I get lots of emails asking about myBook of Centuries so I wanted to share a quick look inside for you curious homeschool mamas.
October Author Goals
My big writing goal this month? Work ahead so that when the baby comes, I'll be free to take a break! (ahem, also to give myself grace when I'm too preggy to think creative thoughts)
I am focusing on writing for Oceans Deep, Part Three of The Milana Legends, in case you're wondering!
Yes, there is a learning curve to working with fresh flour, but it is totally worth it!
I mean, I start off looking for the answer to a simple question, like, where did that White Rabbit go? Or a perfectly logical home-making query like, Hmm... I wonder if my homemade pancake mix will waffle well? It's made from fresh-milled flour, and some recipes go crazy wrong when you throw in real flour...
And Next Thing You're Falling Down the Rabbit Hole
Maybe It's How Alice Felt: Standing There Holding a Flamingo and Trying to Play Croquet...
Yup. I had just, sort-of gone off the deep-end. Twenty minutes on Pinterest, and suddenly it seemed silly to have this appliance in my cozy kitchen that could only make waffles.
And there was this waffle book, promising it would give me some ideas and maybe add a little fun to the kitchen routine.
It actually did both, so in the spirit of self-justification, here's my pros & cons for Will It Waffle?
One of my favorite things to do with the waffle iron now is have everyone gather in the kitchen and create their favorite sandwich. I stand at the iron and throw each of them in, one at a time for two minutes. No, it's not a sit-down-everyone-together type meal, but it is novel and fun.
The chicken parmesan and waffled french toast are pretty awesome, too. I doubt I would have thought to try either of those in the waffle iron if I hadn't taken that trip through Wonderland.
What Was Your Latest Rabbit Hole?
Seriously people, I know I'm not the only one who goes from Pinterest to Amazon and ends up waffling chicken parmesan!
What was the last thing you found when Wonderland sucked you in? Was it a total win or a total disaster? Do share!
Okay. Life with littles is one big series of interruptions. You can't mute your kids, but you can cut out one of the major distractions in your life!
I recently turned off my email notifications. I mean, really, do I really need to know the exact moment someone sends me an email? Couldn't I just check my email once or twice a day and be done with it?
I could not believe the difference it made! It was like muting an annoying person who is always dropping in and trying to sell you things.
I was so much less distracted, it felt like my IQ had gone up a couple points! Since then I've been cutting out other notifications as the apps try to interrupt my life and my brainwaves.
Want Your Brain Back?
Even shutting off one really pushy app can bring you a lot of peace. I challenge you to go into your phone's settings and turn off the app that interrupts you the most. And don't worry: you can always turn it back on if the silence drives you nuts.
I'm ready to share my Pinterest Board for Book Three! I'm a very visual writer. I sit here, staring into space, watching my scenes play out until I'm ready to write them or clean them up. It's really fun for me to go through Pinterest and search for images that make me shout: YAY! See? I'm not crazy! That's totally it!
Plus it will give you a little peek into what's coming for Nani, Tai, and their friends.
Also, I want to try and get a quick author update up here every month. Either goals or something I'm struggling with. In truth, this is because writing books is super, but, dang, it is hard work! I figure it will both encourage others, and myself, because I will be able to look back and see how I've grown.
Goals for September: