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Trust, and the Writing Follows

…or how it turns out from last week.

Trust the Process

I’ve been considering this word implementation since last weekend’s post and realized it isn’t a question of implementing or not, but what will I implement in any given moment. Am I going to implement going back to bed or getting up and going to the page? Am I going to indulge my elderly mother or myself and my writing need, my reading need, my puttering need? Am I going to implement trusting my process, or not? The choice is mine.

This week I’ve been thinking much on implementation of writing and happy living–my desires and needs. I’ve found that when thinking of my writing and happy living in this light, I’m being much more proactive. I’m choosing to go at my own pace and with what produces peace.

We all have our own processes–way more than one. I had to see that not only do I have a viable process, but I have quite a number of them. I operate best by jumping in–stepping out to find out what works, and to go with what my busy brain has already, almost without me realizing, been playing with. When one way doesn’t work, I go another way. Sometimes I think long, then jump in. Often I choose one by one all the ways that don’t work, in order to come to the way that pleases me most. I learn to look at it all as an adventure, not anything I have to do, other than to honor my natural curiosity.

Right in the midst of the chaos and demands of my particular life at Thanksgiving and now the full-on advent of the Christmas, I am coming to the page each morning to write. I write without the thought at this point of producing, although I do have a list of projects and am implementing one with more commitment than the others. I’m enjoying and learning what project to settle on and a new program (Scrivener, you must check it out) and mulling over how to schedule my days. In this way a schedule is presenting itself. My aim has been to make a stronger commitment to my writing life and writing business, and this is how it is emerging. Keep aiming and eventually you will hit the target.

The implementing comes back to the trusting the process.

Happy writing, and trusting your own process!




The Loves of Ruby Dee

“Her books are wise and wonderful. I loved it!”
~ Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Three men love her…but only one man can win her.

Ruby Dee D’Angelo came blowing up the dusty ranch road and into the lives and hearts of the Starr men: the failing but intractable patriarch, Hardy Starr; the youngest son, Lonnie Starr, lost in a mad whirl of rodeo and loose women; and Will Starr, eldest son holding everything together and seething with unfulfilled dreams.

When the dust settled and Will Starr got a good look at her standing beside her yellow convertible, he knew he had made one giant-sized mistake. The woman was way too young and beautiful–and too much of a woman—to be stuck out on an isolated high plains ranch with three untamed Western men. She was certainly no match for his irascible father. Will attempts to send her packing, but Ruby Dee is not a woman easily daunted. Her life has been filled with trouble, and she believes in getting through, not backing down.

As each man is touched and healed by Ruby Dee’s loving and encouraging spirit, it is Ruby Dee herself who will be healed—as she touches their souls and changes their lives forever.

In a story filled with memorable characters, touching wit, humor, and drama, Curtiss Ann Matlock takes us back to the heart of rural Oklahoma of the 1980s and into the heart and soul of a remarkable woman, and the men—and friends and neighbors—whose lives she changes for the better. This is Matlock at her very best.

“A wonderful antidote to glitz romance. Ruby Dee is so sweet, so loving, so wise, that you know she’ll get it right in the end, and you stay with her all the way to make sure she does.” —Detroit Free Press

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Let Me Learn When to Say No

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” ~ Steve Jobs  (Apple Worldwide Developers’ Conference, 1997)

Dear Lord, let me learn to say no at the right time.


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