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My newsletter will be coming out once a week. This newsletter will contain News updates on projects I am currently working on, information and links for great writing sites, information on finding a publisher and anything that relates back to writing! I will also be encouraging you to share your favorite links to be put in the newsletter and looking for other authors to promote. Come along and join the fun!!!

Sherry Gibson
Newsletter Dated: 11/22/2002 11:06:42 AM

Subject: Choices

Volume VI

Newsletter Editor:
Sherry Gibson
Novel-Only a Game-published by Publish America
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Assistant Editor:
Sharon Sanders


In my newsletter I have been talking about success and achieving goals. My desire to help each person reading this newsletter to understand that success is not some "out of reach" idea for the average person. Success is out there for each of us.

Last week I discussed setting goals and working toward those goals to find your success. I want to elaborate on that more this week. This week I want each of you to think about the word "Choices".

I love this word simply because it's a freedom that we can all use in our life, day to day. So much of the time, the results we are seeing in our life is not because of circumstances around us, but because of the choices we make. Whether you are aware of it or not, the choices you make each day set the destiny and course of your life.

I will use myself as an example. I love to write. I was born with a God given talent to talk through the written word. That was my gift and each of you has your own! I am going to use writing as an example but remember; this can apply to your own distinct talent. Until the age of 52, I did little with my writing talent. I knew I could write and was better than average at it, and yet I did not use this talent. I played with it but failed to expand it. Why? Because I chose to convince myself that success was above my reach. I chose to believe that I would never get my foot in the door of any paying publishing house. I chose to put a writing career out of the reach of my success.

By the choices I made, I did not achieve any success in writing. I convinced myself that no matter how talented I was, the successful authors were given a lucky break, or had some hidden key to getting through to the publishers. I chose to believe that little unknown me did not stand a chance. After I made this choice, then I instinctively knew it was a big waste of my valuable time to sit around writing stories or poetry or novels. I had more important things to do with my life than waste away the years doing something that I knew would bring me no credit. I chose not to write very much because I knew I wanted success with whatever path I took in life. By making my own choice about this, I failed as an author without giving myself a chance to succeed. I feared failure so much that I chose to hide from the challenge rather than to take the chance. By making my own choice not to write, I didn't have to go through the effort of trying. I avoided the daily exercise of writing and being creative. I chose the easy path by convincing myself I had no chance at success.

If a person is born with the singing voice that is far above average but never pursues a career in singing because their chances of success are very slim, then they have chosen to fail by not trying. I am not saying this is a bad path! I am saying we must be aware of what we are doing and the choices we make. We need to place the blame where it really is and stop blaming the world around us for our lack of success in any given field. If a person knows they are not seeking a certain goal in life because it's a hard climb to the top and understands this is their choice, then it's fine for them to pick an easier path in life.

Once a person does choose their path in life, that is only the beginning. Reaching the top does not come easy for most of us. We choose to work at it each day. We choose to take our God given talents and put them to work. If a person sets a goal and chooses not to work to see it accomplished, then they will again see failure but it will be from the choices they make.

Some may say, "I did not choose to marry a person who won't work to support me and my children so I must work every day to earn money to live." Or they might say, "I have no time to work on goals for myself because my husband or wife or children are so demanding I have no time for myself." The statements are true for some, but remember if you use this or any other excuse not to succeed, it is because you have made the choice to live as you are, with whomever you are with and have chosen to accept this as a way of life. If you are happy with your choice then you are successful with your life! You have made the right choice for you! If you are not satisfied with your life today, then you have to look at the choices you have made that led you to where you are. Evaluate the choices available to you today that will head your life in the direction you choose for it to go. Set those goals, make your choices and don't waste time blaming others and circumstances. If life isn't what you want it be, you have to make a choice to change it or remain where you are today. I chose to write and seek a goal of becoming an author. Once I chose this path and was willing to work at my choices, success was waiting on me! It can be waiting on your too!

Featured poet this week: Rik Woods

Rik Woods lives in Nebraska and has been writing poetry for many years. His work is outstanding, contriversal for some and always interesting! I was looking for my favorite poem by this author and could not find it today. Ode to an Ozark Thumderstorm is a beautiful work of art and I will include it in another newsletter. Today I will share a different poem with you.

Angel Tears: by Rik Woods

What are you going to do when the tears of an angel
Are running down your shoulder
The tears of the woman you love
What will you do when sheís dying in your arms
And there is nothing you can do
And there is no place you can run
And the angels come to carry her away
To that far away place
Where you know you will never get to unpack your suitcase
And now she has left your life in shambles
And you sit in that car and just ramble across the land
And you can still hear that song she sang to you
As the night pounds on that song only gets louder
You race into a thicket and run through the roses and brambles
With nothing to comfort you except the rain and headlights and the night
Maybe if you were six feet under
You could have some peace
But still you know that you will never call home or even visit for judgment
And still you can hear that damn song in your head
And you can still feel the tears of an angel on your shoulder out here in the middle of the desert
And you canít understand what youíve done fore this kind of pain
And canít understand what you did to have this kind of ghost haunting you

Sharon had some excellent sites to share with us this week, but I left them at home! I apologize to her for my negligence. I will include those links in next weeks' newsletter.

This is an interactive newsletter and I encourage you to send comments to me at Let me know what you are thinking about. If you have any comments you would like to share with Rik Woods about his poetry, please email them directly to me and I will make sure Rik gets them right away. I look forward to hearing from you!

I welcome all poetry or artilces for submission. Each week I try to feature one author in the newsletter. If you have something to submit, please email it to me. All submissions are considered for publication here. Please be ready to provide a brief bio with your work, if your work is chosen to be featured here.

New Update-Sherry Gibson

I have added some interesting facts about my novel, "Only a Game" to my website at I hope you will take time to stop by and see what's new. I now have the first chapter of the novel available for download for those of you wanting to preview the book. Be sure to rate and review the page when you visit! I need all the help I can get from you. Your feedback is so important to me.

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