Sunday, 22 April 2018

April Writing Update

April 22, 2018


It's not a good writing update. I had big plans for April. I was participating in Camp Nanowrimo, and I had a goal of 50,000 words. I was working on a novel I had started a long time ago. I was editing and making major changes at the same time. I was keeping on track for the first week and a half. I was exactly on target, and it felt pretty great.

And then. I got sick. So damn sick.

I continued to write everyday, but I didn't have the energy for novel writing. After I started to feel better, I still didn't have the energy. I've been trying to write, but I've also been trying to do other things at night. 

So long story short, I'll continue working on the novel because I can't give up on my character, but I don't have the time this month. I've left my poor main character for way too long, and I need to see where life takes her. I won't know until I write. I started writing it after I finished the first novel, and since going over the first so many times, there are definitely some changes to this character's story (she's in the first.) I've learned a lot about her, and I need to do her story justice. I started writing this so long ago that it's a little embarrassing to admit how long I've left her. 

I haven't yet sent the original novel to publishers yet, but it's going to happen soon. I had a couple others reading the novel for me, but I'm not sure that they're going to get back to me. I might have to continue on without them because I really need to start sending it away. I really want it to be published.

The first day I was sick, I basically stayed on the couch while Anthony covered me in toys. Then my mom came to help.

I am currently on day 314 of writing in a row, and I'm incredibly proud of that. Even when I'm not novel writing, I'm doing some sort of other writing. Prompts, journal, and happy thoughts. However, I'm being harder on myself this month because I had really high hopes. Solo motherhood while you're sick is tough. I can't do as much as I want.

And speaking of that, as a solo mom (for now), I'm hard enough on myself. If we take out the writing part of it, and the trying to be a writer while raising a stubborn son, I'm still harder on myself than I should be. It's been a tough month, and I feel guilty when I get frustrated, and I feel bad when I do things that others would call lazy parenting (letting my child watch digger videos on you-tube so I can get things done). I'm not a perfect mom, and even though I know I never will be a perfect mom, (nor do I need to), I'm super hard on myself for any bad moments in my life with my son.

So that plus the guilt for not writing as much as I'd like is enough. I've had enough. I'm going to celebrate the fact that my son is happy and alive. I'm going to celebrate the fact that I have somehow managed to write every day for 314 days. I've done amazing. And I'll continue to do the best I can. Actually, some days it probably won't be the best I can, but I'll keep trying to do the best.

That's it. I have a pile of clothes to put away, so I'm going to do that. It's been a while since I wrote a blog post. It was time.

And a few photos to show my son is sometimes happy even though I'm not perfect. 






And one of me in crazy mom mode. That's the best Super Mom mode. Ignore the mess in the background. I finally cleaned it today.

 

"Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

― Jane Yolen

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and

Sunday, 25 March 2018

I Can't Join Your Team

I am hesitant to write this post because I don't want to offend anybody. I don't want to offend friends who are part of the MLM teams. (For lack of a better word - or acronym, I'm going to call it MLM - Multi Level Marketing.)

I have friends in various MLMs and this post isn't about them. When asked, if I want to join, they have respected my choice to say no. In fact, most people do. That's not really what this is about.

Being a mom seems to be a signal that you should be asked. Being a Stay at Home Mom seems to mean you have a sign on your back saying you NEED to be asked to join a team.

Today, through Instagram messaging, I received TWO different requests for me to join a team. Two requests from strangers.

I've had other mothers through Instagram contact me, and make small talk, and then ask. I've been okay with this. Today, they just asked. Not a lot of small talk. 

I'm usually okay with this. I get it. It's what you do. And some of you, are very good at whatever you've chosen as your MLM. 

Today, it got to me. I always respond with a 'thanks, but no thanks.' I usually always give a reason even though I shouldn't have to. 

Today, I blocked both of the women who sent me requests. I'm not sorry about my decision. 

As I've said before, I post a lot about my writing life and about my mom life on Instagram. I don't think any of what I post says anything that should lead people to believe I'm the right type of person to approach. I just like to post.  I have been approached before, but not blocked them. These are people who comment on my photos, and I comment on theirs. They are strangers, but I feel we have a connection through motherhood. However, the connection almost ends there. I'm sure we have more in common, and believe me I also believe in health and fitness, but I don't want to join your team to do it. (I have Fitbump for that). 

Now to save time, here are the reasons I don't want to join your team:

  • I don't want to. That should be all I need to say. I'll add more though.
  • My focus is on writing. No, I'm not making any money at this yet, but I hope to. If I stop writing, I won't get to where I want to be with my writing. I want to get there. I don't want ANY other distractions.
  • I WANT TO BE A WRITER NOT A SALESPERSON. And don't tell me it's not sales. You ask people to join your team. You try to sell it.
  • I'm a terrible salesperson. Terrible. 
  • I know that it's perfect for moms, but I spend a lot of my day chasing after a toddler. I don't want to add more to my day right now. I want to spend it doing things I love, and seeing people I love, and I don't think I'd love the MLM I join. I know I wouldn't, I think know it would stress me out.
  • Last, but not least: I don't want to. I have no interest. None. Never have. Probably never will. 
I will listen to your pitches. I will think about purchasing your products, but I might not. I also might. That's up to me. It was your choice to sell, and it's my choice on where to spend the money I have. (Someday, I'll be a famous writer - or win the lottery - and I will have more money to spend, but for now, I don't. AND I KNOW I CAN MAKE MONEY BY JOINING YOUR MLM - SEE ABOVE.)

Okay, that's all. Like I said, some people can do it. Some people can join, and do a kick ass job at their new job. (I know these people.) But it's not for me. So you can ask, and I won't be offended because I get that's part of your job, but I won't say yes. For sure, I won't say yes. That's my choice. 

You have your passion. I have mine.

Writing. And my family.



"Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

― Jane Yolen

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and

Friday, 23 March 2018

Writer's Block? What's that?

March 23, 2018

Writer's Block Un-Blocker

I've been doing a Nanowrimo challenge on Instagram using the hashtag #instawrimo. Today's prompt was Writer's Block Un-blocker. Because it's meant for Instagram, usually I include a photo with a bit of a post about why I chose the photo, or how I feel about the prompt. 

I thought I'd use it as a blog post topic instead of picking a random prompt. (Or just rambling.)

Here is the photo I was going to post to Instagram for it. Posed tonight. Instead I'll just use a screen shot of this post. Excuse the pajamas. We had a snow day. I actually like the one of just my hand. That's not the one I was going to post though.




Basically, my solution for writer's block is to write. Every Day. In the past, writer's block would lead to months of not writing. I'll never let that happen again.

If I don't know what to write, I do a prompt from my prompt book. I always try to do a happy thought.
 
 I think because I have so many different places to write (I call it places, but method or ways to write would also work), it helps me keep myself from getting the dreaded writer's block. But ONLY if I write everyday.

Lately, I've been blogging (this blog, my book blog, and the Mommy Connections Mom blogs), I have been doing personal writing in my journal (which was needed), I've been doing the prompts, I've been editing, and I've been working on new novel ideas. I'm also working on a piece for something completely new. Details to come. And this doesn't count, but I do a lot of Instagram posts - they are photos, but also time for me to share my thoughts, happy moments, or frustrations. I share a lot, but because it feels good to write as I share my photos.  

I choose one or two of the above writings to do a night, and I write. Sometimes I write earlier, other nights I write later. I always write though, and it's the only thing that keeps me going with my writing. At this point, I'm scared to stop writing for even a day. I don't want to lose what I have going. It's also something that is for me. (And for anybody I choose to share it with.)

I've also been keeping track of how many days I write. I was doing it on Instagram, but that got pretty tedious. Now I write it down everyday, and I make note of what I've written. There isn't really any reason for this other than keeping myself accountable. Keeping myself accountable is key. (Day 284).

I've been trying to figure out what I did for writer's block in the past. How did I write? I don't know. I think I just wrote when I was inspired. I didn't realise that writing was my inspiration. If I had known that, I may have finished a novel much earlier. I spent too many years not writing. I'm so glad I rediscovered it. 

I hope I get published someday, but even if I don't, I know I'm doing everything I can, and I'm writing. No matter what. I don't really feel as though I get writer's block anymore because I've always got some form of writing to do. If I need a break from my novel, I have lots of other things to fall back on. If I can't think of a blog post idea, I go to Pinterest and find a prompt. I'm always writing so I haven't given myself a chance to get writer's block. I don't plan to either.

That's it. Short post today. It's actually not easy to write about a problem I don't have. Luckily. I guess if I find myself with writer's block, I'll solve it with a blog post.

Happy Friday everyone. (I remember when I used to do things on Friday nights. Now I do the same thing I do every night. I get my son to sleep, I write, I Netflix, I have a glass of wine, I try to read a little, and I sleep.)




"Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

― Jane Yolen

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and

Friday, 16 March 2018

10 Things

March 16, 2018


I haven't been very good at blogging lately. I'm not sure why. I haven't felt the need to post, but I have been writing. I'm still writing every day. Today is day 277 of writing in a row. I've not taken a break, and I'm pretty proud of myself. One of my goals was to post once a week on a blog. I haven't done that, but have posted on the book blog and a Mommy Connections blog. Not once a week though.

I think to get back at it, I'm going to do some prompts. It'll get me back to writing honestly. I'm picking and choosing one for each post, and am hoping to write once a week, but we'll see. I'm not picking them from any particular list of prompts, but just choosing what inspires me in the moment.

Today, I'm listing ten things that make me happy

1) I'm happy I've started to learn how to ask for help. The truth is I can't always handle everything myself, and if I don't learn how to ask for help, I'll probably lose my mind.

2) I'm happy to be writing consistently. Big writings or small writings, I'm keeping at it. I love it.


3) I'm happy that I can do the solo Mom thing. I'd rather be doing it with my partner, but he is working hard for us away from home, and I'm working hard at home. As much as some days I hate it, I love the great days. The feeling of being super mom isn't all bad.

4) To follow the last one up, I'm happy to have a partner who works incredibly hard for us. He hates being away from home, and we hate it too, but we know he's working to make things better, and we love seeing him on video chats.

5) I'm happy I've rediscovered the small things that help keep me happy. Crafts and scrapbooking are the major small things that come to mind. 


6) I'm happy I know how to be happy. I can see the crap moments for what they are, and acknowledge them, but I know that being happy is what gets me through it.

7) I'm happy for my family. My sister has been a LIFE SAVER these last few months. She gives me a break when I need one, but more than that, she's somebody who will come over and hang out with both my son and I. She's an adult person who I love to talk to. 
My mom comes in from out of town to give me breaks I need as well. They know I hate asking for help, but can sometimes sense my high anxiety levels, and know when I need relief. 

8) I'm happy for my friends. I may not see some of them as much as I'd like, but they listen, and they understand, and they're my friends. I'm also happy for the lifelong friends Anthony will have because of my friends.


9) I am happy for my dog. He's a big pain in the butt, but the most loving pain in the butt you've ever met.


10) I'm so happy that I get to spend my days watching my son learn new things. He's a little dare devil, and constantly keeps me on my toes. I wouldn't have it any other way. He makes me laugh all the time. (He also frustrates the hell out of me, but that's a different post.)

11) (One more for the hell of it.) I'm happy for the invention of both coffee and wine.

That's it. Hopefully I'll be back next week.


Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

― Jane Yolen

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Title to come (or this is it.)

Feb 10, 2018


It appears to be a few days since my last post BUT I've been updating my book blog as well, so I have been blogging. I plan to update that once one once a month with the books I've read that month. The link for that one is below.

First of all, thanks to anybody who read or commented on the last post. I'm feeling much better. I've been getting out of the house, and Anthony and I are working on a routine that makes us both happy. I'm learning how to solo Mom again. I'll be okay. I'll also be doing it for a while. Clint's going to be away working for longer than we'd like.

I'm writing this while Anthony naps, so it may not be finished until later tonight. 

I really feel like I want to post, and I have a few ideas, but today I want to do some prompts. I just want to write. I do want to do one about activities I've been doing with Anthony lately (a Mom post), but for now I'm sticking to the little details about me.

I found this on Pinterest. It's called Would You Rather. Conversation Starters 

There are a lot of questions. I'm obviously not doing all of them in one post. However, I am doing them in order because I don't want to pick and choose. I want to do the tough ones. I enjoy doing the 'get to know me' posts. It's a break from what I've been writing lately.

Here we go:

Would you rather always be 10 minutes late or always be 20 minutes early?


I would rather be early. I've changed a bit, but with Anthony, it's much easier being earlier. It also helps with his anxiety of others if we both arrive calm and happy. I admit that at times I'm a right on timer, or a bit late. I feel better getting somewhere with time to get comfortable. 


Would you rather lose all of your money and valuables or all of the pictures you have ever taken?


Anybody who knows me, knows how many photos I take. They're pretty important to me. Also, they're all saved in a place where they hopefully can't be lost. BUT if that doesn't work (and all the photos from FB and Instagram go missing), and I actually have to choose between money and valuables, or every photo...

 I'm having a lot of trouble with this decision. Obviously, money is important to live and pay mortgage and bills, and buy groceries, but also, I'd be heartbroken if I lost all my photos. They're memories. I have a fear of getting Alzheimer's in my future. In the end, the photos will be my valuables.

Would you rather be able to see 10 minutes into your own future or 10 minutes into the future of anyone but yourself?

I have no interest in seeing my future. In fact, I'd be quite annoyed to have to know what was going to happen in the future. I'd probably be quite obsessive about checking. I guess I'd rather see the future of anybody else. That way I can help somebody if they need it. To be clear, I'd rather not have either of these though.

Would you rather be famous when you are alive and forgotten when you die or unknown when you are alive but famous after you die? 

I have no interest in being famous. I want to make a difference in some body's life. Through my blog, through my life, through my novel(s) hopefully. However, I'll admit that it seems nice to be appreciated while I am alive instead of after I die. 

Would you rather go to jail for 4 years for something you didn’t do or get away with something horrible you did but always live in fear of being caught?

This doesn't really make sense to me. I think both sounded horrid. This is going to sound awful, but if I had to choose, I'd choose the second. There's an excitement about living in fear of getting caught. There's nothing exciting about actually getting caught. I wouldn't do well in prison. 


Would you rather accidentally be responsible for the death of a child or accidentally be responsible for the deaths of three adults?

Ugh, what? It's like a writer wrote these prompts. Maybe I'll find inspiration for a short story, but not through this one. It's too depressing. But I would rather have accidentally killed three adults. The fact that it was an accident doesn't really make it better. I just wouldn't want to be responsible for a child losing his or her life. You'd always wonder what that child may have been.


Would you rather your shirts be always two sizes too big or one size too small?

Haha. This is another one that has changed. I'm pretty sure in the past I would have said one size too small because for some reason, I was unaware of my size. I didn't mind showing off my body. I still don't care what my body looks like, or who sees it, but my life is WAY more about comfort now. Two sizes two big sounds way better, and way more comfy.

Anthony just woke up. So this is all I'm going to do for today. I'm glad I ended on an easier one.

Since this post has nothing to do with my Mom Life, and is about me, I will leave you with two wonderful selfies.

Awkward thumbs up for the win. (If this photo is one of the ones that gets lost, I'm actually okay with that.) Sharing anyway. 
Happy almost v-day!

Happy Saturday.

“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

― Jane Yolen

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Writing Mom Life

Jan 30, 2018

I'm hoping to write a quick post tonight. To be honest, I kind of want to be reading right now. My sister lent me a book that I can't put down. (But I have to put it down and parent.)

I've had a few bad days in the past two weeks. I've had good ones as well, but it's harder to move on from the bad days.

It's been tough to get back into the solo parenting routine. I haven't loved it, and I've been getting frustrated too easily. One day in particular, I felt like I was failing. I know I wasn't, but I just wanted to be doing so much better.


Side note: I've downloaded a audio book about peaceful parenting. Hopefully to help me take a breath when I need it. I'll write more about it when I finish it. 

I think I've just been a bit down lately. I hadn't been getting out of the house as much as I'd like because I just didn't have the energy. I've been feeling a little depressed. That's hard for me to admit because I don't want to fight that battle, or admit that I may need to fight it. It's also hard for me to admit because I think I should be happy simply because of my son. I feel guilty. I find this post fitting though because tomorrow is the Bell Let's Talk Day, and admitting I'm having a hard time does not make me weak.

However, it's something I have to deal with. I need to get back into my world of gratitude because that helps me the most. I'm lucky that the little things in life can help me. I know it's not like this for many.

So instead of focusing on the bad weeks, I'm going to focus on the great things.

  • First of all, I'm so grateful for being able to call Clint and talk to him through a video call. I love that Anthony gets to see his face as well as hear his voice. I love watching Anthony kiss his daddy through the phone screen. This would be so much harder on all of us if we didn't have that option.
  • I'm grateful for my sister helping me. She came over the other night, and after I fed us supper, she hung out with Anthony so I could take some time and have a bath. Basically, get clean without a baby with me. It felt silly, asking her to come over to have a bath. (To be clear, I do get clean, I just have time for quick showers though, and usually with a toddler.) However, I need to get better at asking for help. It's something else that's important for my mental health. Anthony LOVES his Auntie Jodi, so anytime he gets to spend with her is his best day ever. 
  • I'm grateful for friends who will stick up for me, and stick by me when I need it. 
  • I'm grateful for crafts and toddler activities because my toddler needs A LOT to keep him busy. 
  • I'm grateful that even with my mood not where I want it to be, and with parenting alone, I've still been able to write everyday. Even if it's just a journal entry.
  • I'm also grateful for my journal that I just pulled back out and have been writing in as much as I can. I've been writing in it for years and years, and this year, hopefully I'll finish it and be able to start a new one.
  • I am grateful for my mom. She came to help me out because I had a Writing Workshop planned for Saturday. However, she came on Friday and stayed until Monday, and it was absolutely wonderful to have some help. It was nice to let her take care of bedtimes for me, and to just take a small break. I miss her like crazy already, but already feel like the weekend of help has done so much. Bedtime is off and on. It hasn't been easy. Being able to step back, helped. Now I can get back to Solo Super Mom because of my own Super Mom. (And Super Grandma). 
  • I'm grateful that I was able to go to a novel writing workshop with Alice Kuipers on Saturday. I learned a lot. I was inspired. I am motivated. 
  • I'm grateful that my son (and my dog) make me laugh every single day. Hilarious duo. 
  • I'm grateful I have people who are reading my novel for me after the sixth(ish) edit. I'm also grateful for comments that keep me inspired and motivated to get it published. 
That's it. I just needed to be happy about my writing mom life. And I am. Sometimes, you just need a reminder.

Until next time.


“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

― Jane Yolen

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Another Day Another Update

Jan 18, 2018,

Anthony is officially 20 months today. I want him to slow down, but at the same time, I'm looking forward to just saying he's 2. Not counting up the months.

That's not what this post is about. It was just the first thing that came to my mind.

This is my third post this month, and two of them were written in the first week. In other words, I'm not doing my best job at blogging. I guess I'm here now.

I have continued to write every day. I started editing my novel from the beginning at the start of December, and I finished on Sunday night. I'd say two months is pretty good. I'm proud of myself. This also included switching writing programs in the middle of it. The free word program I was using had issues with the spelling, and I was sick of fixing it. I switched to Scrivener (and paid for it). It's been a lot easier to keep myself organised. 

It felt really good to be done. I'm since made it into a manuscript, and sent it off to some new readers. I'm always a little nervous about sending it off for people to read, but it's always been good. Feedback is good, negative or positive.

One person has finished it already, and she texted me comments while reading it. I loved it. It's nice hearing people's thoughts on characters I've spent so much time with.

I'm still going to write every day (for 356 days), but for today, day 223, I'm choosing a blog post as my writing. Tomorrow, I'll get back to novel writing. I'm not touching the other one until all of my readers respond, so I'll be working on an unfinished one. (I've got two unfinished novels, both started during a Nanowrimo. Sadly, they both stop at about 50k.)

This is going to be a short post. I'm exhausted. Clint went to Ontario for work, and I've been solo parenting it since Monday. I've done it before, but it's been a while. Clint is great when he's home. The company is nice. The extra time to write is freaking fantastic.

It's 11. Anthony didn't go to sleep until a little before 10. He was up late, and it makes it hard for me to do anything else if he's up, and I need him to sleep. For my sanity.

Nap times haven't been much better. He's been fighting them like crazy since Monday. I'm guessing it has something to do with Clint being gone. He's been a daddy's boy for the last little while. In fact, I seem to be the only one he doesn't choose to come to lately. 

Either way, by the time I started this post, I was so tired, I ALMOST didn't pour myself a glass of wine. Don't worry though. I went and got one.

Between being a mom, writing, and trying to read, I haven't had a lot of time to do anything else. I try to clean the play area, and the kitchen every night. I've also been trying to organise our basement. It's going to be a major declutter project, but I haven't been spending a lot of time on it. Because I'm tired. However, there are boxes EVERYWHERE so I need to get on it.

(Also, I've been doing planks every day since the start of the month, and have done three days in a row on the elliptical. So far, I'm proud of my month progress.) 

That's my quick update. Writing Writing Writing. Crazy toddler, grumpy toddler, hyper toddler. They're the most important things. 

And of course because I take a million photos, here are a few of my January favourites.

Quick trip to Plenty to fill our freezer.

We made this!


Learning how to cut the wood on my own, since Clint will be gone for months.

Planking with a child on my back.

Big Boy bed!!!!
Coffee and toddler. Writing and wine.

Sad sad goodbyes.

Fun in a car. Basically his best day.

Toddler activities. 

Trying out zen parenting.

Books Books Books

Also every week, I'm taking one day away from social media. It's been lovely. Tomorrow is my social media strike. Next week it'll be Saturday. I think it's been good for me. I love social media - especially Instagram - but it's nice to take a break.

That's my month. And a quick update.

I'll be full of exciting news in my next post. 

Happy Thursday! 






“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

― Jane Yolen

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
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Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
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