Wednesday, January 4, 2017

IWSG How did January 2017 start for you?

Wow, I hope the first few days of January are not a type of things to come. I spent all day on the 1st and 2nd in the car driving across country to move my daughter into her college dorms. This is what it looked like. 

There was snow, ice, sand from the snow plows caked on my car and windshield, 1 degree temperatures (mostly and average temp of 28 degrees though), disappointing food stops, 314 songs saved on my van's hard drive, 22 hours of singing along to those songs, 1 bag of york peppermint patty minis, 1 box of wheat thins, 1 box of CheeseIts, 1 bag of the soft SweetTart candies, several bottles of water, one nice hotel, one iffy hotel (current without wifi that works!), and one 5-hour shot.

And that's just what it took to get to Idaho! I'll be here through today and head home tomorrow all by myself. I'm afraid it might take several more of those 5-hour shots to get home. 

When I get home, my oldest daughter will also be gone. I had to say goodbye on Sunday, but she left to serve a mission for our church yesterday. My entire home life is changing and my emotions are raw. 

It's wonderful to see them growing up and making wonderful choices, but what will I do without them around? They've grown into such wonderful personalities. I simply like hanging out with them.

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January 4th Question: What writing rule do you wish you'd never heard?

I don't think there is a rule that I wish I hadn't heard. It would be easier to share my favorite rule, the one I've adopted as complete LAW. The one that often negates or diminishes those I might have wish I'd never heard.

Follow your heart.

If you do that, everything else will work out. It's as simple as that. Not, write what you know, but follow your heart and write about whatever it is inside that pushes you to write. 


  1. Ah! My heart goes out to you. My oldest is 16 and he'll be gone on a mission in no time. Why do they ever have to grow up, eh? I mean yes, it's wonderful, but it's also kinda not.

    LOVE your rule. I worked on one book for almost a year that I hated, and while readers loved it, it was killing me inside. Took a while to recover from that one. So yes, follow your heart. Save the inner writer!

  2. Safe travels, Charity! Keep up the shots and if you get tired, stop.
    Life changes. It's the one constant.
    Happy 2017!

  3. Follow your heart is a fabulous rule.

    Drive safely!

  4. Have a nice drive back and be careful.
    Follow your heart is a great way to live and write.

  5. So beautiful, that rule is one to follow both in writing and life. Follow your heart indeed. Happy New Year Charity and those kids do grow up fast. So I've heard, no kids on my end. :p

    2017 IWSG January Co-Host

  6. Idaho, eh? She's in my half of the country now...

    I like your "rule". Now if only I could figure out what my heart wants...

  7. Great rule, Charity. I hope your drive home is/was uneventful and you got home safely. So hard to watch your kids become adults. You've taught them the best you can. Now it's time to watch them fly on their own. Hugs.

  8. Life changes when our children enter the world and changes again when they set off on their own. Sending you lots of hugs to get you through. Be proud that you've given your daughter the confidence to succeed in the world. Have a super 2017.

  9. We all have the A to Z Challenge to look forward to this year. Live long and Prosper!

  10. Wow...lots of changes. I'm with you. My oldest just got engaged. I truly think writing has saved me from going bonkers. Hang in there. :)
    Danger, Love, and Mystery

  11. Happy New Year Charity and those kids do grow up fast. So I've heard, no kids on my end. :p