Thursday, April 3, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

POINTS OF COURAGE - I love this for it's self-esteem boosting.
I've never been a self-esteem guru. Typically, I've rolled my eyes at such psychobabble, mumbo-jumbo. I mean, a C is a C! Average. You can do better if you put your mind to it! Well, I'm mellowing. Not due to age, mind you...
Here's the system, we're implementing over at Romance Divas. It's a bit of motivation to keep pushing at the edges of the envelope, to take another step towards success. We keep track of what's what with POINTS.

The Point Scale:

Submission :: 1 point (a reward for jumping in the deep end )
Novel sale :: 10 points
Novel rejection :: 5 points
Novella sale :: 6 points
Novella rejection :: 3 points
Story sale :: 2 points
Story rejection :: 1 point
Contest placement (finalist/etc): 4pts
Contest non-placement: 2pts
Request for partial/full/rewrite/etc :: 3 Extra points
Personal editor comment :: 1 Extra point
(1 point for any 2007 submission response received in 2008, regardless of sale/rejection)


Novel :: 50k+
Novella: 15k - 49k
Short story: under 15k
Exemption: Children's and YA novels that are under 50k may be counted as a novel.

Thirteen Quotes of Courage!
1. True courage is not the brutal forceof vulgar heroes, but the firmresolve of virtue and reason. ~Alfred North Whitehead

2. Courage is what it takes to stand upand speak; courage is alsowhat it takes to sit down and listen. ~Winston Churchill

3. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. ~Muhammad Ali

4. It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~Edward Estlin Cummings

5. True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher. ~John Petit-Senn

6. Courage is grace under pressure. ~Ernest Hemingway

7. Give us the fortitude to endure thethings which cannot be changed, and thecourage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdomto know one from the other. ~Oliver J. Hart

8. Courage is almost a contradiction in terms: it means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die. ~Gilbert K. Chesterton

9. Half a man's wisdom goes with his courage. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

10. No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut. ~Channing Pollock

11. The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. ~Robert Green Ingersoll

12. One man with courage makes a majority. ~Andrew Jackson

13. Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear-not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave. ~Mark Twain



  1. I like #8 and #10. I wish I had the courage to stop after one.

  2. Hi Morgan,

    Interesting post, I have to ready my manuscripts before I can give it a try.


  3. Great posts, Morgan. Now I just have to get something to the point where it can go out into the world. Getting there, slowly, but surely! Thanks for the inspiration.

    Be sure to stop by and get a piece of cake!

    Happy TT!

  4. The POC is such a great idea. I love the John Wayne saying about saddling up.

  5. Wow! Thanks for all the inspiration. I love the John Wayne quote (I can hear him saying something like that!)

  6. I too love John Wayne! Very motivating post. Happy T13!

  7. These are awesome! I'll have to print them out and paste them somewhere I can see them daily to remind me. Happy T13!

  8. Great quotes! Inspiring, and true. The peanut one cracked me up.

  9. Never thought of rating it, hmmm.
    Courage is something I find rears up when I least expect it. Its lurky that way.

  10. These are awesome. My favorite is "Courage is fear that has said its prayers."

    Saddle up darlin'.

  11. These are beautiful. I love number 4. :) Great list!

  12. I love these quotes! Great positive minded post.

  13. The John Wayne quote is my favorite. Too many people confuse courage with lack of fear when it's really more about how you act in spite of fear. Great TT!

  14. Some excellent quotes there! I especially love #2.

  15. Great quotes on courage, Morgan!

  16. I love the quote about the kite and the contrary wind. I've popped over from Heather's blog - and I love your Romance Divas point system.

  17. Great quotes. Each is unique and inspiring in its own way. I especially like John Wayne's take on courage.

    Happy TT!

  18. One wonders if Jackson was being profound... or cynical?

  19. I love these. And what a great idea. We writers need all the positive help and oomph we can get.

    My favorite (because it's funny and I kind of don't understand it, unless it's about WILLPOWER, in which case, I don't understand it):

    10. No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut. ~Channing Pollock

  20. i love this one:

    True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher. ~John Petit-Senn

    let me share with you one post of mine on courage:

  21. Those are excellent- and very encouraging.

  22. We do? I had no idea we did that - LOL. But it's a great idea, and the quotes are very inspirational. Great TT!


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