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Happy 8th Blogaversary

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“Happy 8th Blogaversary” by Joan Y. Edwards

It’s hard to believe that it has been 8 years since I started this blog. Oh my goodness! Thank you for reading and following my blog. I have had fun getting to know each of you who have responded in the comment area. I smile each time I receive an email saying that one of you subscribed to my blog. Those things mean a lot to me. They tell me that what I’ve written means something to you the reader. That’s an awesome experience and a great privilege and honor.

I started it on October 9, 2009. At the time, I didn’t know what I was going to write. I just knew that I wanted to write articles to inspire people to keep reaching for their goals and to never give up.

My focus has been inspiration, education, laughter for everyone.

For writers, I’ve placed special emphasis on articles about writing, revising, and marketing a manuscript. I developed PubSubbers plan with detailed steps to get a manuscript ready for submission. PubSubbers and Week 1 have received more than 2,000 views. I researched publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts and listed them in a blog post.

Pub Subbers
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

The last two years, I’ve added a focus on adding inspiration, education, and laughter for artists and illustrators because as I’ve needed a little help and encouragement myself as I’ve worked on the illustrations for my chapter book, Larry, the Terrifying Turkey.  It will have at least 15 illustrations – one for each chapter. I have 7 draft illustrations done. To celebrate today, I thought I’d share a draft of the cover. It’s not etched in stone. It’s a draft. I am self-publishing it when I complete the illustrations.

turkey chasing young girl

DRAFT Cover or Larry, the Terrifying Turkey Copyright 2017 Joan Y. Edwards. The book will be 5.5 x 8.5 inches, so the final cover will be narrower.

Selling Pitch/Blurb for Book Cover:  Larry, the Terrifying Turkey, Chapter Book, Ages 6-8, Grades 1-3

Scarred by her mother’s pet turkey and taunted by her third grade classmates, Sara Brown searches for a way to get back at him. Will she face the turkey square in the gobbler or will her parents ground her until she is twenty-one after she wrecks her mother’s new car?

I now have 422 subscribers. Thank you for all of you who have subscribed to my blog.

If you haven’t subscribed, please do. Subscribers get an email notice each time I post a new blog article. New subscribers also get 3 free gifts:

  • Never Give Up image
  • 20 Affirmations for Writers
  • Ten Time Savers for Writers and Illustrators

Here are the top 12 blog posts, each has over 2,000 views:

  1. 40 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts
  2. 22 Literary Agents Who Are Looking for You
  3. How Many Words Should Your Sentences Contain?
  4. What Is the Purpose of Dialogue in Your Story?
  5. 7 Questions to Make Sure Your Plot Has Believable Consequences
  6. Family Sewing Projects – Jedi Robes and Princess Leia Ponchos
  7. What Are Easy Readers?
  8. Put Universal Conflict, Theme, and Emotions in Your Story
  9. Prayers for Writers and Patron Saint of Writers
  10. What Is Your Story’s Premise? Editors Want to Know
  11. About Me
  12. Twelve Ways to Get Over Disappointment

Do you have a favorite post from my blog? I hope you’ll share it with me.

To celebrate my 8th Blogaversary, I offered a choice of prizes for the lucky person chosen by Random.org who left a comment on this blog between October 9 and October 17…8 days. I decided to give a prize to TWO winners instead of one. Here are the names of the ten wonderful, delightful, fantastic people who left a comment. 

  1. Sandra Warren
  2. Claire Iannini
  3. Gretchen Griffith
  4. Dr. Bob Rich
  5. Linda Martin Andersen
  6. Maureen Crites
  7. J.Q. Rose
  8. Joan Reid
  9. Carol Federlin Baldwin
  10. Cat Michaels

Random.org chose two winners for me – #5 and #2. So, Linda Martin Andersen and Claire Iannini you may choose one of the four choices below for your prize for  winning the 8th Blogaversary giveaway. 

  1. A copy of Flip Flap Floodle.
  2. A copy of Joan’s Elder Care Guide
  3. A critique of 5,000 words.
  4. An image of the winner or their favorite animal saying, “I Never Give Up.” 

Please email me with your choice at joanyedwards1 @ gmail.com.


Believe in You
Never Give Up

Books to Enjoy
Flip Flap Floodle, Will this little duck’s song save him from Mr. Fox?
Joan’s Elder Care Guide published by 4RV Publishing. A great gift for a friend who is caring for a loved one.

Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2017 Joan Y. Edwards


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7 Ways to Move Toward Your Goals in 2014

Goals Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

Goals Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

“Move Toward Your Goals in 2014” by Joan Y. Edwards

2014 is a year for movement. Don’t sit on your dreams. Move toward your goals in 2014. Here are 7 ways to help you keep moving to your goals.

  1. Be Thankful
  2. Accept Yourself As You Are
  3. Relinquish Control
  4. Have Faith in Yourself
  5. Exercise
  6. See with Different Eyes
  7. Celebrate

1. Be Thankful

  • Albert Schweitzer quote: “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
  • Buddha quote: “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”
  • Thornton Wilder quote: “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
  • Yogi Bhajan quote: “Gratitude is the open door to abundance.”

If you want something other than what you have, be grateful for what you have. If you are unhappy with the situation you are in, be grateful that it’s not worse, and believe that it will get better. Focus on what you want. Be thankful for what you have.

2. Accept Yourself As You Are

For the last four years I studied Hale Dwoskin’s Sedona Method about letting go. Letting go of expectations allows you to enjoy the moment as it is. Letting go of wanting and trying to get control of the people in your life, frees you to enjoy the gifts another person offers to you. They might not have the gift you demand and expect from them. When you put a block out and don’t accept others as they are, you may never recognize the gift they reach out to hand you. Because your Mother or Father was a certain way, you may think a prospective mate might be that way. Look for the good in people. Let go of your unreasonable expectations in yourself and others.

This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t set goals for yourself. It means to stop spending all of your energy resisting the way things are. When you take back your energy, then you make a better pathway for your new and improved life to enter.

I think a lot of unhappiness comes from not enjoying things as they are and wanting something else.

The saying is very powerful and healing: “It is what it is.” Accept it. Make plans to improve the situation in which you live. Love. Reach out in kindness. Look for the good in others. Look for the good inside yourself.

3. Have Faith in Yourself

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen…Frank Lloyd Wright

  • Don’t feed your mind with negative thoughts. If you do, you will come to believe them…Catherine Pulsifer
  • If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning…Gandhi
  • It is not so much what you believe in that matters, as the way in which you believe it and proceed to translate that belief into action…Lin Yutang
  • Believe in yourself and try not to take anything personally…Chris Kattan.
  • Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string…Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Believe in yourself. Your belief will take you to your goal. When you stop believing in your ability to get there, something happens. You crumble. In order to meet your goal, you have to stabilize your belief system so that it gets you where you want to go.

4. Relinquish Control

It’s amazing how much human beings want control of things. When you don’t know how it’s going to turn out, you are afraid to venture into the “unknown.” If you know it’s going to turn out okay, then you are willing to take a chance. When you get your belief system straight, you realize that all events lead you to your goals. They may be interesting detours, but if you reset your beliefs and restate your goals, you will get there. Why do I say that? Because inside your mind, you have an automatic success mechanism. Maxwell Maltz explains this in the Psycho-Cybernetics book. Like airplanes with automatic piloting systems, when you set your goals and believe you can do it, your automatic success mechanism goes to work and takes you to your goal.  If you stop believing, it takes you in the direction of failure. Believe in you and your goals. Believe in you.

5. Exercise – Move your body

When you move your body, you also help your mind. This keeps your emotions from going haywire. It keeps your body in shape. It keeps your mind’s gears moving smoothly. Do what you can. Move to your own rhythm. Dance, jog, walk, sit and move whatever you can. Just move it. You’ll get ideas to solve problems. Your stress levels will decrease. You’ll be healthier. Try it. You’ll like it.

6. See with Different Eyes

It’s possible to get to your goals, you might need new skills. If you’ve lost your zest for your goals, perhaps you need to find a path that’s fun for you.  Look at things differently.  You need to look at the situation with a different eye. Talking with a good friend sometimes opens up possibilities of ways to get there that you have never heard of. New roads can be built to your goal. Build them in your mind. They will take you where you want to go.

7. Celebrate

It is great to celebrate any time and every possible moment in your life.Oprah Winfrey said, “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

Help others celebrate, too. Fill yourself with as much joy as you possibly can. There’s one thing about joy, it is contagious. It spreads from you to another person. Have you ever noticed what happens when one person starts laughing uncontrollably. Oh my goodness! That is such fun. Others who are close to them will also start laughing. Pretty soon, endorphins (good feeling healing chemicals are dancing inside your body and mind. Try it. Here’s a recording of me laughing. I hope you start laughing with me: recording of my laughter. Record a spontaneous laughing session with your whole family.  Record you and two of your friends laughing. Play it back on days when things are tough. It’ll help you remember that good things are coming your way.

  • Have a picnic on your living room floor.
  • Read your favorite book.
  • Call a friend.
  • Sit at the edge of your yard and watch for wildlife.
  • Sit at a window and rejoice that you are comfortable.


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Joan Y. Edwards

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My Blog Posts from 2010:

  1. Find Your Laughing Place
  2. Laugh: It’s Healing
  3. Read a Funny Book: Laughter Is Music for Your Body and Soul

Other Resources:

  1. Brainy Quotes.  “Believe in Yourself:” http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/believe_in_yourself.html#8WmP1bXCydDPA7xX.99
  2. Brené Brown.  “The Power of Vulnerability:” http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html
  3. Christina Diaz. “Thankful Quotes:” http://www.the-benefits-of-positive-thinking.com/thankful-quotes.html
  4. Darcy Pattison. “Shame, Vulnerability and Hiding:” http://www.darcypattison.com/writing-life/shame-vulnerability-and-hiding/
  5. Diane Wallace, aka GrannySage. “It Is What It Is:” http://www.squidoo.com/it-is-what-it-is
  6. Joshua Clayton http://ezinearticles.com/?How-It-Is-Said,-How-It-Is-Done&id=5684116
  7. Marelisa Fabrega. “Celebrating Life:” http://www.squidoo.com/celebrating-life
  8. Maxwell Maltz, Md. The New Psycho-Cybernetics, edited and updated by Dan S. Kennedy and the Psycho-Cybernetics Foundation, Inc. http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Psycho-Cybernetics-Maxwell-Maltz/dp/0735202850/
  9. Think Exist.com. “Thankful.” http://thinkexist.com/quotes/with/keyword/thankful
  10. Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acceptance

Here Is a New Remote Control to Set Your Mood

“Here Is a New Remote Control to Set Your Mood” by Joan Y. Edwards

Here is a new Remote Control to Set Your

Mood. I know you’re gonna love it.

“Remote Control” image                  © Photoeuphoria

Just hit the button for any mood you want to create:


Want to feel angry, but quite afraid of what you’ll do if you face the fact that you’re really ticked off, hit button number 1.

2. Resentment

People have bugged you for days about something. You can’t forgive them. That would be too easy.  So if you want to send daggers to others and also send daggers to you for at least 12 months, hit button number 2.

3. Acceptance

Want to be able to accept things as they are. Want to say, “It is what it is.” “That’s the way the ball bounces.” “That’s the way the mop flops.”

4. Joyfulness

Want to be happy and full of excitement, hit button number 4.

5. Fear

Want to be afraid, hit button number 5.

6. Love

Want to be able to love all the people and events, and situations that bug you, all the people who just hit your last nerve, hit number 6.

7. Courageous

Want to be able to have the nerve to try new things or stand up for yourself or others, hit number 7.

8. Surprise

Want to be surprised, feel wonder, astonishment, or amazement, as at something unanticipated., hit number 8.

9. Lust

Want to want what you can’t have. FOOD, MONEY, CONTROL. Want an abundance of what you can’t have. Even after you’ve had enough, you want more, more, more, hit button 9.

10. Peace

Want to feel at peace with yourself and everyone and everything in your life, hit number 10.

11. Grief

Want to be sad, cry, or feel sorrow any time of day for no reason at all or for thousands of reasons at one time, hit 11.

12. Apathy

Want not to care one way or the other what happens to you or anyone else in the world, hit number 12.

13. Disgust

Want to feel profound disapproval of yourself or someone else, hit number 13.

14. Awe

Want to feel a great respect for someone or something, hit 14.

15. Laughter

Want to enjoy the healing effects of the physical act of laughing which is a cure for confusion and sadness, hit 15.

16. Compassion

Want to show compassion and do something to lessen your own or another’s suffering, pain, and sorrow, hit 16.

17. Distress

Want to feel hunger or discomfort over every little thing and each big thing that happens to you or around you, hit button 17.

18. Hatred

Want to feel hatred toward yourself or someone else or a group of people, for good reason or for some reason with no true basis at all, hit 18.

19. Satisfaction

Want to feel satisfied with yourself or others in jobs or the way you or someone else handled a situation, hit number 19.

20. Pride

Want to feel proud of joy be proud of your accomplishments and increase the value of who you are, the group you are a member of, and realize the powers you have to do good, hit 20.

21. Forgiveness

Want to forgive yourself or someone else for something they have done wrong, and have the peace cover them and you, hit 21.

If you want to feel more than one emotion at a time,

hit the first number,

then hit the + sign and punch in the next number.

If you don’t have this particular model of remote control, you can use the one for your television set. Check the batteries. Make sure they are good.

Thanks for reading my blog. I hope I gave you a chuckle.  That was my intention. I needed a chuckle myself. I hope that chuckling is contagious and you catch it, too.

Punch a number to give your characters one of these remotes and see their moods activate in front of you.

I’d be honored if you would sign up in the left hand column to subscribe to my blog. If you have a WordPress blog and you’re signed in, you should see a sign to follow my blog. When I have 100 subscribers or followers, we’re going to celebrate. I have 77 now.

It’s an honor to have you as a reader. I treasure your comments. I hope you’ll tell me what you would like for your remote control to do for you.

Laugh your way to success.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards


Laugh: It’s Healing

Dr. Hiren Patel, my dentist at Regal Oaks Dental Office, Charlotte, NC, told me about how the elders met to laugh in the park in his village in India. This idea intrigued me. Laughter has healed people from sickness and disease as noted in “The Secret” movie and other places. Laugh along with the recording of my laughter.

I did research about the laughing places in India. This idea was started by a medical doctor, Madan Kataria in 1995. He calls them “Laughing Clubs of India.” He started with only three people in his village. Then the numbers grew. Laughter helps when you do it from 10 minutes to 40 minutes a day. He has done workshops in villages, schools, companies, and prisons. There are “Laughing Clubs” in America and about 60 other countries, too. Here is a video clip where John Cleese Visits “Laughing Club” in India in 2008: http://boingboing.net/2008/04/28/john-cleese-visits-l.html. Dr. Kataria also developed “Laughter Yoga” with his wife, Madhuri, who is a yoga teacher. Here is a CNN Report on “Laughter Yoga: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eB3ISAYE-I/.

Laughter creates endorphins that heal the body. It lessens tension. It lowers blood pressure. It gets rid of depression. It helps you see a new prospective on life. So why not laugh. Children laugh easily and often. Something happens when the pressures and responsibilities of being an adult hit. Many adults are too tense to laugh. I hate it when I can’t laugh at experiences I’ve had. Put a positive spin on things and laugh about it. Accept things as they are. Friendship Quotes.com quoted Bob Newhart: “Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.”

You and I need a place and time to laugh each day. In Song of the South, Br’er Rabbit loves his laughing place. To watch a clip from the movie with this song in it, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjFd3ekLXVI/. Collect your favorite movies that make you laugh. Get together humorous books that make you laugh.

I love the song from Mary Poppins movie by Disney, “I love to laugh.” It makes me laugh. It makes you laugh when you hear other people laugh or when you see other people laugh. Laughter is contagious. Go ahead. Laugh.

Below are resources with more information and help to get you to laugh:
My Hero.com: Dr. Madan Kataria by Wendy Jewell (2006)
Rediff.com/News: For Laughing Out Loud by Aseem Chhabra (2001)
Karma Tube.com: Be the Change: The Laughter Clubs of India (2005)
Hinduonnet.com: Laugh and be well by Kausalya Santhanam
The Eureka Network.com: Laughter Is Good for the Soul by Sue Heldenbrand, CHTP (2009)
Brainy Quotes: Laughter Quotes
Just Laughter.com: Laughter CD $15.00 and free articles about laughter

Webpages with Sounds of Laughter:
Archive.com: Vincent Price laughing
Pacdv.com: Sounds of Laughter
Partners in Rhyme.com: Sounds of Laughter
joanyedwards.com: Joan’s Laughter – mp3

Thank you for reading my blog. Feel free to share the link with your friends. The 50th person to subscribe for an email subscription from the left hand column will receive a free paperback copy of Flip Flap Floodle (a picture book I wrote and illustrated for young children or a 1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremer.

Please leave a comment while you are here. I’d love to hear from you.
Laugh Often,
Joan Y. Edwards



Put Universal Conflict, Theme, and Emotions in Your Story

“Put Universal Conflict, Theme, and Emotions in Your Story” by Joan Y. Edwards

Editors ask: What is the universal theme of your story? information book? article? poem?

What do you answer? Are you clueless? Perhaps I can help.

I went to the Oregon Coast Children’s Book Writers Workshop in Oceanside, Oregon from July 12-16, 2010. I was sharing a poem I wrote. The editor wanted to know what was my poem’s universal theme. What I had thought was a universal theme was really not universal. It was regional or subjective. Therefore, I did research to find out more about the subject of universal theme.

But first you have to know what your conflict is. To gain more readership, make your conflict one of the universal conflicts listed below.
What does the main character want that he cannot get or have?
Conflict adds excitement and suspense to the story.
What disturbed him beyond belief? What is the cause of distress for the main character?
What disrupts the business as usual of the main character?
What happens that the main character may try to ignore but cannot? He has to deal with this problem, internally and externally.

The internal conflict comes when the main character has to choose between two solutions to the problem: one moral, one immoral; one against his family rules; one against club’s rules; one that might hurt his friend, one that might hurt himself; one that might win the trust of his friends, one that would make him untrustworthy, one that makes him a liar, one that makes him tell the truth; mixed emotions add the tension to the story and make people want to read it to find out what the main character decided to do and what the consequences were for his actions….did it bring him closer to the goal, or bring him to his last breath.

Universal Conflicts
In a story you have one of the following universal conflicts played out:
Man against Man
Man against Self
Man against Nature
Man against Society
Man against Family
Man against the Universe
Man against Machines
Man against Institutions
Man against God
Man against Time
Man against Destiny

Never fear: Your story will probably fit into one of the universal conflicts listed above.

Goals Main Characters Struggle for, Search for, Need, Want
Acceptance, Admiration, Ambition, Approval, Attention, Authority, Awareness, Beauty. Belief, Belonging, Choices, Commitment, Community, Compassion, Cooperation, Courage, Dedication, Dream, Education, Equality, Experience, Faith, Family, Friendship, Godly love, Good, Gratitude, Heroes /Heroic Figures and Actions, Honesty, Honor, Hope, Human Relationships, Humor, Identity, Independence, Individuality, Innocence, Justice, Laughter, Law and Order, Live forever, Love, Loyalty, Marriage, Money, Morality,
Nature, Nonviolence, Passion, Peace, Perseverance, Possibilities, Power, Principles, Rebirth, Redemption, Religion, Respect, Responsibility, Romance, Sex, Spiritual enlightenment, Success, Taxes, Time, Trust, Truth, Understanding.

Forces Opposing Main Character, Keep Him from Reaching His Goal, Struggle Against, Has to Triumph Over, Doesn’t Want, Opposite of Goal, Perils of, What the Main Character Doesn’t want:
Accusation, Alienation, Ambition, Authority, Beliefs, Betrayal, Blame, Challenge, church, Coming of Age, Competition, Corruption, Country, County, Court, Crime, Death, Deception, Despair, Destruction, Disallusionment of adulthood, Disapproval, Distrust, Envy, Etiquette, Evil, Faith, Family, Fate, Fear, Forbidden, Freedom, Future, Government, Greed, Grief, Guilt, Handicap, Hatred, Hospital, Initiation, Injustice, Institutions, Jail, Jealousy, Justice, Lack of compassion, Lies, Loss, Materialism, Nation, Nature, Nature as dangerous, Oppression, Past, Power, Persecution, Poverty, Prejudice, Pride, Prison, Problems, Punishment, Rebelling, Rejection, Religion, Responsibility, Revenge, Rules, Sacrifice, Schools, Self-Doubt, Shame, Society, Taxes, Time, Town, Tragedy, Vengeance, Village, Vulnerability, War.

After you finish writing your story or when you’ve finished your outline, what has your main character learned from his conflict? What did the main character learn in his battle against one of the conflicts listed above? This is the theme. Make it a universal theme shared by all mankind, so that all of mankind will want to read your book.

The Universal Theme
The universal theme is the story’s (author’s) view about life and how people behave. It is the statement the story makes about society, human nature, or the human condition that the author wants to convey to readers. It’s an observation about life that can apply to any and everyone representing the conflicts, dreams, hopes, and fears across cultures and continents, and from generation to generation. It could be the moral to the story, a teaching, or an observation. It transcends race, gender, sexual preference, and creed. Some examples are love, peace, friendship, and other concepts about life.

Universal themes exist because people worldwide go through the common human experiences of being born, experiencing anguish and joy, and dying come from emotions and that touch and can apply to any and all cultures, genders, ages, sexual preference, creeds, geography, historical periods, and genres.

The universal theme is the story’s (author’s) view about life and how people behave in a particular situation. It is a statement the story makes about society, human nature, or the human condition through the author’s words and characters. The theme is universal when it transcends race, gender, sexual preference, creed. cultures, continents, and generations representing the conflicts, dreams, hopes, and fears such as: love, peace, friendship, and other concepts about life that can apply to any and everyone.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Conflict of Nature against death
You do not have to worry about dying and death. It’s a natural thing.

Law and Order Television Series by Dick Wolf
Conflict of Good over Evil – Dick Wolf presents both sides of the issues
Even with the latest technology and evidence, police and district attorneys do not always win their cases against evil.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Love against society, family, death
Love can be so passionate that one would prefer death to living without the loved one.

Here are links I went to find information about universal themes:



Universal Emotions

Emotions Are Universal.

Put emotions in your story. It makes your characters come alive. One way to make your story have universal appeal is to add the tension of opposing emotions. We all feel mixed emotions every day. Should we do this? We shouldn’t do that. It’s smart to do this. How could I be so stupid? How could he be so naive? What’s the wisest choice? What are my choices? Do I get a choice? When a character has two or three choices and none of them are very good, it’s tension time for reading and living, and it makes the reader want to turn the page.

All people experience emotions. Putting believable emotions into your story will help it reach more readers.

Here are Paul Ekman’s Big Six Emotions

Robert Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions Robert Plutchik used the above six emotions and added two others below:

Ekman’s Eleven Other Basic Emotions
Pride in achievement
Sensory pleasure

The Sedona Method by Hale Dwoskin gives nine emotions
Nine Emotions

Nine States of Emotional Empowerment by Swati Chopra

Swati Chopra from New Delhi, India says the nine rasas are:
Distress (hunger, discomfort)


Here are websites with information about emotions:

http://library.thinkquest.org/25500/index2.htm Great gives text descriptions of body when feeling 6 basic emotions
http://www.clipartguide.com/_search_terms/feelings.html Great! Pictures matched with emotions

I hope you enjoyed my blog post. I hope I enlightened you, rather than confused you. Please let me know if I helped you make your writing appeal to more people, to make it more universally appealing. Capture this universal appeal and you’ll capture an editor’s heart!

If you haven’t subscribed to my blog, I would be honored if you would. The sixth person to subscribe to my blog after May 12, 2010 from the left hand column where it says, “Sign Me Up Here,” will receive a free paperback copy of my book, Flip Flap Floodle, a little duck who never gives up on his song. Don’t give up on your writing. Never Give Up on winning and resolving conflicts that come your way.

You are a published author in your mind, before you get that way on paper.  You can do it. Yes, you can.

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Find Your Laughing Place

Laughter is good for the soul. It heals you. It brings you endorphins and makes you feel better.
Is your head down? Then you are not getting enough oxygen to your brain.
You’ve heard the term: Keep your chin up.

I notice many people walk around with their heads down.
If your head is down, hold it up. Look around for something to make you smile.

Look at your situation in a different light. In the Bible it says, “There’s a time to laugh.” When you’re feeling down, that’s a great time to get to laugh. Laughter brings in more oxygen. It helps you think better. It keeps you from getting stuck in the sad place. Even Brer Rabbit had a laughing place in the Uncle Remus tales shown in Walt Disney’s “Song of the South.” Find your laughing place. Get five movies that make you laugh. Get five books that make you laugh. Get five books that motivate you to think in a more positive manner. Mark the Bible with passages that fill you with the promise of God’s help.

I know sometimes your wheels don’t roll because they are a little rusty. If you have oil, it rolls easily. Laughter is the oil that moves the wheels of your life forward in a positive manner. God will help you laugh.

I hate it when I’m not able to laugh at myself when I make a mistake. I make plenty of them. I have plenty of opportunities to use humor as a way to get over it.

Have a plan of attack for the next time you find yourself being sad for more than a day. Anthony Robbins says your emotions are signs that you need to take action.

Many times what continues to stall you in this sad mode is that you don’t know what to do. You are afraid that your choice of action might make it worse. If you can let go of the emotional pull of a situation, you instinctively will know exactly what to do. It’s the emotional pull that makes you stick in a situation like glue. It could be this same emotional pull keeps you going in the same rut over and over.

For instance, when I was teaching I got a bad evaluation. I had many emotions all at the same time: angry, embarrassed, sad, overwhelmed. Blame – It would have been nice to have someone to blame my situation on. But it all boiled down to this: I had to accept my part in this situation. I was not responsible for the person who criticized me. I had no control over them. Although, I would have really liked that in a way. However, I needed to find out what the criticizing person wanted me to do to make the situation better. With my power flying around with all those emotions, they stopped me from communicating. There was a big emotional wall between us. I gave my power away. I gave my power to my emotions. I gave my power to these negative thoughts. Don’t give your power away. Keep your power. Use it to help prevent unwanted things from happening again.

One thing is to learn through experience, don’t take what people say personally. It is only their opinion. It is not a fact.
Once I accepted that, I was able to let go of the charges against me. I was able to stop those voices in my head that told me how terrible I was. I’m sure you can repeat them. “You don’t measure up. You’re not good enough. You are below standard.”

It is easy to be a drama queen or king. It’s easy to say, “I am a victim. I don’t deserve this. How dare they think that?” As long as you keep telling your story without taking positive action to stand up for yourself you may see the same scene occurring over and over again. You have to change your behavior so you’re acting in a planned mode, not reacting to what others do. Take action for you…talk, explain, plan, ask others what they want you to do if they criticize you. Ask them to explain or teach you how to do what it is they wish to have done.

When you start thinking of another person as the bad guy, your relationship is in really big trouble. Contrary to what you might think, the other person is not the bad guy necessarily. You don’t understand them. You don’t like how things are going between you. They might be thinking of you as the “bad guy.” When this happens, there is a lot of anger and resentment built up that has not been taken care of along life’s path. You need to change the focus of your thoughts.

Start looking for reasons to be thankful for that person. Look for their strengths. Be thankful for them. Look for your strengths. Be thankful for them. Look at the fact that both of you are human. No matter what, when you look in the mirror, you are human. When the other person looks in the mirror, they are human, too. No one is perfect. As my Mother, Ethel D. Meyer, used to say, “Only one person was perfect, that was Jesus Christ. And look what they did to him.” You have to respect them as a human being. You have to respect yourself, too. This is where you have to forgive yourself and forgive the person you are having this problem with. You have to forgive the person you feel is the “Bad Guy.” When you have forgiven yourself and the other person. Then you are one step closer to a solution. You are closer to being able to say, “I don’t have that problem any more.” After forgiving yourself and the other person or people involved, you will start seeing the positive things.

I started saying, “I am a good teacher. They just didn’t see it. I asked myself, “How can I make them notice that I am a good teacher?” I listed all the ways I knew I was a good teacher. I listed ways I could improve in the areas the evaluator (critiquer) said I lacked.

Until you can get a positive spin on the situation, then you may keep creating the same situation you don’t like. When you focus on the negative, it keeps coming. However, if you focus on the positive of yourself and the others doing your evaluating or criticizing, then you get more positive. You get stronger. You recognize the strengths, until you can say, “I am getting better and better. Every day I am getting better and better.”

Find someone who is doing what you want to be able to do. Watch them. Read the story of the lives of the experts.
Talk with the experts. You may not be able to do it exactly like they did. Your situation is different. Adapt their procedures and steps to match your situation. Design your own method for handling this particular situation.

Pray. God will help you through it. He has already put the people and things you need to help you in your path. Look for them. They are there. Seize the opportunity to grow in a positive manner. Make it fun for you. You know what makes you smile. Incorporate it into your plan. Read, laugh, draw, watch, dream, live, laugh, love! You’re getting better every minute that goes by. God is right there with you showing you the way.

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Joan Y. Edwards

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