Doing New Year’s resolutions anyone?

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Is it that time of year again when everyone is thinking of making resolutions for the new year? How did you make out in 2017? Did you accomplish what you resolved to do?

I accomplished a lot but not all.

I sometimes wonder what’s the big idea behind this resolution thing. Most resolutions are about going on a diet. By the end of January, everything seems to be out the window. I look at those diet menus at some of the weight loss programs. It’s laughable. If I eat those things, I’ll throw up and be so fat, you won’t recognize me. I eat half the food of what’s on the menus. That’s why there are so many obese people in America. Even their diet menus are too much.  

So losing weight is not one of my New Year’s resolutions.

But I don’t want to resolve anything so I’ll call mine my goals for 2018.  

Maybe I can learn a new language. That would be awesome. I’ll try Spanish since I know a few words already. Then I can talk to the landscapers in my neighborhood. They usually gave me a blank stare when I talked to them about what to do. 

I want to learn how to play the piano. But I have no room for a piano unless I get rid of one of my bookshelves. Is that a good idea? Not sure. I need a bigger house. Tell that to my husband and he’ll tell you NO. He’ll tell you I need a smaller house.

What else?

Redo the garden and stop buying more plants which is hard to do. I have too many plants but little space for them. When I was in New York, I wished some roses would die in winter so I could buy new ones.

Stop buying more books and read only whatever I have. My mother told me once to stop buying books since I could not possibly read more than I have now. I think I have about 3,000 volumes in my house. I’m running out of bookshelves.

How about my writing? I plan to edit and finish a couple of my manuscripts. There are too many things I want to write and I get overwhelmed sometimes. I need to concentrate and stay focused. I can do it. I know I can.

Be more organized which is not good because I can’t find things after I get organized. Right now, I know where things are. Every year I said it is time to organize but life gets on my way. I have cut down on my charity work which leaves me more time to organize and do things for myself for a change. I feel liberated.

Looking forward to 2018! Wishing everyone a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!! Cheers!!!

 

Stop and Smell the Roses.

Rosalinda 

 

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Veterans’ Honor Rose growing in my garden

 

 

 

 

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NaNoWriMo Update – Day 10

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It’s Day 10 on my 2017 NaNoWriMo challenge. I’m a third of the way to the finish line. So far so good.

The story is moving along at a steady pace. Since I started on Day 1, I have a faint idea of what I wanted to write. Unlike my previous books which are all historical fiction, this time, I’m doing a crime fiction. Not murder mystery but white collar crime.

I’m doing more than my daily goal of 1,667 words. My average words per day is 2,213 words. I’m very happy with that.

I finished today at 22,136 words which was 5,466 more than my goal of 16,670 as of today. Not bad at all. On Day 7, that is a week after I started, I have done 15,893 words. My first week goal was 11,669, so after a week, I was ahead by 4,227 words.

If I keep at the same pace, I will reach my goal on November 23, 2017. That might not happen because of the Thanksgiving holiday. But, I will try my best to push myself to stay on goal.

Do I keep writing all day? The answer is No.

I take a break every so often otherwise I get stiff neck staring at the computer. My back also aches if I sit on one spot too long. I have to keep moving. It’s weird because when I garden I can go on for hours without a break. I am probably one of the few gardeners who can squat for hours weeding. I don’t use the kneeler while working in the garden.

I find having breaks keep me more energized when I return to my computer.

So on to Day 11 tomorrow.

 

Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.

Rosalinda R Morgan

Author & Garden Writer

 

NANOWRIMO, HERE I COME

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As a follow up to my blog of Oct. 12 when I was on the fence whether to take the NaNoWriMo challenge this year or not, I came up with my decision at the last minute, last night at midnight.

With three newsletters to write, I didn’t think I could manage to finish them before Oct. 31. With my imposed deadline, I worked diligently and focused to make it happen.

I did.

I actually work better on a tight schedule. All the time. 

I finished the Carolina Rosarian, a 16-page quarterly newsletter for the Carolina District of the American Rose Society.

I followed that with The Charleston Rose, an 8-page monthly newsletter of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society which includes a revision to the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society Constitution and ByLaws. 

Yesterday, I finished Whitney Lake Gazette, a 12-page quarterly newsletter full of useful information for residents of Whitney Lake in Johns Island. I sent it out at midnight last night to all Whitney Lake residents.

I am the editor of all three newsletters, President of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society and Board Member of Whitney Lake Homeowners Association.

There were other things I had to do and I managed to squeeze them with my tight schedule. 

So,

I’m back on my computer, typing away towards my 5th NaNoWriMo Challenge which journey I began in 2013.

Today, I did 2090 words so I’m on my way.

Again.

 

 Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.

Rosalinda R Morgan

Author & Garden Writer

 

TEN WORDS TO IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY THIS MONTH

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English is not my native language but I am curious enough to learn a new word all the time. When I read a book and come upon a new word, I have a habit of checking it in my Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary. I have been doing this since I was in high school. It’s a great way to enlarge your vocabulary.

Do you know that studies have shown that your income and wealth are directly related to the size and depth of your vocabulary? I’m still working on this and working hard at it I must say.

Here are this month’s words, so you can impress your friends and colleagues, and maybe even fatten your wallet!

 

1.       abatis – (noun) – a defensive obstacle formed by felled trees with sharpened branches facing the enemy

2.      cockade – (noun) – an ornament (as a rosette) worn on the hat as a badge

3.      comestible – (noun) – food usually used in plural.

4.      corduroyed – (verb) – to build a road of logs laid side by side transversely

5.      espiègle – (adjective) – frolicsome, roguish

6.      feint – (noun) – a mock blow or attack on or toward one part in order to distract attention from the point one really intends to attack

7.      integument – (noun) – something that covers or encloses

8.     meerschaum – (noun) – a tobacco pipe of a fine light clayey mineral that is a hydrous magnesium silicate found chiefly in Asia Minor.

9.      orgulous – (adjective) – meaning proud, haughty

10.  suppurate – (verb) – to form or discharge pus

 

Have you encountered a new word this month? Share it on the comments section.

 

Until Next time. Keep on reading.

Rosalinda R Morgan

Author & Garden Writer

Final Report on my 12-week Challenge

Here is my 12th and final report for my twelve weeks challenge:

 

1. I made my reading goal for my 12-week challenge. I finished two books this week which means I’m also on track with my Books To Read in 2016 Challenge for Goodreads.

2. However, I did not make my marketing goal of 70 items this week. I only make 34 marketing promotions this week. But I did something important this week. I redesigned my website. I like the new design. Take a look at www.rosalindarmorgan.com and tell me what you think. My Giveaways post on Goodreads have 768 total so far, a gain of 414 entries this week alone. “To Read List” has 308 entries to date, a gain of 172 entries this week alone. The Goodreads Giveaways end tomorrow, Nov. 3 at 11:59 pm. Enter to win one of three signed copies of The Wentworth Legacy.

3. I did not make my word count challenge. I tried but I finished the challenge at 48,506 words. I’m happy I made it this far. But yesterday I decided to do the NaNoWriMo, the National November Writing Month challenge. I have done it the last three years and was able to publish two of my NaNoWriMo novels, The Iron Butterfly published in 2015 and The Wentworth Legacy published in 2016. All are available at www.amazon.com.

 

Until next time. Stop and smell the roses.

 Rosalinda Morgan, The Rose Lady

 Author of “The Wentworth Legacy”

 www.rosalindarmorgan.com

 

My 11th report for my 12-week challenge

I’m getting near the end of the challenge. One more week to go. Here is what I did during the 11th week of the challenge:

 

  1. I finished one book this week and I’m still one book behind on my book-to-read goal. I started another book today and I have to finish reading these two books next week to end my reading goal for my 12-week challenge.
  2. I did not make my marketing goal of 70 items this week. I only make 56 total this week. The Giveaways post on Goodreads have 354 total so far, a gain of 30 entries this week. “To Read List” has 136 entries to date, a gain of 12 entries this week. I’m been posting too much on social media the last 10 weeks. It might be construed as hard-core spamming so I have to tone it down a bit for one week. Next week, I have to do it again in earnest since my Goodreads Giveaways are ending on Nov. 2.

1 posts on Social Media

54 Press Releases

1 Giveaways post on Goodreads

3. I’m still trying to catch up on my word count challenge. I’m only at 44,355 words. I only have a week to catch up. This will be a tough order but I just keep on plugging along. My mind has been preparing for the NANOWRIMO in November so I’m not concentrating on this one. We’ll see what happens next week.

 

 

Until next time. Stop and smell the roses.

Rosalinda Morgan, The Rose Lady

Author of “The Wentworth Legacy”

www.rosalindarmorgan.com

My tenth report for my 12-week challenge

Here is my 10th report on my 12-week challenge:

  • I’m one book behind on my book-to-read goal although I started another book to read. Right now, I am reading two books simultaneously. I have to finish reading 3 books in 2 weeks to make my reading goal for my 12-week challenge. This is a big challenge since I don’t do speed reading.
  • I exceeded my marketing goal of 70 items this week. The Giveaways post on Goodreads have 324 total so far. “To Read List” has 124 entries to date.

6  posts on Social Media

71 Press Releases

1 Giveaways post on Goodreads

  • I’m still trying to catch up on my word count challenge. I’m only at 43,639 words. I only have two weeks to catch up. This will be a tough order but I just keep on typing along.

 

Until next time. Stop and smell the roses.

Rosalinda Morgan, The Rose Lady

Author of “The Wentworth Legacy”

www.rosalindarmorgan.com