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[This Week] Make a Decision Today About Your Writing Goals

[This Week] Make a Decision Today About Your Writing Goals

Several years ago I had the great fortune to meet two of the dozen men who walked on the moon: Edgar Mitchell and James Irwin. You couldn’t find two men who were more unlike than those two, save their shared drive and determination.

After their Apollo missions, Mitchell went on to become involved in ESP  and the paranormal while Irwin spent the rest of his life searching for the Ark. I have books signed by both men, which I cherish. But it was Irwin’s inscription to me that had the most impact.  “Nancy”, it said, “Decisions Determine Direction”.

I’ve thought of that phrase often over the years, realizing that each decision I make has a direct bearing on my future. If I decide to write a travel book about San Diego, for example, that will propel me in a specific research direction. My decision will craft my actions.

My question for you today is this: What decision will you make regarding your writing goals? If you decide that writing and indie-publishing a non-fiction book is your goal, what steps (direction) does that require you take?

I love Monday mornings for pondering these big decisions – and ask you what decision you’re going to make about your writing goals today.  And while you’re here, why not leave a comment about your direction?  (thank you!)

[This Week] Updating my Ancestry.com Book

[This Week] Updating my Ancestry.com Book

ancestryThis week at Herb Cottage I’m doing an update of my Ancestry.com book for F&W Media. The book is selling well but Ancestry.com released a couple of major site changes so the book needs updating before the next printing, which will probably be early this fall.

Although I typically write about non-fiction writing and productivity, my first love is family history. I’ve written several genealogy and history books, but this one has been the most successful and the most challenging to keep up with change-wise.

If you don’t hear much from me this week, you’ll know that I’ve hunkered down and am rewriting and editing away!

[This Week] Compile, Organize, Outline

[This Week] Compile, Organize, Outline

Flag_of_Greece.svgThis week at Herb Cottage is all about my ghostwriting project. I have approximately 500 pages of interview transcriptions to finish going through.

Next, I’ll be organizing the material into time periods and topics, then creating my Master Outline. It’s a huge job and I hope the book will be complete by April 1, 2015. (Clue about the book is the image).

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[This Week] A Jumble of Things

[This Week] A Jumble of Things

This week at Herb Cottage is focused around Josie the Cat. She’s started having increased vocalization, salvia herb cottagewhich the vet says can be pain, thyroid, hypertension, etc. She has an appointment tomorrow . . . will know more than.

On the work front, I finished four videos today for my friends over at Family Tree University. Three of them are quick tutorials and the fourth is for a webinar that will be presented on December 18. It was fun putting the videos together – and makes me want to get busy and work on my next Udemy course. If you’re interested in either of my courses, email me using the contact form and I’ll send you a 50% discount coupon.

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