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Pausing for the view

In November and December

as the days grew shorter,

I lamented.

So dreary …. so hard to motivate

and then Solstice:

a milestone to celebrate!

But now, as days turned to weeks

and indeed days are lengthening

and the turning of the calendar page

I’m taking time each morning

to pause and appreciate

not just the sunrise

but the lingering views of the moon

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.

American Kestrel

Watching and waiting

high atop a leafless tree

looking for breakfast

Some facts about the American Kestrel:

  • They live in areas with low vegetation and few trees.
  • They hunt by day.
  • They are the most common falcon in North America.
  • They dine on insects, small rodents, small birds.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s photo, Haiku, and learning. Thanks for stopping by.