Posts Tagged ‘goals’

It’s that time of year again…

December 13, 2013

Wow, it’s hard to believe that it’s winter again, not to mention the end of the year.  Where has the time gone?  I look back on the year, and I realize that much has been completed.  I have begun a new phase of my art career, which most likely will help not only my writing career take off, but my art.  I have goals for in the new year, and hopefully they will lead to my first publication.  It will be of The King’s Poetry, of course, but of course, it all depends on the Lord.  Looking  back on this year, i realize I have spread myself too thin, but I also know that this most likely will be a year of balance, or of pulling back.  I think it will be a year of balance, because I have been holding back on a lot of items.

The reason for this is that I have put so many expectations on what I feel has to be done.  I need to set up a schedule and stick to it.  The podcast might have to be monthly.  I don’t like the idea, but we’ll see.  Only time will tell.

So, I have had a poetry reading since I have last blogged here, and I will be a part of a Christmas show next week.  I am working on three pieces of artwork, two of which are complete.  I haven’t decided what the title of the series will be, but I’ll explain what’s going on in each.  The first is the three wise men traveling towards a large white star.  The middle one is pointing to the star and saying, “Look!  We’re almost there!”  The second is a picture of a Victorian Christmas outing.  there is a horse pulling a sleigh along with a mother and child.  They have on their Christmas gifts – the man has a scarf, the child his / her snowsuit, and the mother her new bonnet.  There is one gift at her feet for the outing.  All are in Christmas colors.  The title of the painting is called “Christmas Outing”.  The third is of a big family – There’s a big tree with a racetrack around it.  Each is doing his or her own thing, but there’s someone, one of the children, setting up the nativity. There is another playing with a horse and stable set.  It’s called “Lonely Christmas Morning”, although it does tie in all the paintings.  Maybe I’ll call it “What’s the best Christmas?”

I’m also illustrating for a Children’s Book.  It’s called “The Tale of the Runaway Toenail” by Leah Pauls.  I have two illustrations so far.

As for my writing, I am starting to get back into writing more than just poetry.  I have been doing a lot of exercises, and I am ready to redo Maidenhood Sign, although I think it will just need some adding to.  I thought at one time it would take a lot of work and that I would have to rewrite it, but it’s not so.  I’m excited and I have a deadline to submit it to an anthology.  I pray I get it done in time.

I’m thinking of changing up this blog a little, so stay tuned in!  It may be the same url, but the title will be different.  Until next time, may your journeys be safe.  Take care, and God bless.

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Summer Begins

June 22, 2013

Hi everyone!

Yay!  Summer is actually here!  We have been getting a lot of rain in our province and the southern end of it is actually in a lot of trouble due to them.  Our city itself is under flood watch right now.

The news on the home front is that our community garden has just been planted.  It is late in the season, so it will be interesting as to what comes up.  I am growing squash, carrots, turnips, zucchini, corn, beans, and for something pretty, some snapdragons.  We are in a raised bed this year, so this makes planting easier.  I loved it.

On the writing front, I have made some progress.  I have submitted Maidenhood Sign to Beneath Ceaseless Skies, so I am waiting on pins and needles as to whether it will succeed or not.  If not, I will try one more time, and if it doesn’t succeed, I will publish it myself on Fantasy’s Fancy.  I have just published the poem “Who?” on The King’s Poetry, and it already has a like, praise God!  Ok, now on to the really juicy news!  I have mentioned the Kent Chronicles, I’m certain of it, especially in the past few blog postings.  I have decided to do it like a chronicle, or a blog of members of the city.  For the moment, they will be around Mary and her journey.

That’s where I’m looking for an app or something I can use online.  I am using Edmonton loosely as a place.  Numbered streets as well as avenues will be replaced with names, and buildings will be relocated to keep their locations more secret.  The only difference is that I would like to put them on points of interest on a map. I don’t want to put it on something like FourSquare because they will be different from our town.  I want this to be as interactive as possible so that if someone were to come to Edmonton who read the blog, if they chose, they could see where Mary “lived”.  I would want to do it with hashtags, and have it link to the posting on the blog.  If anyone has any ideas, feel free to post.  Thanks.  Feel free to read The Kent Chronicles.

Ok., maybe that wasn’t the really juicy stuff.  For months now I have been mentioning that I was going to have a podcast for the King’s Poetry.  Well, the introduction to the podcast is up!  I will be doing the first podcast episode in a little over a week.  Here is the link. 

Just as an afterthought, I am planning on working on the art for the King’s Poetry Chapbook as well.  Lord willing, it will be ready for publication in five years.  Also as an afterthought, and I can’t believe I did this, I am again working on Sword of Earth with precautions so that if something happens to my computer, I can always work on it.

So, things are growing, just as things are in the garden and in the world around us.  All I have to do is praise God, for it’s all His.  He’s growing it.  Thank you for reading, and may your journeys be safe.  Take care, and God bless.

Update March 18, 2013

March 18, 2013

Hi everyone,

For those of you who celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, I hope you had a good one.  March has brought Edmonton quite a lot of snow, and some of us are not pleased because we had some Spring like weather, and we were revelling in it.  Then again, I like to think of this as the “sugar snow.”  That means the sap is starting to run for the trees, and Spring is on its way.  I hope that’s the case.  Those who make maple sugar and syrup products are probably busy.  Are you one of them?  Make a comment here if you are, and tell me how things are going.

On to things with my writing.  I have good news and some not so good news.  I’ll do the not-so-good news first.  I submitted my piece, “Maidenhood Sign” in to a magazine, and it has been rejected.  That’s ok.  I’m going to try another, and hopefully it will get submitted somewhere.  If not, I might put it on triond.com  Triond is a site where you can get money for submitting photos or articles.  I have some photos and a poem there.  I haven’t received much of yet, but I forsee it being worth it, especially when I link it to my other blogs, and of course, when I get my website up.

Secondly, by the end of the month, I shall be starting my bi-weekly podcast of the King’s Poetry.  Leah Pauls is recording her song, “I’ve got the Joy”, and has granted me permission to use it for the podcast.  I am thrilled.  Her website is here

I have other news as well.  As of this week, my art, my writing, and my blogs as well as other ministries all fall under Hearts Alive.  I am now treating this ministry as a job – a not-for-profit one, but a job, none-the less.  I try not to do much on Mondays, because this is my day off, but I had to get this out while it is fresh in my mind.

My goal this week at the very least is to do a page of text, and at the most to finish chapter 9.  I’ll give you permission to hold me accountable, and you can jump on the bandwagon if you have goals, and I’d do the same thing.  Will you join me?

Beating to a different drum

February 22, 2012

Well, today is a lot better than last time.  I quit my belly-aching, and prayed about what was going on, and now I have moved forward.  I have worked on all my blogs, on my book, and more.  The first news I told you that I would mention is if I published any fantasy.  I did.  It’s part of Kent Chronicles, and you can see it at Fantasy’s Fancy.  Even though Fantasy, my use is small, she will grow full sized soon.

Now, I have also worked some on Chapter 5 for my book, Sword of Earth.  I’m hoping to be done that chapter soon so that I can get it out to all my beta readers.  I have been working on it for over a year now, so I want to be on draft 3 soon.  Hopefully by this tie next year.

I am working on both Christian and non-Christian poetry.  The Christian poetry can be viewed at The King’s Poetry.  The others will be published elsewhere, and when that happens, I will let you know.  I have nothing new for the King’s Poetry, but I did edit a poem that I first published there.  It is a biblical poem from Eve’s point of view.

I pray you’re doing well with all your writing or whatever your interests lay.  God bless you all.

Michelle