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"The longer you put off getting serious about writing, the longer you put off success.  Procrastination is a writer's biggest enemy."  ~Barbara Seuling

Well, isn't that the truth!

I've been putting this off for years and it only led to me being resentful of the whole situation.  Now that I'm writing, I feel a bit like me again.  I may not have all the time in the world to do all the writing I want to do and trying to find a balance between this and homeschooling, cooking from scratch, and all the other things a wife and mother does is not necessarily easy, but it does feel good to be writing again!  So I'm finally ditching Scarlett O'Hara's infamous statement, "I'll think about it tomorrow...After all tomorrow IS Another Day!"

Because the day is now!

Now if only I could figure out how to do everything else while I do this....

Related Resources:

Psychology Today

Mind Tools

Stop Procrastination

Random Thoughts on a Saturday:

  • It's sad for a momma to see her smallest child standing in the pool at three feet....standing tall with head and shoulders free and clear of the water....because, well....he's just not so little anymore.
  • It's good that same 3-year-old child has a daddy that loves the water...because momma doesn't so much.
  • Thanksgiving doesn't have to just be a Thursday in November.
  • Say I love you today...because tomorrow may not come.
  • Sometimes one has to just accept the fact that others will not change their minds about something...and move on.  Sometimes that is really really hard.
  • A good book can take you into the mind of a character who represents a part of life you never thought you'd comprehend....and suddenly you have total understanding.
  • Seize the Day!!

My favorite quote that I read this week was by Katherine Patterson.

" I love revision.  Where else can spilled milk be turned into ice cream?" 

This needs to be my motto!  I love Katherine Patterson.  I was fortunate enough to see and hear her speak at a SCBWI conference quite a few years ago (and grab an autograph!).  At the time she was anticipating the release of the movie, Bridge to Terabithea.  Her son was actually part of the filmmaking process, though I don't recall the details but it was absolutely wonderful since he was part of the inspiration for the book!  She was highly inspiring.  Perhaps I need to dig out my notebook from that conference and reread my notes!  Perhaps I'll get lucky enough to find time to do that today!

I've felt accomplished this week.  I have blogged each day about the things I am most passionate about.  I have also found some more blogs to follow.... blogs by other authors and other topics of interest to me.  I have read a little about blogging, learned how to put an image in a widget on my sidebar (It shows that I signed up to participate in PiBoIdMo) and I dug out a book I've had on the shelves on writing for children.  I've read this book before but feel I need lots of refresher courses so to speak. I picked one, for now, that I recall being very simplistic in reading and understanding.  One I can read just before bed and not be overwhelmed.

 Random Thoughts for Saturday:

  • It is incredibly cute and precious to watch a little toddler say Morning Prayers with the family while wearing his pirate hat.
  • A mug of hot Sweet Italian Sausage Soup on a chilly October afternoon is very comforting.
  • Crock pots are a wonderful form of technology and convenience 🙂
  • Men and women have very different views on priorities and what they should be.  (Bet you already knew that one!)
  • We shouldn't make assumptions....  Our family has problems with this one. I will admit that I do.  I'm sure everyone does (or is that an assumption?).  But  the thing I'm thinking about in particular is from the article I read this morning on the lady that sued McDonald's about 20 years ago.  The public generally only got part of that story and really ridiculed the event.  There are lots of facts about that story I was completely unaware of until this morning.  Here's a link:

    Did You Ever Hear About The Lady That Sued McDonald's?

Well, that is all for today!  I have several things to do this morning (like fill that crock pot I mentioned with a venison mushroom stew), putting in some new contact paper in some kitchen shelves, washing a beloved 'blankie', and drinking my tea before it gets cold...and then hopefully I will tackle that cupboard containing all those old dusty manuscripts and notebooks!  I hope you all have a wonderfully blessed day!