Posts Tagged ‘perseverance’

Writing Career Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan Loves Stories About Words

Tuesday night, my sister and I dined at Squat & Gobble Cafe & Crepery before going to my gig with fellow Women’s National Book Association member Birgit Soyka at BookShop West Portal.

At first I thought the eatery was called Squab & Gobble, but, the name is Squat & Gobble. Why “Squat” ?  Chickens squat. People squat.  Squatting is done with the lower half of our body. Why “Gobble” ? Gobbling is done with our mouths.

What’s the lore behind the phrase squat and gobble?

Here’s a story about the Chinese word for “heart”:   The word “heart” is inside the words “grace,” “forgiveness,” “perseverance,” “compassion.” The word “heart” is inside the word “love” thus love made of heart.

What was our gig?


Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Manuscript Consultant

author of Love Made of Heart

Writing Career Coach

author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW


This is the speech by author Teresa LeYung Ryan at the 2009 San Francisco Writers Conference:

What is fortitude?  Strength of mind that enables One to encounter adversity with courage.

Of the 12 animals on the Chinese zodiac, the Ox embodies that trait. Fortitude. 18 days ago, we entered a new lunar calendar year. The Year of the Ox.

The story goes like this:

When the Buddha invited all of the animals-in-creation to come to him, the Ox was the second to arrive. He was beaten only through the cunning of the Rat who had made the journey riding on the Ox’s back and then hopping off last minute.  But the Ox arrived ahead of all the other animals for one simple reason….the Buddha had called him.

We -the presenters, the volunteers, the  sponsors, vendors, the board members of the San Francisco Writers Conference, BookShop West Portal, and the Women’s National Book Association-we have arrived for the simple reason . . . that Michael & Elizabeth and Barbara & Linda have called on us.

We are here to help you on your writer’s journey. In this industry, we can’t all get there first, but, through perseverance, we can make our dreams come true.

My co-presenter Elisa Southard and I have 3 wishes for you:

  • that you’ll have fun while learning this weekend;

  • that you’ll make new friends and help each other; and

  • after the conference when you’re home working on the craft, that you will summon the Ox and hear him say to you: “Prosperity shall be yours through hard work and fortitude.”

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