Well, February brought me a bit of clarity as well as a new accomplishment to add to my list. I took a break from the parenting site. Even though I didn’t publish anything there, I came up with ideas for future articles.
I also completed and submitted an essay for a book in the Chicken Soup Series. It was not anything I had planned for, but I had a story that was a perfect fit. I wrote about “Taking your time” a couple of weeks ago on The Freshman Writer. I took my own advice and did just that.
From beginning to end, it took me a month to finish the essay. I had it in mind months ago when I saw the call for submissions, but didn’t plan on it since I’d never tried essay writing. But, I took on the challenge and met it after beginning a book titled “A Writer’s Presence.” This book is all about various types of essay writing. After a bit of reading, I felt that I could write essays and started the project.
It was a struggle and a process which found me stopping and starting several times. I had to take my time and give myself breaks from the essay. Whenever I felt I was going cross-eyed, I put it away and focused on The Freshman Writer and here. I’m glad that I had a good month. It felt balanced and unhurried. I found myself challenged for the better and confident that I can take on new writing projects. Here’s the round-up.
1. Wrote and submitted an essay for Devotional for Mothers for Chicken Soup.
2. Wrote 12 blogposts for The Freshman Writer.
3. Wrote two blogposts here.
4. Read up on essay writing.
5. Researched two regional parenting magazines.
6. Came up with a salable article idea for one magazine.
7. Explored book review writing as well as a class on the subject.
So, here’s my list of accomplishments for February. I’m thinking March might bring me new projects as well. I’m so excited!