IWSG 2020 #1

December Goals
Finish Christmas shopping.
Research Scotland. Make more decisions.
✗ Get all of my French notes in one place. Print.

Additional Successes
• Lots of family time.
• Planning travel last minute.
• Drinking all of the tea to calm my nerves.
• Replaced 4-year-old boots with new ones. (I've been looking for a while.)
• Bought a canon 5d mk iv.

January Goals
– More tea.
– Continue planning Scotland. Do two things.
– Oil change and tire rotation for both vehicles.

IWSG Question –– What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Was it a teacher/coach/spouse/friend/parent? Did you just "know" suddenly you wanted to write?

In 5th grade, we were required to do one new research project each month and present it to the class. We could choose any topic we wanted. We needed a visual aid and had to write a paper on it. During the beginning of the year, it was a real struggle. I didn't want to do it. But by the end, I was becoming really creative. I got my dad to help me make a birdhouse when I did a presentation on cardinals. Then, I did a research project on bluebirds and created a clay bird nest, bird, and bird eggs which I had my art teacher heat in the kiln. By the end of the year, my grandfather, who worked for AT&T at the time, hooked me up with a computer, an email address, and the internet. I did a research project on Walt Disney World and the history of it. I made a book using pictures from the internet.

Going into 6th grade, the encouragement to write continued. My teacher told me I was a good writer, and I decided to enter a writing contest, which I didn't have a chance of winning.

In those next few years, I developed skills in writing and researching.

Some of my favorite assignments included challenges related to writing. My best friend would check my papers for errors, as I would hers. We wrote emails back and forth, all the time. Writing to people whose first language wasn't English helped to develop my vocabulary. And, at the time, Word came out with a thing where your writing would be graded and it would say "this is a grade 12 paper" or whatever. So I always aimed for the highest grade I could achieve – longer words and sentences, the use of more vocabulary, lots of descriptive adjectives.

I've never earned money from my writing, but I still very much enjoy doing it Maybe one day?

Your Turn

December was hard. Buying presents in time for the holidays, baking a cake using a French recipe... Just getting to the holiday break was overwhelming and stressful. Then, when I thought I had gotten there, my husband's grandmother got into a car accident, was put on life support, and died shortly thereafter. My world was turned upside down. All my plans were out the window. And by the grace of God, we were able to be at the hospital for her passing. I'm still not sure how I feel about that.

I sincerely hope your holiday break was better than mine. Having six days straight of family time, saying hello to a new baby (husband's cousin gave birth), and goodbye to a relative within the same week is mentally and physically exhausting.

Where does this put me in 2020? What is my takeaway from the past week as I transition from the holiday season to the new year? I'm still trying to figure it out, but I would love to hear what your plan is for 2020. Did you learn anything in 2019 that will help you transition and become a new, better, or stronger individual in 2020? Did you make any new year's resolutions regarding writing?

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