Friday, 1 March 2013

Celebrate the small things!






Friday is time to  Celebrate the small things . Hosted by Viklit at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author.
How it all works!
Each Friday, post in your blog something you wish to celebrate achieving / doing that week.

It can be writing related: I finished a tricky chapter! I finished my outline!
It can be reading related: I read two books!
It can be life related: I tidied my sock drawer! My child finally ate something green! I cleaned the shed!
 
Why not visit Vik's blog and sign up to join in!
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I 'm afraid I haven't had much to celebrate over the last few weeks so have been absent from this hop for a while. However,  as this hop is about small steps,  I decided to rejoin with a few positives.
 
During the last week I have taken several positive steps with my writing.
  • I wrote 2 blog posts and visited a good number of blogs.
  • I have completed a first draft of a short story for an upcoming competition
  • I revisited three stories I had previously drafted and edited them ready for submission.
  • Finally, I sent one of these stories off to a competition.
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I will leave you today with a quote I read this week from Laurie Halse Anderson I believe it is from her book,  Wintergirls. I must confess that Laurie is not an author I had  heard of previously but I intend to check out some of her books now. This quote struck a chord with me as it reflects the way I am feeling at the moment.

"There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn't matter anymore."
 
 
Enjoy your weekend x
 
 
 
 

58 comments:

  1. That is a great idea - I might just have to join in. We should always celbrate the positives, however small.

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  2. Definitely a great idea to focus on the small things, particularly when times seem sort of dark!

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    1. Thank you, Trisha. Yes focusing on the positives, however small, is the way to move forward :)

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  3. Yes - keep going! Those little steps will all add up to great big strides in the end.

    (Your posts are always so inspiring - even when you're not finding them easy to write xx)

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    1. Awww thank you so much, Helen. That is a lovely thing to say. My online friends are such a support :)

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  4. What a lovely post. I think my celebration is that I have got up to 51k words on my current WIP and I've shifted from a position of "I'm not sure if this is any good" to "This is taking shape and I can see it's probably going to work". That Laurie Halse Anderson quote is nice. I've not heard of her. Have a peaceful weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Louise. Reaching 51k is a great reason to celebrate especially when you feel it is going so well :)

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  5. Step by step... makes it more manageable.
    A lovely reminder... thank you for sharing.
    Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Small steps are more manageable thanks, Michelle.

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  6. You got a lot of needed work done this week. Great job!

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    1. Yes seeing it written down made me realise I had actually achieved quite a lot during the half term break.

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    1. Thank you, it's the first one I've entered for quite a while!

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  8. Good luck on that competition, Suzanne! Nice quote. :)

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    1. Thank you, Al. I thought the quote was great.

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  9. Sorry to hear you haven't had much to celebrate lately, but the small things do help. Have a great weekend.

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    1. You too, Mark. Thanks for calling by today :)

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  10. Sounds like you are working hard with writing and reaping some rewards!

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    1. Writing is a good medicine for the soul!

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  11. Good luck with the competition!
    Great quote ;)

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    1. Thank you, glad you liked the quote :)

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  12. Wow! What a great quote. I think we all need to hear that once in a while. Hope all is well. Sounds like you've had a productive writing week at least.

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    1. It is a great quote isn't it? I'm certainly going to check out Laurie's books :)

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  13. Congratulations on the progress with those stories!

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  14. I'm sending that quote to a friend who needs some hugs. Thanks for sharing it. Onwards and upwards.

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    1. Indeed, Julia. Hope the quote offers your friend some comfort. I think it will be one I will remember x

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  15. What a moving and aspirational quote. I know you are having a tough time right now and would fully expect that you feel the need to step out of this bloghop. I hoped that celebrating small, in some small way, helped. Your celebrations are all awesome.

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  16. You've got some really neat things to celebrate listed. And the quote you found is wonderful. Good luck with your competition. Wishing you only good things:)

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    1. Thank you so much. Wishing you good things too :)

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  17. Congrats on your victories, Suzanne! Whatever has you down, won't keep you there for long. Sunny days are ahead! Also, I love that quote. Here's to easier days and unexpected laughs! Even in darkness, the light shines! :)

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    1. Thank you, Celeste. I hope sunny times are ahead :)

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  18. Um, WOW! I'd say you definitely got a lot to be proud of. You go girl! You'll have to keep us posted on how submission goes! :)

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    1. Thanks, Kelley. I'll let you know if I have any good news submissions wise!

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  19. Those don't sound like small steps at all. Way to go!

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    1. Those are good accomplishments! I know for me, it's hard to stay up and do submissions to story competitions. I wish you all the luck.

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    2. Thanks, Nancy and Ilima your kind words are appreciated :)

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  20. Your positives are all great - better yet is your ability to see them. Sorry you've not felt as though you've had anything to celebrate the last few weeks.

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    1. I think it is important to always try and see the positives even when you seem to be drowning in the opposite. Thanks for dropping in, Patsy :)

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  21. You've had an awesome week. Enjoy your weekend!

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  22. that's a great list!!! what an awesome quote---i love the mirror part--thanks :)

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  23. Great quote. I have a speech kid performing a cutting from Winter Girls this year. :)
    Congratulations on all the work you got done! Good job!

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    1. Christine - Thanks, you too!

      Lynn - Glad you liked the quote.

      Rachel - Thanks. I am going to check these books out :)

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  24. My goodness, you did so many great things this week! I'd be happy if I did that in a month. Go you! :-)

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  25. Hi Suzanne,

    I suppose my latest posting was in theme with celebrate the small things. For actually, small things, in workable goals, can become the big things.

    And your ongoing writing endeavours, done in a realistic way, shall continue along the positive pathway. Be well and fulfilling writing to you, my friend.

    Gary :)

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  26. Glad to hear you're moving forward, best of luck with your competition.

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    1. Lexa - It was half term week so I tried to get as much done as I could while I had some free time!

      Gary - Small goals are the key to moving forward. It is indeed important to celebrate the small positives as collectively they add up to a whole lot.
      Best wishes to you too :)

      Nick - Thanks, Nick. Good luck with the anthology launch on Monday :)

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  27. ... and all those small steps do eventually grow into something much bigger ... Good luck with the competition!

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  28. wow, you're progress is way better than mine!!

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    1. It's probably all relative, Tammy. It was half term so I tried to make the most of my free time! Keep going :)

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  29. Great progress on the writing AND reading! I have also found time for more reading and my life feels better balanced. Hope you're having a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Jen. Not sure I will get anywhere near that amount done this week but we shall see. Welcome to my followers too :)

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  30. Sorry, I'm late making the rounds, but I love the quote, and any day you can say you've submitted is definitely a day to celebrate!

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