Trying. . .

“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try-” Jack Canfield (

Late night and I am experiencing a bit of insomnia so I thought I would search for a bit of inspiration. And, then I decided to share it with the wider world.

Yes, I have decided to submit my poetry manuscript to a publisher and not listen to those irritating negative little voices that discourage me. I have found a small press that excepts manuscripts from new writers, and I intend to submit my manuscript on Monday for consideration. Say a little pray for me (or wish me luck) whichever you are so inclined to do.

Like Canfield said, chances are missed if you don’t even try. I have a 50/50 chance either way. One sure thing is that I am guaranteed failure if I don’t even submit the manuscript, right?

So, I am getting a bit sleepy. . .My dachshund/beagle BoBo has already fallen fast to sleep under the covers next to me. I feel better now that I’ve found this quote.

It inspires me; I hope it inspires you as well.

Have a good night.

Jenny W. Andrews copyright 2022

Without Delay

“You may delay, but time will not-” Benjamin Franklin (

We all make excuses about why we cannot get started on a particular project. Either we have to watch a movie on Netflix we’d seen for the tenth time; either our tummy is growling and we need a quick trip to the nearest takeout restaurant; either our pet is in need of an ear scratching; either we need to scroll for the thousandth time on our favorite social media to see whether there really are seashells on Mars, et cetera and so forth. . .( I don’t think there are seashells on Mars. This is my imagination running wild as it often does!)

There is always an excuse as to why we just can’t get started.

But, as Benjamin Franklin so eloquently put it we may delay but time doesn’t.

Time moves on. Twenty-four hours for each and everyone of us.

It is up to us as to how we are going to prioritize our time.

Time marches on.

How can we maximize our time is the question.

I’ve started writing a schedule in a journal on my desk. I pencil in at least two hours to write on my new novel, poetry book, or short story collection. By writing down my goal I see it as a priority. It is there for me to read and to check off once I have devoted designated time to my priority.

Face it, time will not wait for any of us. For a variety of reasons we delay our movement to our goals. Maybe it is fear of failure that makes us delay.

I forget who said that the surest way to fail is to not start.

So, motivate yourself now while you have time. Unfortunately, time in this beautiful amazing world is limited for all of us. Appreciate the blessing that time is. If you are healthy and capable, be thankful.

Time marches on. Think about what you truly in your heart want to achieve and write it down. Plan and act.

Don’t delay.

Time doesn’t.

Jenny W. Andrews copyright 2022

Writing: Motivation

It has been a few months since I have written anything on this blog. With all that is going on in the wider world outside my relatively quiet corner, I am still bothered by it all. I try not to look at the news very often, but out of the corner of my eye, I know that there is immense suffering and it pains me to have to accept the truth that true evil does indeed exist.

But, God is on his throne and has always been, is right now on his throne, and will forever be on his throne. He will defeat evil; God always wins. I ask that you all join me in prayer for all the suffering souls at this very moment in every corner of this world. May God surround his children and protect them and give each one peace and assurance that he will deliver them from evil.

Sometimes in the chaos and suffering of this life we lose our motivation; fear distracts us, stuns us into inaction. Anxiety robs us of our hope.

But, God is our hope. We hope in Our Lord. We trust in his protection. He is our refuge, just as the psalms assure us. Mortal man is just mortal man. God is the ruler of the universe and he alone is King.

It is difficult in the darkness to remember that God is that light at the end of the abyss. In fact, he is the light that shines through each darkened corner in which we might cower out of fear. God is our light and he alone is our salvation.

Let’s pray for each other without ceasing. Let’s lift each other up. Let’s motivate each other with our words and our actions.

As writers, let’s make each word we write give hope to our hurting world. With our words, let’s inspire, let’s remind people that this world is a beautiful place and that evil will never win. With our words, let’s create beauty and hold tight to all that is true and give a voice to the voiceless among us.

May God bless us, protect us, and keep us safe from all evil.


Jenny W. Andrews Copyright 2022

Do Something! Don’t Just Sit There!

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“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”- Benjamin Franklin (

It has been said that life is an adventure. I truly believe that. We limit ourselves by our own negative self-talk. We procrastinate and put off what we should be doing to move ourselves forward toward the fulfillment of our hopes, goals and dreams.  If we don’t take the first step then nothing will ever change in our lives.

Tonight, I submitted a poem to a magazine. Last night, I did the same. I am doing something to move myself toward my goal as a writer. I want to be published and I am taking actionable steps to fulfill my goal. There is a certain risk that I might fail; there is also the possibility that I will succeed.  Doing nothing is a definite way not to succeed so I have chosen to do something tangible in order to succeed. I am working toward my goal each and every day now.

If there is something that you want to accomplish, set aside at minimum an hour a day to accomplish your goals. Make time for your goals. Write them down in a journal and check them off. Do not be discouraged; do not worry about whether you will fail. Consider that you will succeed only if you persevere and do not give into the negative self-talk that holds you back.

Do something! Time is precious. Cherish it.

May God bless you and keep you and give you courage to reach your full potential.

I look to Him for my strength always.

Jenny W. Andrews Copyright 2020