Friday, January 18, 2019

Celebrate the Small Things-January 18, 2019

It's Friday! Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain! I am her co-host.

The power cord for my laptop broke this week, but I was able to get a replacement for a reasonable price. Phew! When it first broke, I went through all kinds of stress and worry about what would happen if I couldn't replace it right away. Now I can relax and get back to work.

We're currently waiting for a snowstorm that's supposed to be hitting later today. Hopefully it doesn't get too bad since my husband has to work tonight, but we'll see how the weather goes. Iowa weather can be a tad unpredictable.

I'm hoping to get a lot of good writing done this weekend, as well as some reading. That sure sounds nice, especially since it's going to be a snowy and cold one outside.

What would you like to celebrate?

Friday, January 11, 2019

Celebrate the Small Things-January 11, 2019

It's Friday! Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain! I am her co-host!

First of all, I finished the puzzle I set out to do last weekend. I won't admit how late I stayed up working on it. Apparently I can get pretty focused on a task and lose track of time. I definitely want to do another puzzle soon, but I may have to set strict limits about how long I spend on it at a time.

Anyway, here's a picture of the finished product. I apologize for the quality of the photo. I don't have a good camera right now.

The boys have a day off school due to a teacher in-service, so they're excited about a three day weekend. Who doesn't love a three day weekend? We don't have a lot planned. My husband has started working a new shift, so he isn't home on the weekend anymore. That means my weekend should be reasonably quiet. The good part of this new shift, though, is my husband is home during most of the week, so he gets to see the kids more than he used to.

I'm hoping to get a lot of writing done this weekend. Wish me luck!

What would you like to celebrate?

Friday, January 4, 2019

Celebrate the Small Things-January 4, 2019

It's Friday! Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain! I am her co-host.

I'm currently celebrating a return to normalcy. As much as I enjoy the holidays and having my kids all home with me, it's nice to have a slightly quieter house during the day. The boys were also eager to get back to school and see all their friends again.

The weather here is currently much warmer than we could typically expect for January, and I have no complaints about that. I'm sure we'll pay the price for it somewhere down the line, so I intend to enjoy the warmth while I can.

I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home. As much as I enjoy getting out and doing new things, there's something to be said about staying home and taking it easy. I'm hoping to get some good writing done, and I've also been working on a jigsaw puzzle. That sounds just about perfect to me right about now.

And finally, I'm celebrating having the top story in the IWSG anthology contest. If you haven't had the chance, feel free to pop over and see who the other winners are. I can't wait to read everyone else's stories!

What would you like to celebrate?

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Insecure Writer's Support Group: January 2019

It's the first Wednesday of the month, and that means it's time to convene another meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group! Our leader Alex J. Cavanaugh has rounded up another great cohort of co-hosts for this month: Patricia Lynne, Lisa Buie-Collard, Kim Lajevardi, and Fundy Blue.

Today the winners of the IWSG Anthology Contest are being announced, so you should definitely check that out at the IWSG website!

I'd like to start off by telling everyone Happy New Year! I hope 2019 holds many wonderful things in store for all of you. It's certainly shaping up to be an eventful year for me already. I'm expecting a baby girl in May, and I have a lot of writing goals for the upcoming year that I'd like to meet.

Another exciting part of 2019 is the fact that my short story "Oddly Suited" gets to be part of the upcoming IWSG anthology. Not only that, but it was chosen as the top story. This is the second time that's happened to me, which was stunning, to say the least. When I got the email about it, I was in shock. I had fun writing my submission, and while I felt good about it, I also knew how stiff the competition is. It took some time for the news to sink in. It definitely gave me a much needed boost of confidence where my writing is concerned.

Now let's move on to the question of the month.

The optional question for January is: What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?

This is an interesting question. I don't get a lot of questions about my writing, but when I do, they certainly follow a theme. I like it when people ask why I like to write and what kinds of stories I like to tell. These are subjects I could talk about all day.

One of the most unwelcome questions I get, however, comes after someone asks which genre I like to write in. While plenty of people love science fiction, I've encountered many others who thinks it's silly. I've also met people with good intentions who think it would be a better career move for me to write in a different genre. When people ask "Why don't you try to write this genre instead?" I tend to get a little bit defensive. I love the kinds of stories I tell, and I feel protective of them. It takes passion to tell a compelling story. If I don't feel excited about a story, then I'm not going to enjoy writing it, and that will show in the final product. Sometimes people don't understand that.

What kinds of questions do people ask you about your writing?

Friday, December 28, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things-December 28, 2018

It's Friday! Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain! I am her co-host.

We had a wonderful Christmas here. The kids loved their gifts, and we got to spend some good quality time with family. We had no snow on the ground for Christmas, which is unusual for where we live. I didn't mind, though. It made for safer driving conditions than we've had in the past, which was nice.

I had an ultrasound the day after Christmas, and I'm excited to announce that I'm having a baby girl! That means I'll have two boys and two girls. I'll have a full house in 2019, won't I?

As far as writing goes, I'm feeling pretty positive at the moment. Writers often have ups and downs. We may be surging in confidence one month, only to be plagued with doubt the next. Since I'm currently in a positive place, I plan to take advantage of that and get some good work done.

Lastly, I can't believe it's the last Friday of 2018! The year has flown by for me. I'm looking forward to 2019, though. I hope it'll be a good year.

What would you like to celebrate?

Friday, December 21, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things-December 21, 2018

It's Friday! Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain! I am her co-host.

I'm celebrating the fact that my son Lyle got student of the month for his class, and he got to be honored at a high school basketball game last night. Both he and Jude were excited to watch the game, and Zoe kept following the tiger mascot around the school so she could hug him. All in all, it was a good night.

Editing on my novel WIP is going slow, but I'm happy with the progress I've made so far. I plan to keep working on it as much as I can over the next week, though I'm certainly going to be busy with other things, too. We'll see how it goes.

To all of you out there who celebrate, I'd like to say Merry Christmas! My kids are definitely excited. I absolutely love watching them get out of bed on Christmas morning and rush to the tree to open their presents.

What would you like to celebrate?

Friday, December 14, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things-December 14, 2018

It's Friday! Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain! I am her co-host.

My boys had a school Christmas concert last night. They always enjoy being on stage. Jude's class was part of a short musical that made up the last half of the concert, and he had some lines to memorize. He worked so hard on them and was so excited about learning his part.

I finished writing and editing a short story this week. I submitted it on Wednesday. Whether it ends up being accepted or not, it always feels good to submit my work.

I also pulled out a novel draft that's mostly written. Right now it's sitting at about 88,000 words. The ending tripped me up, so I put it down for a little while. I plan to start reading through it, making some notes, and coming up with some idea of how to end it. Then I can hopefully start editing it!

Also, I'm excited to announce that my short story "A Meal for Dragons" has been published in the newly release Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, Volume 5. This was such a fun story to write! You can find the book for sale on Amazon. You can also add it on Goodreads!

What would you like to celebrate?