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Day 73 and 78 of 365 Days of Gratitude


Day 73 and 78 of 365 Days of Gratitude

Writing is my biggest focus, particularly because of the imminent release of The Zanzibar Moon. I’ve begun creating Writing Tips I posted to my Author Facebook Page. You’ll see a sample below:

Writing Tip Warm Witty Words

It’s a fun way to enjoy the chore of book marketing. I’m looking forward to creating more. The reason I have an owl is because I believe my dad is reincarnated as one. Owls are wise and cute, so why not use an owl! You’ll also note the owl face in the sun logo of Warm Witty Words and Warm Witty Publishing.

Most people don’t realise the amount of branding and marketing that needs completing, before and after, a book release. With the final edits needed on the book, plus social media, press releases, blogging, submitting articles, writing short stories, reviewer databases and a myriad of other tasks (not to mention a full-time job), I need to stay on top of things complete everything.

I keep an excel spreadsheet of the time frames for completing each task, plus a journal to scribble ideas in (and I mean scribble as sometimes I can’t even read what I’ve written). It seems daunting because June isn’t that far away. Other times it’s exhilarating that it’s getting that close. I keep telling myself that I have been fortunate to work in the various workplaces that gave me the knowledge to self publish successfully.

Plenty of writers come from backgrounds that don’t include the invaluable things I have learned. The jobs that helped me become a self-published author are:

  • Graphic Artist
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Freelance Writer
  • Office Administrator (yep, you do have to stay organised)
  • Editor (though I must admit that I wasn’t very good at that)
  • Book Marketer and Publicist
  • Social Media Manager
  • Branding (branding myself is a little weird)
  • Reader (all good writers should be avid readers)
  • Prawn Trawler Cook (“Nothing to do with publishing,” you say. “It’s about the adventure,” I reply.)

If any of the above apply to you, and you want to write a book, you can. If you want any advice just contact me. I’ll be putting together a non-fiction book about the process (sometime after The Zanzibar Moon comes out).

Day 73 I am grateful for:

Mahli my dog, because she licks me in the face if I haven’t woken up by 6.30am. It’s a greeting like she’s missed me all night while she’s been asleep.

Day 74 I am grateful for:

Being woken at 3.30am by my husband, because I had lots more time to get things done (emails, editing, marketing, writing) before going to work at 8.30am.

Day 75 I am grateful for:

A wonderful friend who has edited The Zanzibar Moon, because without my wonderful editors and readers I could not produce a book to be proud of.

Day 76 I am grateful for:

Another bit of progress in my life as a writer, because writers are insecure and need progress to reassure them.

Day 77 I am grateful for:

A phone call from my son who lives in Canberra, because I’m always happy to hear his voice (and his lovely girlfriend’s) and know that he is enjoying his life.

Day 78 I am grateful for:

The rain, because I’m in my office, writing, writing and writing (which to me is bliss).

Look around you. Find something simple to be grateful for in your life. What is it?

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Day 63 and 72 of 365 Days of Gratitude


Day 63 and 72 of 365 Days of Gratitude

I’ve been AWOL on my ‘days of gratitude’. This isn’t due to not having any gratitude (I have plenty) but because other writing happened (more on that at a later date, but it’s all very exciting). I hope you’re kicking your own goals too, be it writing or whatever passion you have.

Imagine you are there and you will be, Warm Witty Words

I recently reread The Secret. It was a by-chance encounter. I had nothing new to read in the house and was going to head off to the library, then decided to check the spare room if there was a book I could read. I love the cover of this book. It’s got an old-world appeal, with the embossed secret stamp and ancient colour theme. It’s like I just had to pick it up. Serendipity perhaps?

I read The Secret, perhaps, ten years ago. It helped me then, but I haven’t continually put into motion the law of attraction. I’d forgotten what I should do. I’ve always believed in the power of positivity and it’s possibly helped me get through some of the biggest downs in my life.

The Secret has reinforced, not only how to manifest abundance into my life, but also that I am on the right track by continuing my 365 Days of Gratitude. It’s a time in my life when I have to believe in everything falling into place in just the way we have imagined it. Mirror Pool Cleaning is taking on more customers, The Zanzibar Moon is moving closer to completion, other writing jobs are coming in and our future is looking promising.

Here’s one quote from the book:

“Nothing can prevent your picture from coming into concrete form except the same power which gave it birth – yourself.”Genevieve Behrend

Do you believe in the law of attraction?

Day 63 I am grateful for:

The smile of a child at the supermarket, because I’m missing my grandchildren and this child reminded me of their innocence and joy at the smallest things.

Day 64 I am grateful for:

It’s a relaxing Sunday, because I have so many ideas in my head that I need to unwind and let them bubble and brew for a bit.

Day 65 I am grateful for:

A day off for a road trip with my mum and niece, because we went to Brisbane to see my two precious grandchildren and daughter-in-law (I was smiling all day).

Day 66 I am grateful for:

My daughter-in-law Elise, because she’s a hairdresser and does my hair (free for love) and makes me feel beautiful. She is the most adorable, lovely addition to my life and I am so grateful that we have a wonderful relationship.

Day 67 I am grateful for:

Waking up and being grateful that I wake up every day, because I’m happy and healthy.

Day 68 I am grateful for:

My hair is still fabulous, because when a girl gets a new haircut she loves, that’s just how it is.

Day 69 I am grateful for:

A heavy weight session at Hammer Fit, because I know I’m getting stronger (gradually that is).

Day 70 I am grateful for:

Keeping a track of the CrossFit Open and not being worried, because Joel Munro (son) is the fittest and healthiest he’s ever been (unlike last year). He’s currently ranked inside the top 100 in the world and 1st for Military Servicemember. I’m grateful and proud of that.

Day 71 I am grateful for:

Getting to help Bevil on the job with Mirror Pool Cleaning, because I love seeing the pride he has in his work, and how well he does his job. Here’s one of his pools:

Mirror Pool Cleaning - let your pool reflect you

Day 72 I am grateful for:

The waking up with a minor sniffle, because yesterday I had a blocked nose (it always seems to happen when I garden) and I was hoping it wasn’t turning into hay fever or a sinus infection. Think yourself healthy and you’ll be healthy.

Have you started keeping record of what you are grateful for? Give it a go and let me know the results. What wonderful things can you manifest into your life?