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This is Nick Vujicic, author of eight books, college graduate, husband and father of four. I recently saw him speak in Hilo.  What an amazing person!  He has some great videos on youtube and I’m reading Life Without Limits now.



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I’m thinking more about hiking these days.  The Hawai’i Volcano National Park close to my house that I’ve been hiking in for many years has been closed since May 5.  This loss makes me pine for the trails there.

I’m thinking more about the Appalachian Trail too.  I hiked about 200 miles in 2000 and a smaller section in the 1990’s.  Now I realize how long ago those hikes were.  I want to get in backpacking shape and do a weeklong section in the summer of 2019.

Especially since I’m not a spring chicken any longer, I need to plan and prepare.  Equipment will need to be added to the budgeting, children need to be invited, prepped or otherwise engaged during the hike, the husband needs to be shaped up or otherwise engaged, and I need to be ready. People will need to be assured that I will be safe or accompanied by a safe partner.  Expectations need to be mentally prepared.

Compared to all of that, writing is easy.  I already have the equipment, my family is used to my monthly retreats, I’ve been getting in shape for years and my writing partner is the perfect blend of a mentor, no-nonsense boss, and best friend.

Even though I don’t really do bucket lists, this year I have two things I really want to do.

#1  Backpack a section of the Appalachian trail

#2  Publish a novel with a nationally known publisher





Writing, prewriting and postwriting

I read a blog today about writing.  A woman was writing about what she planned to do when she finished writing her novel.  Drink champagne?  Go on a hike?

No, if she is like most writers, she will need to: tweet, facebook, blog, REVISE, rewrite, EDIT and repeat.

That’s the stage that I’m in now with my current WIP (Work in Progress).  It’s done.  Polished.  My dear Jackie McMurry and I polished it, shined it, edited..

I’ve been working on the tweeting, blogging and facebooking.

I’m really excited to be doing my first #pitmad.  I know, it sounds like a mad pit bull to me too.  But that’s not at all what it is!  It’s when you tweet your book in 280 characters.  If an agent or editor wants you to send them a query, first ten, whole manuscript, whatever, they favorite (heart) your tweet.  Sound like fun??

I can’t wait until THURSDAY.  And since I’m in Hawai’i now (not near lava!) I will be tweeting at 3 am, 6 am and 2pm.  The #pitmad is from 8-8 EST.  Tweeters can tweet 3 times for each manuscript (I only have one.)  You can tweet when you want, but these are the times I picked.

I’m going to use #hootsuite to tweet them for me so that I can sleep (and work!)  But you can bet I’ll be checking my twitter to see if I got any favorites!!

The Inklings and Writing days!

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I’ve only just begun to read and study the writings of C. S. Lewis, but I’m fascinated by the way he weaves Christianity into his fiction and the support of his friends.  I agree that creating is a call from God and best done with other like-minded writers.

So much to learn and so much to write.

Today I’m doing final edits on my early reader chapter book, Rudy.  I plan to submit it to publishers today.  Today I worked on frequently overused words.  I greatly reduced the number of thats and justs.  I couldn’t believe how many times I used that.  Sometimes three times in one sentence.  Yikes!

Next: final read through.

#Goals #writing

It’s February and time for some serious writing goals.

1- Meet with my writing group/partner once a month.

2- Submit my current WIP (work in progress) by Spring Break (Mid March).

3- Make a plan for a new project by March.

4- Update my blog and author FB page more often.  Once a month, at least during writing group meetings.

What is scheduled is what gets done, right?  All four goals are scheduled.

I’m living the DREAM!

Every writer’s dream:

eleven days dedicated to writing and only writing

a great friend who makes it possible

Santa Monica Beach Jack, Kris, DJ

friends who focus on writing

reference books quickly at hand

great food

snacks and coffee

on Hawai’i island where breaks include walks through the macadamia nut orchard and swims at the beach

Delicious food!

Sound awesome?  Next year we’re planning to open our retreat to more people (at least for a weekend, or so).  Want to come?

Here’s a poll.

Have a great day!

We call it “pre-writing”

“Pre-writing” is all of those activities we do to get ready to write.  Today “pre-writing” activities involved driving along the beautiful Hawaiian coast, swimming in the soothing Pacific ocean and eating chocolate ice cream.

Plumeria blossoms, a coconut and the black/white sand mixture of Ho’okena Beach
At Ho’okena, you can camp and rent boats and paddle boards
Coconut palm
Mango Tree!!
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