Freebie: April Printable Calendar

 

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Nothing says, “April is here” in Florida like the daily afternoon shower (read: torrential downpour).  Luckily though, as the old saying goes, April showers bring May flowers so I’m thankful for this rain.

I’m thankful for all the rain.  Especially the metaphorical kind.

This has been a season of downpour, full of abundant love and undeniable evidence of the awesome God that created it all.  Some storms have been on the scarier side, lightening and thunder leaving me shaking in my boots at times, but always pointing me to deeper trust in the One who deserves all my trust.

So I am thankful for this rain.

Here are a few links for your own rainy season:

Printable April Calendar HERE

Misty Edwards gets me every time HERE

Instant rainy day ambiance HERE

4 Questions Answered

I’ve secretly always wanted to be featured in a blog hop.  Most of the bloggers I’ve come to admire host them fairly regularly, or simply name drop other bloggy buddies here and there.  Needless to say, when I was tagged in Dustin’s blog hop, I was more than excited… then life happened and I forgot… but then!  I remembered!  Don’t be so excited!

The gist.

I answer four questions (previously posed to Dustin when he was tagged) then I tag a few more blogger friends for readers to hop on over to check out. Here goes…

What am I writing or working on?

Well, currently I am writing this post.  I’ve been neglecting my writing and it’s beginning to show.  A writer without a regular outlet for their literary energies can be a scary thing. When I start to wax poetic when drafting emails full of spreadsheet attachments, I know it’s time to get back on track. In other news, I’m working on formatting the print version of my book, The Broken Places, to be available in the next month or two on Amazon along side the already released Kindle version.  Exciting times!

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How does my work differ from others in this genre?

For fiction, my “genre” is about as vague as my “voice” as an author.  I’m not sure where I fit…  these are probably really good questions to think through and get at solid answers… later.  As with blogging, I think the simplest and perhaps truest answer is that my genre differs because I’m human.  While on one hand it is true that there is nothing new under the sun, on the other hand we are each highly unique and given exactly the same prompt to create, we’d come up with different takes.  So I supposed my work differs from others in the genre because I differ.   I will always mix humor, romance, tragedy, mystery, spirituality into a compound that is uniquely me whether good, bad or indifferent.

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Why do I write what I do?

So many reasons here… because I can’t sleep if I don’t.  Because the story must be told for some unknown reason.  Because I pray it will be of some use to the world is some way that I may never know.  Because I want to solidify my memories and experience.  Because I want to connect with human kind in a way that just can’t be done face to face.  All of these and more to include  the most basic reason: it’s fun.

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How does my writing process work?

When I figure this out I’ll tell you… Nah, it’s all about consistency.  About getting my behind in the chair.  Once I’m there, I’m golden… sometimes.  For bigger projects I’ve adopted a modified snowflake method that ends up involving a dedicated wall in my office and LOTS of post-its. In terms of motivation, I’ve found that starting with really small blocks of time has worked.  I sit down with the timer set for 15 minutes, allowing myself to stop, if I want, as soon as it beeps.  More often than not, my mind clears, the words come and I’m well into an hour or two session with the oven timer long forgotten.

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So there you have it.

My quick and dirty answers to the four questions.  Are you a writer?  Do you have a process?  Does it always begin with “Pinterest?”  No?  Just me I guess…

Thanks Dustin for tagging me for this blog hop!  Next up, I’m tagging…

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The Quarter Project

Jon Acuff has this talent for lighting a fire under my procrastinating behind.  Last November, after reading his post on how much “almost” sucks, I followed his advise and “put a stake” in my long-labored novel, called it done, and finished the last 2% of the final draft that I’d been sitting on for a ridiculous amount of time.  BAM.  No more almost about it.  Done in three days.

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Let’s just skip over the fact that it then took me four months to format, finalize cover art, buy ISBNs and upload to Kindle.  Let’s also skip over the fact that I still have the notification email from when Jon responded to my victory tweet.

Yup, skip all that.

This Fall, as life turned into pumpkins and the “Where has the year gone!?” panic set in, he Acuffed me again posting THIS:

The year is not over. It’s not even close to over. We still have 25% left! Sure, we’ve burned through almost 75% but that’s not the same as 100%. Imagine if you came up with a 75 on a test and told your parents, “Don’t worry mom and dad, that’s almost 100!” How would the rest of that conversation go for you?

 

The year isn’t over.

It’s not too late.

It’s time to rally!

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What else is one to do when Jon Acuff issues a rally cry?  You rally people!  In response, The Quarter Project was born.

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The premise is simple.

With 25% of the year left, the last quarter of four, I will tackle a list of 25 things that need conquering before January 1st.  My key to success?  Loading the list with fun things I’d do anyway.  What else did you expect from the girl that lists “Wake up” as the first item on every daily to do list?

What made the list.

Some things are simple one time actions while others, such as de-cluttering the house, will be longer projects (posts to come on this initiative!).  There are things that make huge milestones like holding my novel in print and other things on the list that just need to get done like finishing the master bathroom.  I put no parameters on what made the list.  This alone is a victory.  I should have made the first item on the list be “write the list.”

  1. Hold my book in print version *SHAMELESS PLUG HERE*
  2. List and sell stuff I’ve been holding for eBay
  3. Pay off [some] debt
  4. Finish reading a book – any book – even a re-read of the entire HP series will do
  5. Use up candle making supplies
  6. Finish the master bathroom
  7. Research/plan/outline/snowflake a new writing project
  8. De-clutter the house
  9. Wrap up the family photo project
  10. Make a T-shirt quilt
  11. Plant a Fall garden
  12. Send real mail
  13. De-clutter the digital life
  14. Make my first block printed fabric
  15. List new products on Etsy
  16. Paint Grandma’s kitchen
  17. Plant flowers in the front of the house
  18. Surprise a certain special someone with homemade strawberry cheesecake
  19. Buy a perfect little pumpkin somewhere other than a grocery store
  20. Make s’mores in the fire pit
  21. Wear my favorite hat while knitting several more
  22. Take walks
  23. DIY gifts for Christmas
  24. Open the window, use up candles, play the “fireplace” on the TV with hot cocoa
  25. Actually stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Come along for the ride.

My goal is to provide updates on accomplished tasks in a reasonable manner.  If you are familiar with my blog at all you know that consistency is not my thing.

Care to join me in this project?  I’d love to hear about your progress! Link up in comments! Use hashtag #thequarterprojectfall2014 on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, social-media-platform-I’m-too-over-it-to-learn.

Rally friends.  Let’s get some stuff done.

 

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December Desktop Calendar

Wasn’t January 1st yesterday?  Where did this year go?

 

I’m always amazed when December rolls around and every year it seems to come faster.  It came so quickly, in fact, that I seem to have skipped November all together!  So, as a little Christmas bonus, you’ll find the November desktop below (sans calendar)… I couldn’t leave it to die in my archives.   Enjoy!

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1680×1050 HERE
1600×1200 HERE

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1680×1050 HERE
1600×1200 HERE

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October Desktop Calendar

October, I can’t believe you are already here, but I’m so glad.

 

I love the season of pumpkin everything.  I love the (ever so slightly) cooler weather.  I love the colors of Fall.  I love permission to bake bread and cook lots of soup.  Most of all, I love a reason to make you all a new calendar.  Enjoy!

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1680×1050 HERE
1600×1200 HERE

 

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