Back in the Saddle

Good Morning!

Well I’m happy to say that this weekend, I got back to writing, after a months-long hiatus! Although now, I have seven – count ’em – seven books going on at the same time, four fiction and three non-fiction.The ones I’m working on right now are one fiction one of my creation (but sparked by my son’s original idea), one fiction of my son’s creation, and a non-fiction one.

Most of my time was with the non-fiction book, a new technical instruction manual on InfoPath. That’s an “older” and “fading” technology, however it’s not nearly so “fading” when you look at how many people still use it (thus the book). I have created and presented webinars and training on InfoPath, including a couple presentations to a SharePoint User Group, and I have been actively using InfoPath for years, so I’m confident this will go well.

Cross your fingers for me, and if you happen to use InfoPath and really wish to know something specific that you’d like to see in the book, feel free to add it to the comments below.

-Sue-

 

23. The challenges of Bipolar as a Writer #WritersLife

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Well, I’ll be darned. How long has it been – since the end of the A to Z Challenge, correct? That’s all of May and all of June that I didn’t write a single blog. Or a single word of my manuscript.

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22. Sweet Mother’s Day Story

22. Sweet Mother’s Day Story

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Well, Mother’s Day 2016 represents two weeks since I had received very good, very accurate, but very depressing writing feedback. I had been rocked to my core, and spent that Saturday morning crying in bed. I had been just about to throw in the towel.

Well, to be fair, I read on blogs from all over – and in books – that this is a natural, common, and possibly necessary step for all newbie authors. I still was depressed, though.

However, not only did my hubby come through, but my kids did as well, in a big way.

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Zero to Hero – A to Z Blog Challenge Wrap-Up (Z) #atozchallenge

Zero to Hero – A to Z Blog Challenge Wrap-Up (Z) #atozchallenge

Part of “Beat your Inner Bully and Find your Confidence” (A-Z #695)
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Sorry I dropped the ball. I never finished the A to Z Challenge! There have been – what – two times I think during this challenge that I got behind. Things are coming out of the woodwork here.

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Yes You Can – A to Z Blog Challenge (Y) #atozchallenge

Yes You Can – A to Z Blog Challenge (Y) #atozchallenge

Part of “Beat your Inner Bully and Find your Confidence” (A-Z #695)
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ONE MORE AFTER THIS! I can’t believe it – I almost didn’t make it. But here we go…

Thanks to Jen Seriously for the Y topic idea: You Can.

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Xenophile – A to Z Blog Challenge (X) #atozchallenge

Xenophile – A to Z Blog Challenge (X) #atozchallenge

Part of “Beat your Inner Bully and Find your Confidence” (A-Z #695)
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Today’s word is a stretch … I’m going to twist the definition to suit my purposes :-).

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THANK YOU A to Z Blog Challenge #atozchallenge

THANK YOU A to Z Blog Challenge #atozchallenge

Part of “Beat your Inner Bully and Find your Confidence” (A-Z #695)
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I would like to take a moment to say a huge “THANK YOU” to the coordinators and teams of the 2016 A to Z Blog Challenge, and to all of you who have visited this blog.

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21. More from author Martin Wilsey

21. More from author Martin Wilsey

Part of the series “From Zero to Hero – Journey of a Novelist”
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In the last “writing” series blog post, I introduced and thanked Martin Wilsey.

He sent me some of his recent author interviews, and I’m going to shamelessly pick just a few of the quotes here :-).

 

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Who Cares? – A to Z Blog Challenge (W) #atozchallenge

Who Cares? – A to Z Blog Challenge (W) #atozchallenge

Part of “Beat your Inner Bully and Find your Confidence” (A-Z #695)
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I feel like many of my “confidence” posts during the A to Z challenge seem to repeat the same things, over and over.

Maybe that’s just because I see a common thread – an underlying truth that can be applied to many different self-confidence challenges: you need to be the one who likes yourself; no one else can provide the confidence you lack.

Don’t worry what everyone else thinks of you – work on how you think of you.

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Validation and Vanity – A to Z Blog Challenge (V) #atozchallenge

Validation and Vanity – A to Z Blog Challenge (V) #atozchallenge

Part of “Beat your Inner Bully and Find your Confidence” (A-Z #695)
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I couldn’t choose which ‘V’ to use, so I’m using two different ideas provided by Alex Schuler and Jen Seriously.

 

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Uplifting experiences – A to Z Blog Challenge (U) #atozchallenge

Uplifting experiences – A to Z Blog Challenge (U) #atozchallenge

Part of “Beat your Inner Bully and Find your Confidence” (A-Z #695)
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OK this should catch me up!! Whew.

Thanks to Alex Schuler for the U topic idea: Uplifting Experiences.

 

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Taking care of Number One – A to Z Blog Challenge (T) #atozchallenge

Taking care of Number One – A to Z Blog Challenge (T) #atozchallenge

Part of “Beat your Inner Bully and Find your Confidence” (A-Z #695)
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Charity and generosity are wonderful, as long as we don’t forget to take care of ourselves and our families first, and as long as we don’t feel guilty when we don’t have time left over for strangers.

 

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Society’s Messages – A to Z Blog Challenge (S) #atozchallenge

Society’s Messages – A to Z Blog Challenge (S) #atozchallenge

Part of “Beat your Inner Bully and Find your Confidence” (A-Z #695)
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How much of our self-image and self-worth comes from society?

Our society appears to reward certain types of people (with fame and fortune), and those of us who don’t meet those ideal standards feel less worthy.

 

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Respect yourself – A to Z Blog Challenge (R) #atozchallenge

Respect yourself – A to Z Blog Challenge (R) #atozchallenge

Part of “Beat your Inner Bully and Find your Confidence” (A-Z #695)
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I’m sorry, my friends!! I needed to de-stress, so I boycotted my computer for several days. I’m way behind on posts, let alone on checking out blogs and comments and such.

Thanks to Jen Seriously for suggesting suggesting today’s topic: Respect yourself.

 

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20. Author Martin Wilsey

20. Author Martin Wilsey

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Martin Wilsey

I can’t tell you how lucky I am – I have been given some really great advice from a really cool author: Martin Wilsey.

My husband happens be good friends with “a guy” who is good friends with Martin. When my hubby’s friend heard about my endeavors to become a writer, he thought Martin might be able to provide a word or two of wisdom, and hooked me up.

Martin, being the professional and all-around nice guy he is, already gave me some amazing tips and a much needed boot in the rear.

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Quick to Judge – A to Z Blog Challenge (Q) #atozchallenge

Quick to Judge – A to Z Blog Challenge (Q) #atozchallenge

Part of “Beat your Inner Bully and Find your Confidence” (A-Z #965)
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Thanks to Cassie from Mommy, RN for suggesting suggesting today’s topic: Quick to Judge.

If you are low on confidence, every single thing that comes your way is going to feel like an attack. If you jump on that initial reaction too quickly, chaos ensues.

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Positive Attitude – A to Z Blog Challenge (P) #atozchallenge

Positive Attitude – A to Z Blog Challenge (P) #atozchallenge

Part of “Beat your Inner Bully and Find your Confidence” (A-Z #965)
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Thanks to Cassie from Mommy, RN for suggesting suggesting today’s topic: Positive Attitude.

Positive Attitude
If you tend to gossip or complain (don’t we all at times), you can get in so much trouble and you tend to get down on yoursef and others. Then you realize you picked on others which makes you more down on yourself.

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Overwhelmed with O – A to Z Blog Challenge (O) #atozchallenge

Overwhelmed with O – A to Z Blog Challenge (O) #atozchallenge

Part of “Beat your Inner Bully and Find your Confidence” (A-Z #965)
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O, O, O.  O, I’m sO behind. I’m getting behind in my posts, and I have new visitors I’d like to visit back.

O, how will I ever catch up?

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No magic answers – A to Z Blog Challenge (N) #atozchallenge

No magic answers – A to Z Blog Challenge (N) #atozchallenge

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While it is smart to be raising these, and other, questions, we still don’t have any formula to magically transform our doubt into confidence.

But it has to start somewhere, and sometimes looking at it from another angle can help.

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Invitation to show your published book pic here

Hey, please don’t feel obligated, but I thought I’d set up a page on my site where anyone who reaches me here from any means can have me post up one of their published works. I’ll put your name, a link, and a pic of your book. My only request is no erotica or really massive gratuitous profanity. I probably wouldn’t be comfortable with something as intense as Game of Thrones either, if you get my drift.

Sue H’s Community Published Works Page

Admittedly, I’m new to writing and new to blogging. I don’t have thousands of followers. However I thought it might be a nice shout-out to anyone kind enough to take the time to visit.

So, if you’d like to join us, send me an email using the gmail in the picture, or Direct Message me on Twitter via @SJHFantasy.

No obligations required – I’m not asking you to like, follow, comment, re-tweet, or anything. Just a nice friendly place for us to share our stories. I hope one day that my published work will join the list.

Cheers
Sue H