March 17, 2013

Nine-Year-Old Wisdom: ROW80 Update

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!

It seemed fitting to find some writing relevant Irish sayings to share today. 
Always remember to forget, the friends that proved untrue. But never forget to remember those that have stuck by you!
A life making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing at all.
The future is not set, there is no fate but what we make for ourselves.

My writing friends have proven true, and I so appreciate their support and encouragement. Without them, I would still be in the writing closet. And I wouldn't know how to remedy those darn mistakes that make my life so honorable.

This weekend, my daughters and I started decluttering--preparing our house to go on the market (for our big move to San Francisco, CA). One of the girls found a writing piece I did back in 1982. In the author profile section was the following:

That made my day! Notice, too, that editing was also in my future.

What is something that has recently reaffirmed your choices in life?

And now, my A Round of World in 80 Days (ROW80) Update...

Only ten days to go this round. My main goal for this round was to get Chasing Memories to an editor. Done! But, I also wanted to focus on the Depression Cookies follow-up, but this one is still hanging. It will be a major focus of Round 2.

When I started this Round, a lot was up in the air for my family. My husband had been out of work since late October. Mid-February he flew to San Francisco to interview... by March 11, he was out there. It's going to be crazy to stay focused on my writing with a major move coming, but I'm hoping with some ROW80 encouragement, I can do just that.

But I am starting to freak out about the Blogging from A to Z challenge. I have to get some posts written. I loved this challenge last year, but I wasn't...

A) In the middle of publishing a book
B) Moving cross-country

I need to really focus on prioritizing goals for Round 2. Hope you'll all stick with me through the insanity! I hate to quit something once I've committed.

Oh, and if you missed my proposition for an online "dating" site to unite writers and readers, please check it out: Logophile... Matching Readers & Writers.


Jennette Marie Powell said...

Keeping up with your writing while planning a move will be a big challenge, but I've no doubt you can do it. Good luck! Love the Irish quotes, too!

Jo Michaels said...

No worries! We'll get er done. I'm about to start my final read-through :) Might be back in your hands today! Don't you love being ahead of schedule? :) WRITE ON!

Julie Glover said...

Just put your focus where you need it! Congratulations on getting your book to the editor. Hope the move goes smoothly.

Shan Jeniah Burton said...


Sending lots of energy your way. Trust your instincts, and I think you'll be fine.

Hoping your move and publishing roll along smoothly, and that you find pockets of sanity for new projects...And enjoying life!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

How sweet. My mom has my first ever novel. Written at the age of twelve; it is a single page master piece.