December 17 ROW Check-In

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Top Priorities for the Coming Week

Critique written and submitted

Completed this on Monday; the client was most gracious

Write two seniors’ living articles

Do the final read-through of my client’s poems

Almost done; a few pages didn’t come through, however; silly pdf file

Write one devotional for Hope Stream Radio and record five

Write one or two book reviews for HSR

Make significant headway decluttering our home. My hubby’s on holidays and I said I’d help him around the house in the afternoons.

Last Week’s Top Priorities

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

It didn’t happen because I worked on three … count ‘em – three … rush jobs. (I did, however, have a very productive conversation with my client.)

Write two seniors’ living articles

Done

Do a final read-through of my client’s book of poems

See above.

Write one devotional and one or two book reviews for Hope Stream Radio, as well as record and edit five devotionals (if this is possible with a dog in the house)

Uh, no! Please see my excuse … ahem, I mean reason … re: rush jobs.

Finish reading The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby and at least two reports from medical journals

This didn’t happen either, but I did download a number of mp3 files that qualify toward my CLD re-certification. Now to listen to said files.

Writing Goals

Write “Monday Motivation” blog post for December 22

I wonder … does writing Christmas cards count as a writing goal?

Reading Goals

Read 10-15 chapters in Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus 

Read at least two chapters in Yesterday’s Tomorrow and two in Secrets and Lies

Miscellaneous Goals

I accomplished all of last week’s miscellaneous goals.

Make two phone calls re: opportunities to partner with organizations that may want to sell the book I co-authored.

Visit ROW80 peeps

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December 7 ROW80 Check-In

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(photo thanks to pixabay.com)

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 two seniors’ living articles

Do a final read-through of my client’s book of poems

Write one devotional and one or two book reviews for Hope Stream Radio, as well as record and edit five devotionals (if this is possible with a dog in the house)

Finish reading The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby and at least two reports from medical journals

Last Week’s Top Priorities

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

It should be easier to get into the rhythm of doing so this coming week.

Write five or more devotionals and two book reviews for Hope Stream Radio

~ got four devotionals ready to fire off

Visit HSR studio for recording and training

~ super productive day

Writing Goals

Prep a blog schedule through the end of the year

Write two guest posts

Spend at least 2.5 hours working on assembling at least one ebook

Reading Goals

Read 10-25 chapters in Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus 

Read at least two chapters in each Yesterday’s Tomorrow and Secrets and Lies

Complete the chapter I’m reading in Never, Ever the Same

Miscellaneous Goals

“Attend” picture book writing webinar

Compile the December issue of the newsletter for which I’m first editor

Put up InScribe blog post

Visit my ROW80 peeps

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Why I Share My Joys

What do the following have in common?

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Each image represents an accomplishment that makes my heart happy.

I was able to come up with over 80 ideas for picture books during the month of November. That’s not the tough part for me. It’s follow through with some of those ideas that’s the real challenge.

A fellow photographer added the words “Merry Christmas” to the picture of berries and transformed what I felt was a mediocre picture into something both my husband and I really liked.

And speaking of my hubby …

Like so many others, he does not like to have his picture taken. Even so, he liked this picture. I think it may be the best I’ve taken of him in our 30+ years of marriage.

A friend of mine asked if she could add a verse and post the picture of the snow-covered bench. I was humbled and honoured by her request.

And the last picture was taken at a photo shoot. This particular family had never before had a family photo shoot. The mom, who had arranged everything with me, was extremely happy with the way the candid shots captured not only likenesses but also personalities.

I hope that the joy I feel will splash over to you. The fact that you take the time to pop by and see what I have posted means a lot to me.

And most important of all …

I see my overflowing heart as evidence of the good gifts poured out by my Heavenly Father.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17 ESV).

What fills your heart with joy?

 

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Goodbye, November

 

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Top Priorities for the Coming Week

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

Write five or more devotionals and two book reviews for Hope Stream Radio

Visit the studio for training on Wednesday

Last Week’s Top Priorities

Finish Scrivener tutorial and add assembled blog posts into program.

Further work in Scrivener will have to wait until the new year.

Write one or two seniors’ living articles.

~ done and sent off with invoice.

Continue to edit poems as I receive them.

~ just waiting to read through the final versions of all 12 plus front and back matter

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

~ five devotionals sent off, working on the next group of five

~ compiled list of books to review and began reading a book suggested by the head of HSR

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

~ set aside for this past week

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

I successfully completed Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). I came up with ideas for over 80 books. Now to do something with said ideas … at least some of them.

Writing Goals

Write the first of four articles on seniors’ living due in December

Prep a blog schedule through the end of the year

Write two guest posts

Spend 2-4 hours working on assembling at least one ebook if I have time

Reading Goals

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

Read 20 chapters in Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus (The chapters are very brief.)

Read at least two chapters in Yesterday’s Tomorrow and Secrets and Lies

Complete the chapter I’m reading in Never, Ever the Same

Miscellaneous Goals

From Christmas shopping to taking my daughter to the specialist … from having winter tires installed to buying and cooking a turkey … this is the list of goals that will keep me hopping this week.

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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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