forms of party strife;
   Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
   The faithless coldness of the times;
   Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
   The civic slander and the spite;
   Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
   Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
   Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
   The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
   Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

#HappyNewYear!

There are many things I could reflect upon today, thinking back over the last year, but I find I’m not really in the mood for reflection. I’m in the mood to look ahead, hoping that 2020 is a great year for all of us. With that thought in mind, I decided to share some advice I gave myself a couple of years ago, and that I enjoy passing along from time to time, in case anyone else needs encouragement. Some of you may have read these words before, but I think they bear repeating now and then. Reminders never hurt, right? Especially at the dawn of a new year. 

For others, maybe you’ll be inspired to take that first step toward a new goal or two. This could be the year you stop thinking about it and DO it, you know. And that’s what I’m wishing for everyone with a dream they haven’t dared to follow. 

MAKE 2020 THE YEAR YOU
GO FOR IT!

  • Don’t think you can’t. You can.
  • Don’t wait for permission. You don’t need it.
  • Don’t wait for the time to be perfect. It never will be.
  • Don’t let age or lack of experience slow you down. The first is irrelevant, and the second will disappear as you make progress.
  • Do get up every day with the knowledge that your dream is worth the effort.
  • Do work hard. There are no shortcuts.
  • Do keep an open mind. There may be a better way to accomplish your goal.
  • Do remind yourself of your dream daily. Post It notes, memes, whatever it takes.
  • Do love what you’re doing. A labor of love is always the most rewarding work.
  • Do aim for your very best work, and never settle for less.

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Remember, one idea, one step, one thing gained at a time, and before you know it, the mountain has been climbed, and the dream has become a reality! 🙂 ❤

Happy New Year!

 

 

#2020EventSchedule #BuildingALocalReadership #CentralFloridasFabulousWildlife #SpringTea

My favorite part of marketing is building a local readership. I’ve shared things about this many times, so many (most?) of you know this. I have this year’s dates scheduled, and know what I’ll be doing for January and February, though the rest are still To Be Announced. (Gotta see how many new slide shows I can put together, and which of my older programs have received requests for “reruns.”) But for those of you in this area, here is what I have so far. (NOTE: If you are a regular attendee, mark your calendars for the following dates, and stay tuned as I figure out which programs are going where.)

2020 Event Schedule

January

  • January 11Enterprise Museum – #CFFW – “Alligators & Crocodiles” 1:00 – 3:00pm FREE, no reservations required (Donations to museum gratefully accepted)
  • January 25Enterprise Museum – Book Release Open House – 1:00-4:00pm, Book reading at 2:00pm, hourly drawings for free signed books, FREE, no reservations required (Donations to museum always gratefully accepted!)

February

  • February 8Enterprise Museum #CFFW slide presentation “Furry Critters Part 2” 1:00-3:00, FREE, no reservations required (Donations to museum happily accepted)
  • February 22DeBary Hall – Springtime Tea – 11:00am, includes lunch and custom teas, reading, and book signing afterward. Call for reservations and price.

March

  • March 7 – Enterprise Museum – TBA
  • March 28 – Enterprise Museum – TBA

April

  • April 11 – DeBary Hall – TBA
  • April 18- Enterprise Museum – TBA

May

  • May 2 – Enterprise Museum – TBA
  • May 9 – DeBary Hall – TBA
  • May 23 – Enterprise Museum – TBA

June

  • June 6 – Enterprise Museum – TBA
  • June 13 – DeBary Hall – TBA
  • June 27 – Enterprise Museum – TBA

July:

  • July 11 – DeBary Hall – TBA
  • July 25 – Enterprise Museum – TBA

August:

  • August 8 – DeBary Hall – TBA
  • August 15 – Enterprise Museum – TBA
  • August 29 – Enterprise Museum – TBA

September:

  • September 12 – Enterprise Museum – TBA
  • September 26 – Enterprise Museum – Autumn Tea – 11:00am,  includes lunch and custom teas, reading, and book signing afterward. Call for reservations and price.

And here are the flyers I have so far:

January 11 – Enterprise Museum:

January 25 – Enterprise Museum

February 8 – Enterprise Museum

So happy to be getting 2020 underway with such fun programs, and a Release Party, of all things! My first, and I’m super excited about it! Hope to see many of you there, and at some of the other programs I’ll be presenting through the year! Happy New Year, folks, and may 2020 be our best year yet! 

#HappyNewYear

Say goodbye to 2017 with a joyful leap into the new year, full of faith that opportunities to enrich your life–and the lives of others–will abound! Possibilities. That’s what it’s all about, and possibilities surround us every moment of every day. We have a brand new year in which to laugh, love, and try to live the kind of life that makes a difference.

Roll on, 2018! We’re ready for you!

Happy New Year, My Friends!

Happy New Year!

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Dancing With Wieners Star, Maksim Hotdogski (alias Maks)
Is Wishing You a Face Full of Rainbows All Year Long

Just want to take a minute or two to wish each of you a wonderful, prosperous, and MOST of all, fulfilling 2017! I have a real good feeling about this one! Haven’t made any hard and fast New Year’s Resolutions, though I did get a Fitbit for Christmas, and am amazed at what a good job it does of keeping me accountable, and reminding me to get up from this desk and MOVE, every single hour. What I have done, though, is set some goals, large and small, and one of them is to find more time for marketing each week. This past year was my worst at that since I first started writing. But I’m collecting ideas, tips, and strategies, and I’m ready to implement some of them.

We’ve gained a lot of new followers here at The Write Stuff in the last couple of months, and I’d like to welcome you all aboard. This is a blog for writers and about writers, and we encourage you to share news, promos, release information, and more with us. Several of you are already set up as contributors, and I’m hoping you’ll post here often this year. Those of you who aren’t can contact me (see About/Contact button at top of page, right under the header) and I will be happy to post news for you. I’ll also be glad to explain how you can become a contributor, too.

Next week, I’ll be getting back to my regular blog features: #MondayMeme, #MidWeekPOV, #ThorsDaySmile, and #InspirationBoard Sunday. I left out #FabulousFridayGuestBlogger, because I’m thinking of changing that slightly, perhaps to an interview format or something else a bit easier on guests. Often, guests don’t have time to compose a full blog post, so I’m hoping to find a quicker way to have folks visit us on Fridays. Will get back to you on that as soon as I know how I want to do it, but rest assured, Fridays will still be a day for guests to drop by.

In the meantime, let’s all head into 2017 with confidence and good cheer. Remember, Life is what you make of it–YOU have the power! And I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with this brand, new year!

Roll on, 2017! The Write Stuff is ready for you!

 

Happy New Year to Each of You!

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This year has been a great one for me, for the most part.  (Ignoring the long recovery from my foot surgery and a few other things, of course, because who needs to dwell on that stuff?) When I think back on 2015, I’ll remember the things that made me happy, including writing and publishing two more novels and enjoying them getting good reviews. I’ve also loved meeting lots and lots of new readers, and chatting books with each of them.

One of the biggest highlights of this past year was watching this blog grow, with new members, and more participation from fellow writers, and loads of sharing all around. I’m so happy to see this becoming exactly the kind of site I envisioned, where writers can meet other writers, promote their own work, as well as that of their new friends, and learn from each other every day.

I’m very excited about what’s coming up in 2016, and hope you’ll all enjoy the new features I’m planning to implement, along with getting back to our old ones, like #ExcerptWeek and #FabulousFridayGuestBloggers. #WodinsDaySmile will continue, as well, and several new weekly goodies will be unveiled. Hope you’ll enjoy all of them. 

First up will be our first 2016 #ExcerptWeek, starting on Monday, January 4 and running through Sunday, January 10. (There will be a heads up Monday morning, with reminders of how to share your work with us.)

For now,  I wish you a very happy and safe celebration tonight, as the countdown begins, and a Happy New Year’s Day tomorrow. And of course, the best of everything in 2016!

Happy New Year!