Tuesday, January 20, 2015

a little honesty and a little hiatus

hoping for a blessing from the Goddess of Mercy!

It's a new year and usually I like to make a bunch of resolutions or goals; but this last year has been  kind of a disaster when it comes to goal completion. I have to admit I've been a bit depressed about it.

I kept watching colleagues online that seem to be able to juggle their events and promotion and health and family and friends and books effortlessly and have driven myself to despair with comparisons. That Author is able to write four hundred beautiful novels, go to the gym for three hours a day, raise a family with six perfect kids and is the wittiest person on the internet! This Author does five hundred school visits a year but still is able to get a two hundred incredible books completed and go on date nights with wonderful spouse!

For the past year, I've been trying to figure out the magic formula. Can I work harder? Can I work later at night? Earlier in the morning? Stand on my head? But I still couldn't get it together. What could I do to be like Other Author?

And the answer is...nothing. Because I will never be like Other Author. Because Other Author is not me. Yes, Other Author can juggle the sun, moon, all the planets and all the stars and that is wonderful for Other Author. But I have come to accept that I am not a good juggler. That doesn't mean I don't have my good points, but trying to be someone I am not is a waste of energy (and making me even a poorer juggler). This year, I am just going to try to accept that my limitations are what make me who I am.

This doesn't mean that I do not strive for excellence, in fact it's the opposite. It's because I refuse to give up my ambition that I accept defeat. Other Author can do everything and somehow be brilliant at all of it. I cannot. I have to choose.

So, all of this is to say two things to you, my very patient reader. First, and most importantly, is  that I love interacting with you and am always so, so honored when I hear from anyone. But, ever since Rain Dragon arrived, I've been a poor responder and I truly apologize. I hope you understand my lack of response is more about my poor balancing skills than it is about my affection towards you.

Second is...I must write my novel. I want it to be good, for you and for myself. And because of that, I'm going to be temporarily taking a hiatus from this blog and most of my social media until I at least get the first draft finished. I hope it won't be too long, but I really don't know when I'll be back. If you'd like to stay in touch with my doings, please sign up for my newsletter, which for the time being will be my most active outgoing info.

Thank you so much and hope to see you all again soon!



Friday, January 9, 2015

fortune cookie friday


"If the first words fail, ten thousand more will then not avail."
- Chinese Proverb

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

memory pearl

We gave recently gave Rain Dragon a bag of marbles and she quickly became enamored with them. Her favorite game is to make Marble Soup and pretend to eat and serve them.



"This is the Sun Marble," she says, "It tastes like bread, fire and rubber duckies."

The Moon Marble taste like milk, ice cream and kitty cats. The Ice Marble tastes like snow and ice, of course.

Monday, January 5, 2015

on my desk monday


The holidays are over so it's back to work!

Though, honestly, when I am writing a novel there is always a part of my that is thinking about it, which if my excuse why I am so absent-minded and disorganized these past months. This particular novel has been a hard one for me to keep straight, so I've actually done a pin board with all the important plot points to help keep me organized. Hope it works!

Friday, January 2, 2015

fortune cookie friday


"A goal without a deadline is only a wish.A dream with a deadline becomes a goal."
- Chinese Proverb

Monday, December 29, 2014

on my desk monday

Hope you had a great holiday! Ours was quite enjoyed, as evidenced by what is on my desk today:


Even though the house is now in shambles, it was built with a great deal of care. This year, instead of just being a critic, Rain Dragon was quite an active participant.   She helped with the construction:

(one marshmallow for the house, one marshmallow for my mouth)

to the decorating:
(it needs more jellybeans, more, more, more)

and, of course,  the finishing touch:
yes, now it is finished!



Friday, December 26, 2014

fortune cookie friday


"The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself."
- Lao Tzu

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

topping off christmas

Every year, I have this idea that we will create the most picturesque, Pinterest-worthy Christmas. So far, it's never quite happened. This year is no exception.

However, this year, we were determined to have a Christmas tree topper. The tops of all my trees of Christmas past have been bald because I've never gotten it together to make something to my liking. But a million years ago, when Rain Dragon was still a secret, I met the incredible artist Salley Mavor and got her book, Pocketful of Posies as well as her crafting book Felt Wee Folk.

So using that as an inspiration, the Sasquatch and I began making our little family. Here we are bald and as wizards:

Salley uses acorns for hats, but it's not acorn season! 

But in the end, we opted for hair and being Muggles:


Of course, we had to do this at night while Rain Dragon was sleeping and only finished this morning, so she got a Christmas Eve Morning surprise:


But the tree is fully decorated for Christmas!


Happy Holidays, all!! Wishing you a merry and joyous season!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

tree!

Oh my, it's Christmas Eve tomorrow!

I'm deep in my novel, which, unfortunately, makes me extremely absent-minded. So the days to the holidays have just slipped by and I haven't done half of what I wanted to do. Sigh!

But we did get a tree! We cut our own again, like last year! This time, Rain Dragon was quite excited:


And wanted to us to take all of them:


But we finally decided on one and let the Sasquatch do his manly duty:


And let Rain Dragon do her perceived one:
all the ornaments on the bottom of the tree, toddler-height!

I was tempted just to leave the tree decorated this way!

Monday, December 22, 2014

on my desk monday



I've sent out Christmas cards! Of course, I just sent them out on Saturday, so people it's a toss-up on whether people will actually get them before Christmas. Still, aren't you impressed?

Though, I guess I really shouldn't be that proud. The only reason I was able to get this together was because Rain Dragon's pre-school had what I think was the smartest fundraiser ever--they had a professional photo shoot/holiday card package that parents could sign up for. It made things so convenient that even the most disorganized and absent-minded of parents (yours truly!) were able to get their cards done. But, pretend to be impressed anyway, okay? Think of it as my Christmas present!