This blog follows how a romance novel set in the Borders of medieval Scotland is researched, written and hopefully *hopefully* published.

Join me on the writing journey and get inspired to try writing a little romance into your own life!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

And So It Begins... ;-)

It's the beginning of the Year of the Rat and I'm actually feeling pretty good at the moment.

Last year wasn't a really great one (Year of the Boar). My mother died in mid-June, my aunt passed away Monday (soon it'll be 2 weeks past). I've been to VA once already to help with her things and the will(s) and will return tomorrow (a loooong drive) to do even more. Yesterday my big and brawny Highland cow miscarried a beautiful bull calf at seven months. We think she may have slipped on the ice we were suddenly hit with in our region.

BUT--that is in the past now. I am working to learn from the past, accept it and let it go.

Today marks the first day of the Year of the Rat. And my husband and I are both Rats by the Chinese calendar. So what does the Year of the Rat mean? It is a time to start a new project, launch a new product, make the connections that will help you find new opportunities in the upcoming years. Opportunities will show themselves to many, but Rats will continue to actively seek them and maneuver into them. This is a year of hard work and building in order to reap the benefits in the future.

Do a focus board or a vision board. Get your goals lined up and begin to push towards them. Keep the faith and open your eyes to see the opportunities before you.

Already this year I'm lined up to edit a YA novel (through Elance), write several more animation scripts (through Elance), illustrate a children's book for a gal in CA and help edit a fiction novel for a friend who already has 2 books "out" through a major publisher. I, frankly, am getting more work on Elance than I can easily handle. I have 2 willing patrons I've had to put off because I'm so swamped...

Anyhow.... Things are looking up. I hope your Year of the Rat is as good as mine is sure to be :-)

Take care and get writing--THIS is our year!
~Saoirse

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Woo-hoo! Didn't You Know It!


Which ancient leader are you most akin to?
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You scored as Ghengis Khan

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Ghengis Khan

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Julius Caesar

80%

Henry V (England)

72%

Cleopatra

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Darius

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Napoleon Bonaparte

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Alexander the Great

64%

Pride and Prejudice

Which Pride and Prejudice Girl Are You?
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I am Elizabeth. I am headstrong and intelligent. I love to be myself, and am very loyal to my family. I can sometimes be prideful and "prejudiced," but I try to remain open minded and I usually regret past mistakes.

Elizabeth

95%

Charlotte

75%

Jane

65%

Mrs. Bennet

55%

Mary

50%

Kitty

35%

Lydia

15%

Super Me!


Which Superheroine are you?
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You scored as Huntress

You are the Huntress... No matter how many times you try and prove yourself to be good, you always seem to be stuck in the same rut, with the reputation as a "bad girl". Guys love to hang around you because you're easy to talk too.

Huntress

80%

Black Canary

75%

Supergirl

65%

Spiderwoman

60%

Batgirl

55%

Catwoman

40%

Spoiler

40%

Spidergirl

35%