Category: Monthly Recap

Aug 01
July 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

July 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in July: I sent out my first queries! And got my first rejection. I guess that makes me a real writer, right? I haven’t heard from the other agents I queried yet, but I’m gearing up to send out a few more. I know that this process is going to be long and difficult with lots of rejection along the way, so I’m trying to prepare myself mentally. I keep editing my book too—I’ve been getting more feedback from critique partners—but I decided to take the plunge and send out a few queries after I did my edits from the WIFYR workshop. I have to start sometime! We celebrated our oldest’s 16th birthday! It seems crazy to think that Jade is now sixteen. How did that happen? I just … nope. Can’t get my head around it. I went on vacation to the UP Michigan. This was such a wonderfully… Read more »


Jul 03
June 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

June 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in June: I attended the WIFYR writing workshop and conference!! And I learned so much. If you are a writer, I highly suggest workshopping your book. Not only do you learn from people’s comments about your own book, you also learn a lot from analyzing other people’s work and discussing it. I LOVED the whole experience! Lots of camp (for the kids). My oldest went to iDTech camp for a week for AI/machine learning (which, for me, mostly meant lots of driving, since it was a day camp). The camp itself was great, but the class was brand new and not so well thought-out. BUT iDTech is pretty amazing because when I expressed my disappointment, they gave me a full refund (including the money I spent on lunch, etc.). Since she loved the camp itself, we’re definitely going to give it another try. In addition, my two younger kids went away… Read more »


Jun 01
May 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

May 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in May: I am officially done teaching. Even though my oldest is still technically being homeschooled, she’s taking all her classes at the local community college now, and I’m not really teaching her anything anymore. My middle child is headed to public high school next year, so I won’t be teaching her classes at the co-op next fall. And my youngest has always been in the special education program at our public school because I just don’t have the know-how or the resources to teach him. So, that means I’m done. Forever. (Well, probably—I mean, you never know.) It’s really sort of bittersweet. I watched The Rain and Fear the Walking Dead while doing the elliptical. I ended up writing a whole post about subtitles vs. dubbing for The Rain. I’m loving the series and only have one episode to go. I was happy to see they just renewed… Read more »


May 01
April 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

April 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in April: April was a bit better than March on the blogging front. I’m still blogging less than I used to, but I felt okay about the amount I got done, all things considering. Some of my homeschool co-op classes ended. My two acting classes are over, and we had our final performances. The kids did a great job! My middle school language arts class was supposed to be over, but the kids asked to keep meeting, so I gave them an optional extension (which over half the class took me up on). We’re reading Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu and comparing it to “The Snow Queen,” which it’s based off of. My One Year Adventure Novel class has just a couple more weeks to go! I started watching Fear the Walking Dead and A Series of Unfortunate Events while doing the elliptical. I’ve only watched the first… Read more »


Mar 31
March Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

March Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in March: I barely blogged in March! I’m feeling a bit behind on just about everything lately, and it came through in my blogging. I think this was the least number of posts I’ve put up in a month since my very early days of blogging. On the positive side, school is ramping down for our homeschool co-op, and I should have a lot more time once that happens. And since my two youngest kids will be attending public school next year (and my oldest takes most classes at the local community college), I should have A LOT more time on my hands in the future. So, starting in fall, I hope to get a schedule down for myself that I can stick to. I wish I could promise that for the summer, but I don’t want to make promises I can’t keep! I found a few… Read more »


Feb 28
February Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

February Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in February: I finished my (second) edit of my MG book! It feels good to have it done. I’m still waiting to hear about the workshop I applied for, but if that one doesn’t pan out, I might just go for it and try sending queries out to some agents without workshopping it (at least a few—to see what kind of response I get). I celebrated my 5th blogoversary (technically on January 31st, but I don’t think I mentioned it in my last wrap-up) and my 44th birthday. Yikes! (I literally had my age wrong at first and had to sit and recalculate it in my head. I truly am getting old.) I went to Anderson’s Children’s Literature Breakfast (watch for a recap, coming next week). I finished Season 2 of Stranger Things and started watching The Goldbergs (which is super hilarious and reminds me of my childhood)…. Read more »


Feb 03
January 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

January 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in January: I’ve been working hard on editing my MG project. My goal is to have it done by February 15th because that’s the date I’ll find out if I made it into the writing workshop I applied for (and if I get it, I’ll have to send the book off to them). Teaching! Homeschool co-op classes started back up at the beginning of the month, and they’re keeping me busy. My One Year Adventure Novel kids are writing a chapter a week (they’ll have written 12 chapters total by the end of the semester). They’re finding that writing is harder than they expected, so I’m trying to encourage them to just keep going! Lots of changes with school this month. First off, we visited the local high school for 8th grade orientation and made the decision for my daughter to attend there next year as a freshman…. Read more »


Jan 05
2017 End of Year Book Survey

2017 End of Year Book Survey

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Once again, Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner has created her annual End of Year Book Survey and I thought I’d join in the fun! I skipped some that I’ve already included in top ten posts and added some fun graphs to my stats at the beginning. Hope you enjoy! 2017 Reading Stats Number Of Books You Read: 200 As I mention all the time, the unrated books are books I edited or proofread in 2017 (since I don’t review those due to the conflict of interest). I’m actually taking an editing break, so I only edited two books this year. Genres Read (And Other Various Stats): For the fun of it, I thought I’d graph out the genres I read and the age ranges (YA, MG, etc). These graphs aren’t going to be exact because it’s sort of hard to classify some of these things exactly, but it should… Read more »


Jan 02
(Quick) December Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

(Quick) December Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  I decided to make this month’s wrap-up post quick since there are so many year-end wrap-ups going up. I couldn’t bear to leave my December reviews (and other posts) out in the cold, though! Features & Discussions: 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up – Come join us and discuss books in 2018!! Looking for a List of 2018 Reading/Book Blogging Challenges? Look No Further! – This list is HUGE and you should definitely check it out! Why Can’t I Seem to Read Lately? Let’s Discuss. Do I Like Some Books Better as Audiobooks? Let’s Discuss. Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag Top 10 of 2017: New-to-Me Authors Top 10 of 2017: Favorite Females 2017 End of Year Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up – Link up your December wrap-ups AND all of your year-end wrap-up posts (Top 10 lists, etc). Top 10 of 2017: Best Boys in Books  2018 Reading Challenge Sign-Ups and Wrap-Up of… Read more »


Dec 02
November Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

November Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in November: I won NaNoWriMo!!! My book isn’t finished yet, but I got my 50,000 words n and I’m motivated to keep going! I attended an SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) writing conference, which gave me some great ideas on things I need to work on with my middle grade novel. Of course, then I proceeded to start NaNo, so I didn’t manage to work on it at all. But, yeah, I’m going to get on this in December. I didn’t manage too much else—For instance, I did exactly zero working out in November. My husband and I started watching Orphan Black and The Good Doctor—really enjoying both of them. Features & Discussions: October Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (with a Make Me Read It Twist) Serial Box: A New Way to Read? My Thoughts on The Fisher of Bones and ReMade… Introducing My 2017 NaNoWriMo… Read more »