This weekend was another birthday for me. I’ve had enough of them that it feels a little silly to celebrate–especially when we’re facing some tough circumstances. But I decided that even though I’m back in a cycle of having papers due every Sunday night and more than enough work for several people, I would enjoy myself.
The weather conspired to support me. It was a beautiful weekend and we were able to take the girls on several lovely hikes through some lush greenery. I enjoyed an amazing lunch of Coquilles St. Jacques in crepes at a locally owned French restaurant that has an in-house bakery that supplied the sweets for the rest of our weekend. We investigated a lovely new option for my husband’s acupuncture practice. And we learned more about the effectiveness of the very strange practice of “tapping“.
In fact, my husband had sent me a link earlier this week pointing to a post with “12 Rules for Being Human” that provided the inspiration for my choice. The post is worth reading in its entirety, but the final item listed reads: “Your choices design your life.”
I’ve always known that, but in this context and with all the other points before it… it made a difference.
I even chose to post on Facebook about the best birthday present someone could give me (“BUY MY BOOKS!”) … and was more than a little shocked that someone did. (THANKS!) I’m also making choices about entering contests that might help make my name and brand a little more known. If I’m going to move seriously in the direction of a fiction-writing career, I need to make more choices to raise my visibility. I’m still pondering this, but it might become another goal for this round, once I’ve mapped out the process more clearly.
In the meantime, I did manage three walks for more than 5 miles this week, and finished this week’s school work as well. As for the actual writing… not so much. I’m up to 765 words in book 3, and started taking notes (wrote the opening elements of the first scene) on a time travel story to the tune of another 102 words, but even adding all that together, didn’t touch my goal. We’ll see whether the goal itself is possible with the high non-fiction word requirements for this session’s class, but, it’s a new week, so I’ll be choosing to look forward to trying again.
In the meantime, check out how my cohorts have done on their goals.