Ok, so here goes — my first ever blog post!
This week, we are sending “friendly wishes” in our family. I got the idea from a book I’m reading: The Mindful Child by Susan Kaiser Greenland. It’s based on classical meditation “loving-kindness” practice. The basic idea is you send friendly wishes first to yourself, then to those you love, and then to those you don’t-love-so-much. (For kids, Susan suggests omitting the last step.) In our family, I tell the kiddos, you can just “think” them to yourself or you can actually “voice” them.
One of my daughters told me that her friendly wish to me is that I “finish my book.” She knows I’ve been working on it a lot lately, but that I also have a tendency to procrastinate. Say, by painting her room three different colors or getting a new puppy or cleaning out the basement or by reading blog posts about how to finish one’s work-in-progress.
Speaking of those blog posts, here are a couple terrific ones, from terrific authors, I’ll be using:
But I want to be accountable and go public: my goal is to finish my book for middle grade readers (and older!) by January 1 and be ready to query!
What is your goal? Do you want to be held accountable too? Go for it! If you’re up for it, share in the comments!
My friendly wish for you is that you *really engage* with whatever project you are working on.
Keep Moving Forward —