The Good Thing Is…

There are a lot of things about this pandemic that can make you sad. Now’s the time to look for what makes you happy. For me, it’s spending a lot of time with my dogs.

Guinness the Therapy Dog usually lays nearby while I work on my laptop at the dining table.

Lucy the Anxious One is typically in her crate that is within arm’s reach.

So, looking for the silver lining of sheltering-in-place or self-isolation is that I get to spend time with my dogs and my family-maybe not in that order. Family first! And I get to binge my favorite shows while I work. Yay!

It can be difficult to focus on the good and not on the bad, but it’s worth the effort.

Keep your eyes on the prize! Sonja

Here’s the Thing-

(c) 2020

I was on a hike yesterday with a good friend and her son and we came across this heart-shaped cactus. Isn’t it cute?

You can find love in the weirdest places.

I didn’t love spilling an entire pot of tea all over my writing desk just now. But things are dried and other things are in the washing machine, so all is good. Back to what I was talking about…

Love is everywhere, you just need to be open to it.

I’m taking an online course on mindfulness right now, and it is a good reminder to live in the present. I have so many things that try to pull me into the future-that increase my anxiety-and practicing mindfulness brings me back to the present. It isn’t healthy to sit in an anxious state and that’s what I do unless I work to live in the moment.

I want to enjoy the present, not worry about the future. And that’s what mindfulness encourages.

With all this time at home, I encourage you to take an online class in whatever sparks your particular interests.

Don’t let this time slip by. Sonja

A Little Inspiration For You

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This quarantining related to COVID-19 is changing day-by-day and keeping us from roaming around the world. It’s hard to stay at home when you want to sit in a crowd and people watch.

I’ve participated in three Tough Mudders and really appreciated this paragraph in a recent email:

“This is a time that Tough Mudder values ring more true than ever – the only way to defeat this pandemic is by working together – and Mudders know how to do that better than anyone else. In this strange time, in many ways, we have an opportunity to be even more connected.”

I’ve noticed this connection when I am out walking Guinness the Therapy Dog. Neighbors wave at each other and say hello, which didn’t often happen before the quarantine.

I hope this neighborly feeling will extend to the grocery stores, etc. next. There are so many instances that make me feel afraid of what the ‘other guy’ is going to do.

Keep your head up and watch out for your neighbors! Sonja

It’s the First Day of Spring!

Photo by Yoksel 🌿 Zok on Unsplash

Today is also called the vernal equinox. That means that the hours of sunlight equal the hours of nighttime.

The amount of sunlight increases consistently until the longest day of the year-Summer Solstice. Then the hours of daylight slowly decrease until they equal the night hours at the autumnal equinox.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the vernal equinox happens every year on March 20th or 21st. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, it falls on September 22nd or 23rd.

Enjoy the run-up to summer! Sonja


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Here’s the scenario: You stand in a hotel and wait for the elevator. Your current manuscript fills your head. You know it needs to be published. You have done your research and know which editors are best for you and your work.

The elevator doors slide open.

Lo and behold! There is dream-editor standing alone in the car. Your time is now. Take the chance!

But you have only the length of the ride up or down to pitch your current work-in-progress (WIP). That’s usually less than thirty seconds. How are you going to boil down your plot and your subplots into such a short time?

That’s the premise of a pitch. Don’t waste the editor’s time with ‘ums’ and ‘uhs’. Don’t squander this opportunity.

Be ready!

#pitmad is an opportunity to go through the same scenario from the comfort of your own home/work/rock. Using Twitter, #pitmad is going on today. Can you feel the anxiety permeating the world? This is the Olympic Trials and we (the writers) want to be selected for the team.

If you’re a writer, get your pitch ready and head over to Twitter! Sonja