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and the steamy winner is . . .


top hat frog212_degrees in red

This week on Frog on a Dime, I posed the question: “Ready to get steamy?” Based on your responses, a lot of you are!

I’m thrilled you were inspired to turn up the heat on your writing. Now you can move full steam ahead. Sometimes that’s all it takes to find your momentum–just one extra degree of effort!

Congratulations to Jennifer Rumberger–winner of a complimentary copy of 212, the Extra Degree. I hope you’ll find it to be as encouraging as I do.

And . . . as a BONUS . . . congratulations to Randy Bulla–winner of a framed “212” inspirational quote plaque. Display it on your desk to help you keep the fire under your novel writing.

Jennifer and Randy, please contact me with your addresses. I’ll be glad to send your gifts to you this week.

Like to order your own copy of 212, the Extra Degree? Let me encourage you to visit Simple Truths. (BTW, I’m not affiliated with this site. I just want to let you know how to order this cool book, if you want.)

Stay steamy!

At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive. ~ Mac Anderson and Sam Parker

ready to get steamy?


Frog in the fog

In the inspirational little book 212 Degrees, The Extra Degree, bestselling authors Sam Parker and Mac Anderson explain: “At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive.”

I love this simple metaphor because it reminds me of what’s possible, if I’m willing to consistently apply just one extra degree of effort beyond my normal routine.

It’s related to what Carl Holmes calls the “And-then-some-syndrome.” It’s all about doing what’s expected, and then some.

I’ll be honest. I don’t always want to do what’s expected (or at least what I expect of myself writing-wise), let alone “and-then-some.” Some days I’m lucky to put finger to keyboard. Funny thing is, I’ll go out of my way for my family and friends or my boss and coworkers, but I’ll feel guilty carving writing time for myself. I truly believe we need to put others first, but does that mean I have to put my dreams second–or 999th? Shucks. Course not.

This week I’m challenging myself to pour on the steam with my writing time–by one sensible, do-able degree–guilt-free. I’m going to write four pages–and then some–this weekend (and the next, etc.). What can you do to turn the knob one degree to the right to crank up some heat?

Not sure?

Let me entice you.

If you go to my contact page by Friday, April 19, and tell me how you’re going to turn up the heat on your writing life by one degree this week, you’ll be entered to win a FREE copy of “212 Degrees.” I’ll be delighted to send it to you with my compliments. It’s a quick read that could have a lasting impact on your attitude toward your writing pursuits.

Ready to get steamy?

Many of life’s failures are [people] who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ~ Thomas Edison