Monday, November 01, 2010

Day 1: The Fifth Annual Golden Coffee Cup Begins!

Welcome, Golden Coffee Cuppers! Click here to learn more about the Golden Coffee Cup. Any late comers? You have until midnight Nov 1 to post your goal here! Create your best work. Maybe you'll win a cup of coffee

I'm awed and thrilled to be journeying with such a talented group of creative souls. I know we will find good success! Every journey comes with its rewards, highs, and excitement, but there are also bends, set backs, and wrong turns. Be kind to yourself. Remember all journeys also have their surprises, their ah-ha moments, and "take your breath away" summits. Look for them. Let them really fill you up.

I will cheer you on the whole way!

Snap! Snap! Snap!

It's my tradition to start out this year journey with some high fives and spiritual advice from some folks who know way more than me.

Here is some inspiration from Anne Frank.

Here is a good thought for the road from Anne. Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!

Next up is inspiration from Harriet Tubman. Here is some hot stuff from Harriet to keep you warm as you go: Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Some timeless wisdom from Nelson Mandela, brave soul. If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. I hope we all write in the language of children and our creations light up hearts.

We have to hole up to work but take time to listen to the wind, to smell the Earth. Gather strength from the natural world. Look up at the night sky -- the swath of the Milky Way, the Moon, and the planets; it feels like things are just inching forward up there but in truth things are moving very fast. Remember this while you work.

Carve out time to work every day. Take some silent moments and breathe. Life can be so busy, but search out the quiet moments. Take care of yourself.

Think about this: you are brave just because you are here. Snap! Snap! Snap! Let's get to work.

I have gathered all the goals so far here so that they are easy to see. We will go far and do much. See you tomorrow for more hot java!


One last quote: Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be...Close your eyes let your spirit start to soar, and you'll live as you've never lived before. Eric Fromm

22 comments:

MollyMom103 said...

YAY! This is just what I need this year. I am pushing through a big revision and was just grieving that I won't be ready to start a new rough draft for NaNoWriMo. I will participate with the fun this year, Molly! Thanks for doing it!
By Molly Hall on Want to be featured in the 2010 Golden Coffee Cup?... on 10/3/10

MollyMom103 said...

I'm gathering all the posts here. :}

MollyMom103 said...

Okay, I'm in.... 3 goals for November... 1. Morning pages at least 5 days a week. 2. Blog entry at least once a week. 3. Nanowrimo Win by November 30. (They are not mutually exclusive, I can use morning page writing for the blog entry, post the latest Nanwrimo chapter, etc.) October goal: Have a loose outline and character list by October 30. Susan
By Sumel on Fifth Annual Golden Coffee Cup is Nov 1! on 10/9/10

MollyMom103 said...

Hi, Molly! My Golden Coffee Cup goal is to finish the first draft of my current work-in-progress, a middle grade fiction novel. So on or before November 30th I should be typing the last page. Gulp. Looking forward to your inspiring assortment of snaps and support!
By Trudi Trueit on Fifth Annual Golden Coffee Cup is Nov 1! on 10/18/10

MollyMom103 said...

I'm in, too. Here are my November goals: 1. Story writing once a week on Wednesday mornings 2. Read Infinite Jest 3. Continue to meet my weekly walking mileage goals (which will be a particular challenge in November as the rains come more frequently) Farida
By Saints and Spinners on Fifth Annual Golden Coffee Cup is Nov 1! on 10/21/10

MollyMom103 said...

Finish the first draft of my work in progress (current target date November 5). Edit said work in progress by the end of November. Finish the three articles which are due in November. (A no-brainer, since I have deadlines.) Send out or follow up on five manuscript submissions or work for hire queries. This is a bit more vague, but I'm sure I have at least that many I should be doing.
By Chris Eboch on Fifth Annual Golden Coffee Cup is Nov 1! on 10/24/10

MollyMom103 said...

I will write one nursery rhyme a day for the month of November. I will.
By kevan on Fifth Annual Golden Coffee Cup is Nov 1! on 10/23/10

MollyMom103 said...

I'm doing the Young Writers Program section of NaNoWriMo with my students, so I'm allowed to set a shorter goal. Works great for me! My goal is 10,000 words, which should translate into about two poems a day for my verse-novel.
By Katherine Grace Bond on Fifth Annual Golden Coffee Cup is Nov 1! on 10/24/10

MollyMom103 said...

Have a definitely (very tough) writing goal for November and of course, I'm in on trying to win the coveted Golden Coffee Cup!
By SWK on Win Coffee! Join the Golden Coffee Cup on Nov 1 on 10/25/10

MollyMom103 said...

I'm in! Goal: I'm working on improving my speed with illustrations. I'm going to see what happens if I make 10 collage illustrations in one month. Whew! Should be fun.
By Kjersten on Win Coffee! Join the Golden Coffee Cup on Nov 1 on 10/27/10

MollyMom103 said...

I'm in! Thanks for the motivation and all the perks.
By Amy Baskin on Win Coffee! Join the Golden Coffee Cup on Nov 1 on 10/28/10

MollyMom103 said...

I've never done this before, but your system is more workable for me. My goal is to finish the first draft of my YA novel by Nov. 30. Thanks for doing this.
By Anonymous on Third Annual Golden Coffee Cup! on 10/29/10

MollyMom103 said...

I'm in too. 1,Put a new article on my blog once a week and finish article for Chinnok 2, add a chapter to my book on creating children's picture books, more if time allows 3. revise novel "Zebo Could Hunt" a middle grade novel 4. LIke Kevan, I'm doing a poem a day, an ongoing challenge
By Rollin Thomas on Fifth Annual Golden Coffee Cup is Nov 1! on 10/29/10

MollyMom103 said...

Hi Molly, My Golden Coffee Cup goals: 1. Finish the revision of my middle grade novel 2.Submit to an an agent November is going to feel like a very short month!
By Kathy on Fifth Annual Golden Coffee Cup is Nov 1! on 10/29/10

MollyMom103 said...

Oh. My. Goodness. I haven't posted goals yet. Keep plugging away on the novel revision. Actually, I'm giving myself until the end of the year to do them. As to what to complete in Nov. One short story. That's it. My backyard is stunning ... the mixture of green and gold and red shouts God's glory!
By Vijaya on The Golden Coffee Cup begins Monday! on 10/30/10

MollyMom103 said...

My November Goals: I'll be in Maui until the 16th soaking in sunshine, swimming etc. Might do a little work while there, but will be allowing myself a vacation taking a needed creativity rejuvenation time. Since I'll be away I won’t be by the Golden Coffee Cup to comment very much, but cheering you all on in spirit. Mid November 1. Return to work refreshed. 2. Revise Wilde Island book 2 – TESS - from the editorial letter. 3. While waiting for letter polish Wilde Island book 3 book proposal. That's it. Goals sound simple but once I'm revising from an editorial letter I'm at the desk all day each day. Cheers!
By Janet Lee Carey on Fifth Annual Golden Coffee Cup is Nov 1! on 10/31/10

MollyMom103 said...

My Golden Coffee Cup goals are: 1. Write a first draft of a story per day using last year's PiBoIdMo list. 2. Generate a new story idea per day. I love your blog, Molly. So encouraging! Thank you!
By Debbie Austin on The Golden Coffee Cup begins Monday! on 10/31/10

MollyMom103 said...

My goal is pretty simple. I'm going to write for 10 hours every week.

Michèle Griskey said...

Okay, Here it goes:
This week I'm going to finish my revisions to send to my agent. Next week I will pull out an almost finished draft of a YA novel and work for the rest of the month getting it into shape for submission.

Liz said...

Revise one picture book. Submit one article. Create a plan for novel revision, following the writing retreat mid-November. Thanks for the nudge!

MollyMom103 said...

I wanted to be sure everyone got their holy snaps: Snap! Snap! Snap!

MollyMom103 said...

Lee Ann says Goal:

To open my own promotional website.