No little boys

My daughter recently hit that age where you are sick of having your little brother barge into your room and take and break and steal your treasures.

This was her response.

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What do you do when you are frustrated?

Some things that make me feel…

Some things that make me feel old:

  • That movie that ‘just’ came out is 20 years old
  • Buying something and having an old price stuck in your head – 2:25 for a trade paperback
  • Stepping on the scale
  • That first half mile of a run
  • Owning something that came back into style

Some things that make me feel young:

  • Writers group
  • Solving a problem
  • Watching the moon rise
  • Daydreaming
  • Brainstorming
  • A reading good book
  • Morning cuddles with my kids

What things make you feel young or old?

Bring back the art of long letter writing

I’m old enough to remember receiving letters in the mail. Hand-written letters, usually from older relatives. This was before cell phones, before computers. It was a time when you looked forward to getting the mail since it was personal correspondence and not a paper version of spam. Opening an actual letter is somehow different than opening an email. Your hand touches the same paper and envelop as the person who sent it.

When was the last time you received personal paper mail?

Why am I writing about this? I have a grandmother who is still alive. She is a tough old farm lady and I make the effort at least once a year to write her a long letter. I shoot for five or six pages (which is long for me).
It takes me a long time to write this sort of letter because I am looking to share information without being EMO or inappropriate. I work to make the writing legible.

While sorting through my closet, I found a letter from my other grandmother, who has been gone for twenty years. Seeing her writing gave me chills. I could see her. It was so much more ‘her’ than an email would have been. It was a connection that surprised me.

I propose we all write out a letter to someone we care about and stick it in snail mail.

Who in your life would appreciate a handwritten letter?

Personal challenges for 2017

I am optimistic about this new year.

It’s silly little things like I made a deadline to an editor and got the Christmas tree down before spring flowers sprouted.

So on that note, here are my top three personal challenges.

1. Planks. I jokingly told my husband that I am going to start planks at 15 seconds and increase it by 5 seconds each day. Now we are in a completions. Will I be able to hold a plank for the crazy large number of (364*5)+15? Meh, I guess we will find out. I may have to create a spreadsheet to track.

2. Increase my Writing time. I am on a streak of over a year and a quarter writing each day for 30 minutes. I feel a bit cra-cra, I want to do it for an hour or more each day.

3. Finish writing projects. My backlog is seriously over crowded. Ideas are not my problem. They breed like rabbits in the burrows of my computer files. Finishing is. This year I’m going to finish my first book – Book of Secrets. I will also get at least a first full draft of the second book in the series and a first full draft of the first book in my daycare series. For the record, at least six other novel ideas jumped up and screamed, ‘pick me!’

What are you going to challenge yourself to get done this year?