Sunday, July 29, 2012

Word of the Week: Productivity!

I've been away from blogging for the past month, working on a number of offline projects.

It's been a most productive month! :<) 

I finished up a number of craft projects that have been "in the works" some for a long time including a couple of gifts I sewed. Book orders ready and sent. Proposals I'm working on....

The crafts, I'll  be sharing over at the near future, with photos.

 The weather was for the most part was toooo hot to enjoy much outdoor activity so I wasn't tempted to venture outside all that much. I am not a fan of overly hot weather.

I also completed my haiku poetry book: Haiku Reflections; The Four Seasons, now available for sale over at Amazon. Again, another project I was happy to complete and also happy with the results.

And I've been working through the edits of my novel. Again, going very well. I'm really feeling hopeful and positive about the story I've written. Some knowledgeable (former and new) contacts in the book biz. have "surfaced" recently, so I'm getting some pointers/advice how best to proceed after I'm finished with all the edits and ready to go from there. 

 I was procrastinating on this project, truth be told. After I had finished my first draft, I was excited and at the same time, apprehensive about the next step in the process. But now that I have gotten past that hurdle and have actually started working to finish the book, I am really feeling good about my work.

A long time ago, a man I was involved with shared this quote with me, apparently credited to L. Ron Hubbard, of Scientology "fame". I'm NOT a fan of Scientology but I did like this quote and I never forgot it:

"Production is the Basis of all Morale"

I don't know about the ALL part but being productive is so energizing, when it comes to creative projects. Taking an ordinary or even bad day and turning it around for the better.

Another quote I like:

"Just begin, the inspiration will follow."

This one shared by a famous Canadian painter I had the privilege to interview years ago.

Sometimes, we don't feel like starting. I know that only too well. But the inspiration DOES follow. The best way to begin, is, to begin (my quote) and it's so true.

Best of luck with all your creative pursuits too! When we encourage and support each other, it's even easier to be productive I believe. Positive vibes and energy, love it!!!!

I'll be catching up with all my blog visiting this week.

Happy Week!


sandy said...

Wow, I guess you did have a productive month!

Joseph said...

You have been so busy and with good projects, that's great. Your haiku book came out so well.

beccagivens said...

What an awesome productive - scratch "that" off the list month ... hopefully, it is contagious to your readers!!! :) Glad to see your return!

Again, congratulations on your productive month ~~ YEA YEA YEA!!!

lissa said...

you're right - he best way to begin, is, to begin - but sometimes I just procrastinate for no reason. wish I am as motivated as you.

hope you have a great day.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I've meant to email you and let you know that the package arrived. The shampoo and conditioner are amazing, can't wait to use them during the hot dry indoor winter months.

Congrats on your new book, and finishing what you started, that's great.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Geraldine said...

Hi SandyL, Yes, I even surprised myself LOL.

Hi Joe, And lots more to come. August and Sept. are very stacked up already. But I'm happy about that. All good things.

Hi Becca, I did scratch off a number of projects as done and I love that! It's so easy to start something but it's the completion that can be hard. I hope I have been an inspiration too. I'm inspired reading about completed projects at my fav blogs, it gets me motivated too! Thanks for your kind words. I missed blogging though...

Hi Lissa, I've done (more) than my share of procrastinating over the years but I made a promise to myself to make 2012 a productive year as much as possible. I think I'm doing pretty well so far.

Hi Jen, I'm so glad the NC pkg. arrived and that you like the products. That's great. Almost time to pick the winner in the Ice Cream Lover's contest, coming up this week!

Happy Week, G

Teri Casper said...

Wow, you have been super productive!!!! Well worth taking a month away from blogging.


Tammie Lee said...

congratulations on your projects!
hot weather melts me too~
Your books look fab, the covers are wonderful. Congratulations again.

Brian Miller said...

edits can be brutal...i def procrastinate that....ha....good job on the haiku book that is awesome...

Geraldine said...

Hi Teri, I actually amazed myself LOL. I accomplished more than I expected to and still going strong. I just took on another BIG project too as if I didn't have enough already. ;<) Hugs back to ya!

Hi Tammie, And thanks for being so kind re: the photos we discussed too, I really appreciated that. Your work is awesome. I'm glad you like what I chose for these two covers. They did come out nicely!

Hi Brian, Oh so easy to procrastinate with edits, I couldn't agree more. Are you working on a novel too? I seem to remember you mentioned a poetry book as well. Can't wait to read more about all your projects too!

Happy and Productive week to all, G

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Congrats on a productive month!
Happy August!

SandyCarlson said...

I am glad you have been busy and happy, Ger! Super. Thanks for this word. You made my day.

Quiet Paths said...

So awesome. That's for sure... wise words: Just begin.

Cathy said...

You certainly did make the most of it and in this heat that makes one so lazy. Glad your sticktoitiveness stuck lol

It`s what I`ve done, put aside my fears and just began!

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