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November Interview Schedule: 11/7 Lane Stone, 11/14 Maggie Toussaint, 11/21, Joana Garcia

Saturday Guest Bloggers: 11/3 Barbara Ross
WWK Satuday Bloggers: 11/10 Margaret S. Hamilton, 11/17 Kait Carson

Starting on Thanksgiving Day, 11/22, WWK presents original holiday offerings until New Year's Day. 11/22 Warren Bull, 11/29 Annette Dashofy, 12/6 KM Rockwood, 12/13 E. B. Davis, 12/20 Paula Gail Benson, & 12/27 Linda Rodriguez. We will resume our regular blogging schedule on 1/2/19. Please join us!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Grace Topping signed a three-book contract with Henery Press for her Laura Bishop Home Staging series. Congratulations, Grace!

KM Rockwood's new short story, "Map to Oblivion," has been included the anthology Shhhh...Murder! edited by Andrew MacRae and published by Darkhouse Books. It was released on Sept. 12.

Warren Bull also has a story in Shhh...Murder! Look for "Elsinore Noir," Warren's short story, in this anthology.

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Shari Randall's third Lobster Shack Mystery, Drawn and Buttered, will be available February 26, 2019.


Friday, September 14, 2018

Lucky Stuff For Luck Stiffs by Warren Bull

Lucky Stuff For Luck Stiffs by Warren Bull

Photo by Todd Cravens on Upsplash
Note: No rabbits were hobbled and no clovers were plucked in the writing of this article.
Even if you were not born under a lucky star or chosen as one of fortune’s favorite few, research has shown there are seven ways to enhance your luck.
1 Relax:
In one experiment, participants were asked to perform a menial task, i.e., to count how many photographs were in a newspaper. Unlucky people took about two minutes on average to complete the assignment. Lucky people were done in a few seconds.
Why? Because of the message, “STOP COUNTING-THERE ARE 43 PHOTOGRAPHS IN THIS NEWSPAPER,” which took up half of page two. Unlucky people skipped right past it while the lucky ones spotted it right away. Unlucky people also missed a second large message in the middle of the paper, “STOP COUNTING, TELL THE EXPERIMENTER YOU HAVE SEEN THIS AND WIN $100.” Again, the unlucky people were too busy looking for photos.
“Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing and acting upon chance opportunities,” said the researcher, Dr. Richard Wiseman. “They do this in various ways, including networking, adopting a relaxed attitude to life and by being open to new experiences.”

2: Have the guts to trust your guts
In surveys conducted by Dr. Wiseman, 80 to 90% considered lucky reported they trusted their intuition in personal relationships and making career choices. Unlucky people reported doing so about 20% less.
3: Dream BIG
Like the song Happy Talk in the musical South Pacific: You’ve got to have a dream. If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna’ to have a dream come true? Visualize your goal in as much specific detail as possible. Start working toward it. Take steps toward it no matter how tiny they are. If moving forward a yard is too hard, an inch is a cinch. 
4. Fake it until you make it
Even when success feels unlikely, behave as if it is definitely going to happen. Acting like a winner projects the image and emotion of winning. Behaving is becoming;  you can convince yourself as you convince the rest of the world.
5. Gain from losing
When an attempt does not completely succeed, and many, if not most, attempts do not. Recognize and make use of the feedback.  Thomas Edison is quoted as saying, "I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work." There are always lessons to be learned from trying.
6. Back up and try another way

Follow the knowledge you gained from your last attempt. Keep what works and try altering what did not work. With your eyes on the prize, that is what we call progress. The only failure is the failure to try again. That failure disappears with the next try.

7. Expect success
Lucky people succeed in part because they expect to. They understand that they are active in determining their luck. My father often told me, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Lucky people stay alert to opportunity, take risks based on their gut feelings, visualize what they want to achieve, act like winners however they feel at the moment, see temporary failures as opportunities to learn and improve, and adapt their efforts based on what they have learned.


Margaret Turkevich said...

Interesting! I'll have to consider myself lucky from now on and see where it takes me.

Jim Jackson said...

I've always thought that most luck was the result of preparation meeting opportunity.

Gloria Alden said...

This is interesting. At my age I guess I was able to believe in myself mostly and accomplished what I wanted even when there were glitches in the way. I didn't start college until I was 42 years old and graduated with honors. I got a job I wanted soon afterwards and enjoyed it until I was ready to retire. Then I took up writing mysteries. When I couldn't get a publisher, I decided to self-publish and have done very well with that and with less stress meeting deadlines even though I have followers begging me to hurry up with my latest book I'm working on.

Warren Bull said...

Margaret, Try it! It might even work.

Warren Bull said...

Jim, I agree

Warren Bull said...

Gloria, You are remarkable

Gloria Alden said...

Thank you, Warren.That made me laugh.

KM Rockwood said...

Thoughtful and encouraging comments. Thanks for sharing!