While freezing here in Kansas City, we are also celebrating the first Chief’s playoff win in twenty-two years! It is a great time to be a sports fan here in the Midwest.
I promised myself to read more fiction in 2016, and I am currently about half-way through Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I’ve admired the cover of this book for years and decided it was time to give into my curiosity.
I made the conscious decision not to read any reviews or spoilers before starting the book, so I could enjoy the story without bias or preconceived ideas. While I find the story slightly odd, I am intrigued and look forward to reading a bit each night before bed.
In addition to this work of fiction, I decided to restart Elizabeth Gilbert’s, Big Magic, so I could participate in Joy’s January read-along. While I have only read the first few pages, I have enjoyed listening to the corresponding podcast, Magic Lessons, while walking on the treadmill. I think there are only twelve episodes in the series so this won’t last long, but I truly love Ms. Gilbert’s down-to-earth personality and her authentic voice.
I took an un-anticipated break from writing these past two weeks, in part because of holiday celebrations, but mostly due to other issues which I will discuss later.
Suffice it to say, however, I am ready to start the new year with a return to the blogging routine and writing vision.
I plan to focus my time this first quarter on three projects:
- First Impressionism – my middle grade historical fiction novel. While I still love the premise, I have come to accept the first draft was too fractured, with little characterization, and no compelling story. So it is back to the storyboard. I think the homeschool community is my primary market for this book (I have spent the better part of a decade teaching in this environment) and so it is only fitting the protagonist be a homeschooler as well. I look forward to developing Phoebe’s character from this perspective.
- Spiritual Lessons through Photography (ebook) – this project has sat on the back burner for about three years. I think it is time to take the risk and move forward with the writing and self-publication of this concept. It is my hope to combine my love of writing and photography that honors both in a unique way.
- Milestone Memoirs – my vision of marrying one photograph (worth 1,000 words) with a 500 word essay to create a meaningful narrative for future generations. Over the past few months all three of my children have mentioned a desire to understand our family history. Since I am the keeper of those stories, it is my honor and responsibility to pass them down to the next generation. Otherwise, they will be lost forever.
- remove the popcorn ceiling
- remove all wallpaper borders
- add 1/8 inch plyboard to cover the impossible-to-remove wallpaper
- add wood strips to create a board-and-batten look in the dining room and entry way
- remove all carpet and flooring
- dismantle the parlor grand piano (and save parts to repurpose another time)
- paint the ceiling
- paint the board and batten
- paint the walls
- lay laminate flooring