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Don’t Forget About Your Accomplishments

Acknowledging Your Own Accomplishments is as important as setting new goals. I hope if you haven’t done this that you’ll give it a try. You may have accomplished more than you thought.

You need only to look

You need only to look





Ten years ago I discovered how important it was for me to recognize my accomplishments from the previous year before moving on.

My first writing group had a rule that with our January submissions, each of us had to include our previous years accomplishment list and add writing goals for the present year.

Embarrassment was my first thought. I hadn’t published any books and had only received rejects on the articles I had submitted at that time. I knew most of the people in my group were published authors and I was the newbie.  My list would look awful next to all of theirs.

My mind was as blank as the page in front of me. Heck, sometimes I can’t remember what I ate yesterday.

I typed the year that had just passed at the top and then the number one followed by my proudest accomplishment, diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature Course. I stopped and thought for a long while. I wrote down the titles of every short story and poem I’d written in that year. I listed the titles of several articles I’d submitted to magazines, (It didn’t matter if they were accepted or not). I had entered three writing contests, attended two writing conferences, and joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

I had forgotten about all those accomplishments until I’d checked my writing log and calendar.

I submitted my list with pride and promised myself I’d do even better the coming year.

Yes I did!

Yes I did!






Even though this group no longer exists, this annual January journal entry has become my tradition and it has never failed to give me that . . . “I Can Do It,” attitude. This keeps me motivated and working towards all of the goals I’ve set for myself in the new year.

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.

Vincent Van Gogh



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My Writing Works In Progress

For those of you who have inquired about what I’ve been working on…here’s my book writing update.

Holler’s Pond, A Camping Story (middle grade-ages 11-15)

(Four young teens, one girl, three boys, some adventures, self acceptance issues, each teen believes their problems are worse than their peers)

A family camping trip gets screwed up for Alexandria(Alex) when she finds out her best friend can’t make it. Now she is stuck all weekend with three teenage boys who don’t want her there or she could always hang with the adults. With those choices, she will find a way to deal with the boys. She has no doubt she can out camp and out fish any boy, anytime. Bring it on!

It’s a weekend packed full of pranks, some bullying, throw in a few laughs and an encounter or two with wild animals and an outhouse and you never know what will happen. In the end the teens are forced to make a life or death decision and begin to understand what’s truly important in their lives.

This manuscript has been sent to several publishing houses. It’s been rejected twice, one has it under consideration. Still waiting to hear something. I’m thinking positive. 2015 feels like a great year for publishing books.

This Sign Is Mine is a working title. (non-fiction, young adult-adult inspirational) 

I wrote this memoir over the summer with a strong desire to share my strange phenomena experiences and to inspire others.

The story is about as deep down personal as one can get. There have been several strong, slap-me-in-the-face, signs/messages along my journey. I’ve received answers to questions that could not be reversed once implemented and felt more confident than I’ve ever felt in my life.

During those occurrences, there was always one question that ran through my mind, who was the messenger? I’ve shared bits and pieces on my blogs, but decided it was time to write the story behind the pictures.

Were my signs all coincidence? Were they from God, the Universe, deceased loved ones, or someplace else? Was I the only one who saw or felt them? Not always. Did others receive the same message I did? After discussion I found the answer to be yes, on occasion.

With all my questions, the one thing I have figured out for sure is, these crazy signs have led me to a gratefulness and an inner peace I didn’t think possible during and after those specific circumstances.

This book is written in a way where you, the reader can decide for yourself if these signs were only coincidence. If you don’t think so, where do you think they came from? Have you recognized any signs along your journey?

It is not my place to doubt the sincere beliefs of others.
My job is to question my own beliefs.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Will I Ever Grow Up (picture book)

This book is about a minuscule insect nymph that lives beneath the water. She eats anything that doesn’t eat her and is still hungry. She grows a tiny bit and pops out of her skin. There’s always a new skin beneath the old one. This process continues to make her hungry so she eats some more and the process repeats and repeats. She’s discouraged when she doesn’t notice any change in herself. But, her neighbors the tadpole family have changed by leaps and bounds. Will she ever grow up? What will she be? I’ll reveal the answer next week.

I’m ready to do the final draft on this too.

If only there were more hours in a day.

My goals are high for 2015

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