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Taking a Break

This year has really beat me up. Various difficulties in my health, the health of family and friends, emotional strife with a few people, occasional real job work overload, financial headaches, and more have been rough this year. It happens and that’s called life, but man, my creative streak has suffered for it. I guess that’s also called life.

So I’m taking this month off. From everything. From trying to blog or write or submit my work. I’m going to enjoy holiday crafts, maybe write a few letters, and take it easy. It’s possible I’ll do the same with January, but I’ll reevaluate then.

This year I sent out 44 submissions, 1 application to a fellowship, 1 application to a residency, and a small handful of contest entries.

So far nothing has come back with that magical stamp ‘accept’, but I still have a few things out that I’m waiting to hear on. Worst case scenario I still tried harder this year than I have in years past. And that means next year I’ll try even harder. And more importantly, I’ll keep writing.

I’ve been suffering from some pretty thick writer’s block for the last 3 or 4 months too. But for the first time ever it’s not from distraction or lack of inspiration. It’s actually from overload. I have so much I need to say and get out that when I sit down to the page it all tries to come out at once and just clogs up the flow and gives me a panicky headache instead. Any ideas on how to get past this? I’ve done a little timed freewriting but even that can be hard to get out. Morning pages never seem to work out for me either.

I hope everyone has an amazing holiday season, whatever you celebrate. Enjoy the lights, spread some joy, and be kind to yourself and others. I do have one KidLit post scheduled for later this month, so keep an eye out for that. Otherwise I will see you all in the new year!


The Quest to Tidy (Weeks Five – Ten): When Time Takes Over

So, not only did I fall behind in posting, I fell behind in tidying. Way, way behind. But I’m determined not to let that get to me just yet. (This post catches this project up to real-time, by the way.)
garage saleFirst off… a very successful garage sale was held. The picture above is from Not-My-House, was taken on Day 2, and still doesn’t show everything that was for sale even then. There are multiple bins of clothing behind me and plenty more tables full of odds and ends in the garage.

Everyone involved made money, got rid of many things taking up too much room in our homes, and at the end of the day… everything left was donated to a local thrift charity who came and picked it all up.

The following weekend was the 4th of July. We celebrated with fireworks and grilled food at our house on the 2nd, the hubby and I watched the city’s display from atop a hill a mile away on the 3rd, and I camped on our own front porch on the 4th. Our next door neighbors own a fireworks stand and the neighborhood lights up beautifully every year.

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