September 7th, 2012
You probably noticed that I haven’t been positing a lot. This project is currently on hiatus. I won’t be journaling, I won’t be daily posting my writing. I will be doing once-a-week wrap ups of where I have posted at SingleVoice.me. Until I find a new position that allows me to write, this blog will take a break. There has been some major upheavals in my life that have stopped my plunge. I do believe I will get to take that jump again someday, but for now I am back to peering over the edge of the cliff.
August 9th, 2012
What makes your day really great?
A huge part of mine consists of being productive and meeting my goals. (A theme, and pretty much, the point of this blog.)
Yesterday was one of those day. I polished a piece, finished another. I put together a spice rack that was bugging me. I finished my planned reading and also did (I feel) a nice podcast stint.
It’s days like today that you feel like you have a hold of your place in the universe. This topic seems particularly salient after writing about NASA yesterday. Such a huge world and so hard to feel like we found our niche. But I must say that is the great thing about writing: I feel closer to where I belong.
Knowing this will probably be the last journal post before the weekend, let me say this. I’m so glad after a somewhat tumultuous week, I feel much more prepared for the next one. I hope that even if your week didn’t go as planned, you will enjoy your Friday and feel more prepared for Monday!
Own the Narrative Network. I did my foreign policy segment for #TBTV tonight. It has not gone live yet. They had some technical issues.
My article at Resist44 is also not up yet. I will add it to my next post.
August 8th, 2012
In case you hadn’t realized, I don’t keep a very regular schedule.
A lot of the international news comes out early in the morning (or very late at night, depending on how you look at it). That and I’m a night-owl naturally. (That and the insomnia. Good times.)
A few weeks ago, I took a midnight walk on the beach and saw a Loggerhead turtle coming back from laying her eggs. It was such an incredible experience to be only a few feet from that majestic creature. Last night, I took the new dog on a walk to the beach, to show her the water. I’d never seen so much excitement. She chased the waves, dove into the water and rolled in the sand. The moon was so bright I could see her playing like nothing else mattered and it touched me.
This might not seem very significant but each of them gave me pause. I’m trying to find balance and productivity in my life. Its easy to get caught up in those things. I often lament that I live right next to the ocean and yet almost never visit it. Seems a shame. Of course, when I do go, I feel guilty. But then something like last night happens and for a minute everything seems right in the world.
I read about an exercise recently in journaling. That it was more important to work on gratitude in your writing than anything else. To keep a list, physically or mentally of things you can be thankful for and then look back on your day through that lens.
Obviously, I want this blog to chronicle my successes and failures as I move on to writing full time. But I want to keep that gratitude comment in mind. Its so important to find balance and happiness, then share about it. How do you find balance and keep a positive perspective? (Its okay if you aren’t always good at it, neither am I.)
EXCITING NEWS: I got paid to write! Twice last week!
Choose Your Stance:
Beyond the Moon: Government funded inspiration (about NASA and the Curiosity project)
August 8th, 2012
See the black and yellow butterfly?
The day started good, getting things done, back on schedule. But as it wore on, I kept being distracted (imagine). I started a piece but didn’t finish it. Changed topics. Couldn’t focus. Started little time wasting exercises instead of marking items off my list.
Finally, I decided I might as well get some air. I took our new dog, Sookie, out for a bathroom break with me.
We live on the bottom floor of a small building (only 5 units in 3 stories). We have the entire first floor to ourselves and therefor get access to the yard. But our section of the yard is still small and fenced it. I decided to take Sookie across the fence to the larger communal section of the yard. This side has big flowering trees which are in full bloom right now despite the intense heat.
Between the flowers, 3 or 4 Zebra Swallowtail butterflies chased each other. They were beautiful, and stunning with their flashes of yellow among the green foliage. While I watched this carefree display, Sookie bumped up against my leg, put her head under my hand so I would pet her. She looked up at me with her huge brown eyes, just full of love. We haven’t owned her an entire week and she already adores us. Like she knows we saved her.
I realized right then that this was a special quiet moment. And despite all the distractions and deadlines in my day, its the moments like this where I know I’m blessed.
And that’s my message for you today. Take a quiet moment and be happy. Count all the ways you are lucky. I plan to dwell on that while I get back to writing.
August 6th, 2012
Does it take you a while to unwind after a trip and get back to your regular rhythm?
It usually takes me a couple of days. I need to find a way to be better about it. I come home, my house is a mess (someone has a lower standard of cleanliness than I do), I have laundry to do, and other domestic chores. I usually need to catch up on all the little errands I haven’t done in a week. That happened. Plus I we got a new dog, so much time was spent getting her (Sookie) adjusted.
I did spend some time on the radio and write a little. But I am open to readjusting suggestions! Now that I’m feeling more in the flow, hopefully some good posts from me this week.
Choose Your Stance:
Zombies and Guns
Politics in the Olympics
A Closer Look at Al Qaeda in Syria
Own the Narrative (podcasts): Link is not up but I cover Syria and the Olympics last Friday.
July 31st, 2012
I have been in an internet black hole for almost a week.
My parents are obviously having issues with their service. So I apologize that I’ve been out of the loop for about a week. I have been writing but all of my online posting has been difficult. So even my updates probably won’t have any links yet.
Isn’t it interesting how dependent we are on the internet? Even with my spectacular smart phone, I still couldn’t manage to do all the things I needed to get done. (Plus, I tend to write better on a computer keyboard instead of my pretend phone one.
While in Texas I have hooked back up with some of my tech friends and a bunch of other bloggers visiting FreePAC. All of these people depend on the internet in their free time and their day jobs. We discussed how lost we are with just no internet compared to no power. Most people voted that it really doesn’t matter if they have power, when the internet is gone, they lose everything.
My good friend Crystal disagreed. She said having no internet puts you back to 1996 but having no power puts you into 1906. We forget how we would still have TV, a computer and even air conditioning.
While she makes a great point, a lack of connection certainly kept me from being able to work. How about you? How much does being plugged in affect you every day?
Finished a piece for Choose Your Stance and a contracted headlining piece for By The Sea Future. I will link to both when they are up.
Today I worked on a piece for Resist44 about Syria. I will also link that one when it is up.
July 26th, 2012
Normally when I fly, I get a lot of writing done. But not this time.
I guess, I should clarify. I got plenty done, just not much of it was writing.
July 26th, 2012
I blame Daniel.
I think I caught a downgraded version of his respiratory infection. Its that or I just hit the end of my stamina. Woke up feeling achy and sniffly. It was coming on Monday night too. I covered a Broward Republican Executive Committee meeting and then was useless. This morning it continued to wreck my schedule.
I did manage to get a little bit done outside of sleep. I reviewed (from home) my town meeting. Then, after feeling a little better, I got on OTNN and participated in our first weekly foreign policy segment. I got to drive most of that discussion and I think it went really well
(you can listen to it at the bottom of the post, I am blame any incoherence on my cold).
No writing was done, to my shame. But I feel that I got a lot of great content out there on the radio show. Trying not to beat myself up for taking a sick day but I still hate when they happen. Tomorrow I will be flying to Dallas to see family and attend FreePAC. It should be interesting to see how much I get done there.
What do you do when your body just refuses to work? I tried to catch up on news and some reading. Felt like that was about all I could handle.
OTNN’s TBTV: Foreign Policy Show Part 1 (Syria)
OTNN’s TBTV: Foreign Policy Show Part 2 (Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, Tajikistan & Russia)
July 22nd, 2012
Sometimes I get concerned that I’m not churning out as much content as some other writers. Some people post not only every day, but 2-3 times per day. Or they add 1000+ words to whatever manuscript they are working on.
I’m torn about the situation. I worry that I’m not as serious about my writing. Or maybe I procrastinate more.
On the other hand, I know that I extensively research every piece I do. Even my novel has a heavy background in neuroscience, history and space engineering. For every hour I write, I do at least an hour of research to either back-up or verify what I put on paper.
So let’s say I’m not slacking off, I just spend more time researching what I write. Is there something wrong with that? Am I overemphasizing my research instead of just getting my thoughts on paper? (To give you an idea, these posts usually take less than 15 minutes to write, so speed isn’t my problem, I just hate writing down something factual if I’m not completely 100% sure of the facts.) Am I researching too much?
Then again, maybe I’m just over-committing to other projects. Never seems like there are enough hours in the day.
What do you think? Am I researching too much or just need to reevaluate my commitments?
Update: None. I was slotted to open or close the bar Friday/Saturday/Sunday. My free time was spent reading or sleeping.
July 19th, 2012
Yesterday ended up being another rough day. I had to run more errands and take Daniel to the doctor. He had family come into town unexpectedly and I spent more time fighting with my bank. These things ate away at my day, leaving me frustrated yet again. But once more, nothing I could do about it. Just concentrated on accomplishing as much as I could.
Finally, I got some time to get work done in the evening. I spent hours pouring over documents relating to the UN’s Arm Trade Treaty, but after all that research, I still managed to get nothing written.
At 11pm I got on TB-TV at Own the Narrative Network to give a run-down of the situation in Syria. It went particularly well. In fact, I will now be doing a regular segment covering international news for the week on Tuesday nights.
You can listen to my discussion on Syria.
And the following open forum where I stay on for issues like Israel and Egypt.
Look for my piece on the Arms Trade Treaty tomorrow.