Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Confession Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, folks. Time to fess up! This is one of the few places where "too much information" is a good thing. Share a little of yourself with us and we promise to do the same.

Can you believe it's the first day of March?. I, for one, am glad February has moved on because we're that much closer to spring.


At breakfast over the weekend, my 7-year old son Alex said something to me that has left me both happy and sad. He said, "Mom, I think you should get remarried." When I asked why, he answered, "because I miss daddy and I want a new stepdad."

*Big sigh*

I don't even know what to do with this. I mean, I'm glad Alex wants to see me start a new life with someone else, but ... well, I'm sorry his dad is not around. Nothing else I could do but shower him with hugs and kisses. And then I did what any poet would do: try to find a way to capture it in a poem.

We just keep on keepin' on.


On a bright note, Ella is reading Go, Dog. Go!

I am shocked she has picked up reading a little quicker than her brother, and he's no slouch. We read as a family almost every evening before bedtime, so maybe she's acquiring language at a faster rate.

I must be doing something right.


It's finally happened--I double booked myself. Two poetry readings in one night. Ugh. This is a clear sign I'm doing too much. I'm going to try and do both events, which should work out OK, I hope.


I need to say no more often but I hate passing up opportunities. This is me practicing: N-O. No. Seems simple enough, doesn't it?


Four poems from my second manuscript were accepted into an e-book on contemporary women's poetry. Who hoo!


I have so much stuff to do that seems silly to make a to-do list. Oh, what the heck. Here goes.

  1. Keep up with my 15-minute free writes (mornings)
  2. Write one poem (evenings)
  3. Read a friend's fiction manuscript
  4. Read a friend's poetry manuscript to host a mini-interview on the blog

If I added any more, I'd be setting myself up for failure. See, this is me saying no to myself.


Sandy Longhorn said...

Hey, January. Learning to say NO is still a tough lesson for me. Thanks for the reminder.

Catherine said...

Learning to say no is a useful skill - but double booking readings is not a problem for me, there aren't enough events around here to double book, not if I stick to poetry events, that is.
Actually, pretty much everything is cancelled here for the next few months because of the earthquake. I haven't heard yet, but I presume the mini writers festival that replaced the big writers festival that was cancelled in September because of the September earthquake, will be also cancelled because of the February earthquake :( Or maybe they will get the venue open again by May, but somehow I doubt it given about a third of the city is totally destroyed this time. Sigh.
I hope Alex gets to spend some time with his Dad.

January said...

Oh Catherine. I have been thinking about you with the recent earthquake. Glad to hear you're OK. well, with any luck your festival(s) will be up and running next year.

Also, I received the book you sent! Thank you. I'll post about it soon.

January said...

Sandy, if I said yes to anything else, I would have to cut out sleep! Not gonna happen.


Collin Kelley said...

Yes, learning to say no is hard. You want to go and read and promote and mingle, but then you start resenting all the time you're losing at home writing. In the last couple of years, I've started saying no a whole lot more.


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