Happy Sunday, everyone!
REMEMBER THOSE WE LOST
Do you remember where you were, what you were doing on September 11, 2001? I was home-schooling my 13 year-old son and watching the live coverage of the plane carrying terrorists crashing into the Towers. How does a mother explain why people want to kill each other?
Let’s take a few moments to remember those who perished at the hands of terrorists 10 years ago today. Who would have thought we’d ever have to worry for our safety in our home country. It changed us in many ways. It brought many people closer together. It changed the way we view foreign travel, our country’s security policies and we even look warily at strangers.
Let it not make you hide, but be aware of the world around you. Let it not make you fearful, but more vigilant. All the more reason to appreciate all we have and all we are. Create your goals, but enjoy every moment of working toward them. Don’t waste your life on meaningless tasks, live it to the fullest.
I haven’t checked in for ROW80 for over a month. My summer got terribly chaotic trying to keep up with my grandchildren and my blog. I managed to keep up with the blog and my grandchildren have gone back home, now. So, my life will regain it’s routine and some momentum. These were my original goals:
Maintenance Goal: Maintain my current 5-days per week blog posts until July 16th when I will then cut back to 3 posts per week.
My progress has been as follows:
My Writing Goal: I am far behind my original goal for writing on my WIP, which is at 23,560 words – a total of 6,260 words written in 69 days = 91 words per day. That’s 25% of what I planned. Am I upset? No. That’s over 6,000 words more than I had when I began. I wish it were more, but as a dear friend said, ‘LIFE comes first.’
Maintenance Goal: I did cut back to posting 3 days per week on my blog and, I believe, the quality of my posts has increased. My readership has soared, as has my subscriber list. I’ve finely tuned the topics of posts and analyzed what my readers seem to enjoy the most. Hence, my awesome statistics.
New Work Goal: My husband, as reported in July, chose not to post on my blog. He’s preoccupied with his own sports gear website, CapKing, (shameless plug) and various projects on our home. I did not write a 2-3,000 word short story, but I did write a 1,500 word 1st draft of a short story on a secondary character AND an 1,800 word contemporary fiction short story 1st draft. I also wrote a 1,000 word flash fiction story. I entered the flash fiction in a contest (winners to TBD in October) and it has another target, to be revealed at a later date.
All in all, I didn’t do so badly. I’m satisfied with my consistent effort and plan to write a second flash fiction and polish my short stories for publication by the end of this Row80 round. I will sign up for Row80 again, and again.
My dear friend, Nicole Basaraba, author of Uni-Verse-City blog, bestowed a blog award on me, which you can see in my sidebar. I’m so honored that she thought enough of me and my blog to choose me for the Liebster Blog award.
Liebster loosely translates from German as ‘friend’. There are several writers I count as friends, so choosing among them was a very difficult decision. I will just have to give out more awards at other times. 😉
Today I choose to award the following women the Liebster Blog Award for being very supportive friends and fellow writers/bloggers who have that special ‘something’ that makes them stand-out in the crowd.
You may copy and paste the award to your blog’s sidebar. Please, pay it forward, Ladies!