Friday, December 1, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things-December 1, 2017

It's Friday!  Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa CainTonja Drecker and I are her co-hosts.

My boys excitedly wrote out their Christmas lists for Santa this week.  I'm so proud of how much they've learned and what a good job they did writing those lists.  I'm also impressed with the sheer number of items they put on there.  Santa is going to have his work cut out for him.

I set myself some goals for the month of November.  While I didn't do NaNo, I still wanted to challenge myself.  The goal was to write a complete rough draft for a short story and add 15,000 words to my novel.  How did I do?  Well, I did indeed complete the rough draft for that short story.  On that front I was successful.  And how about my novel?  How many words did I add?

Drumroll, please.

I added 15,o37 words.  I didn't blow past my goal like I'd hoped I might early in the month, and for a little while there it seemed possible I might.  Then Zoe's birthday and Thanksgiving happened, and I lost some momentum there.

Still, I achieved my goal, even if it was only by the skin of my teeth.  It's still a win, and I'll celebrate it!  And I'd like to congratulate anyone who made it through NaNo this month.  I admire you for that.

And finally, I'd like to celebrate these little beauties that came in the mail.  Earlier this month, I learned I'd won a Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children boxed set through a giveaway on Goodreads, and I just received it this week.

Also, the 2018 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide is coming out, and I just got my author copies in the mail.  Aren't they pretty?  

If you'd like to learn more about the book, you can check it out on Goodreads.

What would you like to celebrate?


  1. My lists were always long. Now they are really short and often nonexistent.
    Good job on hitting both goals last month.

  2. Congrats on the rough draft and the word goal.

    It's always fun to get books in the mail.

  3. Hubby has that boxed set because he loved that series. The movie and the changes it made offended the crap out of him too. That amuses me to no end. >8D

  4. Wow, congrats on hitting your goals. Happy Birthday to Zoe!!! I saved so many of my children's Christmas lists. These are the good days, enjoy!!!

  5. Congrats on the amazing win! And your books look gorgeous. Congrats on hitting that writing goal, too. I 'used' NaNo to push through revisions. I only got about half way through w/ 25,000, but I'm happy.