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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at

http://pennyreviews-chat.blogspot.com/

See reviews of Ms. Cole's books at

http://reviewsforpenny.blogspot.com/

Her website is www.penelopeannecole.com

Contact Ms. Cole for School Author Visits, locally in-person, or by SKYPE.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Where did January go?

I was reluctant to change the page on the wall calendars (yes, I love calendar art).  Why not change?  Because I hate to see time fly, and didn't want to let go of January, since  I've made significant progress on three of my five New Years Resolutions:
(1) Eat Healthy:   Researched and chosen a good diet for me and followed it faithfully for nearly three weeks. 
(2) Exercise:  Increased my dog walking to one hour a day and added Oxycise (see Jill Johnson, www.oxycise.com).  My clothes are fitting more loosely now!
(3) Get Organized:  Purchased file folders for 2011 and 2012, and started on filing (a two to three week process). 
However, I'm behind on my other two:  (4) Read More and (5) Write More. 

Feeling reckless or wanting to justify my poor progress on No. 4 and No 5,  I Googled "Happiness."  I was pleased to find help for at least No. 5, from Henry Miller on Writing, courtesy of The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin (see www.happiness-project.com for her comments and insights).  If you haven't read this in awhile, let it be a happy and motivational refresher.

1. Work on one thing at a time until finished
Whoops.  I have two books in process right now.  Sorry Henry.
2. Start no more new books, add no more new material to “Black Spring.”
Apparently Henry had the same problem I have.
3. Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.
Now this I can sink my teeth into.
4. Work according to Program and not according to mood. Stop at the appointed time!
Okay, I fail here, since I have to have both time and mood to write, whenever that occurs.
5. When you can’t create you can work.
Gotcha -- work, work, work.
6. Cement a little every day, rather than add new fertilizers.
I'm better at fertilizing -- the better to get into it.
7. Keep human! See people, go places, drink if you feel like it.
I can do this.  I need my human time as well as my animal time.
8. Don’t be a draught-horse! Work with pleasure only.
I like this one better than Henry's number 5.
9. Discard the Program when you feel like it–but go back to it the next day. Concentrate. Narrow down. Exclude.
We all like tidy, concise writing, don't we?  It's harder to achieve than it sounds from a master.
10. Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.
Grandiosity (and Procrastination) is thy name.
11. Write first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema, all these come afterwards.
Whatever happened to numbers 7 and 8, Henry?
Now I am inspired once again.  Bye bye January.  Hello Happy February!

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