Monday, June 27, 2011

Five Lines from My Work in Progress

Here it has arrived, the Lovin' the Language Blogfest hosted by Jolene's Been Writing.

The following are five lines from the introduction of Southern Girls Living Fearlessly: A Lady's Guide to an Unfettered Life of Grace and Charm (or something like that but shorter). We hem ourselves in with the shoulds and oughts of southern etiquette - of life as a modern woman - to the point that we don't know ourselves anymore. Southern Girls Living Fearlessly allows us to break free of the corset binds and be the true selves we are meant to be.

It took a whole lot of life and natural consequences and self-exploration before I arrived at this stage of thinking, however. The five lines reveal me processing through my decision to live fearlessly:

Besides, when I think about living fearlessly, it becomes painfully evident that I fear too many things to face. I fear drowning . . . in water, in dirty clothes, in closet clutter. I fear cancer. I fear slipping in the shower. I fear failure. I fear success. I fear growling dogs. I fear getting old. I fear dieing young. I fear disappointing my parents. Most of all, I fear that I will get lost in oblivion, somewhere between my Once-Upon-a-Time and my Happily-Ever-After.

Okay, yes, that is more than five lines. I broke the one rule of Lovin' the Language Blogfest. But there you go. That's living fearlessly, isn't it? That's taking life by the petticoat and going with the potential.

How will you live fearlessly today?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fear and Curiosity

Replace Fear

of the




Fear keeps us from progress. Curiosity stimulates action and momentum.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Lovin' the Language Blogfest

Hey writer friends, this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase a piece of your work. It's a one day blogfest and sure to be a great way to network with other writers. And it's the perfect chance for readers to preview snippets of books in the pipeline.

To join the blogfest, go here and add your link:

The best part is that there's only ONE rule: Post five lines from your work in progress (WIP).

Don't have a WIP? Well then, this must be a sign that you need one. Post the first five lines of the book you'd like to write. Getting started is the hardest part.