7 Quick Takes

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I’ve missed the last couple of weeks–in an effort to keep myself more in the moment by not overloading myself (i.e. two posts on Fridays), I’ve held off and only done the fiction prompts. But here I am again. I like these posts–they give me a chance to record things that are going on, but fall outside the usual scope.

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First of all, an apology to my regulars. Apparently yesterday morning when I finished my post, I hit “save” instead of “publish.” At about 2:30 yesterday afternoon my husband informed me I had not posted a blog. So if you missed it, yesterday was all about bonding with babies. Go check it out. Now, back to regular programming.

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Since my last QTs, Julianna has acquired an iPad. Yes. My 5 year old. She’s been using one at school this year, and we were amazed at how much more she’s attempted to speak because of it. So we went through the process of asking our local support services to get one for her. We are very fortunate that in our county there is a tax-supported organization that provides financial assistance and physical support items to people with disabilities. They’ve provided her with shoes, Signing Times videos, “respite” care, as well as paying for adaptive gymnastics. Not many counties have this good a program in place, so we feel really blessed.

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Yesterday she had an appointment with an orthotist, and we discovered we’re about to head into a high-maintenance period of time with her phyical care again. Her feet turn out so far when she walks that she nearly walks on the side of her feet, and the last shoe insert that was recommended to us is more flexible. So now she’s “overwhelmed” it and her calf muscles are so tight that she physically cannot bend her foot enough to walk with straight feet. We’re looking at a good chance of Botox injections and a few months’ hard-core PT before she can be fit with braces again. Joy of joys, it also happens to coincide with her change of school. We’re leaving our entire team of intimate, hands-on preschool and headed to the too-many-kids-in-a-classroom of kindergarten. I guess I really am charged with being my daughter’s advocate.

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My new octavo from WLP is available now: Rise Up Singing. It’s been a crazy spring, with lots of music edits on this and other projects (several more forthcoming in the next 18 months), but fun! I don’t do enough music writing anymore, and it’s something I want to get back to. Somehow I feel like me when I’m putting illegible scrawls on a staff. 🙂

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Here Comes the Bride: 101 Stories of Love, Laughter, and FamilySpeaking of publishing, I have a story in the new Chicken Soup for the Soul: Brides book. It’s my engagement story. It’s a good one. 🙂

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I recently joined Goodreads, and I have to say I’m having a lot of fun leaving frank reviews of everything I read. I’ve often wanted to share my thoughts on books here, but it doesn’t quite fit the theme I’m going for, so I like having the outlet there. I’m not doing nearly what the gurus say I should be doing with Goodreads, but hey. I’m getting started. If you’ve read either of my books and you have a Goodreads account, would you leave a review?

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I also have a fiction piece up, if you’re interested in that sort of thing. Today I’m exploring the dark side of one of my favorite characters.

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8 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes

  1. What do the gurus say you should be doing with Goodreads? I’ve recently started using it, and have been going through and adding books I’ve read from before I joined it. It’s been fun being reminded of books I really enjoyed, although there have been some I’ve wondered why on earth I continued reading them.

    • Well, for authors there’s supposed to be limitless ways to personalize and connect with readers. I thought I saved the post where I read about it, but apparently I did not! I know they were talking about using the groups and chats, etc. I will eventually do all that, but right now I only have about 8-10 hours a week to write, and I have to use it for, uh, writing. 🙂

  2. Jeanne G.

    I love the photo of Julianna painting. Looks like she’s having fun. I hope that she does okay with her therapy and treatments coming up. I’m pigeon-toed and I had to wear funny shoes when I was a kid, so I can sympathize a little.

    • We were having that discussion. Maybe. Maybe not. The trouble is that the guy I would trust to do the work doesn’t accept insurance, so it would end up costing much, much more. They think the Botox will likely be a one-time thing, as long as we do it in conjunction w/PT.

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