August 7: This month my thoughts have been filled with thoughts of productivity. I’m writing about this topic each morning in my journal. I’m seeking sustainable solutions for my own productivity issues, and have hit on a solution I’d like to share with the rest of you. These productivity essays will go either into a series of blog postings, or an e-book. Maybe both.
I’m also seriously considering self-publishing via Kindle. The more I learn about the application, the better I feel about it. I love that there’s no negative ecological impact – in other words, that trees aren’t killed to create Kindle books. EMFs may be another issue, but I feel strongly that Kindle book readers and similar gadgets (like the iPad) are the future of book publishing, and I’m thrilled that the new Kindle brings the price down from $379 to a mere $139 – something many of us may feel is more affordable.
My main reason for considering Kindle as the primary publishing platform for some of my novels is that Amazon now sells more Kindle books than traditional on-paper-published books. That’s totally understandable. People love the convenience of Kindle and probably are relieved that they’ll never have to carry boxes of books, or find shelves to store them on, or have a need to dust them off. A Kindle is lightweight and contains hundreds of books, plus is easy on the eyes. And… you can keep notes and highlight passages without anyone else objecting!
So, am I considering buying a Kindle? You Bet! (Since I can’t afford an iPad. – LOL) … I downloaded the free “Kindle for PC” app to get started. (See: Free Kindle Apps) I’ve purchased a couple Kindle books and downloaded others that were free so I can get used to Kindle reading experiences while I save up for the more portable device.
Meanwhile, back in novel-writing-land, I’ve been revising Oja, a fantasy… and doing a critique for a friend. Productivity is happening!
August 8: Today I worked on research and writing for a site I haven’t developed yet. It is to be about global transformation – and is to support and complement my Geniyyah Consciousness Research site… where you can see my morning inspirations. I write them in longhand, in my journal, then transcribe to the web, just as I’m doing with my productivity essays which are ultimately meant for this site. I’m a believer in the magic of the mind-pen transformation of thoughts to first-rate readable text. Of course, I still do plenty of writing on computer only, but I love my pens!
August 17: It seems I have no end to inspirations! A few days ago I got an idea for focusing my memoir. I’ve been writing about my life for a few years now, but a life-long memoir is usually not appropriate for anyone but family, except in the case of celebrities and other famous people. I needed a slant, a focus, a meaning for the manuscript. And now, I’ve got it! I want to tell about my life during the thirty year journey I took through an organized religion, which I no longer belong to. The first chapter is writing itself. Now that I know the story I need to tell, it is much easier to write about my life. My only qualm is in telling everything without whitewashing. That, and privacy considerations for others.
August 27: During most of this month I’ve worked on adjusting my blogging schedule and blogging attitude. I’ve emerged as a more ready writer, with most of my blogging activities under control. I made a lot of progress at Geniyyah Consciousness Research – and am currently doing a lot of research for the site. The new Content Writers Forum is going well – I’ve met some fantastic and productive writers there already! And… other activities are going well.
I’ve also revived some very old blogs on my Blogger.Com account – blogs I haven’t posted on for years. The Freedom Journal was my second blog. I made it right after the 9/11 disaster – to voice my fears and hopes and dismay. I got some comfort from venting there… and maybe I need to rant on freedom topics again, though my thoughts on freedom have gone from political to spiritual in many ways.
I also revived Linda’s Life – my first blog ever – to post things that may be too trivial for this blog… and Perceptions Unlimited (mostly spiritual topics), and a few others that need work still. I started thinking – about all that content I wrote years ago, that wasn’t doing any good for anyone, least of all me. So, they’re back online and I’m adding to them.
The main benefit of those blogs, for me, is that they’re informal, or at least, I think of them that way, in compared to this one or Geniyyah.Com or the one about child protective services… and so I feel freer to write on a whim without much concern about what gets written. This helps train me for writing without hesitation on the blogs, like this one, that I place a higher value on because I own the domain name and … well, this domain is my name! So of course I think this blog is my most important!