Patti Larsen

New Year, New You...and me!

Well, it's the time of year that you find blog posts populating the sphere about the new year and the reflections that come with the passing of old friends.   Usually, I flow against the current, but I find myself waxing nostalgic and wanting to recognize my efforts this year, put forth my goals for next year, and find out what yours are. 

This year, for me, has been grand.  While not in the manner of Sean Platt and Patti Larsen, but in a manner that says maybe next year will be my year to do what they did.

This year, I started two businesses and watched one of them flop while the other is blossoming in its own slow growing way.  I made decisions about what I want from my newly found career and I'm taking steps to make them happen.  I started three books.  And I survived my oldest baby going off to kindergarten...(I didn't think that was possible, but I managed it).

For all of you, I appreciate your support in your reading and commenting on this quiet little blog--more than you know.  While I am probably number 155.9999999 millionth in the sphere of 156 million blogs, I am sooo happy to be here.  And when I see a new subscriber or someone RT my musings on Twitter, that little bit of fuel goes a long way.  And I thank you:) 

Next year, I plan on burning the whole building down. 

My goals for the end of this year is to finish one eBook for this site on...drum roll, please...the effects of health on productivity:) And I am setting a blogging schedule and my cornerstone content for next year.  Twice a week, I will post information to help keep you moving toward your productivity goals by staying healthy and fit in a world moving at the speed of information.  I also hope to get into posting a Friday Flash each week. (Totally off-topic, but I love to do it).

This blog has evolved since I started in April from chaos to order and now into Health and Productivity.  I feel at home in this space now.  And I'm excited to be able to help others and do something I know and love.

My goal is to focus on fitness and whole nutrition for maximum quality from the Productive Creative that you are. 

In addition, Mr. Seth Godin has inspired me to prune the following.  So this year, I'll follow those whose tribes speak to me and I hope to attract an audience who would like to be part of my tribe.  Noise is no good if you are not being heard.  And while Twitter is about the numbers, if your numbers are not responding to your messages, then they're getting nothing from you.  And vice versa.  Advertising is no longer an option...this world's market is about PR.  And I want to help you be the best at what you do...no matter what THAT is. 

So come on 2012!!  We're ready to get on the road! 

What are your goals, career and otherwise??  What would you like to see from me that will help you? move forward?

I love to learn what makes you tick...come hang out with me on Twitter, Facebook, and G+!  If you want to get your game together for next year, join me by subscribing and I will deliver posts straight to your inbox as they are published.  (Don't worry.  If you find I am not serving you, you can unsubscribe at any time...and I won't sell or share your info)...so go ahead, click the button with the envelope and sign up today!

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If you haven't already, please stop by to take (and share if you are so inclined) a VERY short survey (5 questions) to help me focus my efforts for you next year.  I want you to be the best and I want to know where I can help you most with your health and fitness and productivity goals:)  Thanks, in advance!

 

Photo Credit: Nevit Dilmen (Wikimedia Commons) 

 

 

Productivity Tips from the Queen of Productivity

I am still playing hostess these days and have two more weeks to do so.  In the meantime, my dear friend and esteemed colleague, Patti Larsen, has been gracious enough to take time out of her unbelievably busy schedule and save me...again.  :)  Thank you, Patti, for rescuing me.  I don't know how I can repay your generosity, but if you ever choose to cash in on my debt...I will gladly sell my house for you.  :) 

For those of you that don't know her, she is author to many, many, many books and many, many, many more to come.  She is sharing today what brought her to where she is and what she intends to do from here. 

Without further rattling on from me, here she is, the Queen of Productivity, Patti Larsen:

This is My Job, Thanks

I’ve been my own boss for almost ten years now in one way or another. I opened two small businesses even before I was a full-time writer, both of which taught me a great deal about the itty-bitty details and necessary workings of organizing my life around being responsible for my own livelihood without a safety net.

When I sold one business and closed the other in favor of writing as a career, I actually forgot that was part of the deal. Honestly, I still had THE DREAM in my head. You know the one. Write a best selling series, find the perfect agent, wrangle multi-million dollar book deal, live happily every after. Um, yeah.

Okay, deluded. But I got over it. And decided after much disgust and frustration with the present publishing model that I would go it alone as an indie. Fabulous. Mind you, I still have a few projects out there with small publishers and will continue to do so, I think. But the bulk of my career is my responsibility. And honest, that’s exactly how I like it.

Here’s the thing. Being your own boss is fabulous when you have clients waiting for product or projects. Deadlines. A business plan.

Did I mention I somehow fell off the entrepreneur wagon and into the fairy tale of being cared for by those who knew better? Right, then. Last year, my first, I wrote five novels. For some, that’s brilliant. For me, it was a great deal of time wasted. But I was holding back, resting on my surety that any second now some brilliant agent would recognize my talent and make me a star.

I woke up at last thanks to the help of some fabulous friends and the understanding that I wasn’t happy just waiting. There were books to write and voices to still. I’d developed a plan over the years to get my work done in the past. Why did I abandon it? Starting fresh, I reevaluated, created a business model and a forecast schedule of writing and publishing and dove in.

Much better. I have deadlines again, goals and landmarks to hit. This year I will have completed thirteen novels and published nine. Next year is even more ambitious. Why? Because I mean business again. Not fun and games, not some Hollywood dream (although I’m planning on some of that being involved, let me tell you). This is real life, and a real career. I have to treat it like that. Or I get nothing done.

And for the folks who ask me what I do and either a) think I’ve got it made because I have books out there or b) looks skeptical that what I do is a real job… I can only say this. Like you, I work hard every day. Harder sometimes maybe. Because no one else is looking out for me.

I’m a businesswoman. I’m a writer. And I love every minute of it.

Note: Patti attributes her drive to her dayplanner.  "If it is in the dayplanner, it is law."  :)  Thank you, Patti!  We look forward to all of your books and wish you all the best! 

About the Author: Patti Larsen is a middle grade, young adult and adult author with a passion for the paranormal who writes a great deal of horror for someone who is afraid of the dark. She lives on the East Coast of Canada with her very patient husband Scott and four enormous cats.

 

Her new series, The Hunted (Run, Hide, Fight and Hunt), and her paranormal YA Family Magic, are available now at http://www.smashwords.com/ and www.Amazon.com

You can find her at

www.pattilarsen.blogspot.com

www.pattilarsen.com

www.pattilarsenbooks.blogspot.com

www.facebook.com/pattilarsenauthor

http://www.twitter.com/#!/PattiLarsen

and her work on Amazon.com.

 

Thanks for stopping by, even while I am on hiatus!  Do you make your craft your business?  What tips do you have for productivity?   Drop me a line and talk to me! 

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Post #PATraining Update

Credit: Alex Sims (Wikimedia Commons)

Well, the last day of the #PATraining has passed!  And WOOHOO!!  You did a great job!! 

Steve Hardin lost 3kg (that’s 6.6 pounds for us westerners!)  Right on target for healthy weightloss! 

Patti Larsen discovered what foods make her feel good and what doesn’t…and will be continuing on to weed out all the negative cravings. 

Zvezdana Rashkovich reported feeling great and really staying focused with the chart!  She is a busy woman and is out of touch right now...I hope to hound her and get her specifics soon!

Elley Franco became so fired up after finding out about our training yesterday that she decided to join us today! 

And as for me…I lost, but I have no idea how much (I don’t own a scale since fitness isn’t a number :) ).  However, I can say that my clothes are looser and I am feeling great.  The best part is my husband feels the change, too! :) 

Since this whole shebang was started to show just how much our productivity is affected by the foods we eat, I guess it is necessary to address that…:)

I began a magazine article that I had been putting off.  And I finished a story for a contest that now just needs editing.  Not much for me, but I am chalking it up to my VIP.  We have a guest here for 6 weeks and cooking two breakfasts, cleaning, cooking two lunches, cleaning, shuttling two people back and forth to two different schools at two different times of the day, then cooking supper, giving baths, etc. etc. etc. shifts my productivity away from writing and business inward to domestic affairs.  All-in-all, I am saner than I normally would have been because of the #PATraining!

Let me know in the comments what you managed to get done during your training, if you haven't already!

That being said…

Even though this should be a life change, it helps me to think of it in chunks.  I like to pretend I am really training for something important.  LOL  I will pick this challenge back up again when my VIP returns home and I can really amp up my writing gig.  I encourage all those that were with us before to return to said fun and I hope to see some new faces join us, as well!

 

I talk waaay too much…your turn!  What is the most difficult part of eating clean (whole, healthy) and working out 15 minutes every day for you?   

Let's connect on Twitter and Facebook! And stay up-to-date with the goings on around here  by leaving me your email that the top!  I look forward to meeting you :)

P.S.

Not only are you what you eat, but what you think and what you do is what you eat, too.  J 

Patti Larsen

A blog post what?  A blog post exchange! 

I had NO idea what this was until the Roller Derby Queen herself explained it to me.  It was great fun getting to know Patti through this wonderful idea. Patti is the author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House and Henry: A Short Story.  She is currently running a writer marathon with herself to have seven books on the market by January 2012!!  Check out this Roller Derby Woman who plans to dominate the literary world.

Without further ado, I give you, Queen Patti. Oh, and thanks for being here, Patti!

Who is Patti Larsen?  Of course, I am talking about the woman that the public doesn’t know as “Prolifically Gifted.”  Describe yourself in 1500 words or less (Keep in mind we are limited on space here. *ahem*)  

Patti Larsen is a 39-year-old novelist and independent filmmaker. A writer of fiction and screenplays, she began her writing career… eep! You’re not looking for my polished bio, huh? You sure you want more? The real dirty, down deep, nitty gritty? Fair enough. Here goes: I’m a card-carrying nerd. It’s taken years to admit it. I’m also a hermit in a writing basement who prefers solitude to people (cats always welcome). I’m a writing fiend who hears the voices of teenagers and blushes at the S-E-X parts. I don’t sleep very well. Ever. My mind is too busy. I am a feline loving married woman who could easily end up a crazy cat lady if my husband would let me. I am a paradigm shifter, a believer in self and my own personal power. I see everything in black and white until the gray is explained to me. I am a fiercely loyal friend, a confidant and a Tarot card reader and intuitive. I am a proud roller derby girl, a total dweeb and can’t dance to save my soul. I am terrified of heights and challenge that fear every chance I get. Oh, and I’m the Creator. The Queen of my own Destiny. I love that.

 Explain why you have a tomato between your eyes, please.  Is that a new fashion statement?  Have you seen many people wearing them?

Some writer I know has a thing for tomatoes. She threw them originally and I’ve been so busy writing I haven’t had time to grab a shower to wash them off (what day is this? Dear God… I’ve been lost in my WIP for HOW long?) Good part? Built in snack. Halogen bulb-dried tomatoes. Bad part? I stink. And my hair is orange. Sigh. I really need to go upstairs at some point but I’m glued to the chair by tomato juice… and the voices.

Are you a jammer, pivot, or a blocker? Ha!  You didn’t know I knew what those were!  Actually never thought to research roller derby until you had the brilliant idea to make an appearance in my net.  (For which I am grateful?) Do you aspire to play different roles in the rink?  What is your goal with roller derby?

I’m actually coaching right now. I broke my tailbone and my arm in training so I’m off skates until September. But I’m definitely a blocker—and probably will end up a pivot. I have a big mouth. And I’m bossy. I can’t imagine taking orders in the pack and not giving them. But I’m really digging coaching, too. The girls and I have a love/hate relationship. I’m so cheerful when I coach they don’t realize until they are worn to a nub at the end of practice that I’ve thoroughly thrashed their asses. I also give out candy. J Ultimately, I want to be Queen of the Roller Derby. Natch. Go big or stay home. I have super short blonde hair and am toying with the name Fannie Lennox. 

You write…A LOT.  How is that possible?  I mean, don’t you have roller derby practice and tours and stuff? Seriously, what is your state of mind when you sit down to write? 

I’m an alien. Crap, did I say that out loud? Just kidding… (maybe). This is so funny to me. I’ve heard it said so many times it’s about getting your ass in the seat and just writing. And honestly, I wish I had a different answer. Cause, you know, I hate conforming. But it’s the truth. I sit down every day and write. Seven days a week. Eight hours (or more) a day. Yes, I take days off. But not often. The voices won’t let me. (My husband keeps telling me I need to stop telling people I let the voices dictate my life. I think he worries about me.)

State of mind… are you really sure you want to open that Pandora’s box? I suffer from acute mind control by a pack of unruly teenagers who insist THEIR story needs to be told next, thank you very much. I don’t sleep well. In fact, just the other night I had one wake me up and start telling me her story. She made me get up and write down the first six sentences before she’d let me go back to bed. True story. So state of mind is forced order chaos at any given moment. I have to outline my work or I’d be insane. Nutzilla. And I schedule ALL of my writing. In fact, I’ve done so to the end of the year. So some of the voices are quieter knowing they are in the queue but the rest are in the background, grumbling they have to wait until 2012. I’d fire the lot of them if they’d let me. Sigh. No wonder I don’t have kids.

Your four cats must keep you on your toes.  Do they get jealous of your laptop?

I am surrounded by pampered felines as we speak. Nowhere is forbidden to them. Like I could forbid them. I exist at their whimsy and pleasure. They are very inspiring to me though, I must say. In fact, my butterscotch tabby Peanut is the reason I wrote my Middle Grade novelCatCity. But I digress. Please excuse me a moment while I cater to my masters. From the claws in my legs I’m assuming they are hungry.

One more question and I will put you out of your misery.  What is your best life? (Deep one, eh?)

My best life is the one I’m living. Writing every day. Taking charge of my career. Trusting my instincts. I love being in control of what I’m doing. When I was chasing the falsehood of the old dream, that of agented and Big Six success, I was unhappy, nervous and always doubting myself. Now that I’ve committed to small, independent publishing in conjunction with self-publishing, I feel fantastic. I know I’m a good writer. Two publishers agree with me. So the whole fear of self-publishing has vanished. I want to do some myself so I retain control. And others I’m happy to have a publisher’s name on. It’s a sad fact that we still need a certain level of credibility before we’re called authors.

Tied into that best life? Making people laugh, cry, scream and throw my book across the room only to scramble to retrieve it… and have them asking for more, more, more. Saying yes to my muse each and every time without fear or worry. Making enough money to not have to think about money.

Any life that lets me do what I do for a living and fill me up so much is the best.

What torturous plans do you have for the literary world once you achieve domination? 

MWAHAHAHAHA!!!! FIRE AND DEATH AND UNWORLDLY TORMENT WHILE MY SUBJECTS WORSHIP AT MY FEET—hmmm? Did you ask a question?

Household name. I wants it. The ability to help other writers with scholarships and grants. I needs it. Making movies from my work. I has to have it. A shining palace of spun glass built in my honor and crowds of worshiping readers who hang on my every word while unicorns and fairies bathing my toes in rainbow rose water and a chorus of cherubic angels whispering endless story ideas in my ears…

I have two sides. Dark usually wins. Just read my books. You’ll see.

 

Patti writes a lot of middle grade and YA paranormal books for someone who is afraid of the dark. And she wonders why she has to sleep with the lights on. Sometimes life is a teenaged B horror movie and she’s the one who investigates when the scary music is playing. But the voices are calling and resistance is… Yes. She is a Star Trek geek, too. And a fan of RPG’s. With a slight coolness factor since she plays roller derby when she’s not breaking bones. At least, she likes to think she’s cool...

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