So how are you doing with your resolutions? I am proud that I have been able to keep up with mine.
Click here to read the results of my January 2020 Mount TBR Challenge.
Hey, hey, I read three memoirs this month, so I am already 1/4 of the way to the total number I wanted to read this year. I recommend all three, which are:
“The Long Hello: Memory, My Mother, and Me” by Cathie Borrie
Borrie intersperses stories of her growing up with her (then) current day of taking care of her mother with Alzheimer’s.
“Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA” by Amaryllis Fox
Fox writes about her life from her childhood through her life in the CIA through her resignation and her life after. I wouldn’t normally read a memoir like this, but I am glad that I did. It gave me a peek into a life that I could never imagine living.
“The Unwinding of the Miracle: a Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything that Comes After” by Julie Yip-Williams
Yip-Williams had stage 4 colon cancer when she started writing this book. She writes about living and dying with cancer, as well as her childhood in Vietnam where she was born blind. Especially touching is her letter to her children in chapter 2.
Writing 250 words five days a week
I far surpassed my word count, even on the week that I had tendonitis in my left arm, although that meant that I had to type one handed on some days. I got one story idea out of my writing, which I need to flesh out.
Five days a week I will limit my social media: 15 minutes maximum for Facebook and 15 minutes maximum for Twitter.
I achieved this goal, and I found it to be very beneficial, although at times hard, because on the days that I was really tired, I found myself at first wanting to distract myself with social media. I have managed to break the habit, and now instead I look for something that really needs to be done, such as organizing my photo albums.
According to this article, you need down time to be creative anyway.
Read 5 creative nonfiction essays per week.
I found this to be particularly eye opening. You really need to think about the creative part of your nonfiction essay, as magazines and editors are always looking for new ways a subject is tackled.
I particularly enjoyed the first three winning pieces in WOW’s 2020 Q1 Contest. Click here to access the following essays:
“Bugs: When I knew it was time to leave him” by Meghan Beaudry
Beaudry describes her marriage before and after her illness, and how being able to get rid of a bug meant independence.
“The Hole” by Kelley Allen
The twist at the end shocked me.
“Zucchini Bread Keeps Away the Dead” by Julide J Kroeker
Kroeker describes various ways she could kill herself and then ultimately why she would not.
Read 2 picture books per week.
I read more than 2 picture books per week. These are my favourites:
“Ping” by Ani Castillo
This is a very philosophical book in which a ping represents you and a pong the other.
“Nine Months Before a Baby is Born” by Miranda Paul and Jason Chin
I especially recommend this to parents who are expecting a second child.
“It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way” by Kyo Maclear
How a Japanese girl who felt invisible in America introduced diversity in children’s books. “Babies”, published in 1963, became one of the first children’s books to introduce multiracial characters.
Attend 12 writer’s events, whether these are workshops or writing circles or talks.
WriteOnCon currently has free Showcase webinars, and I watched the one on critiques, which was presented by Olivia Hinebaugh.
Spend one hour a week working on one of my many guided journals.
This was one of the most difficult goals to achieve, and I usually left it until the end of the week, but I did do it. My favourite journal was:
Blog one time a week except if I am on holidays.
Feel free to read my previous entries to confirm this.
Write about 10 objects for my “Cabinet of Curiosities” object diary per month.
This also was a challenge, and I left it until later in the month.
One fascinating thing I learned about while doing my research was the former East German company Expertic, which I have some pieces from.
How did you do? If you are having troubles meeting your goals, it may be because you are having difficulty changing your habits, and this article explains why.
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Great goals and achievements Linda. Will definitely check out the webinars and books.