ROW80- Sunday (on Monday) Check-In

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It is time for the weekly check-in at ROW80. This past week I achieved some goals but fell short on some as well.

I did some work on my writing courses but am already behind.

I wrote three chapters of my novella  and have one more to go. My focus has been on that novella . I had hoped to do more on the novel for the SYTYCW contest but I am behind that as well. I had set goals for both for September but am behind.

I wrote daily but did not srirte all of the blog posts I usually do.

I have been reading a number pf picture books as well.

This week I plan to:

-stick to a regular writing routine – I find this has been the hardest to achieve!

-finish my novella and begin revisions on it

-work on a picture book revision for my new critique group

-work on my novel

-work to catch up on my writing courses

-continue reading picture books, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as several MG novels

Slice of Life Tuesday

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Each week a “Two Writing Teachers”, the writing challenge “Slice of Life” gives each of us a chance to share a slice of our life with a wide, supportive community of writers.

 

Highs and lows. As I have begun to write more, I am experiencing these more as well.

Highs when I sove a writing problem, write a chapter or several thousand words at one sitting, get a 1 at Rate Your Story.

Lows as I posted another and another pitch at #pitmad today, with no takers. 

I believe in my story, a non-fiction picture book about 2 horses, but I know it probably has a limited audience.

So – I take the best writing advice around – keep writing and then write some more!

Both yesterday and today I had to take the bus to get to appointments and both times I wrote a chapter for my novella. That is a definite high.

I am taking courses, connecting with other writers, taking part in ROW80 (for accountability), reading and studying, and of course, writing. Hopefully, the highs will outbalance the lows.

ROW 80 – Sunday Check-In

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Time to check in for ROW 80.

This week wasn’t as productive as I had hoped. I did some writing – on my novella and blog posts but little on my novel. Ugh. I was hoping to have this finished for the harlequin SYTYCW competition. (The dates have been set for it – Sept. 22 to Oct.6 to submit your first chapter. )

Today I joined in a new challenge – Sunday Morning Musings. 

I also read, did some research and read several writing articles. I also started my two writing courses – both of which I have taken before. Making Picture Book Magic with Susanna Hill I was unable to finish in May so am retaking it.

Non-Fiction Archaeology with Kristen Fulton I am repeating as well as her course was amazing,. I completed a NF pix book which I have submitted (still waiting for responses). I have another subject I want to write and I know Kristen will offer support and input into its creation. 

This week I hope to put better and more consistent routines in place so that I can accomplish more:

*2 chapters each for my novel and novella

*work each day on my courses

*write several blog posts

*read

Sunday Morning Musings

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Hibiscus nearing the end of their run in our garden!

 

“Sunday Morning Musings” is a lovely look at life at the moment that I have seen at Paula’s blog “Little Scraps of Magic”

Here are my musings:

Outside my window a beautiful day, the last of summer. Blue skies, a breeze, flowers. Lovely!

I am thinking about my writing and how much I have to finish to be able to submit two novels by the end of September

I am thankful for my husband. He pitches in always, doesn’t mind my creative mess and is so supportive of my writing.

 From the kitchen, I can hear the kettle boiling with water formy tea.

I am wearing an orange tshirt with the words “women of faith” and denim peddle pushers.

I am creating  the first spreads for my MADE course.

I just finished reading “The Long Way Home” by Louise Penny – the latest in her Inspector Gamache mystery series. Loved it!

I am going to be writing a lot this week and have doctor’s and eye specialist appointments this week as well.

I am hoping see my daughter this week.

I am hearing a special show on Tom Durkin – race announcer at Saratoga who retired this year.

Around the house are piles of books, and Dvds and art supplies.

One of my favorite things is apple crisp – which I made yesterday. Yum!

 

Slice of Life Tuesday

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Every Tuesday “Two Writing Teachers” hosts a writing challenge – to share a slice from your life. 

 

The day after Labour Day has always signaled the start of a new school year for me. The end of summer, a return to routines, the early morning rush,  lesson plans and homework. 

Now that i am retired , September still signals the end of summer, but different routines.It still means the start of a new year, new beginnings.

While visiting Steph’s blog yesterday , I was inspired by her post on endings and beginnings. It reminded me of the pattern poem I always did with students – Hello/Goodbye.

Here are mine for the months ahead:

Time to stop procrastinating and wasting time online – spend more time writing and creating

Time to stop being inactive – make more time for exercise

Time to eat less – eat better, especially more fruit and vegetables

Time to stop negative thoughts  – reach out to others

Time to stop reading about events – speak out and write about what is wrong

 

It will be a time to – create more

                            -write more

                            -eat well

                            -move, dance

                            -laugh more

                            -be brave

 

 

 

 

It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

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Hard to believe but this is my 100th post! Time sure does fly. 

 

I brought home a big bag of books from the library on Saturday, books to read for research for my writing course “Pacing to Wow”. Some of them I was drawn to and others just did not move me. Here are some of my favourites:

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

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Loved this book! This is a skill for kids – to be able to see  both images in a  double image. Optical illusions was always a favourite topic when I taught science. Some children had such a difficult time seeing the old lady/young lady images.(Check here for the image.

Nugget and Fang by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Michael Slack

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Great story of friendship and believing in your friend and putting your friends first.

Dogku by Andrew Clements , illustrated by Tim Bowers

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Great book to use for writing haiku. Cute story as well.

Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler and R. Gregory Christie

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Loved the rhythm of the book and the word choice especially.

 Be sure to check  at Teach Mentor Texts for a wide range of book choices.

ROW 80 Sunday Check-In

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Only three more weeks of this round of ROW80 – the time seems to have sped by. Tomorrow is the first of September for goodness sake. September though,  has always been the beginning of a new school year and although I am retired now, it is still means a new start for me. 

This past week I was able to work on several projects and work on finishing my “Pacing to Wow”course.I did several blog entries and worked on revising several stories.

I discovered an interesting writing challenge through Pelican Book Group – create n inspirational novella for its Easter Lily story. I have a novella I wrote a while ago and I decided I could revise it to meet the criteria for this  challenge. The deadline is September 30th so I have a wee bit of work ahead of me.

I am also hoping to enter the SYTYCW competition with Harlequin in October, so I have a lot of revising ahead for my “Fired” novel. It is going slowly though.

I start two writing courses tomorrow: “Non-Fiction Archaeology with Kristen Fulton and “Picture Book Magic” with Susanna Hill. I am going to have a most busy month ahead!

 

Here’s wishing everyone much success in the weeks ahead!

 

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