The Gift of Life

Back in May of 2020, I wrote about our Real-Life Nightmare: dialysis. (You can read that article HERE.)

Hubby began dialysis in March of 2019. By May, he was referred to a kidney transplant clinic. After the initial educational seminar, hubby began the various tests and evaluations to determine his ___ for a transplant. These tests and evaluations came to a screeching halt when the doctors and technicians determined Hubby needed heart bypass surgery.

Although his cardiologist cleared him to continue evaluation, the clinic had deferred his status and he was now considered a new patient. In early February 2020…

Dear Writer —Wednesday, March 10, 2021

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It doesn’t matter how many book ideas you have if you can’t finish writing your book. -Joe Bunting

Several years ago, I took an online workshop that focused on building a blog. At the end, the facilitator asked us to take several of the blog posts that fit together and put them into a simple book. The idea was that you can manipulate the articles you have already written into a book that you can offer as a lead magnet or as a work to sell to your readers.

I didn’t finish that project. I didn’t get it into the…

Dear Writer — Monday, March 8, 2021

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I kept always two books in my pocket: one to read, one to write in. -Robert Louis Stevenson

When I taught high school creative writing, I urged my students to make sure they always had pen and paper with them. “That way, you always have a place to record your thoughts instead of hoping to remember them.”

As for myself, I take this one step further.

I get a great deal of inspiration while I am driving — and I drive a lot. But writing while driving is a dangerous endeavor — DO NOT TRY IT!

The Best Writing Advice I Discovered This Week 2/28/2021 through 3/6/2021

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How did your writing week go? If this is your first time coming across my weekly list of the best writing advice I discovered this week, welcome. If you have returned, thank you for giving this week’s hits a read.

I’ve been hard at work planning a personal writer’s retreat. I had the dates planned and woops, life has intervened and put me on a road trip to meet the new grandbabies instead. Not a bad change of plans.

Don’t get me wrong. I’ll still be writing. I just won’t be writing for the steady block of time on a…

The Best Advice for Living Your Best Life I Discovered This Week 2/27/2021 through 3/5/2021

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I read a wide variety of articles on here for several reasons: to remind my inner self of the goals I wish to accomplish, to keep informed about my health, to help me live more financially focused, to motivate me to be the best person I can, to explore new topics and ideas thus expanding my knowledge,

This week, after writing/submitting/publishing my “About Me — Rebecca Kojetin” to About Me Stories (If you haven’t done this exercise and published the article, you really should.), …

I Declare That I Am a Multi-faceted Creative

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What’s a multi-faceted creative?

A multi-faceted creative immerses themselves in the full range of humanities and thrives when their creativity is in full exploration.

That said, let’s get started to see how that definition fits me.

Hi, I’m Rebecca (Wilson) Kojetin.

You are my reader.

I’m here to introduce myself.

Writing about myself and my journey is a dangerous endeavor. Why? During my educational specialist degree program, I was assigned to chronicale the journey that prompted me to pursue an administrative degree, a portion of my life. I asked about a limit. The professor identified a minimum of 5 pages…

Dear Writer — Friday, March 5, 2021

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Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little. -Holley Gerth

Have you ever finished a writing practice session and wondered, when you sat back, where those words and thoughts came from?

Have you ever written a sentence and then looked at it and deleted it because you thought you shouldn’t say that or couldn’t say that?

Some of your best writing comes when you let your guard down and write from deep down without worrying that someone will read the words.

Letting your guard down allows you…

Dear Writer — Wednesday, March 3, 2021

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It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. -Ernest Hemingway

My Master’s in Education and Curriculum Development degree required students to work on their action-research thesis in groups. My group consisted of the three of us who were teaching in the same district: an elementary school art teacher, an elementary school academic teacher, and myself, a high school English teacher. It was not a match made in heaven, and I would be working with these two people for better than a year on this thesis.

The first quarter…

Dear Writer —Monday, March 1, 2021

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Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up. -Jane Yolen

Have you ever thought of your creativity as a muscle? How about the skill of writing as a muscle? Is your brain a muscle?

If you think of creativity and writing as a muscle, then you probably realize that they need exercise.

Are you exercising your creativity and writing muscles daily?


Why not?

What are your daily writing expectations for yourself?

Rebecca Kojetin

Writer, speaker, musician — wife, mother, grandmother struggling to be the best I can be. Subscribe to “Life as I Know It” — at

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