When I first joined SGI last August, I was handed this little booklet to record my hours of chanting. With 30 hours on each page, I successfully logged in 30 hours my first month.
Now, 5 months and 259.5 hours of chanting later, I come to the last few pages of the little booklet. The Neurotic Me drove me to chant 9.75 hours on August 31 just so I could fill in the first page.
But it looks like I won’t finish this booklet in January and the Neurotic Me realizes I am not going to finish the booklet in 6 days, unless I chant 6.75 hours ever day!
While that’s doable, I don’t know if I see that happening. And it’s ok if a few hours in February spill into the register.
Today also marks the end of my 90 Day Challenge, which didn’t come into fruition, but my heart wasn’t 100% in it anyway ( for those who are curious, 90 days ago I was inspired to chant for a “lofty goal,” and the loftiest goal I could think of was that Puritan Witch rose to Amazon’s Top 10 Bestseller list on or before today. It hasn’t. It’s currently #968,062). I wrote my trilogy to fulfill a lifelong dream, not for money or notoriety.
But I enjoy chanting and I understand the theory behind it, and so, despite the strong likelihood of not finishing my little chanting register on January 31, I will, in earnest, start a NEW 90 day challenge for something far more personal and important.
As luck would have it, I was gifted with yet another chanting register, so I will begin this new campaign today and report back April 24th! I’ll have celebrated my 55th birthday by then, and we’ll be well into Springtime, the time for new beginnings!
Remember, way back about 2-3 years ago, I had this great story idea set in Berryville, a small midwestern town filled with quirky characters?
It’s ok if you don’t because I just haven’t been able to wrangle the HUMAN characters into submission. I can’t even decide whom to make the main character!
Adding to my torment is the growing menagerie of NON-human characters who keep clamoring for me to get on with this 4th book because all pets, even fictitious ones, need homes.
If you’d like to meet these furry and feathered characters, read on;
William (owned by Agnes Harper, as much as anyone can “own” a cat) is a 13-year-old tabby who’s wise and battle-scarred. He’s been top cat of his territory for the past 10 years, but now a young upstart has encroached upon William’s domain. He’s also gifted with clairvoyance.
Mao (the aforementioned young upstart). 3 years old and raging with feline testosterone. A Main Coon/ Siamese mix, he is determined to knock William off his perch.
Salome, the lovely long-haired calico and mother of William’s latest batch of kittens.
Kaiser is a 4-year-old German Shepherd K-9 officer. Ranked lowest in his training class, this sweet and well-meaning dog is the canine equivalent to Barney Fife.
The Grey Parrot
Reginald ( owned by Agnes Harper) is an escape artist who frequently abandons his cage and observes the goings-on of the small town. Owned by Agnes Harper’s late husband Ned, who taught the bird foul language.
The Capuchin Monkey
Alejandro is the newest member of the menagerie and belongs to the mysterious “Mr. Swishy,” who brings the mischievous primate with him everywhere, claiming he is an emotional support animal. Alejandro has been taught some shady tricks, which disrupts life in the peaceful town of Berryville.
See how fun this sounds?! Do you see why I need to get all my human characters in order? Because until I do, this wonderful group of animals will remain homeless!
So what did you read in 2019 that you particularly enjoyed? Or maybe even less reecently–in the past 2 or 3 years?
Whether it was fiction or nonfiction, I’m looking for book reviews written by fellow readers (and writers!) that I can post on my blog. Whether you loved or hated or were even indifferent to a book, let me know!
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