Literacy; reading ability, learning and knowledge. Literacy gives people the power to choose their destiny. Options are limited without it. When you can, encourage reading. Buy books, read to your children, read to new immigrants, write books and read diversely. What better way to encourage literacy than buying someone a book for Christmas? If you want to buy for a reader who wants a good laugh and an easy read, I recommend Lynn Santer’s Just What the Doctor Ordered – Heart Warming Stories to Make Your Patient Smile (Vol. One).It’s a bit cheeky and for adults only. If this compilation of stories from all sorts of writers doesn’t tickle your funny bone, I don’t think you have one. I have contributed two chapters in the book. I’m sure all writers involved will agree that it was a fun project to write for. Get in quick to get your copy before Christmas. Click on the book link or here.
If you’re looking for an escape read, for that tropical summer holiday, then The Zanzibar Moon is your perfect pick. Targeted at the women’s contemporary fiction market, it’s a pleasant surprise for male readers, who will enjoy the action-packed African setting and the steamy sex scenes as well. Take yourself to a faraway exotic place with a true hero. You can buyThe Zanzibar Moonthrough this website on the bookstore page or click on the book link. You can also use the contact page to request author signed copies. Again, get in quick if you want your copy by Christmas. Love, Books and Reading, Donna
Write down your goals and gratitude and you’ll be surprised by what can happen
While cleaning my office (and it was about time too) I found an old journal. I have lots (they are tucked in all sorts of obscure places). Anyhow, I flipped through it and was delighted by what I had written six years ago. If you regularly read this blog, you’ll know that gratitude is conveyed in a lot of what I write. Without appreciation there is no true happiness.
I gave myself a goal of 365 Days of Gratitude this year
Yep, I’ve missed some days (as far as writing them here) but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t appreciative. All those days are with more thankfulness than I could imagine. Days 249 through 310 were sixty-one days of extraordinary events that, particularly as a writer, have left me wondering if my dreams are coming true.
Back to the journal
In that tiny pink journal, I’d written a writing business plan. Six years ago, I was working fulltime (not writing) and any writing was accomplished in the early morning hours, lunch-time or after work. It didn’t matter. I put the effort in and tried to write every day, even if it was just in this blog. It’s not a chore to find those hours because it’s my passion.
I had written fifteen goals. Seven of those have been reached. Keep in mind, I had no idea how I would reach these goals, but I wrote them down and believed in them.
Here’s some I have ticked off:
I will be running a successful freelance business (I have three jobs lined up. One is a huge opportunity)
I will be in demand (after proving I can do the job, I am in demand)
I will publish my novel ‘Finding My Tarzan’ (The manuscript became ‘The Zanzibar Moon’ and was self-published in June)
On average I will work 3 days per week
I will write every day
I will regularly have my hair done (I’ve got to look like a published author, don’t I?)
I will see my friends more often
I will teach my kids good business and money principles, with love.
I couldn’t have imagined some of what I had written would come to fruition. I didn’t put a date on my goals or make them too specific. That allowed for anything to enter my life. I’m writing genres that I never expected. That’s because I left the windows open to any opportunity that might fly my way (like a hawk). I’m a published author of contemporary women’s fiction and articles. Now I’m also skilled in biographies, short stories and sci-fi fantasy fiction. The diversity a fun challenge. It’s more than I could have imagined. That’s lots of gratitude in sixty-one days.
If you write down your goals (and what you are grateful for as well) I hope you’re as pleasantly surprised by the results as I have been. Look back on them in a few years, readjust the goals if you must. Keep looking forward to what you can achieve.
What are your goals? Write your dreams down. Imagine they are here. One day they will be.