Please Join an Awesome Group of Writers, Editors, and Indie Publishers et al at Te Mana Cafe THIS THURSDAY, June 30!


That’s right. . .Thursday is almost here!

Here are the particulars for the next OB Writers Networking Group:

WHO: Published and yet-to-be-published writers, poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, editors, copywriters, and content providers, indie publishers et al. Whether you’re a local OBcean, live in San Diego at large, or are “just visiting” the area, you are welcome to join us.

WHAT: The Ocean Beach Writers Networking group for serious professional writers.

WHERETe Mana Cafe  on Voltaire, between Cable and Bacon in Ocean Beach.

WHEN: Every Thursday from 12:30PM-1:30PM.

WHY: To connect, share resources, referrals – and more!

How: Just go to FaceBook and click  “join” on the Ocean Beach Writers Networking Group and/or email me at tlrelf@gmail.com to be placed on the weekly newsletter list.

Please be sure to thank Te Mana’s owners, Marguerite and Jason, for welcoming us. Check out this awesome menu as well as their beer-on-tap, decadent Mimosas et al. Wines from Argentina and Chile have arrived! Show your appreciation for the inimitable, cheerful and dedicated staff by tipping often and generously.

To receive the OBWNG newsletter, The Kinder Muse newsletter, or if you’d like to participate in the Day in the Life interview series, please email me at tlrelf@gmail.com.

Looking forward to connecting with you!

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Getting Out of Our Comfort Zones


It’s one thing to write what we know. That’s a given as well as frequently heard as sage writing advice.

What about getting out of our comfort zones, though? Does it look like a tangled mess of Venn diagrams and mind mapping? An orderly progression of charts and graphs? Or perhaps it closely resembles a blank page or the eerie glow of a computer screen around midnight.

How often do we really venture beyond what we know and write about it? Maybe we do a little genre crossing or submit to a publication that has rejected us over and over and over again. Or maybe we make lists of things we’re curious about, such as writing a story in second person or conducting research to find just the right details for a character’s occupation or directions to a mountain hideaway or. . .You get the picture.

What do we feel when encouraged to step out of that comfort zone? Do we start twitching? Engage in avoidance behavior? Do we decide to organize our paper clips by size or sharpen all our pencils or vacuum up all those spider webs clinging to the corners above our desk.

Or, do we get excited and leverage that curiosity?

Would love to hear all of your thoughts on this. . .

Be sure to visit my coaching and Reiki websites to learn about the services I offer. . .Remember that I live in San Diego, CA, and would love to have you stop by my writers networking group on Thursdays at Te Mana Cafe!

 

 

Join the OB Writers Networking Group THIS Thursday, May 19, at Te Mana Cafe


HERE ARE THE PARTICULARS FOR OUR NEXT WRITERS NETWORKING GROUP!

WHO: Published and yet-to-be-published writers, poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, editors, copywriters, and content providers, indie publishers et al. Whether you’re a local OBcean, live in San Diego at large, or are “just visiting” the area, you are welcome to join us.

WHAT: The Ocean Beach Writers Networking group for serious professional writers.

WHERETe Mana Cafe  on Voltaire, between Cable and Bacon in Ocean Beach.

WHEN: Every Thursday from 12:30PM-1:30PM.

WHY: To connect, share resources, referrals – and more!

How: Just go to FaceBook and click  “join” on the Ocean Beach Writers Networking Group and/or email me at tlrelf@gmail.com to be placed on the weekly newsletter list.

Please be sure to thank Te Mana’s owners, Marguerite and Jason, for welcoming us. Check out this awesome menu as well as their beer-on-tap, decadent Mimosas et al. Wines from Argentina and Chile are on their way, too. Show your appreciation for the inimitable, cheerful and dedicated staff by tipping often and generously.

To receive the OBWNG newsletter, The Kinder Muse newsletter, or if you have any questions, please email me at tlrelf@gmail.com.

Looking forward to connecting with you!

The Day in the Life Interview Series


I just posted an interview with artist, fiction writer, and poet, Richard Fay. This is the 37th interview.

Please Join Us at The Ocean Beach Writers Networking Group on Thursday, May 12, 2016


HERE ARE THE PARTICULARS FOR OUR NEXT WRITERS NETWORKING GROUP!

WHO: Published and yet-to-be-published writers, poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, editors, copywriters, and content providers, indie publishers et al. Whether you’re a local OBcean, live in San Diego at large, or are “just visiting” the area, you are welcome to join us.

WHAT: The Ocean Beach Writers Networking group for serious professional writers.

WHERETe Mana Cafe  on Voltaire, between Cable and Bacon in Ocean Beach.

WHEN: Every Thursday from 12:30PM-1:30PM.

WHY: To connect, share resources, referrals – and more!

How: Just go to FaceBook and click  “join” on the Ocean Beach Writers Networking Group and/or email me at tlrelf@gmail.com to be placed on the weekly newsletter list.

Please be sure to thank Te Mana’s owners, Marguerite and Jason, for welcoming us. Check out this awesome menu as well as their beer-on-tap, decadent Mimosas et al. Wines from Argentina are on their way, too. Show your appreciation for the inimitable, cheerful and dedicated staff by tipping often and generously.

To receive the OBWNG newsletter, The Kinder Muse newsletter, or if you have any questions, please email me at tlrelf@gmail.com.

Looking forward to connecting with you!

What does a life coach do?


As I see it, one of the purposes of a personal trainer is to assist you with attaining optimal physical health. This will vary from person-to-person, but in general, they will create a specific plan just for you. This plan may include various types of sports and movement activities, along with resources and guidance on the right foods to eat to nourish your body and enhance your overall well-being. Many personal trainers also provide motivational and emotional support as they realize the connection between your body and mind.

A life coach is also dedicated to your optimal physical health – and to your mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being!

When would having a life coach be a good idea?

Because you’re currently experiencing. . .

  • Career Indecision
  • Creative Blocks
  • Emotional Trauma
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Limiting Beliefs
  • Relationship Issues
  • Major Life Changes
  • Non-Productive Habits

Since you are a unique individual, your reasons for choosing a life coach will be equally unique. Perhaps one of these sounds familiar. . .

You want to. . .

  • Develop new skills
  • Enhance your relationships
  • Expand your business
  • Explore your spirituality
  • Finish that novel
  • Learn a new instrument
  • Manage your time
  • Nurture yourself
  • Return to school

Curious?

Now that’s an excellent reason!

Just remember that your personal life coach is dedicated to being there for you!

Want to know more? Visit my business site!

The Next OB Writers Networking Group is THIS THURSDAY, May 5th!


Here are the particulars for our next meeting – And please let me know if you’re planning to come so we can reserve the right-sized table!

Who: Published and yet-to-be-published writers, poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, editors, copywriters, and content providers, indie publishers et al. Whether you’re a local OBcean, live in San Diego at large, or are “just visiting” the area, you are welcome to join us.

What: The Ocean Beach Writers Networking group for serious professional writers.

Where: Te Mana Cafe  on Voltaire, between Cable and Bacon in Ocean Beach.

When: Every Thursday from 12:30PM-1:30PM.

Why: To connect, share resources, referrals – and more!

How: Just go to FaceBook and click  “join” on the Ocean Beach Writers Networking Group and/or email me at tlrelf@gmail.com to be placed on the weekly newsletter list.

Please be sure to thank Te Mana’s owners, Marguerite and Jason, for welcoming us. Check out this awesome menu as well as their beer-on-tap, decadent Mimosas et al. Show your appreciation for the inimitable, cheerful and dedicated staff by tipping often and generously.

To receive the OBWNG newsletter, The Kinder Muse newsletter, or if you have any questions, please email me at tlrelf@gmail.com.

Looking forward to connecting with you!

(And yes, I know it’s Cinco de Mayo. . .Vamos a beber cervesa!

An Experiment: The Submissions’ Log


For years, I’ve been keeping track of my work-in-process, submissions, acceptances, and declines in monthly folders – one for each. Sometime in December, I saw a challenge to share submissions, rejections, and whatnot. As a result, beginning in January I decided it might be easier to track with a log (and no, it’s not in Excel, which gives me vertigo!).

I’m definitely finding the log to be a good idea for me. I’m highlighting outstanding submissions in blue, and keeping a tally of them at the top, too, like a count down. . .I’m also using this to keep a record of payments so that I can give those to my awesome tax lady next year.

Thank you to whomever put forth the challenge to share declines – or rejections (whichever term you prefer). Here’s a basic run-down on the past four months:

Month Subs Acceptances Declines
Jan. 3 0 3
Feb. 21 4 10
March 14 6 5
April 14 5 3

While I’m still waiting to hear back on 15 submissions, you get the idea. Not sure how to calculate the ratio of submissions to declines, but the point is to keep sending out those rejections after giving them a good review (and possibly a revision).