Lighting up the Blog-o-sphere one flicker at a time, 6/28/12

Welcome to my weekly adventure to “Occupy the Blog-o-Sphere” each Thursday. I offer this hopefully uplifting picture and message to brighten your day and bring something buoyant into your life. As you move through your day with a renewed outlook, may you pass it along.

Don’t stop believing. Hold on to that feeling.


You may have noticed that I’m back. That could mean one of several things:

  1. I gave up on the memoir thing. Hey, I’m a Buddhist and should focus on the present, not the past, right?
  2. I decided to forget my past experience being unable to balance writing and blogging and thought that I could suspend the laws of insanity and make it work this time.
  3. I miss you all so much that I finished my book in record time.

If you guessed #3, you’re right! On Tuesday, June 26, I completed a solid draft of my memoir. As of now it is a 30 chapter, 307 page bookWhile there is still a long road ahead of me and my memoir before the reading public will see it, I feel like I have accomplished something monumental. 

When I was around eleven years old, I started writing a romantic novel. In longhand. But I was impatient. I wanted to get to the juicy stuff without setting up the scene, plot, or characters. My novel was about 7 pages long. It wasn’t very good. But I knew from that early age (and told many people throughout my life), “I have a book in me.” 

Since that crappy 7-page novel (the romantic scenes weren’t even that good because I didn’t know anything about boys except what I learned from Bonanza, Get Smart, and Star Trek) I’ve gotten more verbose, more savvy, and found out how to finish what I start.

My impression of boys was that they were overly eager to sprint or liked to imitate apes while smiling at the camera. I wasn’t optimistic about their romantic aptitude. Maybe that’s why my novel only lasted 7 pages.

That’s where my choice of inspirational quotes comes in (you know I would get to it sometime). I never stopped believing that a book was in me and that I would get it out. I held on to that feeling. Now, I’m holding on to a very thick three-ring binder that holds the working draft of my memoir.

Someday you will see my book in a book store (real or virtual). How do I know this? I just can’t stop believing. 

If you want to enjoy a great a Capella group singing Journey’s signature song, click here. But be warned, you’ll be humming or singing this tune all day, much to the possible annoyance of your co-workers, friends, family, and maybe even pets. Of course, you might infect them with the toe-tapping, head-bobbing bug. Wouldn’t that be just perfect?

Click on this link to find out more about joining this cyber-movement to lighten up and brighten up our world so you can decide if you want to be part of it.

~ by Lorna's Voice on June 28, 2012.

15 Responses to “Lighting up the Blog-o-sphere one flicker at a time, 6/28/12”

  1. I’ll go back and check the date. It was so long since I posted anything, I probably got the title messed up! Glad you liked the dancing pooch. s/he makes me smile each time I see those paws wiggle!

  2. hahaha – love that dog dancin’ … hahaha – I was playing a Latin song on my computer and he was dancin’ to it perfectly. What talent ???!!!! lol
    Hey – is it me or does that date say 7/28/2012 at the top ???? I was confused – and it doesn’t take much to confuse me – I thought I lost the month of July.
    Anywho … I like the quote. I’m behind but you are never forgotten. Hey – never stop believing. DREAMS come true to those who keep believing. You can’t be anything but GREAT. You’ve been wishing on that star for too long to give up now. You are way too close. I know you have it. IT – is what you have …..!!!!
    We all needed this quote today. It is easy to get sidelined but these quotes keep us focus.
    GREAT post – Miss Lorna.
    namaste …..

  3. Congrats to you, too! I’m diving into the editing process this week. That means no more blogging for a while. I can’t chew gum and walk at the same time, either! 🙂

  4. You know, I hate Don’t Stop Believing but whenever it’s on I can’t help sing along. Maybe it’s the alcohol that does it, I dunno =/

    Congrats on writing a novel! I wrote my during NaNoWriMo last month I’m just dreading editing it =/ definitely procrastinating!

  5. Of course I knew what you meant, Peg. And how many times have you been Freshly Pressed? I am equally [fill in emotion] of you! 😉

  6. Welcome back! I can’t believe you finished writing a book. I’m so jealous. Strike that, I meant proud! Of course I meant proud.

  7. I’ve been over these chapters many times already as I wrote them, but I know they need to be seen with fresh “reader’s” eyes (versus “writer’s eyes). My main concern is that the theme I selected to hold my story together is woven throughout the book subtly enough not to sound preachy but not so subtle as to get lost in the stories themselves. Balance–that’s what I need to achieve. And that’s not always easy for me, the forever dizzy blonde.

  8. Thanks for the advice, Casey. It’s sitting on my table and I’ve resisted the urge to plunge right in and start reading. You’re right. I need to give myself a break from writing it before I read it. I have a feeling that this will be the fun part–at least I hope so and that I like what I read! 🙂

  9. Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!

  10. Savor the moment of completing your book. Rest a bit and prepare for the next part of the journey which is the making the book as polished as possible. (It’s my favorite part). Congratulations!

  11. Congrats on getting it done. Most people never finish their first book. I’m sure it rocks ’cause you’re that good of a writer. Now comes the hard part. EDITING!!!!!

  12. To me it was more like birthing a baby–only instead of 23.5 hours of labor, it was more like 23.5 YEARS of labor. No post-partum depression yet. Just elation that I can look at the babe with my eyes and not just my imagination. You know how that goes…

    Glad to be back.

  13. Done! I’d love to visit Scotland–just my kind of weather (or so I hear). 🙂

  14. Oooh welcome back and well done you! You are truly inspirational and I’ll stand in line at your book signing – as long as you promise to come to Scotland 😉

  15. You have most certainly lit my sphere. Everyone has a book in them and you managed to get yours out? It sounds, depressingly, like squeezing a pimple. Which for me, since I am an empty vessel, it most certainly would be.

    Congratulations, Lorna. I am in awe of both your patience and diligence.

    Luckily I currently don’t have any sound on my computer: The last thing I need this minute is an ear worm. So, thanks very much for mentioning, and reminding me of, Bonanza. It’s tune more like a tape worm – difficult to get rid off.

    Glad to have you back. Not that you’d really gone.


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