Sunday, January 10, 2016

A Mini-Update!

I love Sunday nights in January because that usually means DOWNTON ABBEY! 

I'm getting ready to watch the second episode of the new season tonight and I'm already in bed. 

How, you ask? 

Well, I woke up this morning with a sore throat, a stuffy nose, and a fuzzy head. My wonderful hubby has been helping me with the kids and took care of them all after dinner. He's putting them to bed as I write and it's lovely just to lay down in bed and rest. I've even been able to send emails, reply to comments, and work on a new short story all from my warm bed! Thank you, dear husband!! 

But, seriously, why did I have to get sick a week before my next Feis?? Ugh! I wanted to practice and prepare all week, but I think it's more important to rest and try to get better. I'm still planning to go to dance class on Tuesday, so if I'm still feeling sick by then I'll be taking some Tylenol and dancing away!  I worked hard on my Hard Jig and my Blackbird set last week and I'm feeling pretty good about them. The Blackbird can be tricky, but I've spent so much time on it and I want to be proud of it at the Feis. The schedule for the Feis is out online and it looks like the adults are dancing around 10:30 or 11 AM. Works for me, but we'll be packing up the kids in the car early Sunday morning to get there in time! ;) Now, the big question is, should I curl my hair like I did for my last Feis or leave it natural? Hmmmm.... 

In writing news, I found out recently that one of my older and dearer poems, "Songbird," has been accepted for publication by the very cool journal Mixtape Methodology! I am so excited about this and can't wait to see this poem published by them! I love the poetry they publish. Check them out here: Mixtape Methodology 

Another older piece that I revised and edited will be published in the March/April issue from Unbroken Journal! I am also really excited about this one; I read their newest issue and really enjoyed it. Prose poetry is a lovely form and I want to explore it more. Here's their website: Unbroken Journal

I'm really enjoying working on my new short story, which might turn out to be a rather long story. For some reason, I tend to write either flash fiction pieces or really long stories. I need to try and write some pieces that are in between! ;) My novel still needs to be finished, but I like taking a break from it once in a while. Hopefully this will be the year I finally finish it, since I am getting close. Then, I need to revise and edit it, and then try to find an agent. So exciting!! 

Hope you all are well! What have you, dear followers and readers, been up to lately? 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Here's to Big Things in 2016!

Today was the day I had set aside to do all the important things, such as paying bills, phone calls, cleaning, giving the kiddos a bath (they were incensed that I washed their hair!), and trimming their nails. Luckily, I was able to get all that plus a few more things done, however I really want to try and practice some Irish Dancing today too. So we shall see! 

2015 was a great year for accomplishments, both as a family and personally. My husband and I are excited about 2016 and are going to keep moving forward and working hard. Just as 2015 was ending, I had two poems published, one of which won a holiday poetry contest! :) 

My poem, "Christmas With Little Ones," won Mothers Always Write's Holiday poetry contest and I am so excited about it! That was the first time I'd ever won a writing contest and it means so much to me. That poem came straight from my life and my heart. Check it out here: Christmas With Little Ones-Winner

My poem, "autumn," was published around the same time by EXPOUND Magazine. This is one of my newest poems and I really like it. I tried going for something different, and I really believe it worked. I had a lot of fun writing this one. Take a look here: autumn

In other news, my husband and I took the kids to the California Academy of Sciences yesterday and we had a great time! It was busy, a bit expensive, and full of exhibits and activities for all of us. We really enjoyed it! It's so great to experience new places and activities with the kids. :) 

In a little less than two weeks, I have another Feis (Irish Dancing competition) in Sacramento!! I am so excited for it, but I'm also a little bummed because I wasn't able to practice over the break as much as I wanted to, and the numbers for the adult beginner competitions are pretty low. I'm going to try to practice more now that the holidays are over, and I am looking forward to going back to class tomorrow night. Even if there aren't too many other adults competing, I'm still going to do my best and enjoy it, of course. They are lots of fun and we are going to bring the kids to this one, so fingers crossed they like it! XD Otherwise my poor hubby will have his hands full while I'm dancing. ;) I can't wait to share that day with them; I really want Irish Dancing to be a part of their lives, whether they want to learn it or no. I wish my school dress would be ready, but no one has taken my measurements yet and there's been no word.....Hopefully I will have a dress by the San Francisco Feis in February! 

Take care, dear ones, and let me know what's going on with you! :)