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Write Reasons

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In writing, as in anything worth doing, it's important that we know why we're doing it. 

I write, so no one feels abandoned. Going a little deeper, I write about the struggles of living, never wanting to minimize, but to give a powerful voice to it.

Deciding and naming why you write, gives you a roadmap, direction and purpose.

Writing reasons:

To be relevant

To be excellent

To address temptation

To encourage

To teach

To remind

To share wisdom

To bless 

To answer a calling

Why do you write?

On Words & Whiskers #NaNoWriMo

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I'm heading strong into week two of NaNoWriMo. I've never worked this hard, and yet never had so much fun writing. Fiction is a creative blast. I'm at 10,252 words, about 1500 behind. But I intend to catch up today, especially when I stop procrastinating by writing and reading blogs.

My son is participating in his own contest of sorts. While I'm attempting to write 50,000 words in 30 days, he is partaking in No Shave November. Trying to grow 50,000 whiskers in 30 days. I think he's up to about 11,660, so he's right on track. He needs to grow 1,667 whiskers per day. 

Yesterday, he caught our youngest son staring at him from the passenger seat, as he backed the car out of the Church parking lot.

"Stop staring at me, I see you looking at my beard."

"It's gross. You really need to shave," Landon said. Turns out he wasn't aware that Keegan is in the "proper care and feeding" of a beard phase.

To Keegan, I say "Way to go son! You make a momma proud. When the whiskers won't come, never give up."

And to myself I say I better wrap this up.

True tip for my fellow WriMo's: French Cafe' on Pandora is the best writing music ever. Period.

Check below for more inspiration. 

 

 

The Blogger Picture

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Three blogs at the top of my world this week.

CopyBlogger: Copywriting tips for online marketing success. Everyone in business needs this.

Freelance Writing Jobs: This valuable site takes reader suggested post topics,advertises writing contests, and best of all; real, paying writing jobs. Love it.

The Simple Dollar: Their tag line says it all. "Financial Talk for the Rest of Us". Founder Trent Hamm has a self-proclaimed passion for writing and personal finance. He's my new virtual best friend since we have much in common. He makes a lot of pop culture references in his writing. I love it, because now that I've hit that 40 mark, someone's got to keep me in touch with what's going on.

Audra Krell Available on the Kindle

Amazon launched a new feature today and blogs are now able to be published on the Kindle. Go HERE to sign your blog up!

Unfortunately you cannot make your blog available for free. Amazon decides the price, but you do get a small percentage of the subscription fees. Also, the Kindle subscriptions don't show video, so in the future you'll have to go to www.Audrakrell.com to see upcoming videos recorded with my sweet Mother's Day present, the FLip Video HD Camcorder.

To subscribe to my blog on the Kindle click HERE. You get a free 14 day trial and updates delivered wirelessly to your Kindle. At only $1.99, you can't afford not to get it!

Quoted on The Learning Channel (TLC) Blog

Joelle Klein has written a great article on "What Makes a Good Parent" on her Slice of Life TLC blog. She also uses a quote from yours truly, check out #7 in the article and her blog here : http://blogs.discovery.com/tlc_slice_of_life/

 

 

Seth Godin Works for Me

Works_for_me_wednesday Seth Godin is known as the most popular business blogger in the world. He is the author of ten international best sellers and the founder of Squidoo.com.

I have a short list of blogs I read every day, and his is one that I never miss. If you are serious about blogging, serious about community and most of all, serious about being a leader in the real world, Seth’s got some really important things that you need.

In a recent blog post he says this about writing:

If you’re writing a book, for example,  your goal (probably) isn’t to reinvent what it means to be a book. You’re merely trying to reinvent the words and ideas. So when it comes to the jacket and the type, steal relentlessly. Your audience will thank you, because it’s one less thing to process.

I love this, it takes the heat off of me, I don’t have to reinvent the wheel. And I’ve got way too much to process as it is. It frees me to create inside the box, which is often where a lot of really great things happen.

Seth’s newest book was just released and is called Tribes. I’ve got one brand new copy to give away to somebody ready to step up and lead. The World is in dire need of good leaders.

Leave me a comment telling me why you’re the one. Winner decided Monday.

Frugal Friday (Micro blogging)

I just love anything in miniature form. From tiny M&M’s, to someone else’s little doggie, I’m all about the small stuff. And I heard somewhere that it’s all small stuff and that I shouldn’t sweat it.Frugalfriday2756427

My tip today is to be frugal with your blogging.  Micro blogging is talking about what you’re doing in 140 characters or less. I like to use Twitter to micro blog. You can follow the political campaigns (Obama and McCain both Twitter!) and many of your favorite celebrities as well as your friends are on Twitter.

You can follow me here: @AudraKrell. Let me tell you, you won’t want to miss a thing. We had a snake in the house on Saturday night and last night when I came home, my husband was battling a lizard out the door!  It’s a regular zoo around here…..

Here is a great video that explains what Twitter is, in under three minutes.

I Break Things

Tackle_it_tuesday Today I MUST tackle my computer.  Oh the woes I have with this thing!  It’s running on empty and about to blow, and I can’t lose all my writing.

So I have some kind of problem.  My computers only last 6 months, tops.  Trust me I don’t consider them a disposable item, I don’t know what I do wrong. 

I was running some scans and such on it when I read this message: "Read the tutorial to learn how to deal with scan results." 

I’m going to need a tutorial to learn how to deal with scan results?  I think I better skip straight to the 24 hour crisis line and even better, a support group to teach me how to deal with the results.

If anyone has open source ideas on how to make it run better, I’m all ears. Or tricks and tips that have worked for you, I’d love to give them a try.  For now, Erika Jo sang a song that has become my theme song, called "I Break Things."

"You say I’m nothin’ you can’t handle:
You’re tougher than an anvil: well, baby, we’ll see.
I’m like a wreckin’ ball comin’:
You’re better off runnin’ far away from me.
Don’t get me wrong, now, baby, I adore you:
It’s only right that I give you fair warning:

‘Cause I break things: anything I touch,
I just get around an’ then I’m bound to tear ’em up.
Yeah, I make things snap an’ fall apart……

Head over to www.5MinutesforMom.com to see what everyone else is tearing up this week!

Award and Rewards

Brillanteawardthumb2 First the award:  I just received my first blog award from Reneca and Kalisha over at Mommy Lounge. Their blog is a great place to hang out and relax, there’s  something for everyone in the lounge. Thanks ladies, I appreciate your thoughtfulness!

Next, the reward. (Barf alert) Get ready to eat your heart out ladies.  My husband scored 144 on the 1930’s Marital test.  Of course I checked to see if the test was somehow broken and made him retake it several times. But even when I did the scoring, it came up at 144.  There’s nothing I can do but accept a score like that and then partake in the reward! He is truly amazing and very taken!

I am awarding these blogs the Brillante Weblog Premio-2008, check them out, they’re all worth your time!

My good friend Susan over at Seven’s Heaven, she’s mom extraordinaire to five beautiful children.

Her teen daughter Alex has a great blog HERE.

I love Fuschia’s blog over at Living in the Land of Pink.

And Penny Raine, mom to eight, has a great blog at www.PennyRaine.com/blog/

*If you’ve won the award, link back to my site, pick up the button for your blog and share the love with your favorite blogs. Leave a comment letting them know you’ve given them the award and why!*

Going the extra half mile

Tackle_it_tuesday For today’s tackle and throughout this week, I’m going to go an extra half mile at the gym, and add an extra 50 forms to the daily pile of data entry I am doing for the High School.

Actually things are pretty organized and there is nothing huge to tackle around here, for now. I plan to fully enjoy this breather!

My daily word count goals are still being met and I can’t help but feel that because I’m doing what God has called me to do, He is perfectly orchestrating everything else around me.

Life is good and so is He.

Head over to 5 Minutes for Mom to see what everyone is tackling.

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