Saturday, March 2, 2019

February

This is a small snippet of the things I did during February.

The Book Nook:
The Princess Adelina~ Julie Sutter
Northanger Abbey~ Jane Austen
Emma~Jane Austen
For Felicity~Audrey Caylin

Writer's Cove:
I didn't do much in this category this month. I did work on The Locket a bit, but now I have to start the plotting all over because the plot changed.

Blogger railroad:
Goodbye January/Hello February
Giveaway Round 2

Craft Island:
Lettering
Started a peg doll

Goals for February:
Work on sewing and/or lettering skills
Make supper twice
Write three short stories-major fail. I didn't write one.
Journal more
Outline a novel I plan on writing- also a major fail. The plot changed.
Write two blog posts

Goals for March:
Outline novel
Write one short story
Journal more
Work on sewing skills
Write 2 blog posts
Make a peg doll of one of my characters.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Giveaway Round 2

Kate Willis of Once Upon An Ordinary is holding a Valentines giveaway over on her blog. The book is a  love story (not a romance story) about God's love and a human love paralleling it.
  • A (signed!) paperback copy of Kiera
  • A really cute mug (chosen in the character of Destiny 😛 )
  • Chocolate chips (because Kiera’s chocolate stash…)
  • Hot chocolate and tea
  • Conversation hearts (because Valentine’s Day)
  • Some other surprises she will be adding...
So go enter that giveaway. I promise you won't regret it.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Goodbye January🌸Hello February

Here is my late summary of the first month of January.

The Book Nook:
To Have And To Hold~Mary Johnston
Pride And Prejudice~Jane Austin
Sense And Sensibility~Jane Austin

Writer's Cove:
I worked on three stories this month. "Basil", "How Far A Smile Can Go", and "The Locket". "Basil" is a school project, "The Locket" is a novel that will probably take me years to accomplish, and you can read "How Far A Smile Can Go" here.

Blogger railroad:

The Book Dragon Interrogation Tag

A Giveaway
How Far A Smile Can Go-A Short Story
And I created a new blog here for my wee folk.

Craft Island:
3 peg dolls,
And I started lettering.

Goals for February:
Work on sewing and/or lettering skills
Make supper twice
Write three short stories
Journal more
Outline a novel I plan on writing
Write two blog posts

What are your goals for February?

Saturday, January 26, 2019

How Far A Smile Can Go-A Short Story

Charlotte couldn't wait for this day to be over. She had never felt this lonely on Valentines Day before. But then again, her mother had been alive last year. After her mother had died that winter Charlotte had moved out of town and she was having a hard time making new friends.
Why can't things be as they used to be? she thought to herself as she walked down the street, groceries in hand. She reached the bus stop and sat down next to a middle aged women. The women was there everyday and she always had a worried look on her face. Charlotte smiled at her just as she did every morning and the woman's face lit up. The bus came and they both got on. About 15 minutes later it stopped in front of Charlotte's apartment building and she got out. She walked into her room and flipped on the lights.
Why does it have to be like this, God? She had never felt as miserable as she did at that moment. She spent the next hour reading and cleaning and then ate a dinner of cold chicken and rice. Right before she turned out the lights there was a knock at her door.
"Hello?" she said as she opened it.
"Hello Honey!" cried her elderly across the hall neighbor, "A woman brought me this letter and asked me to make sure you got it. She also told me to tell you thank you for everything you've done."
"Do you know who she was? I can't think of anyone I know who wouldn't deliver the letter straight to me."
"She didn't say, and she up and left as soon as she handed it to me. Well, goodnight!"
"Goodnight to you too. Oh, what's your name? I don't think I've met you before."
"I'm Jenny Bobkins. Goodnight."
Charlotte went in and closed the door. She sat down on the sofa and started to read the letter.
"Dear friend,
We have never talked together before, but we see each other everyday. You don't know how much your smile means to me. I'm the mother of five children, two boys and three girls. The youngest girl, Evelyn, is a preemie. She was born two months early and it has caused some issues in lung development. She is being cared for at the nicu. A friend of mine comes over every day to watch the for half an hour so I can visit her. My husband spends most of his time working to pay the doctor bills and I don't get to spend as much time as I used to with him. Your smile means so much to me. It reminds me that no matter what happens God is there giving me the strength I need to get through this. Love, Bonnie Ross.
Charlotte folded the letter and sat back.
"Thank you God," she whispered.
The next day she baked cookies and gave some to both Jenny and Bonnie. They were all the best of friends from that day on and every morning after work, Charlotte and Jenny go over and watch Bonnie's children so she can spend extra time with her baby in the nicu and Charlotte arranged for Bonnie's husband to get paid leave off work so that he could spend a month at home with his family.
      
I had been planning this for a few weeks and I really didn't want to because what if it doesn't work? I started writing it on Wednesday and it wasn't coming together like I hoped. On Friday I finally figured out where I went wrong and started from scratch. And it worked! After just 7 hours I had a finished story. And I wasn't even working the whole time. I really like how it turned out and I look forward to writing more someday. What do you think about it? What do you think I could improve?