Wrapping It Up
July has been quite the busy month for me and my family. We've been busy with loan papers and other important paperwork involved in the selling and purchasing of a home, the joys of juggling two cars among 3 people that need them, planning on the upcoming school year and planning, packing and enjoying church camp, a family camping vacation and scout camp among many other things!
My Writing World
I've kept up with my writing goals!
- Do the best I can to put in ten hours a week (absolute minimum) into my writing - the ten hours does have to include my blog writing time, book writing time and the time I take to read other blogs (about writing and the topics I write about), check for information, etc. on the SCBWI site and the 12 x 12 Challenge forum, critiquing, etc.
- I have posted 12-15 posts this month on the blog (My goal is 12-15: I posted 15 counting today) including some book reviews here and here.
- Part of my ten hours is of course spent on writing besides the blog! I have worked quite a bit on a manuscript that I sent in for a professional critique. I mentioned this in my post on Point of View in chapter 3 of Writing Picture Books. I have gotten some really good feedback on what I have revised thus far.
- I also formed a new critique group and am looking forward to getting to know my critique partners better and seeing what they write!
- And the most amazing thing of all - I got an answer to that query letter and yes, while I' m not trying to get my hopes up too high... I DID at least get a request for the manuscript! (imagine me doing my happy dance here) 🙂
My Book World
- This hasn't been going quite as well as my writing time. Mostly because my reading time is at night/bedtime when I am more likely to get interrupted by my teens wanting to talk. They certainly don't get up at 5:30 in the morning to talk to me but they do tend to wander in to my room at 9:30 or 10:00. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it does take away my natural reading time.
- I have been reading a few really good books actively: Engaging Today's Prodigal and The Graveyard Book (my current Newberry Medal read) are my own selections for 'older' reading while my picture book world has included titles such as Help! A Story of Friendship, Bluebird Summer, and Grandma's Purple Flowers. My youngest son has also taken the notion for me to read a chapter book to him- it wasn't my pick- but he seems to be enjoying Geronimo Stilton's "I'm Not Too Fond of My Fur".
- I was able to start Grain Brain as my husband convinced me I needed to while I was away at Potter County. It's full of good solid information thus far.
Our Homeschool World
There hasn't been much going on in this area for my youngest. Of course we read every day and that's the most important thing to do. But our lessons haven't happened because things just keep getting in the way.
I took the week my son was away at Church Camp (St. Tikhon's Summer Church Camp in South Canaan, Pennsylvania) to work on his lesson plans for next year. All 180 days have been planned with exactly what he needs to do each day - with the exception of physical education because we have a few things to look into before decisions are made on that. I plan on writing up a post about this very soon!
Our Food/Health World
This part of our world is a little tricky in July. It does require some thought and planning with all the camps and vacation, etc. I think I have finally nailed a good routine as far as our general menu planning goes for days at home - more on that in a month or so- but planning for time away does pose a few problems sometimes. Summer camp was NOT a problem though. The people who prepare the meals at St. Tikhon's are WONDERFUL and they cook a lot of the food for the kids from scratch which is amazing since they cook for so many kids. I only had to supplement a few things for my son this year. There were some meals that didn't need any tweaking on my part or theirs at all. Scout camp is quite different. Unfortunately, the majority of their food is prepackaged processed items and I needed to plan an entire menu and provide food for all that he needed. Family vacation with my family is a little stressful trying to balance what other people are serving with what I need to supplement. Trying to figure out what I need to bring to ensure that we have enough to eat without bringing a lot of food that has the potential to be wasted is tricky- but certainly doable.
Other Parts of Life
July didn't allow much time for other parts of life other than what I've mentioned due to camps, vacation and lots of paperwork and decluttering (and selling things on online garage sales!). The other highlights of course were the week in Potter County, PA which I posted about here. And closing on our new house!! WOOT! (which happens today by the way!)
So How Was Your Month?