Celebrate The Small Things

QUOTE: Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude ~ Denis Waitley.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Today, I'm celebrating the power of happiness. I'm happy because…

~ I posted for the Overcoming Adversity bloghop and read amazing stories

~ The monthly IWSG post

~ Started reading another novel by a blogger buddy

~ Planned posts for 2 more bloghops

~ Wrote a few hundred words this week

~ Worked on my theme for the A to Z Challenge

This awesome bloghop is hosted by VikLit over at Scribblings Of An Aspiring Author.  Check it out!

In the spirit of happiness, I also want to celebrate a book that has been several years in the making.



By L. Diane Wolfe

Publishing and promoting made simple!

Have you always dreamed of publishing a book but didn’t know where to begin? This book walks you through the steps of identifying markets, budgeting, building an online presence, and generating publicity. Get the whole story on:

Uncover your ideal publishing path and numerous marketing options before you begin. Writing is your dream. Give it the best chance for success!
Available February 5, 2012
Publishing/Marketing, 214 pages, Dancing Lemur Press LLC
$14.95 Trade paperback ISBN 978-0-9827139-5-2
$4.99 Ebook ISBN 978-0-9827139-9-0
“She gives an unbiased take on the advantages and disadvantages of traditional publishing and self-publishing and publishing paths that combine the two… It's the perfect book for those who want an overview to begin the decision-making process.”
– Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning series of how-to books for writers http://howtodoitfrugally.com/
“A must-read for writers planning on self-publishing or any writer who wants the ultimate how-to on promoting. Tons of links, advice, and how-to, whether you're going for print or e-publication.”
– Helen Ginger, author of Angel Sometimes http://helenginger.com/


  1. Elise Fallson on February 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    You got a lot done and certainly much to be happy about! Did you eat some happy nuts by chance? (;  Oh, and I fianlly settled on a theme for A-Z too! WOOT. 😀  

    And Diane's books sounds great! Seeing it everywhere and I hope it does really well.

  2. Alex J. Cavanaugh on February 8, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    It's been a productive week!

    Congratulations to Diane.

  3. Rekha on February 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    A productive week indeed. Not sure about A-Z though, after two years I just might skip it this year. April and May are sizzling months in the sub continent, and I want to spend as little time near the pc as I can. I read your IWSG, loved your words. I will hang around, maybe not as much as before but a couple of posts a week for sure. Thanks for being there Michelle. 🙂

  4. L. Diane Wolfe on February 8, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Thank you so much, Michelle!

  5. Murees Dupé on February 8, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Thank you for the book recommendation, as I will have to check it out. I think that you should be very proud of yourself because you sure did accomplish a lot. Way to go, girl!

  6. SK Anthony on February 8, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Love the quote! Celebrating the power of happiness is so simple and yet we tend to skip right over that one, don't we? Great week, glad you got some writing down 🙂

  7. Mary on February 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    You sound so organize. Excellent. I hope you have a beautifiul weekend, Michelle.

    • michelle on February 9, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      @Elise ~ great that you've decided on a theme… the nuts joke is too funny, I don't think I'm responding to that… LOL

      @Alex ~ thanks Alex!

      @Rekha ~ good to see you around Rek… don't do a disappearing act… what happened to those beautiful photos you were taking…? would love to see more…

      @L.Diane ~ congratulations Spunk!! 🙂

      @Murees ~ thank you… I hope you're feeling much better now!

      @SK Anthony ~ we take happiness for granted…

      @MPax ~ I try to be organised because I work better that way…

  8. Viklit on February 8, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    What a productive week! I am glad you are working on your A-Z theme!

  9. Julie Flanders on February 8, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Wow, you had such a productive week! I need to start working on my A-Z, if I don't hurry up April will be here and I'll be scrambling like I did last year. Kudos to Diane, I'm looking forward to her book!

  10. Tina on February 8, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Hi Michelle!

    Sounds like I picked the wrong week to skip IWSG…but I had co-hosting stuff to do…sigh.  I do love that group.  SUPPORT being the operative word there!

    I'm here to welcome you to the 2013 A-Z Challenge!  I absolutely LOVE the look of your blog.  If you look at mine, you might not guess, but I love what you've done with the place, especially turning all those chiclets so cool looking…

    Looking foward to getting to know you better througout The Challenge.  Hit me up with questions, I'm the info@ email answerer…among other duties…

    Tina @ <a href = "http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.com/">Life is Good</a>

    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge

    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge


  11. The Golden Eagle on February 9, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Sounds like you've had a good week! 🙂


    I've been seeing Diane's book all over the blogosphere. It seems really good.

  12. Lara Lacombe on February 9, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Congrats on being so productive this week!  Here's hoping next week is even better!

  13. Tamara on February 9, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Great quote and awesome things to celebrate! I also read your IWSG post. I haven't had as much time to go through the Adversity bloghop entries as I've wanted to, but i'm going to try to catch up on a bunch this weekend. Just wanted to say that I loved what you had to say about it!! 

  14. Nancy LaRonda Johnson on February 9, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Aint nothing better to celebrate than happiness. It's good to recognize those small accomplishments, which then do make us all so happy.

  15. michelle on February 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    @Viklit ~ working on the AtoZ in advance means there's less stress and more time for visits during the challenge…

    @Julie ~ that book sounds like a must-have… chock-full of valuable info…

    @Tina ~ info@ e-mail answerer… LOL… what a title… you sure have your work cut out for you…

    @Golden E. ~ her book is burning up the blogosphere…

    @Lara ~ it's been a great week!

    @Tamara ~ thank you… I loved your heart-warming story…

    @Nancy ~ yep, I so agree… 100%…

  16. Julia on February 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    You really seem to be getting out of – and giving a lot to – the blogosphere.

  17. M. J. Joachim on February 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Now that's a lot of reasons to celebrate! You go, Girl! Good for you! 🙂 Best of the rest of the weekend to you, Michelle!

  18. DL Hammons on February 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I received Diane's book on Friday and I'm already 1/2 finished.  Awesome read so far!!  🙂

  19. Carol Kilgore on February 10, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    All good things to be happy about 🙂

  20. Medeia Sharif on February 10, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    That's a lot. You've been busy. 🙂 I plan on reading Diane's book. 

  21. Juliet Bond on February 10, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I love the quote!

  22. Sherry Ellis on February 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I love that quote!

  23. Nick Wilford on February 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Glad to hear you got so much stuff done! I can't preplan for A-Z as my posts will be based on audience response. That might sound wacky, but I'm hoping it will be more fun than stressful!

    And thanks again for the support! I'm loving re-reading the Adversity entries as I proof them for the book – so much amazing stuff!

  24. Nas on February 10, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I love the quote and these are all good things to be happy about!

    Congratulations to Diane. Her book sounds full of useful advice!

  25. michelle on February 10, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    @Julia ~ I love to get involved and support my fellow bloggy buddies… and I believe that what you put out into the world, comes back to you…

    @M.J. ~ thanks M.J.

    @DL ~ you've made good headway with the book, so it must be interesting… seems like it contains lots of valuable info…

    @Carol ~ yes, there's lots to be happy and thankful for…

    @Medeia ~ busy, busy, busy and I enjoyed every single moment of it… 🙂

    @Juliet ~ it's wonderful…

    @Sherry ~ happiness is a state of being…

    @Nick ~ I'm excited about the Overcoming Adversity book… my AtoZ is also dependent on audience response, but can still be pre-planned…

    @Nas ~ I would love a paperback copy of that book… it's a must-have…

  26. Leslie Rose on February 11, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Best of luck to Diane. Wow, Michelle you are uber-productive. Color me impressed.

  27. Julie on February 11, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Congrats to Diane! I'm impressed that you already started working on A to Z Michelle. You are so organized.

  28. Lynda R Young on February 11, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Ah yes, the power of remembering all the things in our lives that make us happy… 🙂

  29. tara tyler on February 11, 2013 at 3:47 am

    here's to another great week =)

  30. Kim Van Sickler on February 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Happiness also doesn't mean that you will always be happy. Sometimes, in pursuing things that make you happy you have to travel through frustration, impatience, trouble-shooting, and a lack of self-confidence. 

  31. Melissa Kinnel (@TizMellyMel) on February 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Very productive!

  32. michelle on February 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    @Leslie Rose ~ thanks Leslie… hope you are well… have you signed up for the AtoZ this year?

    @Julie ~ organization is one way to make sure you don't get weighed down during the challenge, especially when you are nearing the end…

    @Lynda ~ thanks for the visit 🙂

    @Tara Tyler ~ definitely Tara… I'll toast to that 🙂

    @Kim ~ you are so right… that's the '"flip side of the coin".

    @Melissa ~ thanks for popping in.

  33. Charmaine Clancy on February 12, 2013 at 5:10 am

    I've seen this book posted a few times, will have to look into it. I think focusing on the small things and being thankful is a wonderful idea for a blog meme.

  34. Shannon Lawrence on February 12, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Congratulations on getting so much done! And yay for L. Diane!



  35. Nickie Anderson on February 12, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I love reading new stories by my fellow bloggers! It's fun to have a bit of knowledge of the author before going into their stories.

  36. Meradeth on February 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Yay for awesome weeks! Hope this one is going well too 🙂 I need to figure out if I can swing the A-Z challenge this year–April is going to be a crazy month!

  37. J. A. Bennett on February 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I love that quote at the beginning. I want to make a vinal of that and put it on my wall somewhere!

  38. michelle on February 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    @Charmaine ~ Diane's book is definitely choc full of golden writerly nuggets…

    @Shannon ~ thanks Warrior Muse!

    @Nickie ~ connecting with and getting to know my blogger buddies has encouraged me to expand my reading horizons and I can now read across and appreciate different genres…

    @Meradeth ~ this week is going uber well thanks 🙂 you should sign up for AtoZ, you might regret not doing so once the challenge is underway… keep the posts short and simple…

    @Jennie ~ it IS a fabulous quote!

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