“…break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” — John Muir

7 Crack Canyon

Photo by Mark H. Rowland

Happy Spring!

“‎Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth

find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”

~Rachel Carson


Source: Monday Mini Cozy – Murder on the Horizon by M L Rowland

Lessons Learned in Life

Go for the Gusto!

Imagine what we could do if we all attacked the world’s problems with this much gusto as this wolf.

Get ready!

Get set!

GO make the world a better place!

(Thanks, Project Alpha Wolf, for the quote and the photo!)

For 2016

Afternoon Light 3Pray for peace.

Act with kindness.

Be fearless and relentless in your fight for what is just and good.

Look back with forgiveness and understanding.

Look forward with faith and hope.

And never NEVER stop learning, growing or dreaming big!

Happy New Year!

In the doldrums because your latest book (or poem or screenplay or article or play or essay) has been rejected by a publisher (or editor or agent or production company or magazine)?

Remember this: you’re keeping company with Dr. Seuss.

Yep. That Dr. Seuss.

According to this great blog, One Hundred Famous Rejections: “Who could reject Dr. Seuss?” it turns out, lots of people.

During his lifetime, Dr. Seuss won two Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, and a Peabody Award.

He sold over two million books including some of his most popular: “The Cat In The Hat,” “The Sneetches,” “Green Eggs & Ham,” “Oh, The Places You’ll Go,” and “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

His first book, “And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street,” was rejected 27 times before it was finally accepted.

One of his most famous rejection letter excerpts read: ‘This is too different from other juveniles on the market to warrant its selling.’”

Who else’s work was rejected at some time or another?

According to this same blog: F. Scott Fitzgerald. J.K. Rowling. John Grisham. Beatrix Potter. Ernest Hemingway. Ray Bradbury. And a lot more writers whose names you would recognize.

So next time you’re singing the rejection blues, remember you’re in truly GREAT company.
Maybe that’ll give you a little hope.
And drive.
Then momentum.
On to success!
Keep writing!

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