Self Motivation

A conversation between the dreamer side of me who provides the motivation with the practical side who actually gets things done.

So what’s up?

Nothing much, just the usual.

How’s that “Freshly Pressed” post coming along?

Haven’t written it yet.

And your novel?

Writing it slowly but not really inspired.

Why what happened, I thought you set yourself a goal of finishing it this year?

Yeah, but ever since I didn’t win that competition I feel I’m not really that good. Why would anyone read my novel?

You won’t know till you write it. You know it is a good idea.

If my best wasn’t good enough, I don’t think I can write any better.

It shouldn’t be about winning, but trying and giving it your best shot. If you decide to quit that’s when you really lose.

It’s easier said than done. I’m the one doing all the work.

That’s why you need to believe in yourself and stop putting yourself down. Be your own supporter and stop looking to others to tell you that you’re good.

The others are the one who are going to buy my novel.

Yes, but until you don’t believe you can do it how can you convince anyone else?

OK you have a point.

Where are you going?

To write a post. I got a great idea.

Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course

  1. Harry Potter, Famous Dads and Stoke Newington | AS I PLEASE
  2. Emotional baggage | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. Motivation Needed | suzie81’s Blog
  4. Neanderthals | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  5. I want to be a dreamer when I grow up | From One Crazy Life To Another
  6. Barriers | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  7. Scenes From A Barrier Island | Exploratorius | Photo Hack & Curious Wanderer
  8. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course -as a Medical Student | Journeyman
  9. Some weeks I just wish I could hibernate | Kate Murray
  10. Why women put up barriers to sex! ADULT CONTENT -Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  11. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | The Wandering Poet
  12. DP Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | Sabethville
  13. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  14. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | Under the Monkey Tree
  15. Obstacles | Sue’s Trifles
  16. blossoming individual | peacefulblessedstar
  17. Getting Things Done « One Crazy Mom
  18. Adventures in baby cereal | Life Love Lily
  19. So much to do | Angel Frouk
  20. Getting Out of My Way | The Silver Leaf Journal
  21. A Day With Chef Rene | The Jittery Goat
  22. caught | yi-ching lin photography
  23. there are | y
  24. Obstacles to Peace and/or Prosperity/Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  25. Purpose | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  26. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course (to UK) | Memory Bank of the Nocturnal
  27. An obstacle for everyone | LauGraEva
  28. The “Motif” Obstacle Course! | Home’s Cool!
  29. Daily Prompt: Obstacles « My journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon…and everything in between…
  30. The Silent Treatment. | Hope* the happy hugger
  31. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | Awl and Scribe
  32. of nothingness « Anawnimiss
  33. Why Did I Tackle This Obstacle Course? | Sued51’s Blog
  34. Time and Time Again . . . But, There Never Seems to be Enough | meanderedwanderings
  35. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | sixty, single and surviving
  36. Inspirational quotes by Steve Jobs | Processing the life
  37. Life Can Be A Obstacle Course | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  38. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  39. Smoke Screen | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  40. Busy, Busy, Busy Bee… | An Upturned Soul
  41. Time and Tide | Flowers and Breezes
  42. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | Kauniiksi katsottu – Seen as Beautiful
  43. WP Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | 101 Challenges in 1001 Days
  44. Bottled Gumption | A.C. Melody
  45. You Can’t Tie Your Shoes | Sam Wight
  46. Daily Prompt: Obstacles / unlocking my doors… | Louie Behogan
  47. Overcoming barriers | Mishe en Place
  48. DP: Obstacle Course |Metaphor is a pushy jerk. | thejimmieG
  49. Obstacle racing | Unknown File
  50. Lost for Words | Raspberry’s Daydreams
  51. Barriers | The Land Slide Photography
  52. I did it! | Life is great
  53. Early roses | The Seminary of Praying Mantis
  54. Obstacles and barriers | Willow’s Corner
  55. How Can We Overcome Barriers to Creativity? | Pairings: Art + What Goes With It
  56. Musings of a First Time Buyer | L5GN
  57. Thanks Allah! | Dreams to Reality !
  58. Obstacle Course | The Nameless One
  59. YOU CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE | Serendipity
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Blurb for my novel

Mary Ann struggles to adjust in her new life working as a house maid far away from her own country and family. She has to contend with the callousness of her employer, the competition from the other maid, the sullen Nurul and the overtures of the handsome driver next door Rahul as she tries to focus on the reason for leaving her son – to earn enough to give him a comfortable life. The little boy Youssef who she takes care of and reminds her of her son becomes her only solace. Will she survive the two years she has signed up for?

I had this idea for a novel some time ago and had started writing but somehow I stopped. Thanks to my friend Silverleaf I have started again and aim to complete it this year.

Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm)

  1. Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | A Room of One’s Own
  2. Sharp Pencil | The Jittery Goat
  3. Malala’s books | Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me
  4. Daily Prompt « My journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon…and everything in between…
  5. Girl In The Blue Scarf | Sanjuro Tokage Experiments in Writing
  6. DP Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | Sabethville
  7. The Best Book I Never Read | AS I PLEASE
  8. The Waterman’s Bible | Exploratorius | Photo Hack & Curious Wanderer
  9. Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | The Wandering Poet
  10. BYOB(ookworm) or Drink From My Cup | Finale to an Entrance
  11. Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  12. Essence | My Little Avalon
  13. What are you reading? | Raspberry’s Daydreams
  14. setting | yi-ching lin photography
  15. Daily Prompt: Books | 18 million pixels
  16. Judge it by the cover! | Sue’s Trifles
  17. Daydreaming | Butterfly Mind
  18. Orion 83 – A Path to Enlightenment | L5GN
  19. Beauty of Books | Mishe en Place
  20. Musy the Sputterfly | marjanitalarosa
  21. Dance with the Rain
  22. Time Determines the Heart | The Photo Faith Challenge
  23. Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | Awl and Scribe

Blogger of good repute

There was once a blogger of good repute. He was honest and caring and always wrote close to life. He would answer each and every comment and thank others for reading and subscribing to his writing.

But there was one person who really annoyed him. This person would always leave a pingback but never comment or like his writing. Even though the blogger of good repute would in return read his posts and like them. This continued for several months. Now the blogger of good repute was a good fellow but he was running out of patience. He wrote and wrote in the hope that the gentleman who left the pingbacks would appreciate his writing also. But it never happened. Tired, the blogger of good repute left a message on the other gentleman’s blog:

“I’ve written great posts and good posts but all you do is leave a pingback. Why is it that you never like my writing? Couldn’t you comment and let me know how I could improve my writing if nothing else? Surely you’ve read all the comments I’ve left on your posts, how come you never reply to any of them? Are you some sort of a grump?”

He finally received a reply from the gentleman. A simple “Yes.”

This post is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to a person in the real blogosphere is purely coincidental.

Daily Prompt: Blogger of repute

  1. Accordionist | Vintage Photography
  2. Why I write this Blog | A Teacher’s Blog
  3. Beat Me! | I am Shira
  4. perfect | yi-ching lin photography
  5. Crises and Time Management (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat
  6. Sweet girl | Life Love Lily
  7. DP Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute | Sabethville
  8. Share Your World – 2014 Week 1 | Khana’s Web
  9. Stolen bests | shame
  10. Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  11. That Magnificent Woman | Shadows Of The Divine
  12. Reputation – A Friday Flash Crime Story | My Little Avalon
  13. Daily Prompt: Reputation | This Blog Needs A Title
  14. Blogger of Repute | Geek Ergo Sum
  15. Yes, I may be a Moody Bitch some (most) of the time… | thoughtsofrkh
  16. Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute | Basically Beyond Basic
  17. Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute « cognitive reflection
  18. I Bake Out of Love:Not Love of Money | Nicetomeetyou:I’mCourtney
  19. Daily Prompt: Blogger Repute | Square One Notes
  20. My Reputation: Daily Prompt | The Rider
  21. Reputation Vs. You | Unlocking The Inner Creative
  22. A matter of opinion. | Hope* the happy hugger
  23. Reputations That Elude Me | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  24. The Man who can. | L5GN
  25. A Writer is known by his Work | all my likes
  26. Daily Prompt: Blogger Of Repute | Finding Life
  27. Reputations, the Woman at the Well, and the Man from Nazareth | meanderedwanderings
  28. Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  29. Keep away from-a Runaround Sue
  30. Wordz on a Page
  31. YOU. | Randomlyabstract’s Blog
  32. Daily Prompt: Me (Blogger of Repute) | This Portrait in Gray
  33. Being | Stories from aside
  34. Reputable Pup… | Haiku By Ku
  35. Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute | my father’s garden
  36. Am I Eccentric Or Just Normal In My Own Way? | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  37. Chocolate Ice Cream Cake | Miss Spicy Hat N’ Sugar Socks
  38. From One Crazy Life To Another
  39. HUMAN | hastywords
  40. Re Introduction to Photography by Char, Who, What She is. | Photography by Char
  41. How To Be A Blogger of Repute | froodian pseudoanalysis
  42. You Know I’ve Got a Bad Reputation | The Playground
  43. Blogger of Repute | Flowers and Breezes
  44. Daily Prompt – You (Show Yourself) | Serendipitous Cookery
  45. Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute | littlegirlstory
  46. A Portrait of You | The Magic Black Book
  47. Wrong Impression | Dance with the Rain
  48. So slow | Life is great
  49. “What’s your favorite color?”/Daily Prompt/Reputation | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  50. A Thousand Words… | LenzExperiments
  51. Day 16:When Daily Prompt and Zero to Hero come together | In my world
  52. Daily Prompt: Happy | Morrighan’s Muse
  53. Who do I appear to be? Superwoman? | Kimberly M. Ringer
  54. I am the girl who… | Chasing The Bubble
  55. Zero To Hero Day 16: Writing Prompt | Musings of a Soul Eclectic

Craving Appreciation

If you could have a guarantee that one, specific person was reading your blog, who would you want that person to be? Why? What do you want to say to them?

I would want my husband reading my blog. There I said it.

What would I want to say to him? It’s not what I want to say to him, if I wanted to say something to him I would say it the next time I met him. It’s what I want HIM to say.

Wouldn’t it be a dream if the next time we went out and we met someone he knew, he would introduce me as follows:

“This is my wife, she quit her job to look after our son and now she’s a brilliant writer!”

What can I say, I crave appreciation. And there’s no use telling him that I want to hear this because then it’s not the same, is it?

He does read what I write occasionally (sometimes I send him the link) and he does tell me it’s good but sorry that’s not good enough. He has to tell me it’s brilliant without my prompting him.

What is that you’re saying? Maybe I’m not brilliant after all? Well yes, that could be it 😦

But aren’t husbands SUPPOSED to say nice things about their wives?

So should I send him THIS link?

Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation

  1. Soviet Pupil | Vintage Photography
  2. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation « cognitive reflection
  3. DP Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | Sabethville
  4. One | Active Army Wife
  5. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | Under the Monkey Tree
  6. Pain in the Back? Exercise May help you not to feel it. | The Jittery Goat
  7. The One | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  8. AS I PLEASE
  9. Why bother | AS I PLEASE
  10. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | Thoughts of an INFP
  11. Sir Terry Pratchett: Daily prompt | alienorajt
  12. The Interview: My Favorite Fictional Character | A Teacher’s Blog
  13. Singular Sensation – Terry Pratchett | L5GN
  14. Shoulder Space Available: Inquire Here | THE OVERCOMING
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | LenzExperiments
  16. For her | not4faintheartsblog
  17. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | Your Daily Dose
  18. Behind the Curtain « Mon Cache
  19. A Mother’s Grief | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  20. The ONE & only… | LenzExperiments
  21. One | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  22. If I Could Guarantee These People Read My Blog
  23. Singular Sensation | Geek Ergo Sum
  24. “A fool such as I” | Hope* the happy hugger
  25. One | Purple Rosemary
  26. WHO IS FOLLOWING ME NOW? | SERENDIPITY
  27. 251. That One Reader | Barely Right of Center
  28. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  29. That One Person | Raspberry’s Daydreams
  30. Daily Prompt : Singular Sensation | Nicole Sloan’s Writing
  31. Waking | johnny ojanpera
  32. Daily Prompt: One | Life With Mike and Lindy
  33. To the Puppy Mill Man… | Haiku By Ku
  34. One surfer’s soliloquy | Rob’s Surf Report
  35. Daily Prompt: One | Lux
  36. Singular Sensation | Living Through My Music
  37. Singular Sensation | Saying Everything
  38. Choosing One | Flowers and Breezes
  39. of disloyal stalkers « Anawnimiss
  40. The perfect blog reader | Blog of Marvelous Things
  41. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | Basically Beyond Basic
  42. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | Ellie’s Random Blog (<3)
  43. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | ThisCornerOfTheWoods
  44. Singular Sensation: Tom Cruise,Will you be my Cousin? | Miss Spicy Hat N’ Sugar Socks
  45. Thoughts of a wandering drunk
  46. Singular Sensation | The Nameless One
  47. Daily Prompt: A Bathing Beauty | Daily Prompt & Blogging Progress
  48. Are You Being Stalked by a Celebrity? | An Upturned Soul

A Good Idea

The best idea I’ve had is to write down some of my son’s interesting anecdotes.

You know that moment when your child does or says something cute and funny or really smart and you feel proud and happy and can’t stop laughing? A few weeks pass by and you still remember that feeling but for the life of you, you can’t remember what exactly it was that your child said.

After that happened a few times to me I decided I would start writing it down.

I wrote my son’s anecdotes in the form of a story. Then I thought “What would my son think of his own stories if I read them to him? He might find them dull if it was just text and no pictures. So why not include some pictures.” That’s when I started illustrating the stories. When I compiled them together and read them to him he wanted to hear them again and again. That got me thinking, “Other children his age would like them too, wouldn’t they?” I found a publisher on the internet and wrote to them. I sent them my work and that’s how I got it published. I didn’t want to wait for a traditional publisher who would take years to publish my work, if at all. By that time my son would be much older and the moment would be lost.

One good idea led to another. My publisher suggested I start a blog. I did. And here I am writing to you all about how it started.

My books and my blog have kept me busy. I have worked for more than 10 years in a telecom company and I am used to being busy. And now that my son is older and going to school I had some time to myself which I didn’t know how to utilize. And so my good idea solved my problem.

Most of my good ideas come to me when I’m lying in bed at night. Everything has been done for the day and my mind is free to think. That’s when some sort of brainwave pops in. And then I have trouble sleeping as I’m planning out all the details and I can’t execute them till the next morning. When I finally do go to sleep, the excitement I feel when I get up in the morning is unmatched.

Daily Prompt: Brainwave

  1. Hikkikomori | 365 days of defiance
  2. Vege-might | As I please
  3. I hate Inspirational Facebook Update Pictures | As I please
  4. Kitty Plans | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  5. Gather close; let me dismantle a story… | alienorajt
  6. Ideas… | Kate Murray
  7. Daily Prompt: Brainwave – The meaning of Yummy in picture | littlegirlstory
  8. DP Daily Prompt: Brain Wave | Sabethville
  9. Bright ideas | Bullet holes in the wall
  10. Phoneography weekly: Waterloo Street (四马路) | We Live In A Flat
  11. The Lurker’s List | Idea
  12. Bore Me With How Clever You Are: The Story Of Clever Carl | The Jittery Goat
  13. Brainwave | Geek Ergo Sum
  14. Bright idea. | Hope* the happy hugger
  15. Garden of Ideas | Finale to an Entrance
  16. Luminous Leaves | Travel with Intent
  17. don’t say-BE | peacefulblessedstar
  18. DP Daily Prompt: Brain Wave | nugs321
  19. Brainwave | The Story of a Guy
  20. BRAINWAVE: IT SEEMED LIKE A GREAT IDEA AT THE TIME | SERENDIPITY
  21. Daily Prompt: Bright Idea | On Thick Ice – The Spurious Imaginings of Reality
  22. The Best Idea I Ever Had | NoPantsRomance.com
  23. The Lost Art of Problem Solving | meanderedwanderings
  24. An Atmosphere of Imaginary Brightness | An Upturned Soul
  25. Daily Prompt: Brainwave | I really just pretend to know stuff
  26. Farewell, songbird. | Randomlyabstract’s Blog
  27. S. Thomas Summers | When Writers Can’t Write, They Should Write!! Here an Idea!
  28. When does an idea count as a brainwave? | Sue’s Trifles
  29. Story Of A 1964′s Grand-Ma ! | Shadows Of The Divine
  30. The Classic Wish… Two Places at Once | Cornelison
  31. Full Moon… | Haiku By Ku

Determination

I have to give my son full marks for his resoluteness. At 1 yr+ he was trying to climb the bookshelf and at 4 years he’s still at it.

If only I could show the same determination in my writing maybe I’ll get somewhere (Freshly Pressed if nothing else?)

A little celebration

followsI think this calls for a little celebration. It’s been a good 2 months and 9 days. 81 posts later this is where I stand: 102 follows, 3364 views and 1002 likes.

Stats apart I’ve had great fun with my first experience in the world of blogging. Being a mother has been my greatest inspiration in writing but I’ve written about a lot of things, some very personal, thanks to the Daily Prompts and the Weekly writing challenges and photo challenges. I actually wrote my first poem as one of my posts and am now thinking of collecting some of my children’s poems into a book. That will be my next project. I had just started promoting my children’s story books when I started blogging. Now I have so many other ideas as well. I have a novel in my head and am just starting to write it down. Again the idea came to me when I was writing a story for one of the challenges.

Most of all I’ve come across some amazing people. Always ready with kind comments and encouraging remarks. I want to thank all of you for being there and making life so much better. You are an inspiration for me. A special thanks to Pat(ricia)Olga and Victoria for their very welcome feedback, Angloswiss for her inspirational writing, Angie and Connie for their inspirational photography, Sheenmeem and KraftedKhaos for motivating me to write poetry, SalamHarsha, plaridelDriesRandomly AbstractImexcitedstemgirlInigo boy and Bams for their frequent visits, iamfunny2 for his clever challenges, Ray Ferrer for being the first one to click that follow button and No Virgin Mary for being the 100th.

Here’s some traditional mithai (sweets) for all of you. Enjoy!

mithai

P.S I apologize if I forgot to mention someone!