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Tuesday
Feb262008

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?

When people learn I have a husband, four kids, work about 48-60 hours per week as a registered nurse; and on top of that just received a contract from The Wild Rose Press for my first book, they often ask: "Where do you get your motivation?"

This question surprises me. Even as a child, if I wanted something, I went after it. I wanted to be published in romance fiction. So I went after my dream. After I'd written my first book in complete ignorance and received several rejections, I started doing some research. What had I done wrong? How can I make this better? That first book is still on my shelf, but I knew I could do better.

Keep your dream alive. Do whatever it takes to make it happen. Because, ultimately YOU are the only person who can make your dreams come true. No editor was going to knock on my front door to look for me. I had to do my homework. I read a lot on what novels were selling, which agents and publishing houses would be interested in what I write, about passive versus active voice, three dimensional characters, and became involved with a couple of different critique groups.

Writing is WORK!!! Hard WORK! You pour yourself into each page you type. Some days, you may only write a paragraph. Others, ten or twenty pages. But it is your willingness to write and put yourself out there by submitting your work which is key.

Use whatever works! My positive affirmation is, "OPTIMISM IS LIFE CHANGING!!" This has certainly been true for me. I kept myself motivated by my belief that I'd someday be published. I continue to write, working on my next novel. I have an idea for a sequel to my fireman book, and plotted a feminine spy series in the January Plotting Boot Camp Class I recently took. I WANT to succeed and continue to be successful!

How about you? What keeps you motivated?

Monday
Feb252008

DIABETES MONDAY~FACT #4


I'm running late with my post today! Sorry, but my husband dragged me out of the house and we didn't get home until late. Then with dinner, homework, and checking emails, I've been way behind.

I wanted to share what diabetic neuropathy is with all of you. As you may already know, nerves run throughout our entire body. When your sugars are not properly controlled, damage to those nerves occurs. This causes severe pain. The pain may be localized to one area of your body, or you may have it more wide spread.

Unfortunately, there is no pain pill for nerve pain. There are some drugs on the market that can help ease the discomfort, but it is sort of hit and miss. Neurontin comes to mind. It is an analgesic adjunct (fancy name for something used in combination with other drugs to treat pain). But, as with most prescription drugs, there are side effects such as confusion, drowsiness, dizziness.

Very depressing, huh? What can you do to help raise money for a cure? One thing you can do is go to http://www.brendanovak.com/. She is having an online auction to help raise money for diabetes research during the entire month of May.

Below I've posted some pictures of postage stamps that I happened to run across while helping my daughter with her homework. Enjoy!

Friday
Feb222008

WHAT DO YOUR CHARACTERS LOOK LIKE?


Do you have this character spinning around in your head? How do you get him or her down on paper? Characterization worksheets help, but I'm a visual learner. I need to have that reminder of what this person looks like. I know a lot of authors will make collages of their wips, complete with pictures of their H/H. I save mine to my desk top or my myspace page.

If you've stopped by my myspace lately, you will see the guy above. I'm at: myspace.com/kathleengail789 This is exactly how I envision Fireman Jett Avery, complete with his dark hair mussed and the fire raging in the background.

But what about my heroine, ER nurse Roxanne Carter? From the beginning when the opening scene of Dating 911 kept me sleep deprived until I finally typed it out on my computer, I saw actress Meagan Fox. She is the nurse in my story.

To read an unedited excerpt, you can go to my myspace page and read chapter one of Dating 911.

How about you? What do you do to keep focused on your characters?

Thursday
Feb212008

BE SMART....THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A DUMB QUESTION!!

Most people are familiar with the saying, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A DUMB QUESTION. If not, you're hearing it now. Let me tell you all why asking questions is important.

When you or your family member come into the hospital because of an illness, you need to be informed. Even if you've been a patient for countless times, things change every day. As a nurse, it is my job to be your advocate. I try to give an overview of the plan for my shift, but working in ICU, sometimes a patients condition changes dramatically. When they crash or are whisked off for emergent surgery, family members are undersandably distraught. It is very easy to forget important information the health team has given you.

Patients and families get told so much information, they are overwhelmed by everything. They forget what questions they wanted to ask me or the doctor handling their case. I encourage them to write things down just because there is so much to remember.

Communication is key to a great relationship between yourselves and your doctors and nurses. If you are not sure about something ask me. I often hear, "Oh, I didn't want to bother you." You are NOT bothering me! I'm am here for you. I can't relieve your pain or let the doctor know the pain medication I've given isn't working, if you don't inform me of how you are doing. And most important, don't tell me you're "fine" when you aren't. Every little change can be important. Even if you think it isn't.

Years ago I had a patient admitted with chest pain. He was in his forties and on a nitroglycerin drip through his IV to relieve his pain and keep his blood pressure down. Because of his strong family history of heart disease, several members in his family had undergone heart attacks; some requiring open heart surgery. Every time I came into his room to assess him, he told me he was okay and denied having chest pain. I actually weaned off his nitro drip because he denied pain.

I gave report in the morning to the day shift nurse and when I came back to work the next night, I learned he'd been whisked off for emergent open heart surgery. I was shocked! I asked the day nurse what had changed. He'd been so stable. She'd told me that during one of her assessments, he'd confessed to having had a "mild twinge all night long". He compared it to having a "twig sitting on his chest", but because his family members had told him when they'd had their heart attacks the pain had been like a train running over their chests, he didn't think he was experiencing the same thing. Had I known, I would have informed the doctor immediately and not have turned off the medication that was supposed to help him.

Another important thing to know. Don't let me come into your room and tell you to take a medication just because I give you a pill. Ask me what the pill is for. What effect will it have on your body and why you need to take it. I'll be happy to tell you all you need to know. I want you to be comfortable with the care you receive while you're in the hospital.

I hope to meet you in at Starbucks or Barnes and Noble. But if we happen to meet in my hospital talk to me and let me know how you are. I'll do my best to make your stay as pleasant as possible.

Wednesday
Feb202008

WRITER'S BLOCK?  HUH?

The other day I was in my favorite store, Barnes and Noble. I checked the shelves for my favorite authors and saw all the new books out. I snatched up a couple to stick in my TBR pile and thought, "I wonder how they continue to come up with all these great ideas?" Have they suffered from writers block during their long careers?

What is Writer's Block? Is it an inability to write? Or is something blocking the flow of an author's creativity? Like a virus. As a relatively new writer I haven't experienced this, yet. I often wonder what will happen if I do get blockitis.

What does a person do to combat the problem? How do you get the words flowing into a nice cohesive wave? It wouldn't be like having a headache and popping a tylenol, waiting for the pain to subside.

Kind of scary, really when you think about it. If you love writing and couldn't get a story out, what would you do? Power down your computer? Wait the virus out?

If any of you have any tips, feel free to comment. Who knows, your words of wisdom may help another in need!

Don't forget to go to www.BrendaNovak.com to see the list of donated items for her auction coming this May!