Saturday, October 19, 2013

Chicken by Chicken: Enjoy the Good Stuff!

Hi, folks,

I'm still on cloud nine about my upcoming novel in May 2014 PLUMB CRAZY from Swoon Romance. I hope that my personal journey offers you a creative spark to light the fire of your works. My title "Chicken by Chicken" is a play on Anne Lamott's book title, BIRD BY BIRD, a helpful writing book.

Chicken by chicken is how I roll as a writer. I'm chatting about my instructions for writing and life. This week I'm all about enjoying the good stuff! This takes a three skills.

One, value your own work. You must never compare yourself with others. I mean, someone can do it better. Someone will be paid more. Someone will receive greater accolades. Yadda. Yadda. Yadda.  You must celebrate your work for what it is -- the true expression of your artistic heart. Don't diminish your work because there are other stars in the sky and some burn more brightly than yours. Every star counts and is part of the great fabric that forms the universe.

Two, take to time to celebrate. Yes, raise a glass! Dance until people think you are mad! Gather your people and say those words of thanks. Fill up your life with moments of celebration. If you find the walls seem very close and there is no sense of the miraculous in the life,  ask yourself, have your taken time to be celebrate for the gifts of life, muse and genius. Loosen up. We are all created with a with a little party in our souls and to deny this is to lessen who we are meant to be.

Three, work out your happiness. Wait for bad stuff to happen to be upset about it. Worry will get you nothing but aching bones. Happiness is so much about a thousand little choices. It's as easy to think the best about every situation as it is to think the worst.  Don't hesitate to ask for help. Talk to someone.  Smile at the people you see. Try new things. Pursue happiness. It's on the list with life and liberty. See, more profound minds than mine have seen the value of openly seeking happiness.

I hope my little suggestions lift you into the winds like someone lent you a magic carpet. Seek your best possible self.  I will be back next week with more of this series.

This week the doodle is: AquaChicken!

Quote for the day:

I find this lyric very mysterious but satisfying:

I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen


Vijaya said...

I agree 200% Molly. Celebrate every good thing. And sometimes the bad things happen to be good things in disguise. I've learned this over the years and love "Give thanks in all circumstances."

MollyMom103 said...

It is true that the bad things are links in the chain to good things. I think about the generations that have gone before me. How much have folks suffered for me to live in my good days? I wonder.

I agree. Give thanks!

Leandra Wallace said...

Celebrating is so important! Sometimes I just let myself be happy that I've written two books. It doesn't matter if they're published or not- I did what I set out to do. Woo-hoo!

MollyMom103 said...

I totally agree, Leandra. I think it's way important to celebrate "The End!" Yay!

Candilynn Fite said...

Raise a glass and dance. I can handle that. Celebrating is one of those things I very rarely allow myself to experience. I spend more time working on creating stuff to celebrate, instead of actually celebrating the small things along the way. Great advice. :)

MollyMom103 said...

Candi, we are soul sisters and kindered spirits. I tend to get busy too. I have to put celebrating on the list.