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Watching the devastation caused by the 9.8 magnitude earthquake (the strongest in living history) and the tsunami that followed in Japan, my heart is breaking. Yet I remain glued to the images on the TV.
You can see some of these images here: http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/03/earthquake-in-japan/100022/
On top of the nuclear emergency that has been declared (which brings memories of Chernobyl that my family has lived through) and the still constant threat of aftershocks and further tsunami activity, the Japanese people have a long road ahead of them to recovery.
Please do whatever you can do help out. Go to http://www.redcross.org/ to donate. You can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to Japan’s emergency relief.
Our karate organization, Japan Shotokan Karate Association (JSKA) has been able to reach the head of the organization, Abe Sensei and he is ok, as are the rest of our friends. JSKA-USA is planning our own fundraising efforts and will deliver the information once its available.
My friends, please pray for Japan and all the people affected by this terrible tragedy.
It’s 2011 out there and I had a couple of weeks to think about what I want to accomplish this year. So far this year (or at least this month) has been fairly productive and I hope to keep my enthusiasm and productivity for the rest of the year. Sometimes it’s so much easier to give up (especially after the rough year that just passed) but it’s so much more fun to push forward!
As of yesterday, my writing partner Tina Moss and myself have finilized the revision of our manuscript and have sent out more queries. Although editing and revising is never easy and usually is not a favorite activity of most writers, this time I actually found it enjoyable. Perhaps that is because I love to see how the story is smoothed out and made better by the revisions. Having said that, sometimes you want to bang your head against the wall during this process.
But now it’s time to step away and concentrate on other projects, one of which is continuing our work on the manuscript of book 2 in the series. I’m also in the concept stage of figuring out my project on an urban fantasy invovling martial arts (my other favorite activity besides writing).
Speaking of martial arts, the women’s classes I teach at our dojo (karate school) have been fun planning and executing lately. But I also have to concentrate on getting back to my own training heavy duty and maybe start thinking of getting ready for my second degree black belt…(Oooo, did I just say that? *Scampers back into a corner and hides face from the amount of work this entails*)
So on with the new year and may it be a productive one!
What are your goals for this year?
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It can be very frustrating when life literally gets in the way of writing. You give yourself goals, get yourself excited about writing but just can’t get to it, sometimes for days at a time because there’s something else going on in your life that takes all your physical and/or emotional energy. I find myself going through this right now. Even if I find a little time to sit down in front of the computer and write, my head is just not in it. My head and my emotions are entirely on a different project which, at the moment anyway, seems so much more important for my life that there is no question of what the priorities are. But meanwhile, I fully understand that the longer I don’t go back into the writing mode, the harder it will be to go back to it.
How do you handle the problem of “life getting in the way of writing”?
My website is under construction by my wonderful co-author Tina Moss and it looks really great, so I’m excited. Hopefully, it’ll be up in the next couple of weeks. I’ll start blogging the good stuff at that point.
We’re still sending out quiries for our finished paranormal romance novel, the first in a series. Fingers crossed!