What this aspiring freelance writer knows but struggles to implement:
We never formally stated we were taking a break, did we? Oops. I trust our loyal readers expected as much from us during these past 3+ months while enjoying life with our newborn daughter. Speaking of babymoons, it feels like my postpartum fog is finally lifting, and I’m eager to carry out Brian Clark’s advice above.
Truth be told, though, it’s not the writing part where I get stuck. It’s finishing what I’ve started.Â Time to get writing AND finishing the race!Â And it just so happens that Jen Fulwiler issued another writing challenge: 7 Posts in 7 DaysÂ beginning Monday, February 24. Challenge accepted. Time to let my fingers make some joyful noise via the keyboard.
- Monday:Â A response to this headline:Â â€œDemocrat Legislator: A Colic, Crying Baby is a Good Reason for an Abortion.â€Â This story has been on my heart a lot. Maybe because I have connections to the legislator, and definitely because the debate is happening here in Iowa. **Â UPDATE: Day 1 post is now published. Click here to read What “I Know My Limits” Really Means.
- Tuesday:Â A recent encounter with a neighbor, my barking dog may or may not take center stage in this story, has me contemplating life in the ‘burbs and the importance of community. **Â UPDATE: Day 2 post is now published. Click to read How McDonalds Shakes are Bad for Dogs.
- Wednesday:Â I have a golden ticket to theÂ Edel GatheringÂ in July! Rumor has it that the woman wearing the most outrageous pair of footwear during the Friday evening gathering will earn a prize. I will reveal the shoes I plan to wear during the event. Trust me, there’s more to this story than just a photo of my footwear. **UPDATE:Â Day 3 post now published. Click to read The Symbolism of My Pink Shoes.
Time for another edition of an ongoing series here called Pray, Work, Rest & PlayÂ where I share how weâ€™re striving to incorporate an order, a rule of sorts, to our daily routineÂ here at Das Schmidt Haus. A routine thatÂ organicallyÂ involvesÂ prayer, work, rest, and play.Â **UPDATE: Nope, didn’t write about any of that. I instead finally got around to writing that follow-up to the Worry List post. Click to read Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry (Part 2)
- Friday:Â I’ll link up with Jen’s 7 Quick Takes and introduceÂ the saints who occupy a seat on my 2014 Saint Board of Directors.
- Saturday: Joel and I are leading a retreat for young couples at a parish in eastern Iowa on this day. We are giving three separate talks, and I’ll tease a bit of our talk titled “Strengthening the Mr. and Mrs. after You’re Dad & Mom.”
- Sunday: I end the 7 Posts in 7 Days challenge by unveiling the LentenÂ blog series that kicks off here at The Practicing Catholic on Ash Wednesday, March 5. I’m so excited to share! Let’s just say the series involves food and many guest posts from friends near and far.
My goals and plans are public now. Here’s to writing and finishing the race. Oh, and gentle encouragement to keep me on pace is welcome. St. Francis de Sales, patron of writers, pray for me.