So, it does seem like the time between posts gets longer and longer. Will I change? Who knows?
Took a picture of our house today because the flowers from the dogwood and the roses all looked so pretty. Unfortunately as I went out the door I didn’t realize it locked behind me. The last time I did this I waited outside a couple of hours for Jon to come home. This time I decided to climb over the fence. There is a very high fence but I managed to climb up and over. Buddy, the whole time was sitting on one of the patio chairs observing my contortions in climbing. Didn’t say a word. Smart cat.
I am now mostly working as an in-home care giver with Catholic Charities. Presently, I have two clients and so far that is working pretty well. (I am still connected a bit to Windsor Gardens but mostly in the substitute category.) The deciding factors for making the switch was my commute shortened from 30 minutes to five and with Catholic Charities I get medical/dental coverage. Pretty big deciding factors. I miss working with Windsor Gardens great staff and clients but the travel time and health factors were pretty decisive in making the change.
Next the book update is that my poor book just seems to need more and more work. Sort of like a leaky boat. Stop up one hole and another pops up. But I keep working on it and eventually I hope it will get there. You know the old maxim, The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With a Single Step? It’s very true but unfortunately there are a lot more steps to take after that first one. I figure I have taken about a thousand steps toward my goal of becoming an established children’s writer. It’s a start but the average steps in a mile is about 2000. Times that by 1000 miles. This roughly leaves me with about one million, nine hundred and ninety thousand more steps to go. Any dreams of overnight success have long since faded. 🙂
This first book as many of you know I started in the monastery. At the time I really didn’t know what I was doing. I just started writing without a lot of knowledge or expertise as to plot, characterization, dialogue, etc. I decided that if I really want my books to be read I need to get in and do it better. Two friends recommended that I take a writing course from the Institute for Children’s Writer’s as I would get one-on-one help with my writing. One of the friends was a former instructor and the other a former student of the course. They both had high, high praises for this course. So after much prayer and pondering I decided to do it. It’s just another way to keep going with all the steps I need to take.
The cost of the course is $59 a month for a year. Quite an expense on my low budget but I feel I needed to do something drastic to push forward. One thing that the course covers is writing short pieces for magazines and that might be fun as well as a small monetary and encouragement boost.
Here are the books and the manual I got with the course. Was very impressed.
Has anyone else taken this course? Would be interested in your thoughts.