May 11, 2016

I just read through January’s resolutions.  I think I need to start over.  Not that I’ve been wasting my time mind you.  In fact, as a retired school principal/pre-published writer, I’ve been happy and productive.  It’s just I forgot to read my resolutions after writing them. Apparently just writing them down and even publishing them on your blog isn’t enough.  Especially if you tend to forget silly things like resolutions.

This month:  I attended  The SCBWI Conference in Springfield, MA.  Learned a ton about writing Middle Grade novels.  I’ve also continued to write my own MG novel, which is without a title at the moment, but is about a toothless dog named Chester and a Magic 8 Ball.  It’s really about a girl who feels she has no control over the events in her life.

New Resolutions for the rest of May and all of June:

  • Reread resolutions at least once a week. No more forgetting!
  • Post to my blog at least once a week.
  • Complete draft of MG novel.
  • Read 4 more MG novels.
  • Send The Surrogate- my adult psychological thrillerto more agents (Remember, MD sent queries to 100 agents before finding the one.  I’m not even close to 100. I’m not even close to 50.)
  • That colonoscopy–Just do it!

INSPIRATION:  I’m always on the lookout for inspiration.  This month I discovered a Chinese proverb.  The best time to plant a tree is 10 years ago.  The second best time is now.   (I supposed one could say the same about colonoscopies.)

BEST BOOK READ THIS MONTH:    Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson.  HOW DID I MISS THIS BOOK?  It’s been around for well over ten years.  Oh, right. The best time to plant a tree or read a book or schedule a colonoscopy is. . . the second best time is now. 

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