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This year has been busy, yet amazing! My family relocated in the midst of publishing my first book, Jobs of a Preschooler. In between homeschooling, settling in at a new location, exploring the new area, spending time with my family, and life in general, I was still able to have a lot of fun writing!
Below is a list of what I have done this year in what I have been calling “my writing adventure”. Unless stated otherwise, I have attached links to past posts incase you were interested in reading more about them.
- started this website, which has been an incredible learning experience
- found an illustrator
- assembled and published Jobs of a Preschooler
- created my own pickle-shaped font
- assembled and published Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles
- entered both books for a Readers’ Favorite 5 Stars Review, which they both received
- sold Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles to Mt. Olive Pickles Company and The Pickle Guys
- created coloring pages and activity sheets to go along with both books (you can print them off for free!)
- did presentations and storytimes at libraries
- had an interview on live TV for Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles
- celebrated National Pickle Day with some kids
- created a Goodreads account (this links to my Goodreads page)- you are welcome to follow me on Goodreads for updates on books I review
- had a giveaway for Jobs of a Preschooler, which 953 people entered
- had a giveaway for Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles, which 1,256 people entered
- found an author group in our new area to meet with monthly
- wrote and sent out some articles, poems, and stories to various websites and magazines
- had an article published in the Practical Homeschooling magazine
- had an article published on Money Saving Mom (this is a link to the article on Money Saving Mom)
- had an article published on Hands On As We Grow as a guest post (this is a link to the article on HOAWG)
- was asked to become a monthly contributor to Hands On As We Grow
- created a Pinterest account (this links to my pinterest page)- you are welcome to follow me on Pinterest if you are interested
I hope to continue writing in 2018, and I am eager to see where my writing adventure will take me next. Thank you for being a part of this writing journey. Happy New Year!
What are some things that you have accomplished this past year? Do you have any goals for the upcoming year?
I am continuing to have fun on my writing journey. Here is an update of what has been going on with my writing journey in the month of October:
After an author meeting in September, I decided to start working on an alphabet type book. It is a nonfiction book, so I have been doing a lot of research. A few weeks ago, I went to the local library and checked out a total of 73 books to get some information about the topics I am writing about. I received a few funny glances from people as I was checking out the books, which I found quite entertaining. I am thankful my daughters were willing to help me load all of the books into multiple cloth bags and carry them all to my car. Books are heavy! Since writing is still not a full- time job for me, I am hoping to have this book finished by the end of the year. There is a specific publishing company that accepts this style of books, so I am hoping to send my finished product to them. If they do not accept it, I’m not sure what I will do with it. I guess we will see what happens. As soon as I finish this book, I hope to move forward with another book idea that I have.
I attended the author meeting for the month of October this past weekend. One of the authors has written multiple nonfiction books, so I was able to ask her about sources that are considered reliable when doing research. She mentioned newspapers, diaries, books, magazines, and websites that end with .gov, .edu, and .org. Even those may have conflicting information, so it helps to cite sources properly and do thorough research. She mentioned an online library resource to use to get more information, which I hope to look into more. There was a lot of other information discussed at the meeting that I am interested in finding more information about. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend the November author meeting.
Last month, I had an article published on Hands On As We Grow entitled 25 Ways to Build Towers Without Blocks. After that post was published, I was offered the opportunity to be a monthly contributor on Hands On As We Grow, which I am really excited about. I will let you know when my next post is published on Hands On As We Grow, which will probably be some time in December.
National Pickle Day is Tuesday, November 14th! To celebrate, I will be doing various events in the month of November with my book Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles. I plan to write about these events in future posts.
Have a wonderful day!