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Not A Wash, But A Blur

Where did February go? Seriously, have you seen it? I have checked everywhere, in every nook and cranny, around every corner, under the carpets, behind furniture. Everywhere. The only conclusion I can reach is that it has vanished.

February, for all its shortfalls, not the least of which is the tiny number of days, was a big month. It included business travel, personal travel, an everlasting winter cold, a 3-year-old with a changing sleep cycle and a new big-girl bed. I experienced tremendous physical change, emotional turmoil and a whole lot of metacognition. I attended approximately one million board and committee meetings, discovered insomnia, and finally got back on my bike after finding the Global Cycling Network on YouTube and banished soda from my fridge.

Thank God that in my life there is, well, God. He’s not for everyone but He’s for me. Also, rock-solid family stability, and more relevant to this blog, good ol’ pen and paper.

For all the running around, tossing and turning, planning, preparing, and so forth, my mind continues to make room for literary adventures. My “I’d like to write this someday” list has breached 50 titles, mostly picture books but some articles, early readers, and chapter books, too. And… some progress, in the past month I’ve managed to pen three manuscripts that I’m absolutely wild about. Granted, they need serious time and devotion before I’ll let anyone else see them, but they are golden in my heart and that’s a great starting point since I write to fulfill my own needs.

But it’s not all about me. In fact, the more I stake my claim on being a writer (I SO love saying that I’m a writer) I’m ever more impressed with the likes of real go-getters like Alayne Kay Christian, Stacy Stenberg Jensen, Becky Fyfe, Shannon Fimbel Abercrombie, Tara Lazar, Mira Reisberg, Elaine Kiely Kearns, and Julie Foster Hedlund. These incredible people and their very familiar names keep popping up in my news feeds with posts and blogs and instructions and accomplishments and all the while, I’m like, HOW DO THEY DO IT?! I don’t think I had even one blog post this past month. Maybe one, early on, but maybe not. And I missed the deadline to list my two submissions in SUB SIX. Really? I couldn’t write two sentences? And in 12 x 12, which I LOOOOOOVE, I basically disappeared right there along with February.

Thankfully, it’s a new month, a longer month! A warmer month! The third month! Insert weird fun fact that I love the number three and all of its multiples. No idea why. And this month, I mean business! More submissions, more serious devotion to an agent search, more group participation, and maybe, maybe more sleep. Dare to dream.

Most Recent Steps:

*Developed a portfolio plan/path
*Purchased the new 2014 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market
*Signed up for a regional SCBWI event

Finding My Voice

During the past year, I’ve found and joined groups, made connections, and gained insight to the process of, at least, becoming a writer. Dare I say in casual conversations I’ve even let it slip out that I AM a writer, a very bold statement of commitment. I get a little giddy every time it slips out, too. Funny, I also feel guilty if I say I’m a writer and yet, at that exact moment, am not writing. Is that weird or what? But thank goodness for the start of this year, and for resolutions and goals. And thank goodness for some amazing community heavy’s who warmly poke and prod at me every single day to get up and write something. Specifically, the women behind Start The Year Off Write, 12 x 12 and Sub Six. These groups/clubs have sparked a fire in me, and I’ve literally written something every day of this year. I realize it has only been 16 days, but it’s a start.

I also found my voice through these groups. I’ve begun speaking up and commenting, at first with a simple “I agree!” or “Great job!” but it’s something. And until now, I’ve been tremendously timid about letting anyone else read my work for fear they might burst my “I love it so much” bubble. However, after participating, and commenting on other community members’ First 250 Words and query letters, I realize it’s a good thing. In fact, it’s a GREAT thing and I cannot wait to submit my first 250. As far as I can see from other shared feedback, I only stand to learn and to make new friends and acquaintances.

So today, even in the wee, wee morning hours in Billund, Denmark, where I am visiting on business, I’m writing this latest blog post after already having mapped a brainstorm session around a chicken-centric story, and added new details to a BBQ-basted (haha) story, I’m ready for the day. Actually, I’m ready for nightfall, when I get to elaborate on my ideas and jump back into various writers’ forums where I can continue to learn this craft of writing, and speaking up.

 

Most Recent Steps:

*Submit stories to Rate Your Story for a general score – first score returned… 5. It’s a start.
*Enter seasonal and monthly writing contests through the Institute of Children’s Literature, Highlights, and RYS
*Actively participate in 12 x 12 by reading and sharing thoughts on stories and queries.
*Write, brainstorm, formulate, write, revise, get ready to share.