Wednesday, March 30, 2011

March Report Card

I must apologize that this blog was so quiet this month.  I feel that I was very up front with you all about how I feel about the month of March, so even if you were prepared, I'm sorry if I let you down.  I take some comfort in the fact that March seemed to be a very quiet month in the blogging world in general.   Many of the blogs that I like to read were just as sparse as mine.  But that's probably due to the fact that everyone else is crazy busy with super fun things, and not sitting in the stagnant waters of the late-winter doldrums like me.  But there is good news: life is springing up everywhere.  The grass seems to be greener each day.  I've seen a few daffodils poking their sunny heads out of the brown ground.  A whole new crop of babies are being born or being announced that they are going to be born this year.  Things are looking up.

I actually accomplished my goal for the month of March, which is a pretty big deal.  My goal for the month of March was to send out the middle-grade novel I wrote last year.  First of all, any writer who has ever tried to actually sell a story knows what a big deal this is.  Oh, the actual process of putting a stamp on the envelope (or attaching the document in a email) is simple, but gearing up for it is really hard.  It's hard to send something out that you know has a 99% chance of being rejected.  It's very tempting to just not do it at all.  Plus, I decided to send the story to an agent rather than to a publisher, and even the agency required quite a few things in addition to the sample chapters.  So, lots of work for probably no return.  My husband just reminded me that I'll have all that work done for the next agency I send it to.  The point is, I did it.  And in one to three weeks I should have my answer from them.

Here is my updated goal list:

January - Move.

February - Make a Homemaking Binder.

March - Send out my story.

April - Make a Felt Doll Set.

May -  Plant Garden Pots.

June - Make a Sourdough Starter.

July -  Make Homemade Laundry Detergent.

August - Make hair bows.

September -  Make throw pillow covers.

I'm all set to make the felt doll set for Pumpkin Pie next month.  The only thing I think I need is some pinking shears.  (I can't believe how expensive those things are!)  And I almost scrapped my May project of planting garden pots.  Gardening stuff is all over the place now, and as I was walking through Walmart I began to feel ridiculously overwhelmed.  So I've decided that I will probably plant only one pot.  Maybe two.  I already have a strawberry pot, so I should probably see what I can do with that.  Now I just have to decide what I want to plant in my other pot.  I'm trying to decide between cucumbers and tomatoes.  If I can make a go of one pot, maybe I can add another next year.

And maybe you've noticed that I've found a project for September.  Now that I have my very own sewing machine I'd love to make some covers for these terribly tattered throw pillows that we have.  We actually bought new ones to replace them, but I saved the old ones for such a project as this.  Simple Mom posted this blog and I immediately knew it had to be one of my projects.

And here is my reading list for the month of March (titles in red were books read for book reviews.)  Now you can see what I've been doing instead of blogging:

A Quiet Strength by Janette Oke
Like Gold Refined by Janette Oke
Her Daughter’s Dream by Francine Rivers
Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider
Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot
Life Is Friends: A Complete Guide to the Lost Art of Connecting in Person by Jeanne Martinet
How To Be God’s Little Princess by Sheila Walsh
Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn
Queen of Babble in the Big City by Meg Cabot
Queen of Babble Gets Hitched by Meg Cabot
City Girl by Lori Wick
Attack at the Arena by Paul McCusker and Marianne Hering

And finally, a random fact for you: my next post will be my 100th post.  I'll try and make it count.

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