Grabbing Opportunities

pexels-photo-306076.jpegI am always surprised when people don’t take advantage of great opportunities, especially when they’ve paid good money to get those opportunities. Take writers. We do it all the time!

We join professional writer organizations and then don’t bother to attend the free or very inexpensive workshops they provide.

We pay big bucks for a conference and have the opportunity to submit to closed publishing houses, or the chance to meet an agent or two. But we don’t submit. We don’t speak to the agents. (True story: after years of attending my SCBWI conferences, I finally submitted a manuscript to an editor. He wasn’t interested. You thought I was going to say he bought the manuscript, right? But that’s not the point. The point is, it took me years to take advantage of that opportunity. Why? I have no idea. On the other hand, I did chat up my agent at a conference, sent her my manuscript, and signed with her. So there can be happy endings, if you give yourself a shot.)

We win a free critique and never send anything in. Or buy a terrific book on writing and never read it. Yep, the list goes on and on.

Until we either quit (and wonder why we never quite succeeded)–or start maximizing our connections and opportunities. So maybe you’re ready to maximize; I shared some ideas about that over at the Muffin today in “Maximizing Writer Connections”  and I hope you’ll take a look.

I mean, honestly, I’m just like you, squandering opportunities. But sometimes, I put myself out there. And sometimes, it pays off. How about you? What’s an opportunity you took advantage of and were glad you did? Tell me all about it (please!).

And P.S. Photo by Lukas from Pexels https://www.pexels.com/photo/antique-architecture-art-background-306076/

(Check Pexels out, y’all–I love ’em!)

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People Are Strange (But Oh So Interesting!)

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A golf cart, for chasing down great stories at the beach.

I had lots of interesting adventures during the August weeks I spent at the beach. And it’s a good thing because I have to come up with something to write about over at the Muffin.

Today, it was “How To Attract the Best Stories” which sounds exciting, right? And it is about getting great stories to come to you, but it’s more than that. It’s really, now that I think about it, getting people to come to you. People have great stories and they really want to tell someone their stories.

Case in point, the guy that followed me and my friend ALL OVER FORT PULASKI (and yes, I left that part out of the Muffin post).

Now before you start thinking that me and my dress blowing all over creation were enticing, I’m going to stop you. The gentleman’s wife was in the fort as well–though now that I think about that, she was on the other side of the fort. But she was there.

Anyway, the ghost hunter (in case you haven’t read the Muffin post, yes, he was a ghost hunter) sidled up to us at the first stop at the fort and stuck to us like glue. We’d slow down and I’d read something out loud and my friend and I would have a bit of a discussion…but there’d he be, our friendly ghost hunter, waiting for us at the next stop.

He had lots of stories. Not necessarily ghost stories–and often they’d be the SAME STORIES WE’D JUST READ ON A PLAQUE–but stories all the same. And if I’m being honest, out of all the times I’ve been to the fort, this is the one adventure I’ll long remember.

I’ll mine that trip for lots of stories I’ll write about in the future. So I’m glad I went. Even if I did barely escape what could have been the most embarrassing moment of my life with a port-o-potty.

(You didn’t read the Muffin post, did you? Go check it out and you’ll find out all about the port-o-potty story.)

May is for Magic

pexels-photo-127053It’s no secret that I’ve had a spot of trouble this past year, getting my writing going. But I think I may have wandered back to the joy of words, the thrill of creating. I think that I may have found my mojo again.

Which is not to say that I’ve suddenly written up a dozen manuscripts or sold a handful of others. That’s not what mojo is about, friends. It’s about magic.

The kind of magic that happens when a batter is on a roll, seeing everything good that crosses the plate. Or when a lawyer keeps winning case after case against all odds, or even when a mom has one of those days when the kids are happy, everything in the house is working smoothly, and at the end of the day, pizza–that’s still hot when it gets to the table!

Mojo. It’s a wonderful thing when you have it in your life. So if you want to know how I got mine back–and how you can get yours back, too, in whatever you’re pursuing–then zip over to the Muffin and read all about it in “Getting Your Mojo Back.” 

And P.S. May all my Mom friends– in whatever way, shape, or form that takes for you– have a wonderful and mojo-filled Mother’s Day!

 

Perfection!

You are looking at the new and improved, highly organized Cathy C. Hall.

Um…let me rephrase that. You are looking at the BLOG of the new and improved, highly organized Cathy C. Hall.

Now, I’ll grant you that the blog, more or less, looks the same. I’ll even admit that on the outside, I more or less look the same. But on the inside…ah, I am a changed woman. A changed writer! And all because of this:

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And this:

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You can be, too. Zip over and read “Accomplish Your 2017 Writing Goals with this Perfect Solution” at the Muffin today.

(And yes, I know saying that I have the perfect solution might sound a wee bit braggy. But I can only work on one character trait at a time. Next year, I’ll tackle humility.)

Magic Ticket? Yes, Please!

ticket-1539705_1920Here’s my horoscope for today:

You’ll influence others, but more importantly, you’ll comply with self-directions. To follow your own instructions is no small deal; in fact, it’s the magic ticket and the key to getting what you want.

Which wouldn’t be so weird if my post, “The Writer’s End-of-the-Year To Do List” with all kinds of instructions, didn’t just happen to be up on the Muffin.

Today.

If the universe went to all that trouble to get my attention, I think it behooves me to tackle that list. And so off I go (and I hope you’ll join me! I mean, it’s not every day that I come up with a magic ticket!)