Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Happiness Project :: Decking the halls with poison ivy


The other day I was talking to
my best friend on the phone,
feeling angsty about something or other
and she basically told me 
that I needed to focus on my holiday mantel.

That's what best friends are for, right?
A little redirection and refocusing can be good for a girl.
So I did just that and it totally distracted me
from worrying about things that are out of my control!

I'm currently OBSESSED with
the new Dollar General store up the road a ways.
They have THE BEST seasonal items 
for super duper cheap.

Two of the ladies that work behind the register
know me by name now, y'all
because I stop by so much 
to buy that one little item I had walked away from.

I mean, most of it costs $1.50!

The whole thing makes me happy.

So, there you have it...
my Halloween mantel in all of it's spooky glory.

 


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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Happiness Project :: My manuscript


I did it! I completed the rewrite of my book.
My word count went from 108,769 words down to 85,658! 
It's been a lot of work and I know
there will be drafting once an editor gets a hold of it
but this feels like a huge milestone to me.

Next step...
get ready to query agents.
 It feels so close I can almost taste it.
 
Sorry that I didn't post a Happiness photo last week.
My brain needed a break from doing anything creative.    
Sometimes the best happiness comes from taking a step back
and breathing in a calm breath.

But I'm back.
I missed this space
and seeing what made you happy.


 



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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Happiness Project :: A day trip



My mom and I took a quick trip to Madison, Georgia
to follow part of the Antebellum tour and walk through
a few homes as research for my next book that I am embarking on.


Of course, we just had to stop at the Madison Tea Room
to nibble on treats and enjoy some tea. 
You know, to build up strength for the walking tour.


We had so much fun being girly
and trying on some big southern hats.


One of the homes we toured was Heritage Hall
and it was amazing and so much fun.


Take a good look because this will
be the entryway described in my next novel.
So exciting and fun.


I took a hundred photos of every little detail.
I'm sure that the tour guide thought that I was crazy.

It was a great afternoon.

 


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Happiness Project :: A weekend in the woods


We spent last weekend at the Windmill Plantation.
It was so much fun to watch the boys play in the woods. 

I really think there are fewer things in life
more beautiful than watching children enjoy nature.

With all the Minecraft/Pokemon/Skylanders in our lives
it was great to turn the screen off
and get all dirty and sweaty.

We had a blast!

 


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Happiness Project :: Finding a bargain


Listen y'all, I know it's tacky to brag
about how much you paid for something
but I am just beside myself about these 
bevelled glass Irish Coffee mugs that I found.

Get this...they were $1.50 each and 
I found them tucked away in the Halloween aisle
at the Dollar General!

Amazing, right?
They were nestled between plastic hatchets
and a row of glittery skeleton heads.

I am just so excited about these beauties.
I've been drinking my morning coffee
out of them and feeling mighty fancy.

I might just have to have a little brunch
so people can come admire my knew glasses.
It's the little things, people.

 


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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Happiness Project :: One last pool day


So the boys are out of school today for a teacher workday.
We are playing at the pool and we have it all to ourselves.

Not a bad way to spend the day!
We're still chasing summer.


 


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Happiness Project :: Finding my Place



I have this little indulgent thing that I do
whenever we take the boys to the bookstore.

While they rummage through the children's section,
I scamper off to the Fiction area
and locate exactly where my novel
will one day be lined up on the shelf. 

Right there, between Herman Hess and Robert Hicks.
That's my spot.

Then I linger there and day dream about
books deals, tours, what actors would play who
when it's made into a movie.

 I dream big, y'all. 
Look out world,
I'm coming for you!

 


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