I like to keep up with myself. One fun thing to do is to look at my blog First Draft, which I’ve been writing and maintaining for seven years, and see what I was doing during the same time a year ago.
Last year during the first part of March, I was spending some time in the dentist’s chair. Under stress, I clamp my jaw down and bite my teeth hard together. Well, that causes problems. And costs money. Also last year in March between dentist visits, I was going to Bone and Joint for a shoulder injury. “I had four X-rays, orthopedic testing, and a steroid shot stuck straight into the joint.” The right shoulder hurt so badly that I couldn’t squeeze my mouse or pick up my fork to eat. I also began physical therapy at Star. I’d take my manuscript for Remember the Dragonflies and do edits while I was icing down after a workout. It didn’t have the dragonfly title at that point.
This year, I sleep in a mouth guard and the shoulder . . . well, it still hurts some, but I was determined to not get an MRI and find out about any possible tears, and I can pretty much do anything I want to do . . . except paddle hard enough to get out of dangerous strainers when I kayak.
Last year, my BFF had a birthday March 2. She had another one this year on March 2.
This year, I have the finished product of Remember the Dragonflies in hand. And I got to visit my BFF when I had a book signing in Greenwood, Mississippi.
Last year I was writing hard. This year I’m not. This year I’m trying to figure out how to get the book into the hands of those who need it most.
This year I hope to refresh. And remember the dragonflies.