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Friday, December 15, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things. . .and a little rambling too

This weekly blog hop is sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain,  and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. 

What exactly are we celebrating?

Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about these moments as if they never existed at all. 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) Christmas decorations are all up and gifts are done! Which leaves Christmas cards. . .but we're ignoring that for the moment. My mind's determined to make me believe that Christmas is coming earlier than it is this year (I keep feeling like it's mid-next week, although I know it's not). But that means I'm ahead of schedule too. For once. I know. Wonders never cease.

2) Sending a MS to the shelves. Again. I've been revising a MS (for the 100th time) thanks to the poking of my kids, but revisions have been forced and painful. Every word. My youngest son was showing me his new favorite series, Magisterium by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare, and it kind of falls in a similar genre as my MS (which the same son claims is so awesome). When I asked said son if my MS is at the same level as the Magisterium, he immediately said "No. But you'll revise it a ton more, right?" That stamped the quick ticket to the shelves, and a huge wave of relief. I didn't think the MS was where it should be and have doubted the entire time that I'm at a point where I can fix it.  It's time to head off to other MSs (heaven knows I have enough waiting) and have some fun!

3) My entire family is going to be home as of tomorrow! My daughter comes back from college, the rest are off from classes. Need I say more?

4) (I'm going to go proud mama here for a moment...so beware!) My son graduated Magnum Cum Laude (a 3.98 GPA) !!! He finished up his Associate's degree and is going to continue on to his BA. Usually, I wouldn't scream this to everyone quite as much as I have been (yeah, the whole world slowly knows about it), but this is the same son who was told in Germany that he was too stupid to ever be more than a low level worker (think painter, basic mechanic and such) and that any aspirations higher than that were not only ridiculous but offensive. (Grrrr...if I've ever wanted to punch people in the nose, it is those teachers and school officials...) So. . .Take that, Germany!!! My son is not a lost cause.

And finally.
A dear writer friend of mine is bringing out a new book in January, and in celebration, is having GIVEAWAYS!!! Congrats, Ilana Waters!!!

Head here for her awesome excitement (and a chance to win).

*takes deep breath*
That wraps up this week's moments o' happiness.

What about you? What put a smile on your face this past week? Sneak some chocolate? Celebrate National Cocoa Day? Find a great book? Discover an amazing spot to hide out?

What are you celebrating this week?


  1. Congratulations to your son! He showed them.

  2. That's wonderful news about your son! Growing up, I thought my dad was a genius because he always knew the answer to anything I ever asked. When he told me he struggled in school and didn't make top grades, I could hardly believe it.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Congrats to your son - that's a huge achievement! I bet you're really looking forward to having the whole family at home. Enjoy your time with them :-)

  4. Hey, there's no shame in sending an MS to the shelves . . . especially if you've got others waiting. :-) And as the child of the two public schoolteachers, I can certainly tell you that believing in a student has as much to do with their success as aptitude. So it's no surprise your son is thriving now!

    Also, thanks so much for telling folks about my giveaway. More to come! :-D

  5. Yay for being ahead of schedule!! ^_^
    And HUGE YAY for your son!! Congratulations to him and more awesome to follow!

    You know, sometimes a story needs to be shelved, especially when it's making us miserable. I have several things that would need to be rewritten from scratch that I'm happy to just sit in the graveyard forever.

    Congratulations to Ilana!!

  6. Congrats to your son! That is awesome.

  7. Hopefully, after you've set the MS aside for several months, you'll come back to it with better ideas.
    Congratulations on your son's achievements! When people say negative things like they did in Germany, I just take it with a grain of salt. They're just speaking from their own insecurities.

  8. I can relate to your feelings regarding your manuscript. Sometimes it makes sense to shelve it and move on to other projects. May your writing flourish!

    Congratulations to your son! As the saying goes, there's no better vengeance than a life well-lived. It's always satisfying to see someone you love work hard and defy people's low expectations.

  9. I hear you about shelving a book. >_< It's never easy to set something aside when you've put a lot of work into it, but it's one of those hard decisions we writers sometimes have to make. I'm glad that your son's words made it easier, though - sometimes we can only realize what we need to do when someone else helps us see it.

  10. Yay for having your family together for the holidays. May these days be filled with love and happiness. See you in 2018.

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