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Chapter Book Challenge 2017

Since I wrote my last post about making writing a priority, life threw us a huge curve ball. My 15 year old son had a flare up of his Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a pain condition that started last year. This time, the pain was in both legs, resulting in a hospital stay. He’s still not healed, so my days are spent juggling work, medical appointments, school, and sleep.

It’s safe to say I’m exhausted.

This exhaustion has meant that not as much writing has been happening as I wanted it to.

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Making writing a priority

Creating more time to write

I love writing, and reading. Last year, I joined the PopSugar Reading Challenge as a way to make reading a bigger part of my life, and to read a wider range of books. This year I’m working on making writing a priority.

The last couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking about this and working out the places I am the most productive. For some reason, that place is at a cafe, but it has to be one that’s not too noisy. I can write in other places too, however the cafe seems to be my preferred environment.

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Two books down…

My two books

I’ve been spending a lot of time planning my writing year. One of the things I want to do is work on my Green Oaks Primary School series. So far I have published two books, and the list of ideas for future books is constantly growing!

The Chapter Book Challenge is coming up again next month and I’m planning to write the first draft for the next book in the series. I just need to decide which story to work on.

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Online Writing Courses

Doing some online courses

I haven’t blogged much lately. I decided to take January off, have a break with my kids, get a head start on the PopSugar Reading Challenge, and do some thinking about what I want 2017 to look like.

One of the things I wanted to do was some courses, partly to learn more about writing, but also to have something to show I know what I know (sometimes having 2 books published isn’t enough!). To get back in the habit of studying, I thought I’d check out some of the free online courses that are on offer. I have a few friends who have done some and really enjoyed them, so I figured I had nothing to lose.

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Gratitude post – 2016

Gratitude in 2016

One of the challenges for Julie Hedlund’s 12 Days of Christmas for Writers is to write a list of things we are grateful for in our writing life during 2016. It’s so easy to focus on the negative’s, but this exercise made me focus on something positive, and not just the successes.

I thought I’d put some of those things here on my blog.

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Happy New Year – 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I won’t lie and say that 2016 has been the easiest year. I know our whole family is looking forward to this brand new year and to see what it has in store for us.

Writing and reading have kept my sanity this year. I read 40 books, most as part of the PopSugar Reading Challenge, and published my second book. I also attending my first writing conference, Meet the Publishers, earlier in the year. It was such a great event, I’ve signed up to attend in 2017.

Who knows what this year will hold for us.

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Successes for 2016

Successes for 2016

Children’s author Julie Hedlund, challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year’s resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity – what DIDN’T get done or achieved in the previous year.  Instead, she suggests we set goals for the New Year that BUILD on our achievements from the previous one. I decided to participate in this Anti-Resolution Revolution! Here is my list for 2016.

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Merry Christmas – 2016

I would like to wish all my followers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.

The photo in this post is a nativity that my mum knitted for us, this is the first year we’ve been able to enjoy it, and it’s sitting in pride of place in our home.

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and receive many books to enjoy in the coming year!

 

A-Z – Juggling

Closest pic I had for juggling!

The lead up to Christmas is a busy time of year. If I’m completely honest, this whole year has been busy! As well as writing, I have a day job and two teenagers with chronic medical conditions. This year has been a whirlwind of work, medical appointments, school pick up, and keeping the kids fed… in between all that, I have been trying to find time to write – and not only on this blog.

Sometimes, finding time to write feels like juggling. Everything has to be working to get that time… and all the balls need to be thrown into the air at just the right time so they can be caught and the next ball can be thrown up. If things aren’t working, then a ball will fall. This will either result in less balls in the air, or a complete disaster with all the balls dropping.

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A-Z – Ideas

Where do ideas come from?

One of the most common questions I’m asked the young writer’s in the group I run at the library is: Where do ideas come from?

For me, they come from all sorts of places!

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