Thankful Thursday

It’s a season of contrasts and surprises. We said goodbye to dear friends who moved far away. The kids are growing fast, and things are changing fast. The kids are reaching big milestones, and I’ve never felt more like I’m walking a tightrope without a net. (The launch to adulthood is scary, but when I get glimpses of the adults they are becoming, it’s exhilarating—and still scary.) And then there’s the usual stuff: unexpected repair bills, scheduling challenges, general busyness.

So today I am thankful for…

  • Friends who pray for me and remind me of the truth on the days I forget
  • A husband who makes me laugh every day
  • Reminders like this:

Suffering for the Christian is neither the result of God’s punishment nor a sign of his rejection. The word discipline is used to indicate training, growth, improvement, advancement. It is for our good, an essential part of the continual redirection of our hearts away from our own me-first path and back onto God’s you-first path. Those who have been born anew into Christ’s kingdom must take up their crosses and die daily to their me-first hearts, following the one who took up his cross and “learned obedience through what he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8, see also Luke 9:23-25, Hebrew 2:10, Philippians 2:8).

We must endure—and by grace we can and will endure—whatever means God may choose in order to do us good through discipline. Part of the wonder of our salvation is that for each of us there is a unique and foreordained plan (the farthest possible thing from a series of random or pointless circumstances) by which God is committed to seeing us live a cross-shaped life (Hebrews12:3-7a). [1]

What are you thankful for?

[1] Jimmy Davis, Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life, p 101.

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Character Development Tip

Character Development Tip


After finishing the last novel I read, I had an epiphany on character development, that has probably been said a million times before in different medias, but is new to me so I thought I’d share.

 When picking a characters traits, think of something that would both hindering and helpful in life.

Sounds simple right? Well it probably is, and probably would have helped in my own character development in the past had I thought of it.

Here’s a very obvious example, though there could be a million (just look at your friends and family):

Completely obsessed with appearance: 

The Bad: Critiques everyone’s fashion sense or personal commitment to looks. 

The Good: Murder mystery? This is the character that would notice that it was Jane’s diamond earring found at the scene, because she would have noticed that kind of thing.

Chick-lit? This is the character who would have the best makeup selection in a pinch. Who else would you call on to tell you if the outfit you chose for that important is right for the venue?

Just happened to be watching a show with this character type in it, so thought I’d use it for the example. Next time you catch a movie or a show pick the characters apart – where have their negative traits worked for a positive outcome, where have their positive traits not worked out so well?

It’s not always as obvious with Main Characters as they tend to be focus on the good side only, but watch the side characters.  The nosy neighbor who winds up nosing his way into calling 911 when abusive sounds erupt from the household. The unfriendly neighbor who doesn’t pay attention when the MC drags a body out of the house. The friend who fills you in on all of the town’s gossip, but sadly loosens her lips about you to everyone else.  There are so many catches and hitches that could develop from these tactics.


This is a great writing prompt if you’re feeling stuck.  Pick a character and write a scene with both the positive and negative effects that trait could unravel.


Write On!






Commas are Not "Pauses"…not "Pauses" at All

About a hundred and fifty years ago, a reader sent me a link to this useful site, which lists–and I quote–“50+ Open Courseware Writing Classes from the World’s Leading Universities.” If you want to learn how to write essays, stories, poetry, plays, terribly boring business documents, even more terribly boring scientific articles, or blogs that do not insult their readers in every other paragraph and go off into pointless rants about comma splices, this site is for you. If you do not want to learn any of the above, I am not sure why you are reading these words. Go away.

I am still not Officially on My Break and am, in fact, supposed to be marking twenty exams right now, so I shall still not be returning to my regular scheduled railing quite yet. I realise that it has been a long, long time since I claimed I was going to deal with the narrative mode. I am a bad person. I deserve to have to mark twenty exams. I also deserve to have lost at Scrabble to a man who got a bingo* with the word “mariner.” He always gets a bingo with the word “mariner.” How does he? Why can’t I? Why do I always end up with two “v”s, four “i”s, and a “u”?** Is “ivuivii” a word? (“Aalii” is. Use this information well, my friends.)

At any rate…it may be time for another Grammar Moment. It may especially be time for another Grammar Moment because the bleak and sordid fact of the matter is that I have never actually had a real comma-splice rant in this blog. Oh, I mention comma splices in passing occasionally, but I haven’t explained what a comma splice is and why the very thought of it makes me try to gouge my own eyes out with my teeth.

I shall deal with commas in general, then work my way up to the comma splice and, incidentally, into a righteous fury.

Here we go:

I have already explained–here–the extraordinarily simple but almost universally ignored fact that a comma is not “a pause” and a semi-colon is not “a longer pause.” Punctuation marks, believe it or not, have particular functions. If they didn’t, I would not scream and punch my desk when confronted with something like:

He was; a good student who, liked to finish! his work. On time…

If you use a comma, it had better be in your sentence for a reason. Otherwise, I shall have to hunt you down and personally terrify you into learning the punctuation rules.

Let’s start with a basic sentence:

John laughs.

Only someone with the grammatical sense of a lemming would write this sentence as follows:

John, laughs.

Why? You don’t separate the subject from the verb with a freaking comma…that’s why. There’s no need to do so. The subject and the verb are connected. A comma between them implies that they need to be separated for some reason.

At any rate, I know that you are right now staring in bafflement at this sentence and thinking, “Why is Kem explaining such a simple rule? Has she finally lost it? Has the marking destroyed her sense of proportion? If she goes mad and jumps into a ravine, can I have her piano?”

I am explaining “such a simple rule” because people break it all the time. They may not do so in sentences as tiny as the one above, but I cannot get through a batch of marking without encountering a shudder-inducing construction such as:

In Beowulf, the title character is a hero because he, is able to expel the monsters from Heorot.

Gosh…the sentence is longer than “John laughs”! It must need more commas! Let’s stick ’em any old where!

The whole separating-the-subject-from-the-verb-with-a-comma thing baffles me. Even the erroneous “pause” rule doesn’t work here; who besides William Shatner would pause between “he” and “is”? For crying out loud, people: common sense does quite frequently work fairly well with regards to punctuation. By the way, that sentence would also not work with a comma following “In,” “the,” “title,” “character,” “is,” “a”,” “hero,” “because,” “is,” “able,” “to,” “expel,” “the,” “monsters,” or “from.” Commas are not the chocolate sprinkles of written language.

Someone else might write the Beowulf sentence above as follows:

In Beowulf the title character is a hero because he is able to expel the monsters from Heorot.

In informal writing, the comma that follows an introductory word or phrase is sometimes optional. In formal writing, it isn’t. The comma after “Beowulf” fulfils a certain function: it separates the initial modifier (“In Beowulf“) from the clause (“the title character is a hero”) that follows it. Leaving out the initial comma can sometimes lead to confusion. For instance, in the sentence:

Once we had finished sorting out the quilts our cousins made us cookies.

the reader may experience a short period of bafflement while trying to figure out whether the cousins had made the quilts or the cookies. Sure, the meaning does eventually become clear, but in that moment of bewilderment, the reader’s concentration is broken. A comma after “quilts” saves her a headache and a small amount of despair.

Another common comma problem arises in the following two examples:

Bob was an excellent ninja assassin, and Rosemary had taught him everything he knew.

Bob was an excellent ninja assassin and had learned everything he knew from Rosemary.

Many writers would leave out the comma in the first sentence and add one after “assassin” in the second. I would then grow to monstrous size and stomp on their heads.**

Two simple rules:

1) If you have two complete clauses joined with a coordinating conjunction, a comma must appear before the conjunction.

2) If you have two phrases joined with a coordinating conjunction, leave the comma out or risk Kem’s wrath.

Think of it this way: “Bob was an excellent ninja assassin” can be a complete sentence, as can, “Rosemary had taught him everything he knew.” They may be joined with a semi-colon or a comma and coordinating conjunction; alternately, you can leave them as two complete sentences. However, “had learned everything he knew from Rosemary” cannot be a complete sentence.*** The “and” there is actually joining “was an excellent ninja assassin” (a phrase) with “had learned everything he knew from Rosemary” (another phrase). There are two sentences in here, but they are, “Bob was an excellent ninja assassin,” and, “Bob had learned everything he knew from Rosemary.” Because you omit the second “Bob,” you are squishing phrases, not clauses, together, and you can (nay…you must) leave out the damned comma.

A major function of the comma is as an indicator of parenthetical words or phrases: i.e., bits of a sentence that don’t actually have to be there for the sentence to make sense. Some examples:

The gilded baseball bat, which was falling to pieces, was probably not going to last much longer as a trophy.

Claire, my sister, is completely insane.

The boy slid down the roof, his fingers scrabbling vainly for purchase.****

It was, however, not a good day to die.

The commas clarify the functions of the parenthetical constructions. The parenthetical pair of commas also, by the way, allows you to separate the subject from the verb…but with two commas (with words in between ’em), not one.

If you write, “It was however not a good day to die,” I shall metaphorically flay you.

There are many other tiny comma rules, but these ones will do to go on with. One more huge one remains. It is time, ladies and gentlemen, to discuss my least favourite error:

The Comma Splice.

O comma splice, how I hate thee. How I wish published authors hated thee too. When I am reading happily along in a book by J. K. Rowling or Terry Pratchett, both of whom should really know better, and you suddenly rear your hideous head, I feel like retiring to a corner to weep. Why do people love you so? Why do they not realise that you are promoting terrible laziness? What is wrong with everyone?

A comma splice occurs when a writer joins two independent clauses with a comma. An example might be:

The evil overlord was at the end of his tether, he was tired of destroying planets and wanted to write a novel.

“The evil overlord was at the end of his tether” is a sentence. “He was tired of destroying planets and wanted to write a novel” is a sentence. Together, joined only by a comma, they are still two freaking bloody sentences.

Stop using comma splices! Stop it now! There are so many perfectly legitimate ways to join independent clauses that you have no excuses for your lazy rule-flaunting. Write the sentence like this:

The evil overlord was at the end of his tether; he was tired of destroying planets and wanted to write a novel.

…or this:

The evil overlord was at the end of his tether, for he was tired of destroying planets and wanted to write a novel.

…or this:

The evil overlord was at the end of his tether. He was tired of destroying planets and wanted to write a novel.

Look at all the options. Look at them just sitting there, waiting for you. Pick one, damn it. Don’t abuse the poor comma.

Another capacity in which I sometimes see comma splices is in the introduction of quotations into a paragraph. Students get all frightened***** when I jump up and down and scream about the need for them to incorporate quotations into sentences of their own. They end up “incorporating” the quotations as follows:

In King Lear, Edmund is motivated to revenge by his own illegitimacy, “Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land. / Our father’s love is to the bastard Edmund, / As to th‘ legitimate” (1.2.16-18).

Dear fictional student…you are not incorporating the bloody quotation by sticking it onto the end of your sentence by means of an illegal comma. You may as well just be plunking it down into the middle of the paragraph without explanation; you’re really doing the same thing here. The only difference is that you’ve substituted a comma for a period. Make the quotation part of your actual sentence, please. You haven’t even realised that the quotation you have chosen is not really appropriate to your point. If you had actually made an effort and incorporated the quotation properly, you could not have failed to notice. Try:

In King Lear, Edmund’s observation that his “father’s love is to the bastard Edmund, / As to th‘ legitimate” (1.2.17-18) spurs his attempt to rise above both “Legitimate Edgar” (1.2.16) and the father whose fault his illegitimacy is.

There: the quotations have actively become part of your argument, and the monstrous comma splice is gone forever. The Forces of Half-Decent Writing have Prevailed.

That’s enough about commas for now. I shall leave you with some Filthy Plagiarism:******

composition on hold your blue gold

…the hell? I don’t even know what this moron means. I hope he accidentally bites a hole in his tongue.

write a paragraph describing your best friend

example of paragraph describing your best friend

How many times do I have to say this? It’s your best friend. Sit the hell down and describe her, you putrefying rat corpse.

writing an essay describing plot eternal present

The Eternal Present seems to be a film. Perhaps you could go and watch it, then describe its plot. Just a suggestion.

narrative paragraph on making a sandwich

Are there really that many people out there who are incapable of describing how to make a friggin‘ sandwich? Dude: make a sandwich, then write about it. You can eat the sandwich afterwards if you like. If you steal the description off the Internet, you don’t get to eat the sandwich.

essay writing on fame

I’ll give you fame, you pustule. I’ll make you famous for being a cheating piece of slime. HEY, TEACHERS WHO HAVE SET TOPICS ON “FAME”: AT LEAST ONE OF YOUR STUDENTS IS CHEATING! NAIL THE LITTLE FREAK!

essay writing about different ways a person is “smart”

It is understandable that you would need to “cheat” on this “topic,” as you are clearly not “familiar” with the whole “smart” thing.

write an essay on fault is within me not in the world

You are an essay on fault is within me not in the world.

paragraph writing about if i were batman for a day

I am still completely incapable of understanding why anyone assigned an essay or paragraph on Batman would not want to write it. Admittedly, I do enjoy the opportunity to imagine what Batman would do to someone he caught stealing an essay about him.*******

My brain is bleeding, and I need to go to bed. I’ll be back when I’ve finished marking and thus honed my bitterness to a fine point.

*A “bingo” is what you get in Scrabble when you use all seven of your letters and earn a fifty-point bonus. It is not what I get in Scrabble when I use all seven of my letters and earn a fifty-point bonus, since I never actually manage to do that. A “scream of frustration” is what you get in Scrabble when you can’t come up with a bingo and continually lose to someone who keeps spelling bloody “mariner.”
**Just like Dr. Horrible, though admittedly, he only gets to do it in a wish-fulfilment musical number.
***…no matter how sincerely you wish it could.
This sentence is pretty clumsy (you want to get the modifier as close to the subject as possible); the problem is that “The boy, his fingers scrabbling vainly for purchase, slid down the roof” is also clumsy in a different way.
*****I can’t imagine why.
******New readers: the Filthy Plagiarists’ Roll of Dishonour records Google searches done by idiots who stumble upon this site while searching for material to steal.
*******It would involve batarangs and the words, “Fear me.”

The Greetery – Coming Up Roses

Good morning, everyone! Thank you so much for your kind comments yesterday! We’re very happy and excited and it’s very sweet of all of you to join in our happiness.

Now let’s get to something else that makes me very happy…the new release from The Greetery! I have a few more projects to share today featuring this month’s Love Letters collection. Let’s jump right in!

These first two projects show a couple of ways to use the new Sketchbook Roses stamp set. It’s gorgeous as a monochromatic background, as a colorful focal point, or even colored with your favorite medium.


For this first card, I began by first stamping onto Kraft cardstock with Kraft ink. I used the layering stamps to add color to the blooms and leaves before heat embossing over the original Kraft stamping with white powder. The result reminds me of vintage textiles and I love it!


Next, I die cut a vellum layer using the new Postal Frames die. I heat embossed it with part of a sentiment from the Sketchbook Roses and finished with a die cut sentiment, the new Let’s Have A Word: Beautiful.


I kept things simple by adhering the vellum layer over the floral card base, hiding the adhesive under the die cut greeting. I’m totally digging all of those pops of crisp white against the earthy Kraft.

On my second project, I used the Sketchbook Roses set to create an elegant monochromatic background.


I actually started this project by using the BotaniCuts Rose to create a pretty felt headband. I cut the pieces and layered them according to the layering guide that Betsy put together. The floral parts, I kept as one layer, but I doubled up the leaves to make them a little more stable. I hot glued everything to an elastic band and layered a basic circle on the back to hide all of the unfinished edges.


To create the card, I die cut the largest Postal Frames shape from a piece of aqua cardstock as well as a piece of thick tag stock (for stability). I stamped the aqua layer with the floral background and attached it to the thicker layer. Then, I added a sentiment from the Written In Ribbons set along with a small companion sentiment from the new Sentiment Suite: Love set. Then, I just wrapped the headband around it a couple of times for gift giving. Easy and cute packaging!

Lastly today, I have another card featuring Written In Ribbons and Sentiment Suite: Love.


Written In Ribbons might be one of my favorite sentiment sets in a long time. The size of the greetings is super generous, making them wonderful focal points. Plus, the optional two-tone effect adds such a lovely, unique detail (you can stamp the sentiments without them if that’s your preference on a particular project).


For this card, I created a frame using the Postal Frames and an oval die cut. I stamped the frame with the Windowpane Plaid Background. Next, I sponged a background onto a white card base and adhered the frame in place with foam tape.


Next, I stamped the Written In Ribbons sentiment and heat embossed the Sentiment Suite greeting onto a strip of yellow cardstock. I also stamped a handful of flowers and foliage from the Signed & Sealed With A Kiss set. I tucked the greenery under the frame and then adhered the sentiment in place. A few clear sequins finished things off nicely.

That’s all I have to share with you today. I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects this month!

Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $50 gift card to The Greetery’s website. Also, make sure to check in on the other ladies to see even more gorgeous projects:

Kay Miller
Laurie Willison
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Keeway Tsao
Angelica Conrad
Kelly Lunceford
Norine Borys
Caly Person

Enjoy shopping tomorrow and I’ll see you again soon! Have a great day!

Hello, Beautiful Card
Just For You Card & Felt Rose Headband
Hello Card

Wendy’s and Dave Thomas’ Images of Waiting Children

We love the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. They do a lot of great work encouraging people to adopt kids from foster care–among the most notable achievements are the federal tax breaks Dave successfully advocated for in the 90s and of course Wendy’s fast food restaurant which dedicates a percentage of its profits to adoption.  
I remember growing up knowing that Wendy’s was special because Wendy was adopted and it was a positive thing. (I didn’t realize that Dave was the adopted one and the daughter he named the restaurant after was his biological child–probably because I wanted so badly to know another adopted daughter and therefore chose to believe she was a fellow adoptee. She also had crazy hair.) 
These days I don’t spend time gazing out the window of my parents’ car looking for Wendy’s restaurants. But I do get e-mails from the Dave Thomas Foundation. I appreciate all the work they do, but I have to say that sometimes I feel uneasy about the images of waiting children they use in promotions. 
Maybe because the images could play into that old “rescue the child” attitude. The pictured kids are often alone, gazing upward, as if waiting to be picked up. 
You want to reach into the poster and hold the kid.
Which is the point.
But yet there’s more to it. Yes, you are helping a child when you foster or adopt, but if you start with a “missionary” mindset and expect the child to be ever grateful and good because you saved them from certain squalor, the child is probably going to experience feelings of anger and resentment at some point. It’s demoralizing to be thought of as a charity case.

Images, in advertising especially, tend not to invite complexity. They activate viewers’ emotions much faster than words do. This probably has something to do with the right brain/left brain thing that a linguist or psychologist would know more about than me. What bothers me is that the emotion these images evoke is a troubling one: pity.

Don’t simply pity the poor orphan. Too easy. From what I’ve seen, that attitude reduces the situation and can lead to unrealistic expectations. Respect the child as a full person who probably won’t think of you as a savior and be okay with that. Do step into adoption or foster care, but do it with recognition of the child’s hurts and struggles and have an openness to learn from the child. Adoption isn’t a rescue mission–it’s a paradox of torn flowers.

Law questions and answers in 2017

What’s a limited liability company?

A limited liability company is just another term to get a corporation. Effectively, it refers to the fact that the entrepreneur starting the company is protected from personal liability when the corporattion is sued by someone.

Mississauga Real Estate Lawyer

What exactly is a limited liability company?

It is one kind of a small business thing that entrepreneurs can select when they start their businesses. A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a hybrid of a limited liability business along with a partnership. It truly is not an incorporated business. But the owners are protected from personal liability. At the exact same time, the owners can benefit from favourable tax treatment that typically applies to partnerships. By way of example, the LLC is treated as a partnership for tax purposes. So the owners can get the company’ income “flow through” the business and be taxed once.

Who is able to set up an expert corporation?

In the U.S., many of these professionals are also permitted to establish professional corporations.

Do I’ve to give my company a name?

In Canada, naming a business isn’t required. Once you register your business and submit all of the forms, the registrar can give you a temporary default name such “12345 Ontario Inc.”.

Exactly what are articles of incorporation?

Articles of Incorporation is a form that when incorporating a business, one has to fill. This form is appropriate in Canada. They contain name of the organization, the state where the registration takes place, any categories and number of shares the organization can issue, any limitations of transfer of shares, any restrictions on the business the corporation can carry out, and processes for meetings of managers.

Do you know the benefits of incorporating my business?

The key good thing about incorporating your business is personal protection from losses that are unlimited. If money is lost by your organization or is being sues, you don’t need to be liable. Your personal assets remain protected if you don’t select to transfer them into your organization.

What is shareholder agreement?

It truly is an arrangement entered into by several stockholders. This arrangement is often entered into when problems related to transfer of shares, issuance of shares, and business management need to be concluded. It’s called unanimous shareholder agreement if the agreement is entered into by all shareholders.

How do I choose a name for my business?

Selecting a business name is something that requires great business sense, imagination and careful research. You’ve got the liberty to select whatever name you prefer so long as it satisfies with specific limitations. Normally, you cannot pick a name that continues to be registered and that already exists. You must run a business name search in just a specific state/province. Government sites frequently offer this service to get a modest charge. A name cannot be deceptive or confusing.

從EndNote X1直接online search台大圖書館西文館藏

EndNote 也可以是線上檢索工具,可以直接檢索台大圖書館的西文館藏。



  1. 開啟EndNote X1。
  2. 在EndNote主選單選取開啟Connection Managers
    Edit > Connmection Files > Open Connection Managers

  3. 在EndNote Connection Files視窗中,選取編修標的
    台大圖書館建議以Michigan State Univ.為編修標的,因為兩校的館藏目錄系統一樣都是Innopac。
    依字母順序找到Michigan St U,點選 Michigan St U,然後點選Edit,進行編修。
    Michigan St U > Edit
  4. EndNote開啟Michigan St U的Connection Files編修視窗,請先另存新檔。
    點選主選單的File功能,然後 Save As另存新檔。
    File > Save As

  5. EndNote自動開啟Connection 的資料夾,請輸入檔名,如:National Taiwan Univ或Natl Taiwan U等,可以明確辨識台大的英文檔名。 請勿變更預設的Connection目錄/資料夾。
    輸入檔名:National Taiwan Univ

  6. EndNote自動開啟National Taiwan Univ的Connection編修視窗,名稱均已變更為 National Taiwan Univ。
    請點選左欄的【Connection Settings】,以便設定台大的伺服器。

  7. 設定台大的伺服器
    【Connection Settings】只需要修改伺服器和伺服器IP,所以只要修改如下圖中的兩個欄位,其他都維持不變。
    Server: National Taiwan Univ
    Server Address: (千萬不要KEY錯囉!)
  8. 設定完成。
    按右上角的黑X,關閉設定功能,回到EndNote library。
Online Search台大西文館藏
  1. 由EndNote主選單的Online Search設定搜尋台大館藏
    Tools > Online Search > New Search

  2. 依字順由Connection Files中選取剛命名的National Taiwan Univ。
    點選National Taiwan Univ> Choose

  3. 回到EndNote library在主選單的Tools下點選Online Search,EndNote 已將剛才選定National Taiwan Univ加到選單上了,快快選取。
    Tools > Online Search > National Taiwan Univ

  4. 開始搜尋台大館藏 。
    在Online Search視窗的【Search For:】下方的文字框中輸入關鍵字, 然後指定搜尋欄位,點選Search,EndNote開始去搜尋館藏。如果您輸入的關鍵字是很general的(如:management,欄位選Any Field),您可能要等很久,所以請儘量用精確的關鍵字進行搜尋。

    搜尋欄位中的Keywords不是書名關鍵字,而是標題。台大圖書館用的是美國國會圖書館的標題表,例如有關論文寫作的書,可以輸入Technical writing找到,其中書名不見得出現writing這個字,如:The craft of research,是提高館藏搜尋品質的好方法,推薦大家使用。
  5. Confirm Online Search視窗,是EndNote搜尋結果統計,報導共搜尋到多少筆參考文獻,點選OK,檢視搜尋結果。

  6. EndNote將搜尋結果依序條列,其中以亂碼顯示的參考文獻是EndNote無法判讀的中文館藏,因為中文館藏非Unicode 編碼,無法成功匯入。

  7. Online Search List只是暫存,必須將符合需求的參考文獻匯入EndNote library中。
    由【Copy Select to】指定欲匯入的Endnote library,已開啟的library會列出來,也可以New Library新建一個新的library,或以Choose Library到硬碟選取早先建的library。

The Subconscious is Awesome

Did you know? Apparently, your subconscious mind is 30,000 times more powerful than your conscious mind.

I’ve been doing a lot of non-fiction reading in the past few months. I wanted to read more personal development books, books on successful entrepreneurship, books on living a life of purpose, books on growth, positive mindset and so on. In my reading, I stumbled upon some concepts around harnessing the power of the subconscious mind. These concepts are not new, in fact they’ve existed since the beginning of time, but I was reading them this time, with the intention to apply these principles to my life, especially when it comes to setting my big goals and putting things in place to achieve them. I’ve also learned about the power of my thoughts. Thoughts create things. What you think about will determine your actions, and your actions will bring you the results you’ve created.
There is no special technique to activate your subconscious mind if you have a clear goal and a burning desire to achieve the goal. The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.
I was reminded of this phenomenon just this morning. A few days ago, I was chatting with a friend who wants to write a novel. We’ve worked together in the past, and we enjoyed writing our blog series together, so she was thinking about taking the character (Funmi) and writing her complete story. Whilst we were chatting, I mentioned that I needed to start writing Temmy’s story too. I decided that I will finish working on the Creative Writing Course in December, and I’ll restart my 100-Day Novel Writing Challenge in January, which is the time-frame I’ll use to complete the novel, at least the first or second draft. She said it was a good idea, and she would think about joining me in the 100 day challenge so that we can motivate each other.
After the discussion with my friend, I made a note of my schedule for the next few months, and moved on to do other things. And then something interesting happened. Last night, I had a dream about Temmy’s story, specifically her love interest, and the first chapter of their story. A very detailed, vivid dream. It was like wow! While I was doing other things during the day, my subconscious mind had gone to work, putting some ideas together, and while I was sleeping, the ideas just came to me, almost ready to go.
I’m sure a lot of writers can relate to this. Sometimes, ideas just “come” to you when you’re least expecting them; perhaps when you’re in the shower, when you’re about to fall asleep, when you’re doing the dishes. Sometimes, you’ve been sweating over a particularly knotty bit of your story for days or weeks with no success, but when you step away from it and take a break to focus on something else, suddenly you see a way out. I think that’s your subconscious doing its work in the background, solving your dilemma and giving you a solution.
Well, for me, this is great! I’m excited about writing this next book now, and I can’t wait to start putting my ideas together. I’m also going to continue working on harnessing the power of my subconscious mind, so that I can have more exciting breakthroughs like this. That would be awesome, wouldn’t it?
Have you ever had a similar experience? Do you engage your subconscious mind to help you with making decisions or tackling a problem? Let me know!
As always, stay blessed and favoured!
Tolulope Popoola