Personal Tidbits

The Power of a Book

I recently read a book that made me cry. Actually, I sobbed. What book caused me to become so emotional?

Bambi’s Fragrant Forest, A Golden Fragrance Book, Copyright 1975

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What was it about this cute scratch ‘n sniff book that had me in tears?

Memories.

Some of my most cherished memories involve my grandma and books. She always read to me and often gave me books as gifts for birthdays and Christmases. Whenever I visited her in the small town of Evansville, Wisc., we would go to the library every few days to stock up on books. Two of my favorites were Curious George and Amelia Bedelia.

The moment I opened the cover of Bambi’s Fragrant Forest, the scent of the book and the graphics made me think of my grandma. She had given it to me and had read it to me dozens of times. With each page, I felt more and more like the little girl I once was. The one who absolutely adored being read to by her grandma.

About five pages in, when I paused to get a tissue, my daughter asked, “What wrong, mommy?” I explained to her that my grandma used to read Bambi’s Fragrant Forest to me when I was little and that I miss her very much. She enthusiastically responded, “Read me, mommy! Read me!”

So, I shook off the tears and finished reading the book to my daughter. The whole time, I could hear my grandma reading the story too, and I felt like she was right there with us, helping to create a potential lifelong memory for my daughter.

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Personal Tidbits

Quote Of The Week: Amazing You

My post for today was supposed to be about participating in a book signing, but it’s just one of those days/weeks when my to-do list is out of control! And, for some reason, my toddler has decided that today’s a good day to be unusually uncooperative. Ugh.

So instead of putting too much pressure on myself to finish my intended post, I’ve decided to share this inspirational quote via Writer’s Bounty, a blog that I really enjoy. 😊

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Pink Beauties Quote

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Personal Tidbits, Self Publishing

My Goals for 2015

My one and only goal in 2014 was to finish Click Date Repeat. Now that that’s done—phew!—it’s time to really get to work. This year, my aspirations are much higher. I honestly don’t know how many of these goals I can accomplish, but the first step to meeting any goal is committing to it, right?? Plus, I’m the kind of person who likes to cross things off of lists, so I’m hopeful that putting my goals for 2015 in writing will keep me on task.

Goal #1 – Finish and Publish Don’t Call Me Kit Kat

I started this book in June of 2014 while Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations was designing the cover for Click Date Repeat. (One of the many things I learned about self-publishing: A cover designer must be booked anywhere from several weeks to months before you wish to publish.) However, I realized within weeks that three kids during summer vacation = zero productivity. So when I say I “started” this book, what that really means is I began planning it in my head. By the time September rolled around, I was able to draft an outline. The first third has been through a developmental edit, and I am now two-thirds of the way done. Now that the holidays are over and things are slowly returning to “normal” around my house, I expect to send the entire manuscript off for another round of developmental editing by the end of January.

Goal #2 – Stop Obsessing Over Click Date Repeat

The day after Click Date Repeat went live on Amazon, I did what most self-published authors probably do. I checked first thing in the morning to see if any copies had sold. Then I checked again a couple of hours later. Then again. And again. What’s worse is that I have continued to check at least once a day, every day. There have been times when I was ecstatic at the sight of blue and/or red lines indicating sales/borrows and others when I was devastated to see nothing. This obsession has to stop! So here’s my goal: I will only check sales once a week, on Mondays. Probably still a bit obsessive, but hey, it’s an improvement.

*The only exception is if I am running an ad or promotion and I need to check for effectiveness.

Goal #3 – Finish the First Draft of Click Date Repeat 2

This is another book that I have started writing in my head. I can’t help it. Sometimes when I am working on Don’t Call Me Kit Kat, an idea for CDR2 pops into my head. While this can be quite distracting, these brain lapses tell me that I have no choice but to write the sequel. My goal is to outline the story as soon as Don’t Call Me Kit Kat goes on sale. However, I promised my husband that I would take a break from novel writing, so I won’t begin drafting until August or September.

Goal #4 – Stick to a Blog Schedule

This post indicates the beginning of my new blog schedule. I will post on Wednesdays and every other Sunday. Wednesday posts will be either professional or personal, and Sunday posts will be book reviews. I may occasionally sneak in reviews on non-scheduled Sundays as well.

Goal #5 – Remember What’s Really Important

In my house, Friday nights are family movie nights. Each week, a different family member is supposed to choose the movie; however, I have been skipping my turn for months ever since I got into the habit of writing during the movies. Terrible, I know. Anyway, the Friday after Christmas we sat down to watch Disney’s Maleficent. It was so good that I didn’t type one word while it was on. My son noticed and said, “Holy cow! Mom actually watched the movie this time!” His excitement made me sad because it hit me that simply being in the same room with my family isn’t the same as paying attention to what’s going on around me, even if it is just a movie. So here’s my goal: I will watch the family movie every Friday night, and I will not touch my computer.

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Have you set goals for 2015? Are any of your goals similar to mine?