November 23 ROW80 Check-In

Top Priorities for the Coming Week

Finish Scrivener tutorial and add assembled blog posts into program.

Write one or two seniors’ living articles.

Continue to edit poems as I receive them.

Write two book reviews and five devotionals for Hope Stream Radio.

Complete E.P.’s book and two or more articles.

Come up with at least one idea per day for a picture book.

Last Week’s Top Priorities

Work at least two hours per day (M-F) on the book I am helping compile/ghostwrite/edit

I’ve done some work on this project, but the top priority now is to learn Scrivener because we will be using it as we proceed.

Write at least one of the four articles on seniors’ living pieces (700 words) due at the end of the month

Looks like I’ll be writing two this coming week.

Edit poems as my client gets them to me.

~ on track

Write/tweak 5-10 devotionals and 2-4 book reviews for possible inclusion on a new Internet radio station

The devotionals have been sent off for approval. I have yet to complete the reviews.

Spend 2.5-5 hours working on assembling at least one ebook.

I will be using the devotionals in an ebook, so I sorta, kinda accomplished this goal.

Come up with at least one idea per day for a children’s picture book

I have oodles of ideas. I should have over 70 by the end of the month. Then I’ll have to start developing submittable ideas.

Develop a blog schedule for this site that I can stick with

~ still a work in progress

Complete Erin MacPherson’s The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby and read 3-5 articles published in professional journals (as part of my doula recertification requirements)

I downloaded the articles and read three. I didn’t read as much of the book as I would have liked.

Writing Goals

Morning Pages … instead of Monday-Friday, I’m thinking M, W, & F would be more doable

~ still not a regular habit

Work on ebooks … Life Through the Lens (my photographs plus inspirational quotations), Well-Versed (a collection of my poems), If You Love Me (devotionals based on the gospel of John), Just Write (collection of writing tips and prompts), and Fit Tips (I hope to have at least one close to completion by the end of the year and the others well on the way by the end of 2015.)

By ready I may or may not mean actually have it available online … since I’ve never done so before.

Blogging Goals

Write a post for my website weekly

I’ve heard it’s best to post a minimum of two times per week. I think I’ll set that as my goal, at least from now until the end of the year. (This would not include my weekly ROW80 post.)

Write a post for Monday Motivation (writing tips and prompts) and another for Kimberley Payne’s site (fitness tips)

~ on track

Publication/Research/Submission Goals

~ explore publication options for my ebooks

~ research market guide for picture book markets

~ submit at least two picture books by the end of the round

Reading Goals

I would like to complete these four books by year end.

Janet Sketchley’s Secrets and Lies

Cathy West’s Yesterday’s Tomorrow (rev.)

Erin MacPherson’s The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby

Larry and Kathy Miller’s Never Ever Be the Same 

Fitness Goals

I’m temporarily setting aside official fitness goals, but I will keep you posted on my successes.

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November 16 ROW Check-In

Top Priorities for the Coming Week

Work at least two hours per day (M-F) on the book I am helping compile/ghostwrite/edit

Write at least one of the four articles on seniors’ living pieces (700 words) due at the end of the month

Edit poems as my client gets them to me.

Write/tweak 5-10 devotionals and 2-4 book reviews for possible inclusion on a new Internet radio station

Spend 2.5-5 hours working on assembling at least one ebook.

Complete Erin MacPherson’s The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby and read 3-5 articles published in professional journals (as part of my doula recertification requirements)

Last Week’s Top Priorities

Work at least two hours per day (M-F) on the book I am helping compile/ghostwrite/edit

Let’s just say I plan to do better this coming week.

Complete the devotional and children’s script for possible inclusion on a new Internet radio station (one of my goals from last week)

I finally got the children’s script written. I’m just waiting to her what they think of it. I assembled several devotionals that will need some tweaking.

Come up with at least one idea per day for a children’s picture book

~ on track … and then some

Submit one or two picture book/magazine story ideas

~ um, no

Write at least one of the four articles on seniors’ living pieces (700 words) due at the end of the month

I wrote two; let the cheers ring out.

Develop a blog schedule for this site that I can stick with

~ schedule written; sticking to it … we’ll see

Complete Erin MacPherson’s The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby and read 3-5 articles published in professional journals (as part of my doula recertification requirements)

~ bumped to this coming week

Writing Goals

Morning Pages … instead of Monday-Friday, I’m thinking M, W, & F would be more doable

Work on ebooks … Life Through the Lens (my photographs plus inspirational quotations), Well-Versed (a collection of my poems), If You Love Me (devotionals based on the gospel of John), Just Write (collection of writing tips and prompts), and Fit Tips (I hope to have at least one close to completion by the end of the year and the others well on the way by the end of 2015.)

Blogging Goals

Write a post for my website weekly

Write a post for Monday Motivation (writing tips and prompts) and another for Kimberley Payne’s site (fitness tips)

Publication/Research/Submission Goals

~ explore publication options for my ebooks

~ research market for picture book markets

~ submit at least two picture books by the end of the round

Reading Goals

So, here are the novels I have on the go right now . . .

Laura Jackson’s Worth the Wait (completed, write review by the end of the round)

Janet Sketchley’s Secrets and Lies (read 3+ chaps this week)

Cathy West’s Yesterday’s Tomorrow (rev.) (same)

. . . and the nonfiction books . . .

Erin MacPherson’s The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby

Larry and Kathy Miller’s Never Ever Be the Same (Let’s say I’ll read two chapters this week.)

Fitness Goals

~ walk more

~ restart resistance program

~ possibly pop in a workout DVD at least twice this week

~ eat better

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Sunday ROW Check-In

… a day late

Top Priorities for the Coming Week

Work at least two hours per day (M-F) on the book I am helping compile/ghostwrite/edit

Complete the devotional and children’s script for possible inclusion on a new Internet radio station (one of my goals from last week)

Come up with at least one idea per day for a children’s picture book

Submit one or two picture book/magazine story ideas

Write at least one of the four articles on seniors’ living pieces (700 words) due at the end of the month

Develop a blog schedule for this site that I can stick with

Complete Erin MacPherson’s The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby and read 3-5 articles published in professional journals (as part of my doula recertification requirements)

Last Week’s Top Priorities

Work on compiling/editing/adding to a client’s ebook (Not as much as I would have liked)

Make suggestions to improve the book a second client is writing (We’re going to get together to discuss this. I think her story would work well as creative nonfiction.)

Complete a final read-through of a third client’s compilation of devotionals (Done … hooray!)

Complete a devotional and a children’s script for possible inclusion on a new Internet radio station (I’ll have lots more to share in the future as I’m getting in on the ground floor of this project.) (Bumped to this week.)

Prep for vendor display at a fundraiser I’m participating in next Saturday (Done … I sold a book, handed out a few business cards and brochures, and made a connection with a lady who may considering hiring me to coauthor/ghostwrite her book)

Come up with at least one idea per day for a children’s picture book (I’m participating in PiBoIdMo for the third consecutive year. Yay!) (Done … I love PiBoIdMo.)

Writing Goals

Morning Pages . . . instead of Monday-Friday, I’m thinking M, W, & F would be more doable

I have begun compiling a file of writing prompts and tips I’ve shared on Christian Editing Services’ Monday Motivation blog and hope to make it available as an ebook.

I have also begun compiling the fitness tips I wrote for Kimberley Payne’s blog. I would like to expand upon this collection and make it available as an ebook as well.

I am also considering compiling a collection of my poetry to be published as yet another ebook.

I am also working on a book of devotionals based on the gospel of John. It’s going to take quite awhile to get it together, but I hope to make significant headway before the end of the year. These devotionals may be used on the new radio station as well as being published as an ebook.

I am bumping back my goal to compile and publish Life Through the Lens to 2015, though it would make a lovely Christmas gift … hmm, I may have to reconsider.

Blogging Goals

Write a post for my website (My new aim is to do this weekly.)

Write a post for Monday Motivation and two for Kimberley’s site (I missed last week.)

Publication Goals

I would love to make at least one of the above listed ebook ideas available by mid-December. I’m not sure that will be possible, but I’ll keep you posted.

Reading Goals

So, here are the novels I have on the go right now . . .

Laura Jackson’s Worth the Wait (I should get the review written.)

Janet Sketchley’s Secrets and Lies (aim to five chapters written this week.)

Cathy West’s Yesterday’s Tomorrow (rev.) (same)

. . . and the nonfiction books . . .

Kathy Ide’s Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors (I’m going to read more … maybe this week, maybe not.)

Larry and Kathy Miller’s Never Ever Be the Same (Let’s say I’ll read two chapters this week.)

Fitness Goals

I will develop a new routine and schedule this week.

Weather permitting, I will take a walk with my hubby today. He has the day off.

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Sunday ROW80 Check-In

Goal

Top Priorities for the Coming Week

Work on compiling/editing/adding to a client’s ebook

Make suggestions to improve the book a second client is writing

Complete a final read-through of a third client’s compilation of devotionals

Complete a devotional and a children’s script for possible inclusion on a new Internet radio station (I’ll have lots more to share in the future as I’m getting in on the ground floor of this project.)

Prep for vendor display at a fundraiser I’m participating in next Saturday

Come up with at least one idea per day for a children’s picture book (I’m participating in PiBoIdMo for the third consecutive year. Yay!)

Writing Goals

Morning Pages . . . Monday-Friday (three pages of unblocking my creativity as close to first thing in the morning as possible)

- still hit and miss but had one especially great session this past week

As a participant in in OctPoWriMo, I will be writing 31 poems this month. I missed the kick-off, so I best get at it. (What a great way to get back into the habit of posting here!) Done!

I have begun compiling a file of my writing prompts and hope to make it available as an ebook.

I probably won’t have much – if any – time to work on this in the coming week.

I am also working on a book of devotionals based on the gospel of John. It’s going to take quite awhile to get it together, but I hope to make significant headway before the end of the year.

My added motivation for this project is that these devotionals may be included on the radio station I mentioned above.

I also have my ongoing projects of writing four seniors’ living articles per month and at least six guest blog posts. On target

I am bumping back my goal to compile and publish Life Through the Lens to 2015, which is just around the corner as you well know.

Editing Goals

See above

Submission/Publication Goals

I plan to submit 6-12 picture book manuscripts by the end of Round 4.

I would love to have my ebook of writing prompts available by the end of the year. Since this will be my first foray into ebook publication, we’ll see how it goes.

I’m thinking this, too, will have to wait.

Reading Goals

So, here are the novels I have on the go right now . . .

Laura Jackson’s Worth the Wait

Done … just have to write review

Rachel Phifer’s The Language of Sparrows

I’ve read a little more this past week.

Janet Sketchley’s Secrets and Lies

Puttering along (It’s a good book; I most definitely recommend it.)

Rachel Starr Thomson’s Exile

On hold for now

Cathy West’s Yesterday’s Tomorrow (rev.)

I’m making good headway.

. . . and the nonfiction books . . .

Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way

Also on hold

Kathy Ide’s Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors

I’m going to read more, really I am.

Erin MacPherson’s The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby

Sleep? Who needs sleep?

Larry and Kathy Miller’s Never Ever Be the Same

I am going to leave it on this list so I don’t forget it – not that I actually would.

Fitness Goals

I will get back to you.

Miscellaneous Goals

Say goodbye to this category.

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It’s Here!

PiBoIdMo 2014

 

Year Three … methinks.

In November I get to set my picture book loving self free to romp and frolic.

P.D. Eastman is still one of my favourite authors of all time. You have no idea how many times you’ll hear, “Are you my mother?” and “Do you like my hat?” spoken in my home. (The only people who now live here are 59, 53, and 24.)

And isn’t it funny what a suffix can do? To be childish is considered a bad think. However, to be childlike, on the other hand …

Wide-eyed. Eager. Filled with hope. I definitely want these traits to mark my life.

And while, yes, too many children don’t get to experience these things on a regular basis, picture book authors can help change that.

(FYI … if you need a shot of energy and excitement, forget the coffee, listen to PiBoIdMo founder’s podcast here: http://lgbpodcast.blogspot.ca/2014/10/tara-lazar-ep-94.html) Tara, you are amazing!

So, what is PiBoIdMo anyway?

Participants come up with 30 (or more) ideas for picture books during November – hopefully at least one per day. It may be as basic as writing down 30 titles or character sketches. The super ambitious may even flesh out some of their stories, but it’s not necessary.

There are daily posts, generous prizes, and inspiration galore. (Just in case you didn’t know, authors, agents, and publishers in the picture book industry are a great bunch.)

Can ya tell I’m pumped, stoked, and over-the-moon?

That pesky, perky, persistent element of my personality is now free to run, jump, and play.

It isn’t too late to check out PiBoIdMo.

For all of you who aren’t participating in NaNoWriMo, why not join the fun? Of course, NaNo participants are welcome, but I, for one, don’t have that kind of energy.

Writer or not … have a wonder-filled, joy-filled, blessing-filled month.

WELCOME, NOVEMBER!

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Farewell

OctPoWriMo Badge

My fellow poets

OctPo is behind us now

A new month has come

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The Day Before

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The day before

My precious mother

Went to be with Jesus

I didn’t know

She was that close

To Eternity

The day before

My precious mother

Breathed her last

This side of Glory

I was looking ahead

To a brand new decade

My 50s

The day before

My precious mother

Was released

To go in peace

I didn’t know

My sister and I would celebrate

My birthday dinner

After a long day making

Final preparations

For our mother

Our very dear friend

The day before

My precious mother

Made her exit

I didn’t know

Just how much

I would miss her

Not the woman

Who had drifted from reality

But the woman

I’d adventured with

As a child

As a teen

The woman

Who taught me what

A selfless giver

Looks like

The woman

I still want to call

When something wonderful

Or terrible

Happens

The day before

My mother

Took her final journey

I just didn’t know

How much things would change

“Her children rise up and call her blessed” (Proverbs 31:28 ESV).

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Love Like Jesus

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Over 30 years ago

This man

This amazing man

Promised to love me

Like Christ loved the church

Selflessly

Completely

Eternally

It was a beautiful sentiment

But how could he make such a promise

After all

Who knew what our tomorrows would bring

Well

Because of the strength and love

That God provides

Year after year

Decade after decade

Dave loved me

Faithfully

Diligently

Undeservedly

It took me far too long

To begin to love my beloved

As he deserves

But still

He did not withdraw his love from me

Not even a little

So what stage of love am I in

That wondrous, glorious, amazing stage

That only gets better

With each passing day

May he and I share many, many more of them

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25 ESV).

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Are You Hungry and Thirsty?

Water Glass

Funny . . . I read the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman this morning in John 4 and today’s OctPoWriMo prompt is hunger. While John 4 deals with thirst, the two are closely linked. Therefore, that will be the inspiration for today’s poem.

Am I truly hungry

Am I truly thirsty

Not for food and drink

But for the Bread of Life

and

The Living Water

I presume

Water will flow

When I turn on the tap

I presume

There will be food

When I open my fridge

It has been so in the past

So why not now

Do I expect the same

From the Life-Giver

Presume

The kitchen isn’t my favourite place

If I can grab and go

I will

Too often

I approach

Real hunger

Real thirst

In the way

I must take the time

To prepare myself

To sit down and feast

To invite others

To do the same

To linger around the table

To enjoy the total experience

And not just on special occasions

For the Bread of Life

And the Living Water

Are available

To be savoured

Each and every day

May I do so

“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10 ESV).

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Poems 24-27

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Below are the titles and the prompts from the past three days of OctPoWriMo … and my responses to each.

Poem 24 – “Reality” Check and Guilty Pleasures

Let’s pull our inspiration from one (or more) of the genres in these shows (So You Think You Can Dance, Project Runway, Face Off, Ink Master).

since I was a little girl

i’ve wanted to dance

was i

am i

good at it

nope

at this point

will i learn to dance

beautifully

gracefully

expressively

probably not

but my life can be

beautiful

graceful

expressive

will i wow

vast audiences

highly unlikely

will i brighten 

my little corner of the world

now there’s a possibility

if i let my heart dance

if beauty and grace

flow from my life

if my words and deeds

touch others

and set their hearts to dancing

maybe even their feet

“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness” (Psalm 30:11 ESV).

Poem 25 – Magic and Possibilities

I choose to believe in magic, I think it makes life more interesting. Whether it is the magic of life, synchronicities, or another magical event, write for ten minutes about magic, possibilities and mystery and see where it takes you.

Do you believe in magic? Have you ever followed synchronicities to see where they would lead?

my life is full of synchronicities

do i see them as magic

no

how about random everyday occurrences

not that either

i am certain

they are more than

the result

of probability and statistics

a synchronicity is

“a meaningful coincidence”

these coincidences

these occurrences

these synchronicities

are the result of

divine intervention

they are meaningful

they remind me that

God is at work in my life

and through my life

there is 

nothing more meaningful than that

magic

no

miraculous

absolutely

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 ESV).

Poem 26 – Face Your Fears

What is something that scares you? It doesn’t have to be a major or life changing event. It could be that moment when you’re turning a corner in a dark hallway. A sound that reminds you of walking home in the dark when you were young and easily startled. Get creative!

my one real fear

r-e-g-r-e-t

it can consume me

it can rob

yesterday of its lessons

today of its joy

tomorrow of its wonder

can i change what has happened

i cannot

can i learn from it

absolutely

has it made me the person i am

it has

would i change some things

there’s no doubt

but i can’t

so i’ll do my best to learn the lessons

yesterday can teach me

no making excuses

taking responsibility 

for my thoughts, words, and deeds

but i will not succumb

to energy-sapping regret

i’ll live today as best i can

and i’ll plan for tomorrow

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV).

Poem 27 – Sleep and Dreams

Let’s write about sleep. What does it feel like as you’re drifting off or as you’re returning to wakefulness? Do you dream vividly in color? Explore the physical sensations of sleep and dreaming in a freewrite and see what surfaces as the story to be told in your poem.

 as my son falls asleep

he keeps pen and paper handy

he feels he is at his most creative

in those moments 

just before sleep takes him

what a wondrous perspective

in those moments

before i slip into unconsciousness

my thoughts usually go

something like this

will my mind ever stop racing

will sleep ever come

perhaps i should get up and do something

maybe i’ll count my blessings

and count down from 99 while i’m at it

99 – my hubby

98 – my kids

97 – our home

ninety …

goodnight all

“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure” (Psalm 16:8-9 ESV).

 

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