One of the great things about living in the rural part of town is the wildlife. This morning, I had a special visitor.
I don’t know what sort of bird he was, but he was beautiful. After he bumped into the sliding glass door (which does happen occasionally), he sat on the porch for a few minutes.
At first, I was worried that he was hurt, but he did flit away after a little while. Hopefully, he won’t be bumping into anymore glass windows or doors or have too bad of a headache from hitting ours.
Have you had any unexpected guests lately?
As 2014 dawned, I decided that this is a year for taking risks. Life has felt static for too long, and it’s time to go somewhere. Some things have already been accomplished (like completing the half-marathon) while others are still completely up in the air, but it feels like a better year so far than last year on many different levels. It feels good to do something.
To keep myself accountable and since most of the other bloggers I follow do so, I’m here for my first update. So, here we go.
1. Seriously work on publishing my first novel.
The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is open, and my pet project has officially been submitted. Since this is my first major goal for this publishing venture, we’re off to a great start. (Wish C.B. Wentworth and me luck!)
2. Research publishing options for my short story and just go for it.
So far so good! I entered it into a contest in January. While it wasn’t selected, that’s okay. It just means time for more research into different outlets. It will all work out in the right time.
3. Work on Novel #2.
It’s been slow going, but the protagonist is coming to life in a way she never did before. She is developing her own distinctive voice (which is different from the narrator of the first novel’s) and the plot is moving along well in the first 7,140 words.
4. Blog regularly. (No, really.)
While I would like to work towards the habit of writing on this blog twice a week at least, I have at least posted about once a week in February, for a total of six posts. Not a bad place to start.
Have you created goals for yourself this year? If so, how are they going?
It’s official. My mom and I survived our first half-marathon. I spent most of the time jogging to keep up with her long strides, but she kept us on a steady pace, and we finished in under 3 hours and 30 minutes. I would say it’s officially time to check that one off my bucket list, but my mom is already talking about doing it again next year.
In other news, it’s also a year since the young son of a friend was diagnosed with leukemia. The great news, though, is that on this one year anniversary, he’s officially cancer-free. (The good news came a few weeks ago.)
In honor of the occasion, his parents are asking people to do a random act of kindness this weekend. I haven’t decided exactly what I’m going to do, but I have a few ideas.
If you want to participate, do it for Joshua.