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If Tomorrow Never Comes

In the words of Benjamin Franklin, never leave off for tomorrow that which you can do today.

Why do we put things off? Fear of failure? Of Rejection? Of Pain?

hanging out with friends
hanging out with friends

We have to make our own mistakes, we have to learn our own lessons.

We have to sweep today’s possibilities under tomorrow’s rug until we can’t anymore. Until we finally understand what Ben Franklin meant – that knowing is better than wondering, that waking is better than sleeping, and that even the biggest failure and the most mistakes beats the hell out of never trying.

It’s one of my biggest faults – procrastination. Why write that next chapter in the book when I have laundry to do, or the house to clean? I could watch a little TV, maybe go work out in the gym. But that chapter is still waiting for me to sit down and write it.

My solution is to find friends who will hold me accountable. Call me or text me every day and ask me how many pages I wrote yesterday. They keep me on track.

Do you put things off?

A Writers Rendezvous

I spent last Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Idaho Writers Rendezvous. This amazing 3-day conference happens right here in Boise every May, and is open to all writers and aspiring writers.

I felt especially blessed and honored to meet one of my favorite authors, Katherine Neville, and have the opportunity to share lunch with her and get to know this talented person. Katherine is author of The Eight, a novel which is published in over 40 languages and has sold over 10 million copies! I’m getting ready to read The Fire, her sequel to The Eight.

Sherry and Katherine Neville
Sherry and Katherine Neville

The lineup of speakers and workshops was fantastic, as always, and I feel each year the Rendezvous gets better and better.

I get inspired and motivated by all the speakers and authors, but I also enjoy just connecting with friends that I haven’t seen in a while to discuss our writing projects, challenges and successes.

friends and writers
friends and writers

We topped off the event Saturday night with Basque dancers, a Basque dinner, and handing out awards to the winners of our 2015 writing contests.

Basque Dancers
Basque Dancers

Happy writing and reading to all!

A Career Worthy of You

We spend hours formatting our resumes, but little time contemplating what we truly want next in life.

You already have everything you need to become great.

Visualize your no-compromise future so you can build it piece by piece.

Work is personal. It touches all aspects of your life.

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A career should not work you to death. It is not climbing the corporate ladder. When you perform at your best, you naturally ascend.

Careering is the profound, and glorious, and terrifying, and absurdly difficult but infinitely rewarding process of transforming your current self into your ultimate self.

Success isn’t about being the best. Success is the process of becoming your best self.

Work is hard. It just is. As soon as you accept this, you can stop resisting, and start putting your energy into moving forward. The paradox, of course, is that once you’re moving forward, work stops feeling so hard.

Everyone looks for shortcuts. But there are no shortcuts. Greatness is never easy, and some days it’s not fun. but for some, great is the only thing worth being.

Your job is not your career. You can be fired from your job. but you’ll never be fired from your career. Your job is where you work, your duties. A job is a means to an end. A career, on the other hand, is the long-term journey. You will probably have many jobs. Your career represents your holistic professional path.

Circumstances can’t cripple your career as much as doubt or passivity.

It’s nearly impossible to be happy without momentum. If you’re stuck in one way or another, soon you’ll be frustrated at best, demoralized at worst. Without momentum, you stop growing and start existing.

Your job description is not your self-description.

Screenwriting On-line Class

i48 Film Festival is rapidly approaching. May 29-31 teams throughout Idaho will be writing, shooting, and editing short films, that will then be shown at the Flicks and the Egyptian theaters in Boise on June 6th and 7th.

Whether you’re an aspiring filmmaker, or you want to learn how to write a screenplay adaption to your own novel, here’s a great opportunity for you to learn the basics of SCREENWRITING at home and at your own pace.

SCREENWRITING BASICS taught by Sherry Briscoe is a 6-lesson online course. You can take this course in 6 weeks, or 12 weeks, the time is up to you. screenwriters

Lesson 1 – Story; Lesson 2 – Format; Lesson 3 – Character; Lesson 4 – The 3-Act Structure; Lesson 5 – Scene Construction; Lesson 6 – Endings.  The course is $150.00.

If you have a novel you’ve written, we will create the screenplay adaption to your book in the class, otherwise, you can create an original script.

Plenty of personal attention and extra bonuses. Sign up anytime, this is a flexible training course that will fit YOUR needs.

To sign up for your one-on-one Screenwriting Basics course, contact me and I’ll send you the information you need.

First Thursday Book Signing

Last week was First Thursday in downtown Boise. This is an evening once a month when galleries and shops put on special displays and events for the local community. It’s a lot of fun.EventPage_Header_FT

Loni and Sherry
Loni and Sherry

Five authors joined me on First Thursday for a book signing event at Berryhill &Co. It was a beautiful venue and we had so many people visit with us and buy our books.

We love our fans!

Thanks again to my fellow authors: Donna Cook, Rochelle Cunningham, Marlie Harris, Troy Lambert, and Loni Townsend. All very talented authors!

If you want to help out your favorite authors, no matter who they are – leave your review on amazon.com of their books. It helps us out a lot, and we appreciate the feedback!

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The Tao of Pooh

A delightful book that I have savored over the years, is the Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff.

Lao-tse, wrote the Tao Te Ching (DAO DEH JEENG). To Lao-tse, the world was a teacher of valuable lessons.

Over the centuries Lao-tse’s classic teachings were developed and divided into philosophical, monastic, and folk religious forms. But the basic Taoism that is discussed in this fun book, with the assistance of Pooh, is simply a particular way of appreciating, learning from, and working with whatever happens in every day life.

If you want a fun and inspiring read, pick up this great little book. The Tao of Pooh

 

The Ninth Miracle Trilogy

The Ninth Miracle Trilogy follows eight unrelated women as they journey to understand the dark side of humanity. As the crusaders move closer to the truth, evil threatens their mission and their very existence.

All is not as it seems in this epic battle of light and dark, in which heroes must discover not only the truth about their world, but also the truth about themselves.

A friend of mine just asked how I could write on the dark side of humanity. I explained that this trilogy starts in darkness and journeys into the light by the third book.

I hope you’ll join me and some fellow authors on March 5, 2015 at a book signing on First Thursday in downtown Boise at Berryhill & Co. 121 N. 9th.  We’ll be there from 5-8pm. I’d love to chat with you and I’ll be sure to have plenty of autographed copies of my books on hand!Forgotten Lives

Why I Write, by Bonnie Dodge

Welcome to a very talented author, Bonnie Dodge. I asked Bonnie why she writes, what infuses her passion in her creative endeavors.

“This is going to sound cliche, Sherry, but I write because I can’t not write. For as long as I can remember words have floated in my head turning into dialogue between characters, or poems, or stories. As a child I used to role-play. My friends were always blown away, commenting that everything I said sounded so real. And it was because the characters in my head were talking. I just repeated what they said.” ~ BD

What kind of a journey has this been for you, Bonnie, inward and outward?

“I wrote as a child and in high school. When I married and found a ‘real job’, I put my writing aside. One day I was watching Dr. Maya Angelou on #Oprah. She was counseling high school seniors on career choices. she told a young girl who was struggling with her choices that her life was not a dress rehearsal, that we don’t get do-overs. Tears poured down my face as I watched, and the following Monday I gave my notice. That was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made, to leave a secure, well-paying job and devote myself to writing. I closed the door to that career and never looked back, and I’ve never been sorry. I think people are born to be certain things and I believe I was born to be a writers. Who else writes poetry in their dreams? I also think it is important to listen to that voice inside of you, your gut or your head, and to follow your intuition. As children we know this instinctively, but as adults we try to logicize that voice away. Jumping ship to be a writer was scary, but growth comes from taking chances; it’s all part of the process we call living.” ~ BD

Bonnie, what have you found to be the benefits and drawbacks of being a writer?

“The benefits are getting to do what I love. Getting to play with words. Attending functions with like-minded people and talking about writing until I’m hoarse. An opportunity to continue learning. Seeing something I create bloom into something someone else enjoys. Getting to work in my pajamas. Getting to write off travel in the name of research.” ~ BD

“The drawbacks are that is doesn’t pay very well unless you’re a best-selling author. Most writers are introverts and spend large amounts of time in isolation as they create their stories. And then, just like that, they have to flip a switch and become an extrovert to sell those stories. Some writers do that very well. Others, like me, struggle with the marketing.” ~ BD

Bonnie, what advice would you give to others considering writing?

“Read, read, read, and then, write, write, write. Attend as many workshops and conferences as you can afford, but don’t make yourself crazy thinking you have to attend every one of them. I think it’s important to attend one a year to stay in touch with the industry and to also refill your well. The energy at writer functions is contagious and can carry you a long ways when you’re feeling down or non-productive. Join a critique group and willingly listen to feedback. Don’t chase the market, but write what you like to read. Write from the heart, not from some “how to” book. Trust the process, even on days when you want to throw your pages out the window. But most importantly, enjoy the journey.

Because, as Dr. Angelou said, this isn’t a dress rehearsal. This is your life. Don’t wait. Make every minute count.” ~ BD

Bonnie, can you give us a brief description of your newest book Waiting?

Waiting is a book about three generations of Foster women-senior citizen Maxine, attention seeker Grace, and aspiring artist Abbie- think they are nothing alike. But they all share a secret. They wait. For love, for attention, for life, for death, for Idaho’s warm, but promising summer to return. In their journeys between despair and happiness, they learn there are worse things than being alone, like waiting for the wrong person’s love. with sensitivity and humor, Waiting carries readers into the hearts of three women who learn that happiness comes from within.” ~ BD

Thank you so much Bonnie, I hope everyone takes the opportunity to read this great new book, I know I will!

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Guest Author, Bonnie Dodge
Guest Author, Bonnie Dodge

@BJDodge

Idaho Writers & Readers Rendezvous

If you were a member of the Idaho Screenwriter’s Association, I have some wonderful news for you. This year at the Rendezvous, we are honored to present Steve Kirwan, Executive Director of the American Screenwriters Association.  Please don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with an amazing man.

Steven Kirwan is the Executive Director of the American Screenwriters Association, and a screenwriter himself.

Steven spent his early career selling electronic components, and following his entrepreneurial spirit, started an IT support business, and currently provides IT support for small office/home office clients in the greater Boise, ID region. He also runs a flourishing Internet Marketing consultancy helping clients develop and implement social marketing strategies.

His love for writing began at a young age. A prolifoc writer of traditional styled poetry and fantasy-adventure short stories, he found that writing a novel was “just plain too slow,” and wrote his first full length fiction as a screenplay. “Hard Drive” is currently in production, Additional screenplays include “Outside In,” Short Time,” and “Faster Than You.”

American Screenwriters Association, once the preeminent organization for emerging screenwriters, is flourishing under Steven’s guidance and direction. After its dissolution in 2008, it is back on track to re-emerge as the ultimate Screenwriter’s Association and resource community.