"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

11/1/13

October is Over...

This post is part of Patty Wysong's 
 A to Z meme. This week's letter is "O."
 A to Z blog hop at Patterings.
Don't know about you, but here in the Sher house, the past couple months seem to have flown by. Yesterday was the last day of the first quarter of my kids' school year - which means we're already 25% of the way through!

October (and September before it) was full of soccer, it seemed. And school. And running here, there, and everywhere. And researching/learning more about what seems to be my new writing focus - children's stories.

The kids are NOW almost 10 and on the cusp of 13!
Getting used to the routine of a new school year generally takes until some time in October to happen, and this year was no different. I think I can say with some certainty that, now the October is over, we've gotten ourselves into a nice pattern (that is apt to change - at the last minute - with no notice. But still :D).

And today is the first day of November. My kids have the day off (teacher inservice training) - a nice treat the day after Halloween, you think? We're getting a family portrait taken today (has been seven years since our last one - you can see it right there). It's about time in my opinion (though some in the family aren't QUITE as agreeable ;)).

AND, today starts PiBoIdMo - picture book idea month! Very excited about it (click here for last week's post for more details). Got my ring of index cards to carry with me so I can jot down any picture-book related ideas that pop into my head throughout the month, and plenty of places to go for inspiration.
The official site

Other highlights of this month will likely include my daughter's birthday (she goes double digits at the end of the month!), a couple field trips I'm driving for (one for each child - a pipe organ "investigation" and a Mexican supermarket), Thanksgiving, and who-knows-what else.

I don't know about you - but I'm READY for November, and glad that October is over!

How was your October?

 
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6 comments:

  1. Just like yours, October was soooo hectic around these parts. Finally get a little breather (hopefully) before the holidays. Oh, and I despise getting pictures made. Ugh. Smile. Too much. Not enough. Fine. Just sit there.

    Have fun!

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    1. Maybe it's a guy thing - the picture taking phobia. Wouldn't surprise me! And I don't recall if I've said it before, but I'm almost POSITIVE you and my husband would get along famously. :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. The field trips sound like fun! I recall as a Missionette'es leader, we took the girls to an Asian market. That was back in the 1990''s, so not as commonplace as now. Lots of disgusting things (to us) to ewww at!

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    1. My son is taking a Spanish foods class this semester, so the Mexican market is a perfect fit. Looking forward to it - will likely see some old "favorites" from when I lived in what my hubby calls the northern province of Mexico, i.e. Los Angeles :D

      Thanks for stopping by, Barb!

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  3. Meee too, friend! I'm glad November is here. It means just a little closer to our trip to see our 2-year-old grandson in Louisiana! He moved there in October (hence why I'm glad October is over). Plus, it's one month closer to my favorite holidays...Thanksgiving and Christmas!!! I don't know about you, but I'M READY! I'm loving the changing leaves, cooler temps, and freshness in the air! Great post, Joanne! Be sure to take pics on your field trips. They sound like loads of fun. ;-]

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    1. Sounds like some GREAT stuff coming up the rest of the year! And I ADORE fall weather - and Thanksgiving and Christmas (plus, this year my daughter's birthday is the day before Thanksgiving - always fun!).

      DEFINITELY ready for the weather. Christmas itself? Maybe not quite LOL.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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