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Charlieโ€™s first birthday!

Charlie before we met him!

Love at first sight! ๐Ÿ˜

Charlie’s a great hiker and climber!

He reminds me to stop and smell the flowers.

He’s willing to get dirty in the name of fun!

And he is happy to get cleaned up and looking his best!

Charlie wants to operate heavy machinery.

Charlie loves forest life!

But the thing Charlie loves most is being close to Mama!

Happy birthday Charlie! ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ‚

Successes: Looking back at 2018 & Looking forward to 2019

This is a departure from my normal blogging. I’m participating in Julie Hedlund’s 12 Days of Christmas so today is when we celebrate successes and I’m sharing mine here.

  • My first picture book is under contract and being released 2/19/2019 to coincide with the full moon!

Aliana Reaches for the Moon

  • I have participated in 12×12 which is an online group of committed picture book writers at all stages of the journey. I learned a lot from webinars and other members and I participated actively offering critique and feedback.
  • I wrote 8 new manuscripts and did considerable revision on all 8 plus a few old ones.
  • I worked hard on pitching and getting ready to query.
  • I read at least 5 picture books every week as part of my study of craft.
  • I read 65 books this year not including picture books. This is an increase from last year’s 50 books.
  • Related to above, I joined a newly formed book group in January that read challenging books and actually spends each monthly meeting discussing the book!
  • I blogged almost every day; offering a combination of photography, poetry, and short information pieces.
  • I’ve received 2 endorsements from STEM experts for my book and reviews are starting to come in and they all look promising.
  • I’m working on planning 2019 events to promote my book because my main goal is sharing it with children.
  • I got Charlie in April, and if you follow this blog you’ve seen quite a bit of him. He’s wonderful in so many ways and has helped me achieve a few personal goals related to making friends, spending more time outdoors, and more hiking.

Sunset Hike 360 Views

Sunset has a surreal glow.

I’m forever seeing shapes in the clouds.

The moon inspires, no matter its phase.

Where we live, neighbors light up the tree at the top peak for December.

Charlie turns ten months old!