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Simplifying My Blog

Lately, I’ve increased my playload. Something needs to give.

The good news is I will continue blogging about Japan on Mondays and My Experiences With Abundance on Wednesdays and miscellany on Fridays.

The bad news is I am leaving my comments off and I will only be commenting on your blogs infrequently.

I appreciate all the comments and blog support I’ve received. It’s been fun.

Ideally in a month or two I will be set up to receive tweets and keep up that way. We’ll see.

Have your best day ever!

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2011 in writing

 

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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY – Projections


The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday meme. Pick one of her prompts and write about it on your blog!

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The thing that made me happiest this week was odd.

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Last week I went ballistic when, in my perception, my husband negated my experience. I was raving.

Then a  writer I know, had her booklet translated into Japanese by her son’s girlfriend. Oh, I wanted that for my novel. Maybe it could be a hit in Japan. It’s about … well here’s the pitch –

Koh, is a boy kidnapped as a toddler by a rainforest band that has unique customs and world view. Koh, fascinated by strange people who live near the mountain, struggles to find where he really belongs and overcome strict taboos.

These include: remaining unseen, bypassing capture by warring bands, coping with betrayal by his peers and facing death. Eventually he comes to reunion with the family he doesn’t remember.

I didn’t even tell my husband and I went and asked the writer to ask the girlfriend if she would consider translating my book. Then I set to wondering how to pay for it, a lifetime supply of lei, my firstborn…

Alas, the girl said no; it takes too much time. She did it as a labor of love.

I wasn’t even upset, I felt elated and do you know why? Normally, I would have talked myself out of asking. I WOULD HAVE NEGATED MY DESIRE. And that is why I got so upset, when I perceived my husband as negating my experience because that’s what I do to myself. I am so happy, all I have to do is not negate myself any more and not project it on others.

Wonder what I will be like when I  deal with the gazillion other things I am projecting on him and others. : )

© 2010 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2011 in Japan, writing

 

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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY


The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday meme. Pick one of her prompts and write about it on your blog!

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This week a publisher asked for the rest of my manuscript after reading the first pages. I am the same person I was with the addition of this VALIDATION.

Please put a good thought on this — a thought of publishing my book or better — for me and for the publisher.

ADDENDUM: Alas, before the post is hours old, I discover the publisher is listed on Predators and Editors and not in the way I wanted to see. Thank you for all your kind wishes. The ‘or better’ that I always look for, is that I don’t have to do all the promoting I was envisioning.

© 2010 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2011 in Abundance, writing

 

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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY


The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday meme. Pick one of her prompts and write about it on your blog!

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It’s official. I validated my wordcount and I completed Nanowrimo for the 5th time.

It’s a great impetus to get a first draft done. For me, I get to discover a story inside me. Now I will cut about 3/4 of it and get to work revising it or one of my other drafts, AFTER Christmas.

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We had two of our neighbors over for Thanksgiving dinner. It was lovely as usual.

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When I was 15 my mother had my youngest brother and was coming home from the hospital on Thanksgiving. I said I would cook Thanksgiving dinner for 11 of us. How hard could it be? I knew how to cook.

Muhahahhaha.

Thank goodness my father helped me. And I was never unrealistic about hosting a dinner party again. I do what I can to keep things simple.

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When my grandchildren come to visit at Christmas, I want as much done ahead of time as possible so I can put all my energy into enjoying them.

So when I cooked this turkey, I stuffed it and cooked some additional stuffing in a pan. I blended the two batches of stuffing together and froze half of it. At Christmas I will roast an unstuffed bird which is so much easier. I also made 4 cups of gravy and will freeze half of that for Christmas too. And I made 4 pie crusts and froze 2 of them.

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I stayed in a cotton yukata, (robe) yesterday on black Friday, all day. It was great. I guess on Sunday I will venture into traffic. I hope it will be less by than.

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Have your best holidays ever.

XD

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Posted by on November 27, 2010 in Abundance, Uncategorized, writing

 

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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY


The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday meme. Pick one of her prompts and write about it on your blog!

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I have written 46,000 words for Nanowrimo and plan to finish today.

In two hours, I’m off to see Harry Potter.

Life doesn’t get any better does it?

I like my latest story, I am content with it.

It was fun yesterday at my writer’s group. Some people write so well, it is spellbinding to hear their work.
And they think I am high tech because I blog. Muhahaha. I get by with a lotta help from my friends.

© 2010 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2010 in Abundance, writing

 

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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY


The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday meme. Pick one of her prompts and write about it on your blog!

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Today is the first day I’ve gotten back to getting up with the sun. Finally no more jet lag.

Today I put these hand spun and woven mulberry sheets from Gungendo on my bed. I’ve been carrying them around to show people. I did get to sleep on some in Omori and it was delicious. Maybe my jet lag would have been gone sooner if I slept on these sooner – hmm.

A friend Gail from my water aerobics class came upon these used writer’s books and thought of me. She carried them around in her car while I was traveling. Wasn’t that thoughtful of her?

Ooh, I had coffee in my new Bizen pottery coffee cup.

And I am over 20,000 words into Nanowrimo, so I am in good shape there. Write or Die is a great aide to writing. You set it for a time and a word count and type right on their site. If you slow down the screen changes color and if you still don’t write, awful sounds come on. You can set it on evil mode where it starts erasing letters if you don’t write. I don’t go that far.  Some of my best writing happens when I just keep going and disengage the thinking.

Have your best Friday ever. I toast you with my coffee.

© 2010 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2010 in Abundance, Japan, writing

 

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My Horoscope

By theotherway

 

Today’s horoscope says:

You’ll be emotionally unpredictable and must make every effort to appear stable…

I think they nailed me with this one.

Today starts the Muse Online Conference. It’s a week of writers workshops offered 24/7.

I limited my selection to 21 workshops I want to take and 11 chat sessions.

(sigh.)

It’s so good. Save the url for next year. Registration is closed now.

Consider joining in on

This meme is from Out of My Mind and Onto the Page.

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<p> © 2010 Jeanne Litt </p>

© 2010 Jeanne Litt

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2010 in Abundance, Uncategorized, writing

 

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Blogging Excellence – A Challenge.

Kiawe tree - from the mesquite family.

WHAT IF we picked one blog this week and visited it each day and left a comment about everything we like about this particular blog?

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We could go over this one blog carefully and note all the details that go into it.

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It would be good for us because it would help us notice more of what we like and why.

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It would be good for the blogger because it would acknowledge their work.

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In this challenge, I invite you to ignore anything you don’t like about the blog. Be like the animal trainers and only focus on the good parts. Only focus on what you want to see more of.

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Will you join me in this challenge? Please leave a comment and say what blog you chose and what you found. We may want to go and check it out too.

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© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2010 in Abundance, writing

 

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BLOG QUESTIONS

These are my responses to blog questions from Denise at Mommy’s Journey.

1. why do you blog?

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I write to creatively express my wisdom and loving with you all.
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2. why did you originally start blogging? have your reasons changed?
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It was always the same reason and it is why I wrote 5 novels. What I love about blogging is the interaction.

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3. how often do you blog? does this vary?

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I blog at least three times a week.  Often it is four.
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4. do you have a routine of any sorts when you make time to blog or just when you have time/are moved to do so?
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I aim for Monday, Wednesday and  Friday. Since I live near the international date line, when I post, for most of the world it is already the next day.

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5. how often do you read other blogs?
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Some blogs I aim for daily because of a committment to ‘Take a comment, Leave a comment.’ Usually the posts that come to my e-mail get read daily.

The other blogs on my blogroll, I try to check once a week.

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6. how do you choose which blogs to read?
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I love accumulating blogs that attract me for one reason or another. And I equally love ruling out the ones that don’t make the cut. That said there are many blogs I have lost track and would have liked to have kept. Easiest for me is the blogs that have e-mail subscription. I used to click to follow blogs but unless they go to google reader, (where I see them infrequently) they are not in a format that is easily accessible to me.

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7. do you follow any?
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I ‘follow’ the blogs that come to me by e-mail and the ones on my blogroll. Infrequently I follow those on my reader. When I get overly busy I sometimes delete all of the e-mail posts and start fresh the next day.

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8. how often do you comment on blogs?

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I make an effort to comment when I read posts.

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9. how do you “thank” people for commenting on your blog?

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I thank people by replying in my comments or replying on their blog.

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10. do you stay on top of comments?

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Usually I comment within 4 days. I group thank you’s on my post. I respond to most but not all comments. I plan to respond more randomly.
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11. how do you encourage meaningful comments?

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For my commenting, I make an effort to find something meaningful to say. I don’t always succeed.  I envy those bloggers who are good at asking meaningful questions of their readers and promote interesting discussion. For e;g;  The Mind Of Ifer. Or who inspire by the honesty of their sharing. e.g. Life On Its Own Terms.

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12. do you blog more for yourself  or do you account for what your readers might want to hear about when choosing what to blog about?
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I blog to express, usually what is present in the moment. I get a lot of hits from google searches on Japan and lei. I will post more about Japan especially when I travel there this October.

I make an effort to keep my blog uplifting and non-ranting. I write in other journals when I am in a funk and may relate about it here, after I get a grip on it. Funny, but when I have been in a funk and said okay, what do I write about that makes  me happy? Japan comes to mind.

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13. do you have ongoing themes  or is your blog more random?

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My blog is eclectic like my life. I am good at going through massive amounts of things and finding the ‘gold’.

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14. when you get in a funk and don’t feel like blogging, how do you keep your readers?

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I haven’t missed blogging at least three times a week. I will be traveling without a computer for a total of 8 weeks this year. I will pre-publish some posts and warn my readers that I won’t be responding.

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15. have you ever made a fellow blogger upset and how has that affected you or what happened?
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It’s not possible for me to ‘make’ someone else upset. They have to choose that for themselves or not.  I wrote this post because of concerns about not inflicting on someone else.

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16. do you list blogs you follow on your blog?

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I have a separate page for my blogroll. I grouped sections, for instance one is titled LESS ACTIVE. I put blogs there that didn’t have a post for a month, yet, I look forward to reading them when they do post.

I’m still experimenting with other groupings and updating it. It’s very convenient for me to open that page and go through all of them.

I invite you to respond to Denise’s questions too, either in the comments or at her blog or on your own blog and link back to us.

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© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2010 in Uncategorized, writing

 

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Blogging Comments

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When I was studying art,  I remember hearing a quote,

People ask for criticism, but they only want praise. By W. Somerset Maugham.
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This was certainly true of me as an artist.
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In my marriage,I have often thought that I would rather have my husband tell me that I am the woman of his dreams and that I am very beautiful, rather than the truth.
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My husband is bluntly honest – about my creative endeavors, my beauty and me in general. Even though it is not what I would consciously prefer, I have come to see it is far better.
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In my psychology studies,  I learned to ask a person if they want feedback about something before giving it, and of course, respecting their answer.
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In the world of blogging, I find this step is missing — the part about asking if a person wants feedback. If they bare their soul and have their comments turned on, does that mean they are open to receiving feedback? Maybe not. Maybe the issue is too sensitive to them and they want only praise or support.
How can we know?
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Denise over at Mommys Journey posted 17 questions about blogging.
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<p> © 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur </p>



 
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Posted by on May 17, 2010 in writing

 

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