Friday, November 21, 2008


I actually entered my first writing contest this week. Friends and family who read the short story have been telling me it's really good but, I am my worst critic. I don't expect to win but, I am happy to be moving in the right direction to become a writer. I suspect, I'll be entering and not winning quite a few contest over the next couple of months, along with working on my MS.

It does feel good to complete something and turn it in though. Each small step bringing me closer to where I want to be.

I was listening t Oprah the other day and I like what she said about reaching your goals. She said, "Step by step, cut away those things in your life that are preventing you from reaching your dreams and goals and instead replace them with things that move you toward them."

I thought about that for a minute and realized that I have been taking same steps toward my goals. I brought a laptop specifically for writing, I'm taking classes to learn how to write better, I started working on my MS and I entered a writing contest for the first time.

All of these things are good but, I can do better. I also need to work on believing in shelf, time organization and production.

Well, now that I've completed one project, what now? Finish my MS. That's what I will be concentrating on now. I'll definitely do a happy dance when I finish that!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Sorry for the long absence. I was working hard on a meeting a few deadlines. Self imposed deadlines but, deadlines just the same. Now that I've met them, I can relax but, just for a little bit.

Well, since I've been gone, we have a new President elect! This is so, big! My daughters are excited that two little girls that look very much like them are going to live in the White House. I am so proud and touched that my country has finally taken a giant leap towards true equality and just being able to view people as just people and not white or black.

I called my Mom when Obama won the election and we talked about the significance of his election. It's been a couple of weeks now but, it still seems unreal.

I think we saw through the color lines and picked the right man for the job. Our country is truly in a crisis and now more than ever we need to pull together to get out of this mess. The election of Obama was a step in the right direction and showed not only America but, the world that we are ready for a change.

Melissa NC