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365 Days of Gratitude and Writing

Every day of 2017 I’m hoping to share with your my gratitude and writing.

I believe that my happiness stems from a positive attitude (and possibly a little bit of luck, my mother is the eternal optimist). Even in adversity, if we look to something in our life that we are grateful for we can move forward, if not immediately, but eventually. My mum always taught me ‘there’s always someone worse off’, rather than ‘there’s always someone better off’. It’s a nicer way to feel about the ups and downs of life.


I’ve missed the first nine days. Instead I begin with the first ten of my 365 days of gratitude and writing. I’m grateful for/that:

  1. My Uncle Ken will be okay after a nasty fall on New Year’s Eve, because I love his warm bear hugs.
  2. A happy, healthy, growing family including Larabella and Kru, because of tiny arms for hugs, sweet button lips for kisses and smiles that melt your heart.
  3. My husband, Bevil’s unconditional love (through all my crazy writing episodes), because he is my best friend.
  4. Mahli and her eagerness to meet me at the door (even though she scratches me), because there is nothing like the uncomplicated loyalty and companionship of a dog.
  5. The fragrant freshness of rain on mown grass, because it reminds me of so many wonderful hot summer days.
  6. The last Lindt chocolate in the box is white chocolate, because it’s a favourite treat that melts in your mouth.
  7. The anticipation of a year of growth and change, because we can manifest our dreams into reality.
  8. A wonderful friendship with a fellow author and writing mentor, because sometimes writing can be lonely.
  9. I have a fulfilling job that I enjoy, because it gives me creativity, usefulness and security.
  10. That my publishing journey has begun again, because I’ve backed my ability and taken those first steps.

What are you grateful for?

Maybe you’d like to share your own 365 days of gratitude. It can be as small as, sun shining on your laundry so it finally dries, or it can be as big as, learning how to walk after an accident that took your mobility. Tell me in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.

If you don’t know how to go about being more grateful here’s a meditation and affirmation video from Fresh Affirmations, enjoy:


Posted in Publishing, Writers, Writing tips

The Hard Truth About Publishing – repost

Here’s a terrific post on ‘the reality of the book publishing industry’. I love the honesty (or brutal truth). It’s true for the American market but for the Australian market; the reality is that a bestseller only sells about 5,000 books. Plenty of authors sell under that, unless they market themselves well. That tells you the hard work I’ll have to do through the year before the launch of my book.

This is a good read for writers and readers The Hard Truth About Publishing from Kristen Lamb’s blog. This blog is award winning and has lots of publishing and writing tips. It’s also a fun read, full of wit, which of course I like. I hope you enjoy it.