Monday, December 12, 2011

You Didn't Even Know





Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.   

Daniel Boorstin


Have you considered what you've learned this year?

Or what you didn't know you didn't know?

I have. 

For instance...

It's great fun to co-author a novel.

Challenging too, but oh so rewarding.

 It leads to character development.

Yours and the people in the book.

What have you learned this year?

Did you know you didn't know it?

:)

Happy writing,

Karen




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36 comments :

  1. Yes and I was just telling someone last night. I learned this week...

    FDR was given cocaine right before he gave his declaration of war on Japan.

    Sorry that fact still amazes me. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  2. Hi Karen -

    I've learned how to be a better listener, to know when to hold my ground or yield, and what a fine "partner in literary crime" you make. :)

    Blessings,
    Susan

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  3. I hope your book is going good! I learned how to write a better romance novel:)

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  4. Jules,
    Wow. I had not idea! That is disturbing, for sure. This is when we pray our leaders have good advisers, to make decisions around these sorts of things.

    Susan,
    Thanks so much, Susan. Right back at you! :)

    Terri,
    It's going, slowly, but it's going. Thanks! Glad you are making progress too!

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  5. You don't know what you don't know!

    I've learned I like detailed work more than I thought.

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  6. I'm learning something new about myself every day. I'm learning to remember what REALLY matters while I'm persevering towards my own goals.

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  7. Recently offered to read through a new friend's (and new author's) work. I was surprised by reading her work at what I've learned along the way.

    Such a testimony to keepin' at it.
    ~ Wendy

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  8. This year has educated me in the area of relationships--both with friends and family. I've learned to be a better communicator and listener, and also when to give space and demand it of others. In particular, I didn't know that I needed some fine tunin' in the area of listening and giving space, but life has a way of guiding us down the right path. It's up to us to choose to walk it, right?

    Love the stillness and beauty of the picture you chose for this post!

    Blessings to you and yours.

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  9. I've learned so much this year. I'm not sure where to start. I'm so glad you found a great writing partner. Those are priceless.

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  10. Diane,
    You are right! Although if you slant it, you could say, for example, I don't know anything about being an electrician. In my case that would be correct. lol

    Heather,
    Oh yes, I like that. I think that's something we can all probably brush up on sometimes! :)

    Wendy,
    There are so many opportunities out there to learn, aren't there? Keeping at it is a good thing.

    Janette,
    Oh, I hear you. Could use some polishing in that area myself! :) Glad you liked the picture, thanks! :)

    Ciara,
    Oh amen to that! Priceless is exactly it. Goodness, yes. :)

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  11. I learned, just today, that NCR (when referencing paper) means "No Carbon Required". It came up over a conversation about the cc at the end of a letter, which initially meant "Carbon Copy" but is also referred to as "Courtsey Copy".

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  12. I learned some really cool facts about Bethlehem, PA. Like the steel in the Golden Gate bridge, and the Washington Bridge in NY was manufactured there!

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  13. I've learned AGAIN that the less I realize I know, the more open I am to learn. I also learned a lot of things NOT TO DO again - yeah, that wasn't much fun.

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  14. Sally,
    I didn't know that - the cc thing. So you really do learn something new everyday!

    Jennifer,
    I did not know that either! That is cool. Glad you had a good time!

    Annie,
    This is very true! Yeah, the not fun part, well, at least we can say that we're build character...BTW - Happy Birthday!

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  15. I'm scared over how much I didn't know that I still don't know. And now I'm not sure I want to know. Because once I know it all, what then? Who said ignorance was bliss really understood my dilemma.

    Merry Christmas, Ms Karen.

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  16. I am learning Hebrew and I didn't know that I could actually do it! Learning a new alphabet is not easy, but it can be done. I am still amazed!

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  17. I've never co-authored, so I'm not there yet with learning about that experience.

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  18. Joylene,
    I feel the same way! That ignorance is bliss thing really hits home sometimes, doesn't it? Ah well, if we knew everything I think our lives would be boring! :)

    Marja,
    Hebrew, well, good for you! I started to learn Greek in a college class and ended up dropping out before I learned a whole bunch. Might be nice to give it a go sometime.

    Lydia,
    I've learned a whole bunch, not just about working with someone, but about fiction mechanics too.

    Happy Monday!
    Karen

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  19. I've learned that landing an agent doesn't mean the hard work is over. It's just begun! :)

    Have a great week, Karen!

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  20. I didn't know I had so much patience. Patience to withstand so much. Even with my querying. Patience is wonderful, amigo.

    (((hugs)))

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  21. Excellent question, Karen.

    I've learned that ALL my worries are a waste of time and energy, for even if the things I fretted over do come true, God will get me through. Hey, that sounds like a song!

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  22. Sarah,
    Ah yes, I can only imagine! Sometimes I wonder what we're thinking. lol

    Robyn,
    Patience is a wonderful thing. I just can't say that I ask for it directly. :)

    Jen,
    So I think you should write that song! It is a good one. :)

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  23. Love that quote from Boorstin. Very Twainish in nature.

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  24. Oh, gracious. How much time do you have? This really needs to be done in person.

    But I really like that quote. So true! And Mr. Tremp is right - it does sound like Twain.

    You're good at making us think...

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  25. I have learned lots this year, Karen. and not just related to writing. Have a good week.

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  26. Like one of your readers had said, being a better listener and not judging someone so fast for myself. Richard

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  27. Stephen,
    Yes, it does sound Twain-ish, doesn't it! Congrats again on your 500th post!

    Rhonda,
    Okay, so we need to meet at the spa to discuss this, then right? I'm in. Se you there! Perhaps someday. :)

    Rachna,
    Me too! Some I've gotten better at applying, others not as much. Getting there!

    Richard,
    That's always a good thing, don't you think? I know I need a refresher in this area. Often!

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  28. Hello Karen! Nice post. What did I learn this year? hmmmmm I learned that if one is patient, it pays off. At LAST I am writing feature stories and taking photographs for a weekly newspaper. It's so wonderful to do what you love and get paid for it, too!

    I am SO HAPPY it's not funny.

    Take care and have a terrific Wednesday! Susan

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  29. There's so much I know I don't know that if I ponder it too much I'll go crazy. LOL

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  30. nice post! thanks for sharing...blessings soraya

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  31. Susan,
    Congratulations! How exciting! I am sure you will be a great success. :)

    Lisa,
    Yes, I see your point! So ponder in small spurts perhaps? I'm with you; no sense in being overwhelmed.

    Soraya,
    Thank you! Thanks also for stopping by today.

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  32. Karen:
    I have learned it takes time and commitment to write a column.

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  33. Laura,
    I know. Kinda makes me think, you know?

    Cecelia,
    It does, that's for sure. Congrats on that achievement!

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  34. Ohhhh, a REAL writer! I am always working on being a better writer. So much to learn!

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  35. Gwen,
    Thanks for stopping by and following! Enjoyed my stop at your blog. Have a great weekend!
    Karen

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