Welcome to Scarlet Thread Sunday. Today my thread leads over to the blog of a fellow author and friend. I shared a little of what I’ve learned about parenting when I got to post on my guilty pleasure for Jess Witkins at The Happiness Project. Here’s a taste:
When I received word from Jess that I would get to write a guest post about my guilty pleasure, I struggled with the topic:
Um, okay, what’s my guilty pleasure? *tapping fingers on desk* Guilty pleasure, guilty pleasure… *tapping*
I can’t think of anything! I have NO guilty pleasures.
Am I doing nothing decadent?! What happened to the rebel I once was? Was I ever a rebel? Sheesh.
I’m not perfect. I’m plenty guilty. I swipe my son’s chocolate when he’s not looking and neglect housework so long that a HazMat team might simply throw up their hands. I can be selfish and annoying. But I’m not proud of that. It’s not pleasurable.
So what do I take pleasure in…that maybe I shouldn’t do quite so much?
Aha! Embarrassing my kids.
Which isn’t hard now that they are both teens. Read more…
- Complete full rewrite of SHARING HUNTER. Wanna know how I’m doing? I’m in the editing stage. Editing, as defined by James Andrew Wilson in Emotional Stages of Writing a Novel. (God, help me. Really.)
Work with editors on short story for Orange Karen Anthology. Done.
- Revisit GRACE & FIRE (1st novel) and run through one more round of edits. Nothing this week.
- Write one full short story. Wrote 1413 more words to finish. First draft done!
- Write blog posts for Sundays (including ROW80 updates) and Wednesdays. Posted Leaving Las Vegas and #ROW80 on Sunday and Valentine’s Special: Let Me Call You Sweetheart on Wednesday.
- Start plotting sequel to GRACE & FIRE (working title: HOPE & ASHES). On hold while I research more.
Read and work through Empowering Character Emotions by Margie Lawson (lecture packet).Done.
- Read and work through The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell. Six more chapters (about halfway through); also read 3 chapters of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.
- Read at least
eightten fiction books. Halfway through Blood Ties by Lori G. Armstrong, so I’m at 7 1/2 books.
- Exercise twice a week. So shoot me. I had a sick kid, and I obviously have 0.01% willpower. Seriously, someone shoot me. Or at least run after me with a gun, and maybe I’ll get movin’!
- Take a true Sabbath–no working and time with God and family one day a week. I struggle feeling guilty when I’m not doing anything super-productive, but I can tell that I’m less stressed when I take this half-to-full day of R&R. Success this week again.
Be sure to visit my fellow ROWers–an awesome group of writers! You can find a list of them HERE.
So how was your week? And what did your parents do when you were a teenager that embarrassed you (besides breathing)?