Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
My motto last January was "Everything's Fine in 2009".
I tried to believe it.
But 2009 was not so divine. A lot of things are extremely fine, but I don't know if everything is fine for anyone. So I was thinking I needed a new motto for 2010. Something that gives me courage to face the things that aren't fine and helps me be excited for all the new challenges.
What is 2010?
"Trying Again in 2010"
"Endure to the End of 2010"
"Begin Again in 2010"
Whatever 2010 is, it's not like the cars that have already been built. The new year hasn't started yet and the possibilities really are endless. No matter what I already know will happen, there is so many more things no one can know. I love the adventure, the mystery. I love the fact that no matter who you are, all around the world everyone will be making their own 2010.
I've been reading the new year's resolutions from the comments left on the contest. If you haven't dropped a comment yet, you've got a little more time. Lots of people want to lose weight. Some want to read more. Be less stressed. Stop swearing. Spend less money.
And then there are a few who don't make resolutions.
All of these have left me thinking. What do I need to do to be a better me? I can't pick up the typical resolutions and copy them. I'm a totally different person than most. I really shouldn't resolve to do some of the same things, but at the same time, there are other things I need more of. And how will I know if I've met my goals if I don't have any.
I tell kids all the time that if they don't have a dream, their dream can't come true. If you don't have a resolution, you can't complete it. If you don't want to change, you won't.
I know we all tick a little different.
Most of my resolutions are in my head instead of somewhere where the world can see them. I'm hoping that 2010 will be an even better year.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
And all through the house
Every creature was stirring
Except for the mouse- (we got rid of him last week)
All the stockings were hung
By the fake chimney with care
In hopes that St. Nicolas
Soon would be there
I in my PJ’s and
My cute hubby in his too
Are trying to remember
Where we stashed all the goods
We’ve got presents hidden
All over the house
And the shop
And down the street
And we can’t remember exactly what
We spent hours wrapping
So on Christmas morning
We’ll all have fun unwrapping
Like most years
Santa’s workshop is still going
Making toys for little ones
Who will wake up tomorrow without ever knowing
That the man in the suit
Is someone they’ve always known
And Mrs. Claus
Is never far from home
And even though Christmas
Isn’t about presents
And my precious angels
Haven’t forgotten who sent us
Here on Earth to be tested
To have families and love
Who gave us the biggest gift
Of eternal happiness from above
I still can’t wait
For the floor to be covered
With wrapping paper and toys
Good St. Nick can be counted on
For my sweet girls and boys.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Using random.org - the winner is
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
And, as if anyone needed a reminder, it's the last week of school before Christmas break. At least where I live. The last week of early mornings. The last week of quiet afternoons to write. The last week of a regularly scheduled life.
It's good and bad. Good because I love lazy mornings where kids don't have to rush off to school. I love watching them build snowmen and snow forts and play together like life was made specifically for that. Good because Christmas is so close and it's so much fun.
And, the down side is smaller. I'll be honest. I'm going to miss having a couple quiet hours a day to write. I know. I'm selfish, but I love quiet afternoons where it's just me and my laptop. I'm going to have to lock myself somewhere and write anyway. Yeah, I'm that addicted to it. I should joing writers anonomous or something. It's just that I've got this story I started a couple weeks ago and I'm totally in love right now. I don't want to miss the momentum.
Don't worry, I haven't lost track of priority #1- my family. Fortunately I get lots of opportunities to spend quality time with them- one of the major perks of being a stay-at-home mom.
And for those of you who like updates on the writing side-- here you go. For the year 2009 I met nearly all of my writers group goals. When my group decided to make goals, I was nervous. I had never committed to anyone any amount of writing or goals. I barely nail myself down to what I want when it comes to writing. But, for what it's worth I.....
*Had Alvor come out as a published book and worked hard to market it by doing signings.
*Put together a school visit and had opportunities to get out there and present.
*Worked on my unfinished novel. Uhm, it's still unfinished though.
*Sent stuff out to agents. Total waste of time. I'm going to have to start over with this one when I get my new book written.
*Started writing a completely unrelated book. This last one I didn't even know for sure what the book would be until a couple weeks ago. In fact, when we had our last meeting, I had to admit that this goal wasn't met. I still need to finish it, but at least I'm off to a good start.
So, what about 2010?
I know. It's kind of early for new year's resolutions, but....
*Find a publisher for Book 2 of Alvor.
*Finish writing the book I started this month.
*Send it out to agents.
*Eat lots and lots of dark chocolate until I find one.
*Finish the unfinished book that I started last year if it's the last thing I do.
*Go to writers conferences and have a total blast.
Good goals. I think I can even do them. Especially the eating dark chocolate one. I've got that covered. I guess that means I'm going to have to keep exercising in 2010 so I don't turn into the goodyear blimp while I'm at it, but you don't get to hear about my other new year's resolutions...
Thursday, December 10, 2009
So, here's the gist of it. I tell you five things of the following....
Five North American Cities in Which I’d Seriously Consider Living:
(I'm going to say other than Boise where I love love love to live)
1. Mesa, AZ
2. Sandy, UT
3. Harrisburg, PA
4. Elkton, MD
5. St. George, UT
Five Songs to Which I know all the Words:
Lots of hymns, primary songs and Christmas songs. I'm never sure if I know all the words to songs on the radio.
Five Foods I’d Hope to have in Unlimited Quantities on a Desert Island:
4. Cheese- let's just hope this deserted island has refridgeration :)
5. dark chocolate. Would life on a deserted island be worth it without it?
Five Chores I Should be doing instead of Blogging:
2. I don't know. I'm blocking housework from my brain right now.
Five Childhood Friends I’d like to See Again:
Okay. Now you all are sure of what a boring person I really am. I'm supposed to tag five more people. I'm thinking about it. I'm not so great at this tagging thing.
Monday, December 7, 2009
I'm sure that would have looked great on a Christmas card.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Do you want to win a new YA book?
Here's the rules....
Leave a comment with your favorite line from Alvor and what page # it's on. Believe me, I'll know if your page # is right. Super easy. I'm looking forward to your answers.
Yeah, I know this is tricky, you have to actually have a copy of Alvor around for this to work, but it's worth it, right?
***And, to qualify, you have to be a follower of this blog. Also, to simplify the process of notifying the winner, you MUST leave your e-mail address. ***
+1 link this contest to something (your blog, twitter, facebook, website, etc) Please include what you linked it to
+1 if someone enters the contest and mentions that you sent them here - they have to say your name to get the extra entry
Contest ends December 19 at 12 PM MST. Yeah, I made it noon so I would have time to post the winner on Saturday. We use random.org to choose the winner.
I'm really liking the idea of giving away other books- so we might have to keep doing it. If you're anything like me, I run out of things to read on a regular basis. It's fun to have a fresh book around.