My 3 words for 2015

Encouraged by my friend Chris Brogan, these are the three words that will keep me motivated for the rest of 2015:

Strong: This is both a physical and mental mantra. I want to strengthen my body over the next year so that back pain is minimized and core strength is maximized. I’m doing this by working out with a trainer and dedicating 3-days a week to the gym. Mentally I need to stay strong to stave off the ‘easy-money’ in favour of my creative goals. Since I left my full-time job at the CBC I’ve been fortunate enough to get lots of digital contracts to fill up my time. Problem is I left the CBC to focus on writing books, and that can’t be done if I’m filling up my time with digital contracts. I have to stay strong and allow myself to make less money to focus on my creations.

Opportunistic: I think this word can have negative connotations but the way I think about it is not negative. There is luck and then there is the luck you make. I’ve been pretty good in 2015 at taking advantage of timing and luck and I want to continue to do that – jump on the moving train even if you aren’t positive where it will end up – it’s the leap that is important.

Big: This is a word that can trigger me negative or motivate me positive. I’m a smallish (physically) person, with big dreams that can seem small when compared to the rest of the world’s accomplishments. But like a wise elf once said: “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” I will dream big, I will make big moves and I will see myself as bigger than I am.

What are your 3 words for 2015?


For the love of words

For the love of words!

This post was inspired by my friend Rami’s post on being brief in his writing, and made me think about all the words I come across that I wish I could incorporate into my own writing. I shouldn’t say ‘I wish’ because of course, I am in control of what I write, but sometimes the words just don’t fit, and you don’t want to write a sentence or a scene JUST to use a word do you? I’m talking about the words that taste amazing in your mouth, that make you smile at their usage, those kinds of words.

Do you have a running list of awesome words you’re just looking for a place to use in your own writing?

Here are some of mine (all definitions from :

Miasma [mahy-az-muh, mee-] 1. noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting the atmosphere. 2. a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere.

Rudimentary [roo-duhmen-tuh-ree, -tree]  1. pertaining to rudiments or first principles;elementary: a rudimentary knowledge of geometry.2. of the nature of a rudimentundeveloped or vestigial. 3. primitive.

Calamitous [kuhlam-i-tuh s] 1. causing or involving calamitydisastrous.

Vapid [vap-id] 1. lacking or having lost life, sharpness, or flavor;insipid; flat:  2. without liveliness or spirit; dull or tedious:

Acerbic [uhsur-bik] 1. sour or astringent in taste: 2. harsh or severe, as of temper or expression.

Chimera [ki-meeruh, kahy-] 1. A mythological, fire-breathing monster, commonly represented with lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail.  2. Any similarly grotesque monster having disparate parts, especially as depicted in decorative art. 3. A horrible or unreal creature of the imagination; vain or idle fancy.
4. Genetics. an organism composed of two or more genetically distinct tissues, as an organism that is partly male and partly female, or an artificially produced individual having tissues of several species.

What are yours?