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Super Moon Revelation

Super Moon Revelation

When I tell you that last week was a test of skill, will, and chill…I mean every word of it. Last Monday was the night of the Super Moon. Everyone – that I know, at least – was either ecstatic about its presence or hiding under their covers waiting for it to pass. I happen to be …

NaNoWriMo Check-In

NaNoWriMo Check-In

We are two weeks into the NaNoWriMo challenge. In case you’ve never heard of NaNoWriMo, the premise is to write a 50k word novel in 30 days. This is in honor of November which is National Novel Writing Month (hence, the name NaNoWriMo)! I have participated in this challenge every year since 2008 – sans 2010 and …

Pre-NaNo Pep Talk

Pre-NaNo Pep Talk

Rockstarrs!!! The time is upon us! Tomorrow is the first day of National Novel Writing Month and I, Diamond Cartel, have yet again committed to writing another 50,000-plus word banger in 30 days. Why? Well, because: I’m insane! It keeps my creativity going. I prefer to leave no second of the day untouched. Did I …

Short Story: Gladly (Flashback Friday)

Short Story: Gladly (Flashback Friday)

This story was originally written 8/8/2008. It’s one of my favorite short stories to date. Every Friday you can look forward to a new mini-adventure. For now, here’s a snippet from the past. Gladly ©  Written via Blogger on 8/8/08  By: Diamond Cartel  *This story is inspired by the song “Gladly” by Sy Smith Four …

Not enough…

Not enough…

Two words that paralyze growth. Two words that energize fear. Two words that can make or break your future. The phrase, “not enough…” is usually used in conjunction with an excuse. It’s a means to an end in regards to why you cannot – or, in reality, will not – achieve a goal in your …

You have to do what’s best for you…

You have to do what’s best for you…

… even if you don’t like it! I am learning this principle all over again. Recently, I’ve made the painstaking – and painful – decision to remain in Ohio for another year. I did this because of my newfound life mantra: “If it causes more stress than success, let it go.” The thought of moving …

I’m still here…are you still motivated?!

I’m still here…are you still motivated?!

Hey Rockstars! I want to thank you all once again for following me on my year-long journey Project 365. Now that I have stopped one journey I’m in the throes of beginning another. (That’s soooo me!) Soon I will be utilizing this blog for its intended purpose; to help other writers – from new to experienced and …

Motivational Monday: New Week, New Goals

Motivational Monday: New Week, New Goals

Hey Rockstars and Wrimos! A fresh, new week is upon us. Hopefully you’ve been working diligently towards your goals. Whether it’s your word count, promoting, or planning you should continuously move forward towards your goals. Last week is gone. Congratulate yourself on the strides you’ve made! *round of applause* Now, what’s on the menu for …

Focus Friday: NaNoWriMo ~ Week 1

Focus Friday: NaNoWriMo ~ Week 1

10,150 words! I ROCK! Yes, I am churning out the words on this next novel. Remember in the beginning I said you need to build a word cushion for when “life” happens? Well, it’s only day four and “life” has already happened for me! Yesterday was a luke warm writing day. I usually knock my …