Year in Review

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Well, this post has been a long time coming. And now, a month after completing my goal, I’m again working to carve out time to write and update this blog with my review of the entire year of blogging and a hint to what’s next. I’ve been ridiculously busy—too busy, actually—but I’ve also hesitated to say what I plan to do because then that understandable pressure of actually doing it will start hounding me every day.

(sigh) Accountability…it’s simultaneously wonderful and uncomfortable…

Anyway, last February, when I started this blog, it was after much time, pondering, and deliberation. I’d like to say that I was planning everything out, getting organized on my goals and plans, but really I was trying to get over being fearful and let go of some perfectionist tendencies—such a bad combo.

Anyway, once I made myself just start blogging, it was less scary. There was still lots of pressure and lots of work, but less fear.

My daily goal of writing made me rework my priorities, Continue reading

Month 8 in Review

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This month has been busy and hard in a lot of ways. From the unusual to the unexpected–my dad came to town last week!!!–I found myself missing a lot of days because my attention was diverted elsewhere. The good thing is that even though I missed a whole week of posting–Thanks Dad! And really, thank you!–I’m not freaking out, feeling as if I’ve failed at blogging. This week, I’m just going to pick things back up and keep it going.

In the past few weeks, I’ve found some great resources for writers and bloggers, and writer-bloggers, so I feel like I’m learning a lot, practicing my writing and making more time to read and learn about writing. I’m also being more mindful of submitting my work and keeping my eyes open for great contests and opportunities to learn more about agents, publishing, and non-writing things writers do like book talks, promotion, networking, etc. The learning curve has felt steep for someone who’s only ever wanted to write and has paid little attention to all those other details. (sigh)

I’ve also gained some more motivation to organize things in such a way that I can tackle the two book ideas I have in the near future. But we’ll see…

Now, onto the review: Continue reading

I Almost Wrote Something…

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germs
[noun, plural]

1. a microorganism, especially when disease-producing; microbe.
2. a bud, offshoot, or seed.
3. the rudiment of a living organism; an embryo in its early stages.
4. the initial stage in development or evolution, as a germ cell or ancestral form.
5. something that serves as a source or initial stage for subsequent development

After sneezing three times in a row today, which is very abnormal for me, I realized that somehow someone’s germs have tried to take up residence in my body. So instead of pushing myself to write something–which I almost did until the thought of sleep started lulling me away from my computer like the Pied Piper of Hamelin–I decided to see if I could get some rest. I literally laid down around noon and for the most part I slept like a bump on a log. (sigh) Sleep and Zicam are my friends.

I’ll see if I can double post tomorrow, or just extend my posting to Saturday. We’ll see…

Here’s to hoping that everyone else is healthy, rested, and refusing sickness!

Nighty-night!