I read a total of five books this month. One more than my goal.
For an updated list of the books I read and reviewed (not all reviews are posted yet), check out my Reading List.
I planned on typing up the next draft to George Florence this month, but I ended up not doing that. I want to edit, add, and delete as I type the new draft. So I did research instead. I have to say, the research helped wonders. In fact, I still have a little more research to do.
I didn’t submit to a contest this month. I was too wrapped up with George Florence so I kind of forgot about it. But there’s always next month.
I wanted to get most of my March blog posts done. I didn’t. But I got a good chunk of them done anyway. I also started commenting on more blogs as well.
If you would like to be part of my blog, go check out the Be a Guest Blogger page. I’d love to have you! Also, if you need a book review done or just have a book recommendation for me, check out my Book Review Policy page.
February was a good month. It went by too quick, but I got a lot done considering it’s a shorter month than the rest.
We’re a week into the new year. It’s kind of crazy that this time last week was New Year’s Eve. It’s even crazier to think that two weeks ago was Christmas Eve. Time sure flies and it’s all a blur.
I’ve been doing well with a schedule I came up for myself. I’ve been slowly editing George Florence Monday through Wednesday. I edited a lot on Saturday because I went to Barnes and Noble.
I haven’t been there in a long time because of life and holidays and such. I can finally get back into my routine of going there every Saturday.
Sunday I worked on something with Kris that will be opening next month. I don’t know how many of you will actually be interested in it, but Kris and I are having fun with it and hopes it’s successful.
Today and tomorrow I’ll be working on blog posts. I had one ready to go for today. It was a new feature outside of my blog, but it was for my blog. Something happened so it looks like I won’t be doing it for a while.
Hence this random update-type post. I didn’t really have a back-up plan for what to write today.
Of course, I have plenty of drafts in my posts folder on here, but none of them looked appealing to me this morning. One of the drafts is from April 2014. Seriously.
It’s a post I still want to write and post on here, but it’s not really relevant anymore. I want to wait until Kris and I do that certain activity again and kind of freshen my memory on what we did. Yes, that one is writing related.
So I guess that’s all I have for today. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday!
One of the disadvantages of buying books that Herminia mentioned was the cost of books. Sure, $10 doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you add up your entire bookshelf?
I was going to look at the prices on all the books I own. Some may have been discounted, some may have been gifts, some might not even have the prices on them. Yet, I was curious to see how much money it was.
I didn’t do it because I have too many books and didn’t feel like spending the time to go through them all like that. Surprise, surprise.
So, for 2016, Herminia and I decided to keep track of how much money we spend on books.
When we buy a book we’ll jot down the price we paid written on the receipt. Not the actual price, because we might get a discount and/or pay tax. We want to write the exact amount we paid for.
I might post updates on my blog, I haven’t decided yet. I do know that December of next year I will write a post of the total amount of money I spent on books for the year.
Herminia and Kris said they’ll do this with me, though I don’t know if they’ll post updates on their blog about it at all.
If you’re a book lover and find yourself at the bookstore way too often, feel free to join us. I’m sure it’ll be an interesting experiment to see how much money one person can spend on books.
I thought it was newly published, but later found out that it came out in February of 2014. So you may have already heard of this lovely story.
Kris and I read through the book together and it melted my heart.
It’s about a child who comes up with an idea and doesn’t know what it is or understands what to do with it.
The child says that he keeps it to himself because he’s afraid of what other people might think. Yet, the idea stays with him and won’t go away.
The idea looks like an egg and it’s the only object on the page that is colored. Everything else is black and white. The idea grows with the child as he gets older constantly following him around.
It isn’t until the child finds some confidence in himself and in the idea that the rest of the illustrations are filled with color showing what a wonderful thing an idea is.
This book has such a powerful message that I believe everyone needs to learn. As a preschool teacher and babysitter of various ages, it’s important to encourage our children to be creative, speak their opinions, and do what they believe is right.
As a writer, it’s important to roll with the ideas we think of and be creative with our thoughts. Writing is a risky business and not everyone may not like your ideas, but there will be people out there who will love your ideas and support you and your ideas.
A new year is going to begin soon. Next year will be all about you. Spread those ideas around, do what makes you happy, do what you believe is right.
Some ideas may not work out, but that’s okay. The worst kind of failure is not trying at all.