Stronger Than You Think

We made it to Thursday! Yes!

On Wednesday night I teach a fitness class. I have several regulars that make my day. No matter how tired or sore I am from the day, or workout before, these gals get me through the class! We all remind each other that we are stronger than we feel at that moment.

A big thank you to my Wednesday night gals!

Stronger than you think haiku

Today’s Haiku:

tired from the day
mind stuck in a hurricane
friendship gives me strength

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Have you told a friend how much they mean to you?

~Nicole

Happiness, Peace and Abundance

I was unable to start the third book from the Millennium Trilogy this past weekend, but I should have time this weekend. Instead, I stole a few private moments to read a book by Wayne Dyer that I have had since 2004. I have read this little gem dozens of times, especially when I need a little boost in positive thinking. It always works. The book is called, 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace.

My favorite secrets are Don’t Die with Your Music Still Inside and Treat Yourself as if You Already Are What You’d Like to Be. The first one mentioned simply refers to listening to your heart. Do what you love! And, the second secret mentioned speaks for itself.

So, if you are feeling like you could use a little attitude adjustment, check out Dr. Wayne Dyer.

Happiness Success Abundance Haiku

Today’s haiku has nothing to do with the image above or Wayne Dyer. It simply wanted to be. Enjoy.

words and
fancy prose captivate—
distant sunrise

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Do you read certain books or find inspirational quotes when you need an attitude adjustment?

~Nicole

Magazine Writing: Research Plan

Tuesday’s Writing Tips: 

Portable MFA in Creative Writing: Formulate a Research Plan

Lots of magazines offer research guidelines, which advise you to ask for transcripts, tapes and citations for information included in the article; and for phone numbers or other contact information for those being interviewed.

Most larger magazines have fact-checkers on staff, who go through every article carefully, looking for possible errors. Your name is on the article and if there are errors you’ll take the blame. (The magazines I work for don’t have fact-checkers, the editor is the fact-checker.)

So, in order to help out those fact-checkers keep phone numbers and research material handy. It’s advised to keep a notebook or file on your computer with all relevant information.

Next week we’ll discuss Interviewing.

I couldn’t decide on one haiku, so I wrote two. Haiku of the day:

affirmation steps to dreams haiku

sinking sun
dips below the horizon—
one stone at a time

I leap towards
the sinking sun—
it slips out of view

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The step I am taking is to jot down my dreams in a notebook today.

What are you going to do to get one step closer to your dreams?

~Nicole

Milestone Event

Today I am giving a shout out to the blog Haiku Horizons! The blog is celebrating its first birthday and I thought I would celebrate by writing a birthday haiku to go along with their birthday prompt!

I couldn’t decide on one, so I wrote two…

Haiku Horizons Birthday haiku prompt

Today’s Haiku:

birthday delight
celebrate with a mound of
icing and sprinkles

first birthday—
flickering flame burning bright
sweet breath smothers

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Anyone celebrating a milestone today?

~Nicole

Expectations

“Refuse to allow yourself to have low expectations about what you’re capable of creating.” ~Wayne Dyer

Expectations Haiku

Today’s Haiku:

journey begins
a thought develops into
her wildest dreams

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I have SO many wild dreams…I’d love to write true crime novels and research the inner thoughts of a serial killer. Or how about getting to paid to travel to exotic locales and ride a zip line or go snorkeling and then get paid to write about the experience. How about going back to school for an MFA in Creative Writing for FREE!!

Dream big friends!

What are some of your wildest dreams?

~Nicole

Protect Your Dreams

Happy Friday!

This year’s edition of Experience Rochester is available and I am so thankful that I am apart of it. I had the pleasure of interviewing Steven Anderson, a glassblower at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. His work at Mayo is scientifically based, but he also has work in a few art galleries.

I also had the pleasure of interviewing Emily Tremaine. She is an actress from Rochester, Minnesota, who now lives in New York. She is known for her work in The Wolf of Wall Street, The Black List and most recently, The Experimenter.

The structure of the piece is a spotlight on creative minds rather than a typical magazine article. You can find the piece on page 41: Experience Rochester 2015

“You get what you think about, whether you want it or not.” ~Wayne Dyer

Haiku

Today’s Haiku:

protecting her dreams
she wraps her thoughts with love
flower in bloom

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Have a wonderful weekend!

~Nicole

See the Beauty

I finished the second book of the Millenium Trilogy last week. For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, it’s the series of books written by Stieg Larrson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I am excited to start the last one! I would have started it earlier, but I’ve had my nose stuck in  a more inspirational book this week, Being in Balance, by Wayne Dyer. Anyway, at some point this weekend, I should have time to start the third and final book. I can’t wait to dive in!

I am also going to try to go snowshoeing in Whitewater State Park on Saturday, hopefully we’ll have enough snow (sorry New Englanders, not trying to rub it in). I do hope the temperatures rise by Saturday. It’s negative four right now as I sit here and type. It’s the kind of cold that burns your nose when you breathe. Ouch!

Have a great Thursday everyone! I leave you with this inspiring quote and today’s haiku. Enjoy!

“Far away in the sunshine are my highest inspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead…” ~Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott haiku

Today’s Haiku:

dreams run deep inside—
a powerful beam of light
honors your request

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Do you have any fun winter activities planned this weekend?

~Nicole

Grand Oak Tree

“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird sleeps in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities…” ~James Allen

May your thoughts and dreams be focused on the life you want to live.

Oak sleeps in the acorn haiku

Today’s Haiku:

a seedling dreams of
becoming a grand oak tree
soon leaves shade the sun

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Are your thoughts focused on living the life you want?

~Nicole

Magazine Writing: Getting Started

Tuesday’s Writing Tips: 

Portable MFA in Creative Writing: Magazine Writing

Getting started: 

First determine what kind of information you’ll need and how much. It’s important to obtain research, but over-research will bog you down. Be careful.

There are several ways to research an article. I personally use google.com, individual websites and I use interviews to gain valuable information and quotes.

Here are a few that the MFA notes:

  1. LexisNexis is an online service that has a comprehensive databank of almost any subject in major magazines and newspapers. Unfortunately, you have to subscribe to this service.
  2. The internet is a great tool. Google.com, https://vivisimo.com, www.expertclick.com and www.profnet.com are great resources. I have only used Google for my research.
  3. Individual websites are also helpful. I finished an article for Radish this week. I wrote about Quarry Hill Nature Center in Rochester. Their website was chock-full of great information.
  4. The library is a great resource, along with the old standby. The Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature offers a comprehensive list of articles written on virtually every subject.
  5. Going through the press relations department is a good start and can point you toward other information you might need.
  6. Six degrees of separation. Yep, tell everyone you know, and someone may have information about the subject. I write for an animal/pet magazine and my sister-in-law is a dog trainer who knows a lot of other animal people. She has provided me with information in the past.

If you want to be a writer, WRITE. And, above all, believe you can write.

Next week is formulating a research plan.

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Today, I put myself in a position to write several more articles for a magazine because I recommended doing a series of articles on a certain topic (the one I sent in today). Since I have worked with this editor in the past, I didn’t have to write a query. It also helps to deliver work on-time, or several days ahead of time like I did today, and, I do my best to deliver a thoughtful, engaging article.

Why did this happen to me? Because I believed in myself. I spent lots of time writing and attending networking events. I have worked hard to get here and I will continue to work hard and stay positive.

you are what you think haiku Norman Vincent Peale

 

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Today’s Haiku:

bonsai bougainvillea haiku

Haiku of the day:

bougainvillea blooms
shows beauty despite its size—
one thought at a time

Start small. Give yourself time to dream for five minutes today. Write down your dreams.

~Nicole

Conceive, Believe, Achieve

It’s Monday, and though it can be challenging to get back in the swing of things, I encourage you to enjoy each minute of this day. Whenever an ugly, negative thought comes your way, push it out of your mind and remember the dreams you have. It doesn’t matter how big those dreams are…keep dreaming!

Are you working on a book? How about poetry? Podcast? Blog? Are you a mother, father, sister, brother, aunt or uncle trying to juggle work, family and self? Remember to be kind to yourself today. Norman Vincent Peale confidence haiku

Today’s Haiku:

a mind must not hate
let love guide your inner thoughts
sweet success is near

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What Guides Your Inner Thoughts?

~Nicole