30 days of gratitude 8

What book are you most grateful for?

I should probably say the Bible, and I suppose that it is true, because I believe it is truly the Word of God and that we should pay attention and follow it’s teachings. And when I read it, I do feel close to God. I read it every day, but I should read more. I don’t read much. I’ve read the entire thing twice, and the New Testament more than that, but I learn something new every time I open it, it seems like.

The book I am the second most grateful for is a book by Gene Neill called “I’m Gonna Bury You.” It was given to me when I was teenager, and I kept it for years. It’s not my regular type of book but it is very important to me. It has also taught me many things about life and I feel very connected to the author when I read it. It makes me want to be a better person, and to be closer to God in every way.

I could also mention that I’m thankful for the first book I wrote, Pairs, even though it’s not published or anything. It was the book that made me realize that I could actually write and finish a novel, and I will always be grateful for that. I hope I can get it to a point where it can be published one day. I would love to share it with the world.

NaNo Days 6 and 7 and 8

I wrote exactly two words before midnight on Day 6, in an effort to write something every day.

I didn’t write anything yesterday, and I doubt I will today.

In my defense, I did have a lot of stuff going on yesterday – two appointments and critique group. So I had to drive to the city early and then come home and get everything ready for critique group, plus deal with the small people that live here, and then I had to go to the city again in the evening.

Today…didn’t have as much to do. But I’m still having a hard time getting back into writing. I haven’t been able to write very much since early in 2016. I want to get back into my work but it’s just not working. My mind is other places – sometimes good, sometimes less so.

I’m still planning on writing tomorrow. Even though I have to take the smallest one to an eye doctor appointment and then there’s probably some other stuff that I’m forgetting.

30 days of gratitude 6

What in nature are you grateful for today?

First off, disclaimer that this is actually Nov. 8 and I’m going to roll the publish date back to the sixth. Just trying to be honest there.

I already did leaves, and fall.

Snow, I guess. I love the snow. Actually, strike that. I want to be thankful for how seasons change. I don’t like it when people complain about how hot it is in the summer and how cold it is in the winter. Yes, I too do not like extreme hot or cold temperatures. But I don’t see any reason in complaining about it.

I like how the seasons change. I like how it’s always something different. Sometimes I’ve thought that I’d like to live in a real temperate climate year-round, but how boring would that be? Snow is cool. And really hot days are cool. (Even though fall is best and spring is second best, duh.) But I’d rather have it be different all the time than the same all the time, even if it’s nice all the time.

Maybe I should think about how life should be like that. Or my outlook on life. I want it to be nice and temperate all the time. But if it wasn’t for the extremes, maybe it would be boring. I don’t know.

Anyway. Thankful for changing seasons.

30 Days of Gratitude 5

What sound are you grateful for today?

Today I am grateful for the sound that autumn leaves make when they are rustling in the trees.

I was having a hard time with something this evening and I went for a drive. Several times I saw autumn leaves on the road or blowing across the street, and I was instantly calmed. The leaves in autumn are so incredibly serene and beautiful. I would like to go visit the northeast part of the country someday in autumn. We have a nice season here but the colors in some of the photographs from the northeast absolutely blow me away.

I very much love the idea of walking along trails in the woods during autumn, going down a path lined with beautiful trees of various colors while the wind blows through the leaves and they gently drift into the pathway all around me. Maybe tie in a little woodsmoke from Day 1, lol.

And yes, I’m also very grateful for the voices of my family and loved ones, and them singing, and that kind of thing, but I’m also grateful for the sound of leaves in the trees. In autumn. <3

NaNo Day 5

Okay. Today was a little harder. Only got 203 words. I was actually on a roll when I wrote those but then I got interrupted by family and never got back on track. Then came more family distractions. And then I got all overwhelmed with another thing I tend to obsess over in my spare time.

And then I decided that I should be thankful for how many dang words I got. So in the last five days I’ve gotten more than 1,000 words. So that’s cool. Not the speed I want, but if I keep going at this speed I’ll have enough words by next summer. Which actually sounds hideous but if I had done that last year I’d be done with this novel by now.

Tomorrow’s going to be an issue because of our homeschool co-op. And then Tuesday I have two appointments in the city. But I can still write something. I’ve written something every day. And that’s a good thing to focus on.

Thirty days of gratitude 4

What food are you most grateful for?

I don’t know. I’m writing this after midnight (but it’s fall back tonight so that’s a bonus) and that’s a big surprise question. I suppose my favorite food is pizza but I’m not sure I’m the most grateful for it.

I guess I’m the most grateful for fruit. Can that count? I love that it is natural and it really seems like a gift from God, you know? Grain crops and vegetables are nice too but it seems like fruit is really something that you don’t always have to work hard for. Like the fruit trees we have here. Some have died over the years (I assume because we don’t know how to care for them) but they have given us fruit for a long time. We have peach trees, nectarines, and pears, and we had plums for a very long time. The apple tree isn’t doing much yet but hopefully it will in the future.

We also have the pecan tree, which I know isn’t a fruit, but I don’t care because it is the bomb too.

Growing up, we had apple trees, pear, plums, cherry, and peaches. And we had the mulberry trees that were there when we moved there and produced for so many years. Now we have a mulberry tree in front of a vacant house on the way to town and we eat those sometimes when it is in the season. I’ve picked wild blackberries and persimmons, and my next door neighbor had grape vines when I was a kid. We had one too but they were so sour! Probably they were good for jelly or wine or something.

Anyway, with the exception of ground fruit like strawberries, I just think it’s pretty awesome that if you plant and care for a tree just a little bit, it may be able to provide food for you and your family for years to come.

Which is funny that I wrote about that because strawberries really are my very favorite fruit and they don’t work that way. So I’m thankful for them too, anyway.

This was all over the place but I don’t think it matters.

NaNo Day 4

Okay. I wrote seven words today, lolz.

But I also went to my friend Gaye Sanders’ book signing for her debut!! And I walked around downtown with the husband for a while and played Pokemon Go. And I ate DIM SUM for the first time AND I ate a mushroom, what???

And then I did some writer stuff and tried to push my novel on Swoon Reads to my social media followers and friends. And then we watched two episodes of Stranger Things.

And then I got on the computer with four minutes to spare and wrote seven words so I could say I wrote every day and I logged it on my NaNo account and then here I am.

Yes, I wish I had written. But I don’t exactly regret today either. :)

NaNo day 3

So I only got 419 words today. I also had to go to the chiropractor and I went out with Ben, but still. Not the 1600 and so I’m supposed to be shooting for.

I don’t know whether I should force myself to do better, or if I should be proud of myself for writing at all. Conundrum.

Thirty days of gratitude 3

Okay! Day 3!

What color are you thankful for?

That would have to be GREEN. Green is my favorite color. I love all types of it. Dark pine green, light lime green, plain old green, just green. It’s so beautiful. And yay, the whole world is full of it a large portion of the year!

I used to like blue the best, when I was very young, but green is so fresh, and alive, and perfect. I’m not describing it well, and that’s okay.

And that favorite childhood color was actually the crayon green-blue, which I think is called cerulean now, so it was still sort of green.

My birthstone is green. It’s a peridot, which is a light green. I used to think it was kind of ugly. My sister Marissa’s birthstone was emerald, which is traditionally considered more lovely. And emerald is truly a lovely color. But over time I have grown to love my sweet birthstone. The first peridot I got that I really loved was my high school class ring. It had a large smooth peridot with a ton of facets inside and I was astonished at how beautiful it truly was.

Anyway, green. That’s what I’m thankful for.