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Grind Hard

Everyone knows that unless you work for it, it won't hapmulpen for you. At least not honestly, anyway. There are no shortcuts in life. None.But it doesn't stop people from looking for them. I watched a webinar the other day with a guy who edits scripts and whatnot and he said something that resonated with me. He said no matter how well you believe the first draft is, you still need to edit, sometimes multiple times until you get it right. You get it perfect. And that my friends in itself takes work, that much I can tell you. It's insane to think that in this cutthroat world that things are supposed to be smooth, nope. I can honestly say, there are blood, sweat and tears that have to be shed on the climb to the top. So of you aren't willing to put in the time or the work that it takes, you're finished before you even begin. Until next time-Live, laugh, love and smile often-Taisha

Remember The Name

Today I sat working on novel ten and eleven and thought about how it all started, Would you believe I published my first book back in 2012? Seven years and nine books later and I'm still not on the best seller list. While my peers are making it left and right. The other day while in church one of the Elders talked about Cane and Able and we all know what happened there. And he also said how we just can't be genuinely happy for one another when good things happen to someone else and how there's envy in our hearts. I admit, I get a little bummed out because I'm not quite there yet. Then I remember that I am an extrovert that enjoys my own company. Which begs the question, why would I want that type of light shined on me and that kind of pressure to be better than I was the last time? I wouldn't. I find that what's good for the goose isn't necessarily good for the gander. I will say I'm always happy to celebrate with my peers on their accomplishments and there's not an envious bone in my body. You know why? Because my reward is in heaven, which is by the grace of God, it will be, the Lord's will. I've never been one to get upset because someone has something I don't. Trust me when I say, I've seen what that does to a person and how much pressure it puts on them to continue hitting that bar. I am not the one. Nope. I like it down here where I am thank you very much. Until next time-live laugh; love and smile often-Taisha


Days of the new

Going out on a limb in terms of ones career can be very daunting to say the least. Recently, I took a new step in advancing my writing career, I joined a group that helps assist with that. And I must say, I am pleasantly surprised about how helpful it is. There's daily webinars and other helpful information that'll help me on my journey, so much so that I am hopeful that things will finally look up for me soon. I realize that going out on the limb of sub-publishing can be overwhelming to say the least, but I know that I can do it and I will be successful. It just takes a little dedication and drive. So, if you're reading this and thinking of taking a life-changing step, I say do it, because you never know unless you try. Until next time- live, laugh, love and smile often-Taisha


Being a sheep among wolves

It's occurred to me that no matter how hard I work, I'm never going to be taken seriously by my contemporaries. That being said, I decided not to concentrate on that but rather continuing to hone my craft. Sure, I'll admit it's disheartening but I'm not going to stop just because I am a sheep among wolves. There's a quote by Oscar Wilde that I really like that says, always be yourself, everyone else is taken. The thing I've taken from that is never try to be something you're not. Be me we're all unique in our own ways and that's  what makes us who we are. I recall a conversation awhile back about being compared to other authors and I said it's not necessarily a bad thing. But at the same time we're all different in our own ways. Whether it's style of writing, or storytelling. Most take offense to being compared to someone else because they want to set themselves apart from the fold, and I don't see anything wrong with that either. Though I will say we shouldn't take offense to being compared to another. As for myself, I don't think that'll ever happen, I can barely get people to read my books. Which in it self is a disappointment. I often ask myself why am I still doing this? Until one day my husband reminded me that it's what I love and I shouldn't stop just because I feel discouraged. So I'm not, I'm going to keep my little train that is Taisha Demay on the tracks and rolling down the road. Until next time-Live, laugh, love and smile often-Taisha. 

Beef.

Recently I posted something about support in terms of my author contemporaries. And because of this another author decided to make it about me being jealous of other authors making the bestseller lists, which was far from the truth. I've always believed that if something positive was going to come my why it will, and if it doesn't it just doesn't, and I;m okay with that. Because you see, I think I've done pretty well for myself. I've managed to get signed to a publishing company and gotten published, and after my run with them was over I started my journey into self-publishing. I'm proud of myself even is no one else is. Then after I didn't respond to her posts she proceeded to make another just to see if I would take the bait, I didn't. Because you see, the last thing I want to do is have an argument with someone I've never met and on social media. Why, because believe it or not, the world is watching, literally. And to me it's unnecessary and not to mention unprofessional. It's taken me too long to get comfortable in my situation as an indie author and I don't want to jeopardize that by defending a statement I made. So, I just responded with a post on my blog page. Now with that being said, I just let that be it and hadn't revisited the subject since. Some would argue that I should have defended my stance, and I say, why toss gasoline on an already smoldering log? I prefer to concentrate on more important things. Which is why I don't weigh in on every conversation, every post and every remark. Just some things should be bypassed and left for the ones that enjoy that kind of thing. As for myself, I'm not into 'Beef's' I leave that to the ones that enjoy that kind of thing. That's it for now, until next time: Live, laugh, love and smile often-Taisha