It’s A Snowy Check-in Kind of Day

I am not such a fan of real snow–well, not so much the snow as the fact that, generally, it’s cold outside when it snows–but I do so love the snow here at Cathy C. Hall’s!

And here is something else I love:


Wheeee!! Now I have some great, medium-great, and so-so great ideas to start my year of picture book writing. (I’m not counting the not-so-great ideas. I mean, what was I thinking, writing down an idea about a cow patty???)

And I kinda love this, too:


Um, yes, well…okay, it’s not the winner’s badge. But I’m two-thirds of the way through that rewrite, and rewriting is a whole lot harder than writing because you have to, you know, really think about all those swell writing things that you’re supposed to know but maybe left out. And I had to weave all sorts of nuances through the story and add character development and…fine. I didn’t finish the rewrite. But I’m still giving myself a small “w” wheee! (one exclamation point). I will finish that rewrite before the end of December, friends.

And here’s something else I’ll finish:

2013 Reading Challenge
You have read 71 books toward your goal of 75 books.
There is something about the word “challenge” that’s very motivating for me. The Beneficent Mr. Hall might say I’m “too” competitive, but what is the point of playing a game if you’re not going to try to crush your opponent?
Um, anyway, I’ve been dominating that reading challenge at Goodreads, and just in case the December hectic hits, I’ve got a couple picture books around here to make sure I reach my goal.
And now it’s your turn. Here it is December already, and I want to hear about your Wheee!! (or even wheee!) moments. Because it’s a snowy kind of check-in day, here at Cathy C. Hall’s, and I so love a good, inspirational story!

14 thoughts on “It’s A Snowy Check-in Kind of Day

  1. Well done, Cathy! 🙂

    I won NaNo this year, and I’m close on my Goodreads Challenge – I’ve read 88 books so far out of 100. Fingers crossed! Oh, and I know what you mean about the word “challenge.” Not the part about crushing opponents. No. Not that part. Uh-uh. 🙂

  2. I need one of those “losers'” badges as well. I’m 78,000 into my NaNo from last year, but it’s still not finished so still not ready to beginning the revising work. I agree–rewriting takes a lot more time. (I can whine a duet with you. 😉

      • Hey, you teach all day AND you’ve got 78,000 words???
        Don’t even talk about whining–or adding an errant “ing” to a word. You should have a badge that says, “I TEACH ALL DAY AND HAVE 78,000 WORDS. SO THERE.” 🙂

  3. Yippee for you. Fantastic accomplishments. I am NOT surprised.

    I’m too tired to whee very loud or long tonight. But I can do a little whee about my job. I just love my job. Love, love, love it.

  4. Oh I’m always slooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow on the rewrite, even though my wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee is I did the NaNo 50,000!
    And congrats to you on all your accomplishments. I was keeping track of the number of books I was reading, but then…

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