Picture Day

I’ve been struggling with what to post. Do I share another experience? A video? A look into my life? What?

How about a photo?

OK. I can do a photo. Here you go.

This was taken at Robber’s Cave State Park in Wilburton, Oklahoma. It’s the stairs at the dam on Lake Carlton. With water rushing over the dam and the stairs,I liked how it looked. You can see how the water landed on the stairs and started cascading down them, too.

Stairs at Lake Carlton dam at Robber’s Cave State Park

Remember Your Audience 

This is equally important in person and while writing. Actually, it’s probably more important. 

Last week, I spent some time at Robber’s Cave State Park in Wilburton, Oklahoma. It was my mom, sister-in-law, nephew, one of my nieces, and three cousins. 

That night at the campfire, my nephew wanted everyone to tell ghost stories. Now, that day also happened to be the anniversary of a very traumatic event for two of the cousins who were with us.

I knew that. I forgot that. When my turn came to tell a story, I started telling one I had heard during the ghost tour at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs about a little girl.

That past event never crossed my mind. I started telling the story. One cousin said, “No ghost stories about children, please.”

That had the effect of a bucket of cold water. I could not believe I didn’t think about that. I still can’t. I felt like an inconsiderate dolt.

Learn from my mistake. Always, always keep your audience in mind, whether in writing or oral storytelling.

Free Infographic: 5 Types of Planners

To promote my latest book, Create Your Own DIY Planner, I had created an infographic that discusses the five types of DIY planners. I used it as a hook to get people to sign up for my newsletter. Now, I’m giving it to you here. Click through for the full-size version, then save it to your computer.

Where’s My Reset Button?

It’s no secret that I’ve had problems with consistency on this blog. Back in May, I attempted to revive it. Then I had to go back to Wound Care and keep my foot up for another month. On Friday, I was discharged from Wound Care (again) and now I’m back to the blog.

The difference this time is that I am actually working on a content plan instead of winging it. I discovered a couple years ago that just winging it doesn’t work for me in writing, so why did I continue to expect that it would with blogging? I don’t have an answer for that other than to say I’ve been lazy.

Consider this my reset button. We’re being more consistent and having better (I hope) content from here on out. I’ll be talking about writing, books, creativity, planning, and more. I’ll post articles, directed posts, tips, photos, and even a few videos. (There will be a video coming up next week, in fact.)

I will be posting three times a week minimum. Those are the planned posts. Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. The Saturday posts will be a week-in-review type, so if there’s anything that happened that you missed because I didn’t blog it, it will be there on Saturday.

By the way, I mentioned that I will be talking about books. Just as a quick heads-up, I want to let you know there is a new one available. Create Your Own DIY Planner. It’s available on Smashwords (in your format of choice) and Amazon (because for some reason it didn’t auto-populate to Amazon and I had to do it manually). Check it out and let me know what you think. I am planning on a print version by the end of August.

That’s it until Wednesday. I’ll see you then.