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Dear readers, I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately.  Some of you are still reading this blog every day, despite the fact that I have not written a word on here in about two months. That is very kind of you.

However, please notice the qualifier I just used to describe my writing: on here.

The simple fact is that I have been writing.  I have finally bitten the bullet and committed myself to writing a novel.  As of today I’ve written 18 pages of a young adult fantasy novel.

This is something I’ve been thinking about, talking about, trying to start for years.  Truthfully I have started and stopped several other novel attempts before.  None ever seemed good enough to get beyond the first chapter, or at least, they never seemed good enough to me.  Maybe someday I’ll be able to go back to them and start anew.

For now though, I’m committed to writing this one novel.

It is consuming nearly all of my writing creativity and almost every free moment.  While 18 pages may not seem like much for about six weeks worth of writing, it turns out creative writing is incredibly difficult!  Who’d have thought it?

My goal is to finish by Little C’s 2nd birthday in April.  So that gives me about 3.5 months to finish roughly 110 pages.  That comes out to roughly 30 pages a month or 7-8 pages a week.  Yikes!  I may be setting myself up for failure, but if I don’t have a deadline I won’t feel the push to complete it.

Now before everyone freaks out (or actually before I do) the good news is the husband will be home for 4-6 weeks of compensation time sometime in the next three months.  Yes, you read that correctly.  My husband will actually be here, at home, non-stop, for weeks.

And while that will be wonderful for him to have all that free time, it will also be wonderful for me to have a couple of hours each day to do whatever the heck I want to do, like write.

And if you all are very nice to me I might share a chapter or two with you.  Maybe.

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Broken

Aside from having a craptastic couple of weeks, my blog hasn’t been working correctly. I don’t know if it’s WordPress, my internet connection or what, but I can’t type up a full blog post, only these quickies.

I’m going to take it as a sign from the universe that I need a few more days before I write a long post, so maybe I don’t sound like a raving lunatic or a complete B (either of which have been perfectly possible these last couple of weeks). Ok, universe. Message received. I’ll avoid scaring my friends and family for a few more days. Thanks for looking out!

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It’s been a crazy couple days, all beginning with an allergy attack, then a huge fight with my husband, house hunting, a book fair and an eye infection, though not in that precise order. I promise to write all about it and make up for several days absence. But I need to wait until after my doctor’s appointment today because reading for any prolonged period of time is quite painful (and my worst nightmare, you can imagine). So I’ll catch you all up later, hopefully without an eye patch.

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Every day funny things happen and I think, this would make a great blog post.  And in my head I am so witty and funny that thousands of people will flock to blog.

I make lists in my head of possible topics. I catalog them on scraps of paper during the day that are inevitably misplaced.

But every night, without fail, right around 10 pm I finally get the chance to write and everything I’ve thought of for the day eludes me. Every story, every anecdote, every pearl of  wisdom drains out of head before my fingers can tap the keys.

I remember the topics, but not why they were amusing.  What was so funny about eating out at Marie Calendar’s?  Why was laundry so laughable?  What was it I wanted to say about my own mental health?  It all seems boring or frightening or so ordinary that it makes me wonder why anyone reads this blog at all!

And though I cannot come up with a witty topic tonight, something that will give you a keen insight into the mind of the frazzled first time mother, I know that this will do.  For even as I write this, I know this post, just as all the other are, will be a dedication (or sacrifice, depending on your mood tonight) to Motherhood.

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As part of my new attitude towards life I’m going to make some resolutions, despite the fact that New Years is still over a week away. There’s no time like the present eh?

1. I will no longer allow my health to rule/ruin my life.

2. I will try to lighten the feeling of my blog by inserting some silliness into it (and my life).

3. I will not think so much, but just write!

So…here’s currently what I’m thinking: I love Christmas movies! I’ll happily watch them all year ’round (I know sacrilege to some of you Christmas purists). In fact, Love Actually is one of my favorite movies, period. And recently I was reading an column (or blog-I don’t remember) in which the writer included Love Actually on a list of Christmas movies that should only be watched during the Christmas season. Though I do acknowledge that it is set at Christmas time, I don’t think that is the main point of the movie. I don’t actually think that it has anything to do with the message. Christmas functions solely as a way to move the plot forward and allow characters to speak more freely, for as they said in the movie, if you can’t say it at Christmas, when can you, eh?

Therefore, I don’t believe that wonderful movies like this should be limited to viewing just during one month a year. Most Christmas movies are so full of joy and positive messages that they should be shown every month. Think if people watched It’s a Wonderful Life or White Christmas in the hot summer months. Maybe it would get people to stop acting so crazy! Maybe, just maybe, it would give them a little of the Christmas season perspective and bring a little warmth to their hearts. So, if there was a vote, I’d vote that no movie be limited to just once a year. I’d vote instead to watch White Christmas in July.

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Let me preface this posting by saying I am a typical Libra and making any kind of decision has always been hard for me. Life changing decisions, like what job to take, are even more difficult. So I’m having a hard time with my current decision.

Today I interviewed for a position with a nonprofit in the development department. It’s a position that would allow me to learn about every aspect of development, as well as allowing me to gain valuable experience in writing pr copy, development copy (such as donor letters, invitations, thank you letters, etc.), and grant writing. They would even pay for me to take classes in Grant writing in order to take the lead on all of the grant writing work.

Sounds great right? They’ll even pay me my asking price. What I’m worried about though is the organization itself. Though the organization is 40 years old, the foundation is relatively new. It’s still going through relatively obvious growing pains and they’ve already experienced a high turnover rate in the employees already. Their offices were dull, empty, and disorganized. My immediate supervisor was uncomfortably nervous and painful to speak to (and therefore conducted the interview poorly), which makes me worried about the development department since it is dependent on interpersonal skills. My big boss was extremely nice and has a successful background in development working for higher education. This would make him an ideal mentor. However, he was scatterbrained, easily distracted, disorganized, and spoke plainly about how he can be incredibly demanding as a boss.

So what am I to do? Should I take the position because it does offer the opportunity to learn so much about the development process and nonprofits? It’ll also offer a chance to gather so much needed experience writing copy and publishing it on a larger scale than in the past. Are these things worth sacrificing a positive, low stress work environment with people that will be easy and pleasant to work with? Is experience worth sacrificing everything else one looks for in a job?

Let me know what you think.

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It has come to my attention that in today’s economy it is entirely possible to be overqualified and under-experienced. Not only is it possible, it’s common, it’s an epidemic! Is it possible that too many people are going to college? Are too many people coming out with degrees? There are thousands of colleges out there these days. Not only are there the junior colleges and universities of the old days, there are now purely online universities, private universities and colleges by the score, and growing numbers of public universities as the demand for higher education continues to grow.

But is this just a vicious cycle? Do you actually need a four year degree in psychology to be a scheduler for a marriage counselor? Do you need a BS in Math to work as a junior book keeper? Aren’t we setting the standards for these jobs a little high? But yet every one of these positions requires a college degree. It seems that these days every office, sales, or white collar jobs says “BA/BS preferred.” Thus creating the need for more people to go to college and get a degree to fill the position that they didn’t really need a degree to do.

Wouldn’t it be fairer to our students to provide more specialized vocational training or career advise at an early age? Would it be completely un-PC to give job training in high school instead of requiring students to take a 4th year of English they don’t want or a 3rd year of a language they’ve been failing for 2 years before? Couldn’t we offer these students technology training or carpentry skills or book keeping? Can’t we tell our kids that not everyone needs to go to college to succeed? Can’t we just say out loud that this pressured academic requirement we’ve created is keeping our kids from succeeding? What we’re doing instead is pushing students to go to a college, that may or may not be truly accredited, get into tens of thousands of dollars of debts, only to begin a job that will pay them the same or less than a vocational job they could have had right out of high school.

And then there are people like me. A four year degree, 2 years of grad school and a teaching credential. And the jobs I’m being offered are either paying $10/hr, but to which I’ll never be hired since I’m incredibly overqualified to spend my day filing and copying. It seems employers would rather hire someone with fewer credentials, since they are less likely to leave the position for something better. And the jobs that I would like, that pay according to my academic credentials, I don’t have the relevant experience for; that is, I didn’t spend the last 3-5 years copying and filing. So what am I to do?

I think I’ll try a writing career!

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