I listened to a book on cd, Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls these past two weeks. Walls calls it a True Life Novel about her grandmother Lily Casey Smith. If you like bigger than life characters, well Lily is one. The story takes place mostly in West Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona in the early 1900's up through the 50's. This is a period when ranch life in the Wild West crashed into the 20th century. This book is a story of hard work, persistence, bull-headedness, and creating opportunities for yourself. It is a story of dreams.

Wow, that sounds like characteristics a writer has to have or adopt in today's uphill publishing climate.

It's easy to become mired in the minutia of work and family and daily life and lose sight of our dreams.

What I loved about Lily was she had a dream for herself and she seldom wavered from it. Not that things always worked out the way she planned. Far from it, at times. But she'd make a plan and work that plan every day. Whether it was selling bootleg liquor, picking up bottles on the side of the road with her kids, or turning a used hearse into a school bus and taxi. Lili squirreled away her hard earned money to go to school and later to buy a ranch. She knew that to get ahead she had to arm herself with more than a willingness to work.

What are you doing to create a Bigger Than Life thread in your life?

It isn't connected with how much money we have or the prestige of any job.

It is fire within you. A passion for a dream.

What are the steps you can take Today to move toward that dream?

And tomorrow?