Friday, April 8, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things with Energy Today


Good Morning!!!

I'm feeling awake and chipper, and hope all of you are too! (Notice, my picture is even on the right side of the screen today!) Wonder what that signifies. . .a personality flip-flop or crazy day???

Anyway, it's time for another edition of. . .

CELEBRATE THE SMALL THINGS!

This is a weekly blog hop sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain, and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about those moments. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.

This week, I'm celebrating. . .

1) My daughter going to State! Yes, this is the same daughter who's always doing everything. She's that kind of girl. Yesterday, she was competing at Districts with her FFA (Future Farmers of America) group in the area of Entomology. . .One thing I have to throw in here: she wants to move to NY after college and be a big city girl. So farming is not in her plans. She just likes the socializing. Now, in the last competitions, she's been doing TERRIBLE! All of a sudden, she decided to study the insects and (because we are talking State here) Wham! Totally cleaned house. Shocked the socks right off of me too.

2) While on the topic of said daughter, might as well continue with. . .her birthday tomorrow! Can't believe she's going to be 17. And she has a 2nd prom too. This time, it's at her high school. Guess we'll celebrate her birthday Sunday instead. . .if we get a hold of her for that long. She runs a hefty, rigorous schedule with work and everything.

3) I received a surprise email this week from Goodreads, congratulating me for being in their top reviewer 1%. I've got split feelings on this one. Part of me is all 'yay'!!! with a happy dance and such...and part is like 'ho! If I'd only written that much' and the last part (yes, there are lots of parts) is wondering how lowly little me and my okay but not that impressive amount of reviews could hit that high. I'm thinking that readers really should be nice and post more reviews for the authors they like.

4) A 'day off' at my parent's farm. Okay, I ended up wallpapering a room for my mom (which was fun since she helped by handing things and talking....too much. I cut paper wrong twice.) But my husband got a nice, needed day fishing. So yay for him because he needed it!

5) Oh, and writing wise has been more productive this week too. Mostly thanks to those word sprints I mentioned Wednesday. But I also got a query sent off for an edit I won back in Nov/Dec. Yep, I'm slowly spiffing my armor in preparation of charging into those query trenches again.


And what about you? What put a smile on your face? Think hard, because there's always a tiny thing which made you stop and smile (at least, inwardly). Did you eat an ice cream cone? See a nice display at the park? Notice a woman wearing a silly hat? Or did a guy have his pants on wayyyyy toooo lowwww? What are you celebrating?


18 comments:

  1. Congratulations to your daughter! She sounds very ambitious. Hope she has a good prom and birthday.

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    1. If only the ambition would always run in the direction I wish it would.

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  2. Happy birthday to your daughter, and congrats on her making it to state!

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    1. Thanks! She's excited, especially since it means another all expenses paid trip. Farm sponsors are a plenty out here ;)

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  3. How can you be awake and chipper at this hour? I JUST ROLLED OUT OF BED, DAMMIT. :-P

    Congratulations to your daughter her birthday and State-ness. It sounds like she is thriving. AND YES YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT POSTING REVIEWS FOR AUTHORS SO PLEASE KEEP DOING THAT.They don't even have to be that long.

    Haha; wallpaper. Even your days off involve work. Take a REAL break one of these days, woman! But good show on continuing to work on the writing, edits, and query letters. I am constantly in awe of your positive spirit.

    This week, I am celebrating great friends who make writing motivation possible. You know who you are. ;o)

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    1. Lol! Girl, I get dishes done, laundry started, and kids out that door before that rooster crows 6:30am. *huge yawn*

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  4. Congrats and Happy Birthday to your daughter! Hope you stay this chipper all weekend and have a great one. :)

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  5. Happy birthday to your daughter!

    That's great that you are one of the top reviewers on Goodreads! There must be thousands of people posting reviews on that site, so that is quite a feat!

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    1. Thanks - I was super surprised. It never crossed my mind that something like that was even possible. I didn't know they counted.

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  6. Congrats to your daughter! It was pretty easy to get s hold of me in high school. Lol! I really want to get some writing done this weekend! Do you guys sprint over the weekend?

    I'm so glad the sprints are working for you! Cheers to armor! ;D

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    1. I'm sure we will be sprinting. I'll poke you on twitter.

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  7. I hope your daughter has a great birthday! Have a great weekend!

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  8. Good luck querying. Happy birthday to your daughter. Wonderful items. :)

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  9. Wow, a big congrats to your daughter and happy birthday to her, too! It sounds like she's got big plans, and she's ready to make them happen. Congrats to you, too, on your reviewer status. I have a list of reviews I need to write. One of these days... Glad you got to enjoy a day off, even if it did include wallpapering. Happy writing! Have a good weekend!

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  10. Huge congrats to your daughter. That is fantastic news. Also, best of luck with querying.

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  11. Congrats and Happy Birthday to your daughter! Your week sounds very busy. I'm too lazy for wallpaper - I just paint all the walls white (I'm so boring in real life - it's only my characters who have adventures). Yay for being a top reviewer and for progress in writing and good luck with the query crit!

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  12. Congrats to your daughter! And happy birthday to her too! That's so exciting that she's going to state. :)

    Dena @ Batch of Books

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