NaNoWriMo! – 6 Days Straight and Straight Talk at a Community Summit

NaNoWriMo! – 6 Days Straight and Straight Talk at a Community Summit

It’s another day of being Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and it marks 6 days straight of NaNoWriMo –– National Novel Writer’s Month writing with some Community Summit straight talk thrown in.

Project: Hold on Her Heart, Book 2 in the Lee’s Legacy Series. Goal: 50,000 words in 30 days. Today: 727. Though that sounds low, and I’m only at 7,450/50,000 with NaNoWriMo, I’m at a total of 20,250 overall. Hey I’ll take it.

Especially given my day. Such a service on purpose morning singing and speaking at a Community Summit to share my Ds story –– the personal and professional challenges and barriers women face ––  and how I’ve been able to minimize those Ds to maximize beauty and my best life as the Women’s Center Director at Hope House Mission. Seeing how impactful it was –– to the point of moving the most influential person in the room to tears  –– reminds me there’s SO much purpose in the pain.

So does writing Hold on Her Heart..

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Thank you so much to those of you who have liked a post here on the blog or via social media. Your encouragement means more than I can say…And that’s all I’ve got to say tonight –– a little worn out from my 6 days straight of writing and early morning straight talk at the summit.

I pray you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and keep sharing your story. Whether it’s through singing, writing, speaking…You never know who needs to hear it. Like me, you may find it’s someone with influence who can make a difference –– a positive D! 

Be savvy & chic ,

~Pink Collar Coach

NaNoWriMo! – 2 Day Writing Streak

NaNoWriMo! – 2 Day Writing Streak

It’s another day of being Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and Day 2 of NaNoWriMo and I’m on a 2 day writing streak! Project: Hold on Her Heart, Book 2 in the Lee’s Legacy Series. Goal: 50, 000 words in 30 days. Today: 1109. Total: 3, 352. Earned a badge for encouraging another writer and for having an AHA moment: I’ve already written my map/outline, now all I need to do is write the scenes I see playing in my head!

I pray you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic and encourage me  on this writing journey! And thanks to you who’ve reached out.

If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel,  this is a great way to start. You can still participate…https://nanowrimo.org

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, Book 1 of the Lee’s Legacy series, please visit Amazon.com at 
 

 

Wise Investment in My Work Wardrobe and My Work

Wise Investment in My Work Wardrobe and My Work

It’s Day 307 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I reaped the rewards of wise investments in my work wardrobe and in my work. Though I had a busy day coaching yesterday, it ended fairly early, but I was still too wiped out to post. Today I coached, did a ton of writing, attended my writing group where I served in my new secretarial role,  and am just ending my work day, but I’m invigorated. Knowing it would be a long one, I wanted to be comfortable and turned to an oldie but a goodie gray dress that is several years old but just happens to sport the ruffles that are all the rage right now. One of the first dresses I bought to start building my professional wardrobe back around 2011, I love it just as much today. And our monthly writing group meeting is invaluable and one of my favorite days of the month. The time and energy spent fellowshipping with and learning from other writers is so worth it. Some may look at our writing as a hobby; we view it as the work God has given us here on earth. Considering all of that, it seems my wise investments in my work wardrobe and in my work are yielding some high returns.

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Kristen is writing her first period romance, Angie is holding Book II in her dystopian series, I just published my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, and am working on the sequel, Hold on Her Heart, and Kim has won writing contests every year consecutively for nearly two decades. Me, Pink Collar Coach in gray ruffled dress, black hose, & handbag, all Calvin Klein -TJ Maxx.            Boots Calvin Klein from Goodwill – never worn at $11!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Maxxinista and novelist, there are few things I enjoy more than putting together a great outfit that works as hard as I do at my writing. Being a good steward of my resources, including my money, my time and my talents is a core value. That’s why I buy pieces that will stand the test of time and would rather spend my night immersed in writing than sitting on the sofa vegging. Don’t get me wrong – I do that, too. But not on writing group night – and this month we have two! Next week is our annual mixer – my first –  where visitors from other writing groups will join us. Good thing I’ve made wise investments in my work wardrobe and in my writing work…

How about you? Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and make wise investments on your work wardrobe? How about on your actual work?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Publication Process – A Marathon, Not A Sprint

Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Publication Process – A Marathon, Not A Sprint

 “Publication is a marathon, not a sprint. Writing the book is only the start.”

                                                                                                – Jo Linsdell, Children’s Book Author

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It’s Day 279 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and if you’re anything like me, a marathon sounds a lot more daunting than a sprint! And whether you’ve ever run track or not, as we get older running any race is not as easy as it used to be! This was a humbling lesson I learned on vacation last year when I challenged my twenty-five-year-old stepson to a race. It’s the first one I can remember ever losing. That being the case, I’ve yet to watch the video his brother shot! Even so, as an almost fifty-year-old woman, I held my own. At 5’1” but with long legs, I was designed for speed and am still a pretty fast sprinter. But with my asthma, I’ve never had the stamina to go the distance required for marathons.

Like running, breaking into publication is not for the faint of heart. I’ve dreamed of doing it since I was a little girl and set the goal of accomplishing it by age twenty-five. Then I watched that deadline whiz by at ages thirty, thirty-five, forty, and forty-five. At forty-eight, after rejections from traditional publishers, I finally made it happen by self-publishing. But as was often the case with my races, though I won, I crossed the finish line with my heart thumping in my chest and my breath wheezing in my lungs – physically, mentally, and emotionally spent. Exhausted. Still, that pain was worth the gain – not only of having won the prize, but of having finished my race – on the track and as a published author.

The above is the rapport building section of a presentation I’m doing tomorrow night for our local chapter of Altrusa International.  Next I’ll share the what I’ve learned from my publication journey and summarize by retelling what I told them during the presentation with this:

As you can tell from my publication process, novel writing is only one leg of the race. It requires intensive conditioning and training in the form of obtaining mentoring, networking and continually honing the writing craft. And because publication is a spectator sport, identifying and connecting with the targeted audience AKA potential readers – meaning YOU! — is critical to success. Finally, building a platform, reach and stamina will help authors to not only cross the finish line, but to keep going the distance in publication marathons throughout their writing career.

Then, I’ll preface a few words copied and pasted from a reader that make the grueling race worthwhile –

Whew! I’m winded just explaining my race to publication! But then I stop to catch my breath and read an Amazon review by a reader who may be someone like you, entitled “Beautifully Written Treasure”:

This book is a shining example of the work that God’s love can do in your life. You will feel renewed in your walk with Christ. Lee is a character that you wish was a real friend that you could call for sage advice, love and laughter. I’m recommending this book to all my friends and family. As a lover of music, the song that pops into my head as being the anthem for Lee’s story between these pages is Mandisa’s Overcomer. I hope there will be more to Lee’s story in the future for me to read. I’m already ready to reread this one!

Finally, I’ll close thus:

Though I’ve always been a sprinter, not a distance runner, it motivates me to pick up my track shoes – I mean laptop – to run another publication marathon.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose debut novelist, I’m excited to share my publication journey with a group that supports women’s professional development and literacy, and I’m excited to share it with you. This is my maiden voyage speaking engagement as a newly published author! I hope it coaches, encourages and inspires you to keep running your race – whatever it may be!

What are you currently trying to achieve at home or work that feels like running a marathon? How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic and apply any of the above to help you cross the finish line?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle copy of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at http://amzn.to/2CXE6Wj or http://amzn.to/2r7qtm9. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Collar Coach’s Confessions of A Beginning Blogger: A Weekend With Artful Blogging

Pink Collar Coach’s Confessions of A Beginning Blogger: A Weekend With Artful Blogging

Day 179 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose was low key day spent like much of the rest of the weekend –  with my latest copy of Artful Blogging. Though the first day of daylight savings time started out warm, it soon deteriorated into tornado and flood flash warnings accompanied by rain. And while the forecast prevented me from checking out the much anticipated roll out of “Hearth and Home with Magnolia”, Target’s new line from Fixer Upper’s Joanna and Chip Gaines, I was OK with a quiet day at home – listening to Joel Ostend’s message on bitterness, doing light housework, and lounging around watching HGTV and reading. As a new blogger, Artful Blogging has become one of my favorite magazines. In fact, it’s what inspired me to give blogging a second try.

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Artful Blogging atop a gold Moroccan pouf and Aubusson needlepoint rug.                     Magazine from Barnes and Noble, pouf from Home Goods, and rug from TJ Maxx. 

Back in 2009, when blogging took off, I started a blog: True Confessions of A Christian Girl. It was my first foray into the social media world. I’d been hesitant about putting myself out there having gone through a divorce and other devastating Ds (challenges) that made me fear judgement from the circle of people who’d been part of my life when I was married. I’d worried for nothing. The warm welcome I received made me realize I’d cut myself off from a community whose love and acceptance had nothing to do with my marital status. And though I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, my blog was well-read and grew.

At the same time, I was trying to break into publication and fired magazine articles off at a fast and furious pace. Soon, my first article was published in Inspired Women Magazine (https://www.inspiredwomenmagazine.com) and then I landed a monthly column there. Simultaneously, I was attending writing conferences and working feverishly to finish my debut novel. All while being a single mom of preschoolers and a director of a high maintenance Kinder Care Learning Center! Something had to give. It was my blog.

This weekend, as I read articles describing how various now successful bloggers started their blogs right around the time I did, I felt a moment’s regret. Had I stayed on track then, my blog may be where I’d like it to be today! Before I succumbed completely to the “if I coulda woulda shoulders”, however, I thought back to Joel’s message (it never fails to be exactly what I need), and realized I can’t be bitter about where I was back there as a mom, professional, and writer or I couldn’t have gotten here. Now.

My blog may not be as successful and have as many followers, but I’m a more experienced mom, professional and writer with a that same novel, Seasons of Her Soul, due out in January! I’m also a wife again and part of a big fat blended family. Each of these experiences have grown me as a blogger and I have to believe writing about them will grow my blog. So will including photos, something I learned from Artful Blogging. So I’m thankful for the detour.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Cygnet (a header in Artful Blogging reminded me this is the name for a young swan), and beginning blogger, I must confess I still get discouraged when I think of the amount of time it takes to grow a blog. There are so many details I have yet to master, like how to write the content you readers really want, how to increase traffic, and how to make my posts more visually appealing, etc. But I’m thankful for a magazine like Artful Blogging that informs and inspires me to make my blog the best it can be. Spending time lost in it this weekend did just that and was time well spent.

For those of you who’ve asked why I started the blog, how can you use this information to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic? Do you have a desire to blog? If so, this magazine is a great resource. I’d love to chat with you about it.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach