Tag: Teach Yourself

Basic Plots: Voyage and Return

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday. Today, over on Story Empire, author Staci Troilo brings us another great post on the seven basic plots. Entertaining and Informative, it’s definitely worth checking out … Ciao, SEers. I’m back again today with one of

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Abracadabra: Transforming Your Book

Hi everyone! Today, over on Story Empire, I talk about easy ebook formatting. Go check it out 🙂 …   Hello SErs! Harmony here 🙂 Happy Wednesday. Today, due to popular demand, I’d like to outline an easy way to

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Get the Most Out of Dictation With These Tips

For any writers who’ve thought about saving time writing by dictating, this is the post for you! 🙂   Hello to all the story Empire readers. I hope everyone had a good Memorial day weekend. For those of us not

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Basic Plots: Rebirth

A great post from Staci Troilo over on Story Empire today about ‘Rebirth’ as one of the seven basic plots … Happy Spring! Despite what the groundhog said, yesterday marked the end of winter. On the calendar, anyway. With the

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Throwing Darts Blindfolded & Author Considerations

A thought-provoking post on the various publishing routes available to authors by P.H. Solomon over on Story Empire … Making choices self-publishing choices can feel like throwing darts blindfolded. With all the changes to publishing in the last decade or

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New Book Release! Jewel in the Mud

Hi everyone! Today, I have launched my newest book, Jewel in the Mud (Zen Musings). It is available for pre-order on Amazon now, and will be released in Kindle and Paperback on January 19th. I am so excited about this

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Monday Musings Forty-eight: Hearing No Words

  Hearing no Words   Children have a knack for hearing what we don’t say. They rely little on our actual utterances. In the same way, people might hear our words, but for sure, they will feel our attitude. So,

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Monday Musings Forty-seven: The Thief in the Night

Thief in the Night   This may seem obvious, but many kinds of stealing exist that we might not even think about, not just the common ones such as money or property, but also time, peace of mind, hope, trust,

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Monday Musings Forty-six: An Eye For An Eye

  An Eye For An Eye   In the current climate of world troubles and terror attacks, it seems apt to say a few words on revenge and attempting to control others. Violence is never the answer. As the Buddha

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Welcome #Author Traci Sanders & Living-Write-Life

Hi, everyone, & welcome to Harmony’s place today. It gives me great pleasure to welcome author Traci Sanders, who is celebrating the launch of her latest series: WRITE IT WRITE! Volume I – Before You Publish – Tips on grammar, writing,

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Monday Musings Forty-five: Square Peg

Square Peg   For each of us, there comes a time in life when we need to let go of the unnecessary drama. For each of us, there comes a moment when we see how we’ve bent ourselves into a

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Monday Musings Forty-four: Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice   Two kinds of pride exist. One has positive connotations while the other takes on a more negative aspect. The first pride both comes from and reinforces selflessness. Based on a person’s achievements and qualities, it reflects

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Monday Musings Forty-three: Dark Intent

Dark Intent   ‘A Truth that’s told with bad intent Beats all the Lies you can invent.’ William Blake (Auguries of Innocence) While researching for a magazine article I wrote recently, I came across the above poem by William Blake.

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Monday Musings Forty-two: The Curve that Sets Everything Straight

The Curve that Sets Everything Straight   It’s so important to smile. What we do with our face has a direct effect on what our bodies do with us. The chemicals and emotions with which they fill us. A smile

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Monday Musings Forty-one: Gatekeepers

Gatekeepers   We’ve all heard the saying, ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.’ How true or not this proves, comes down to the listener. It might surprise you to hear that it has

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Monday Musings Forty: Too Tired

Too Tired   Hello, everyone. With today’s post going up a little late because I just couldn’t get to it, I thought how apt it would be to write about the tricks our brains and bodies can play on us.

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Monday Musings Thirty-nine: The Blame Game

The Blame Game   From early childhood, we receive conditioning that teaches us to look to others to see how we’re doing. To gauge how good or bad a person we are. While this has its place and uses, we

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Monday Musings Thirty-eight: Two Loves

Two Loves   Today being right before Valentine’s Day, I wanted to talk a bit about love. In my experience, two kinds of love exist: selfish love and selfless love. The selfish kind grasps and demands and tries to force

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Monday Musings Thirty-seven: No Regrets

No Regrets   How many times in your life have you done or said something that you regret? On the flip side, how many times have you regretted avoiding needed action or speech? Even the bad days have something to

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Monday Musings Thirty-six: Shut up. Just … shut up

  Shut up. Just … shut up.   Often, when going through a tough time, all we need is to talk it out. To share with someone. What we don’t need—much of the time—is advice, and certainly not judgement. The

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Monday Musings Thirty-five: The Tangled Webs We Weave

The Tangled Webs We Weave   Quite often, we are our own worst enemy and harshest critic, especially when things go wrong. To add insult to injury, it would be a rare thing for us to judge others in the

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Monday Musings Thirty-four: Be the First

Be the First   Any spiritual practice worth its salt will advise us to choose the path of humility. Why, then, have I entitled today’s musing ‘Be the First’? It is more than possible to take the lead without taking

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Monday Musings Thirty-three: Remember Me

  Remember Me How many times have you read somewhere that it’s good to give? Good to listen. Good to trust. While I wouldn’t go against any of that, I would put in a ‘but’. I would insert a cautionary

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Monday Musings Twenty-nine: Your Life Purpose

Your Life Purpose Have you ever found yourself wondering what it’s all about? Asking why you’re alive? What your purpose is? Well, the good news is that you’re far from alone. Most of us have found ourselves in this exact

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Monday Musings Part Twenty-five: Boomerang

Boomerang Most of us desire a happy, smooth existence, right? Some of us, of course, chase the thrill, but even that is on our terms. We might go and climb Everest or swim the English channel in deepest, darkest, iciest

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Monday Musings Part Twenty-four: One Step

One Step   In our previous Musings, we have looked at many topics. What they all come down to is letting go and moving on from a place of acceptance and stillness. A place of not putting ourselves (our conditioning)

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Monday Musings Part Twenty-three: Forgiveness Isn’t What You Think

Forgiveness Isn’t What You Think   In my younger days, I used to believe that forgiving a person helped them more than it helped me. Not so. When we hold onto anger and blame, we hurt ourselves far more than

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Monday Musings Part Twenty-two: Herd Animal

Herd Animal  Human beings are herd animals and, for this reason, can find it difficult to go against the crowd. To step out on your own can feel daunting at best. It can also liberate you. Today’s musing also ties

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Monday Musings Part Twenty-one: Painting Pain

Painting Pain   All of us tell ourselves stories about what confronts us. We paint pictures in our heads of how we think things are. Then we compare this to the picture we’ve already painted about how we think it’s

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Monday Musings Part Twenty: It’s Never too Late

It’s Never too Late   Recently, I came across a quote by George Elliot that resonated with me. ‘It is never too late to be who you might have been.’   For me, this single sentence contains a book full

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