Writing Start of 2021

(Having discovered I’d used up all my WordPress data (without an upgrade), this morning I deleted 300+ blog posts from over the past 11 years, with many of those having to do with NaNoWriMo. Hopefully I will have room for more photos. We shall see.)

At the end of October, after selling our house and living in a 25′ RV for 10 weeks, we moved from MI to WI, in the middle of a pandemic. Most of our waking hours have been spent in house projects. But there was also family time — the very reason for our move. We’ve had 5 birthdays, with another coming at the end of this month, 3 major holidays with decorations, and 4 snowstorms since Christmas, all with 8-12″ each. Fixing, celebrating, and shoveling. Oh, my.

I dropped out of my my critique group of nearly 20 years, partially because of no time to write or critique during our move, and partially because of no internet for over 90 days. I have now rejoined them at last. Heavy and relieved sigh. At last, back to my MG fantasy.

With my state change, I signed up for the WI chapter of SCBWI. I saw a post about people wanting members for a picture book critique group. Wanting to have a connection in my new state, I joined one. They use Google docs. I hate Google docs. My first rocky week with them was spent hours in tears and frustration, learning this new way of communication, along with part of the rebel in me wondering why we were using that when editors and agents use Word. But new kid on the block needed to learn new word processor to join in. So here I am, newly educated, and newly with a group of WI writers.

So here’s to a new year, new state, and new writing opportunities. And hopefully a new vaccine sometime soon.

Pandemic Neighborhood Giveaways

On the bright side…is there a bright side to this pandemic?…

Then perhaps take out the word pandemic. And continue reading, thank you.

With our grandkids living three states away and growing up way too fast, this week, knowing the libraries are closed as well as schools, I have given away two bags of picture books (and a couple other ones tossed in) to walking neighbors with kids. I knew the names of the previous giveaway bag of books. Today’s giveaway, I simply don’t know their names, but identified the bag left on our corner by who they are: 3 boys, 2 mamas, and 1 puppy. I chose books which I thought the different ages of the boys would  enjoy.

Yes, our grands live too far away to read these, and when their own libraries open up, they will be able to once again enjoy those millions of hard-cover books. YAY! But in the meantime, I hope to spread a little bit of literary joy to our stay-at-homers. I wish we had more kiddos living in our neighborhood.

We remain 15′ or more from our neighbors, and to our knowledge, none in our neighborhood have contracted the coronavirus. Still. Stay safe. Be wise. If they were worried, they could leave the bag of books in their garage for a couple of days to be even more cautious, receiving this gift of books from a stranger. Even though I don’t know their names, there has always been a friendly wave-connection.

I wish I could snuggle my grands onto my lap and read to them. Can’t. Someday I will. Until then…keep on reading.

Never give up. Never surrender.

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