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Queenslog Feb. 13, 2020

I'm back!

Surgery went well. I'm feeling pretty close to my ol' self these days. In fact, feeling more feisty than I have in a long time.

Several months of recovery and rest gave me time to think. Well, overthink. With the New Year come all those thoughts of "what did I get done?" and "what should I be doing?" Those answers initially caused a bout of dark depression. I'm starting to come out of it now, but I was pretty numb for a few weeks.


What I determined is that I spend a lot of time starting things. The "rush" for me comes in the planning and the brainstorming. The finishing? That's just not the way my brain works. That said, I'd like to finish things. To see a few projects all the way through. In January, I focused on finishing books I've been reading. I finished a few I've had sitting around for many, many months. I added in some extra designated reading time so I'm finishing more than just the book club choice each month. So far it's working.

There are a few projects I'm sending off. I have an organization or two I'm going to hand off to other people. I'm not the right leader for these groups. They're not thriving and they deserve to. I got the ball rolling but now it's time for someone else to step in the game.

This month, I'm focusing on finishing some writing projects. This has been rather difficult because the work I need to finish is mostly my personal writing projects and fiction projects. I've been a journalist for many years but this writing's a bit out of my comfort zone. I have enjoyed dabbling in these areas for years, but it's time these projects saw the light of day. They're not helping or entertaining anyone trapped in my computer. I figure if my business card is going to say "writer" I should probably write something other than a Facebook post. I'm working on a collection of short stories called Farm Girl Fiction. It's a collection of stories about women in a small rural town; their adventures, heartbreaks and joys. I just don't think we hear from rural and farm women enough. I'm hoping these stories will be empowering and touching. With luck, they'll let a few women know they're not alone in this world.

To force myself into finishing the collection, I registered for a Writers Conference and for meetings with editors and agents. I'm already pretty nervous, but I figure I have to start. I have to try. I need to finish.

For the rest of the projects. I'm making a long list on a spreadsheet and assigning each a number. Each day, I pick random numbers and finish each project as they come up. I'm hoping this method will keep me from getting bored. Something new each day. I read about a woman who does this with her sewing projects and I felt like it will work for me!

I'll keep you posted.

It feels good to be at the keyboard again. I'm appreciate your patience in waiting for me to come back here and look forward to hearing from you often.

Here's hoping your Valentines Day is Moooving!

**What I'm reading: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal and Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell.

If you'd like to buy these books, please support an Independently owned bookstore like my friends at Iconoclast Books! You can order online and have access to audible and e-books.

**What I'm listening to: Ben Britton's Tane and Ana

Just loved this little girl with a heart on her face.  Do what you love!
Happy Valentines Day

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