Monthly Roundup of Accomplishments

Monthly Roundup of AccomplishmentsMarch was a long, busy month. I can’t say I’m sad to see it go. It has never been my favourite month.

The biggest accomplishment in March was the publication of my novella Fowl Summer Nights on March 15th. It is now available through several outlets in both paperback and eBook. This strikes off another goal in my 2014 Challenge Stories I Hope to Publish.

Here are other tasks I accomplished during the 31 days.

I wrote 6 posts for this blog.

I wrote and edited four Roots to the Past genealogy columns. Besides the usual Tuesday snippet of the current week’s newspaper column, I added 3 posts written by me to Roots to the Past blog.

The Perfect Pedigree Chart
How to Record Major Life Changes
Across the Vastness of Ocean and Space

I planned and executed my first virtual book launch. The launch for Fowl Summer Nights took place March 28th on Quarter Castle Publishing’s Facebook page.

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Is that a challenge? Goals for 2014

Challenge 2014On the eve of the new year is a great time to set goals for the next twelve months. Personally I find goals motivate me to accomplish things I wouldn’t otherwise. I used to set small, easily obtainable goals, and then I started stretching myself further, believing I could reach the larger goals if I set my mind to it.

Occasionally I came up short, yet my inability to reach a goal hadn’t discouraged me from trying harder or continuing onward.

I have a feeling 2014 is going to be an excellent year; sort of that step towards 2015 and better things afterwards. At least I’m thinking 2014 has to be more positive because 2013 was very stressful, depressing, unpredictable in a bad way and filled with events I don’t want to see repeated. I hadn’t accomplished as much as I had set out to do, but at least year ending leaves me with great hope for the future.

I understand there will be at least one sad hurdle to overcome in 2014, but I feel a breath of life that I haven’t felt in the past several years. I see the light at the end of a very long tunnel and an energy building that will carry me forward.

This light hadn’t lit itself and this energy did not come out of nowhere. I’ve been tinkering with matches and forcing my thoughts to think differently. I’ve seen my feet in unhealthy ground and I’m motivated to see them move onward. Like Bilbo Baggins I have been given the opportunity for adventure, and like Mr. Baggins, I will go into the unknown and seek what needs to be sought, so I can return a changed person.

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