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March Update

04 Apr

What has sparked joy in my life in March was getting to visit new bookstores and libraries. I even had my first library hop of the year! It was quite a moment leading up to it. The nicer weather that Spring brought has been very welcome.

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With Christine Longmuir owner of Two Rivers Bookstore in St. Johns

I’ve been trying to be mindful of my goals, having my 19 for 2019 list as a guide and picking from it something to work on every month.

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I may have bitten off more than I can chew since I only did half of what was on my March Main To-Do list. But I’m glad I got them checked off even if it was super last minute like building the shelf. Otherwise I may not have done it at all. I’m definitely going to try and set weekly goals as well to see if I can get more accomplished.

I got to attend two literary events. The first was the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference and Bookfair held this year in Portland. I spent the majority of my time volunteering with Write Around Portland.

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I was surprised by how much I enjoyed myself. I had some great conversations with people there and saw many familiar book lover faces. I even managed to attend one of the panels- Leaping Off the Page: The Poet and the Picture Book- and heard Laurel Snyder, Carole Boston Weatherford, Matthew Burgess, and Bao Phi share their experiences combining writing poetry and writing picture books.

The second literary event I attended was held by Friends of Mystery for a Mystery Comics Panel featuring graphic novelists Jonathan Case, Molly Muldoon, and Jeff Parker. I’d been wanting to go to an event of theirs for a long time and glad I finally did. I definitely picked up some great book recommendations.

I met with two fellow writers (separately) as we talked about our works in progress. Other than that, I didn’t do much writing.

I was interviewed for a newspaper article being quoted “Everyone wants to belong somewhere and just be accepted for who they are.”

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I scheduled to meet with a new therapist next month.

I was able to reach 90 hours of volunteering which I’m extremely proud of. I decided to try and get to 100 hours by my birthday with the goal of 200 hours by the end of the year.

I’ve done 564 out of 1000 boxes for the Soul Box Project. And if you want to see what they do, click here. Maybe it’ll inspire you to take part.

I’m up to 173 books read for 2019.

Reading Challenges Update:
-Agatha Christie titles- 15 out of 26
-Nonfiction Picture Books- 29 out of 104
-Middle Grade & Early Chapter- 17 out of 104

From my Must Read in 2019 list, I read
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Apocalypse Taco by Nathan Hale

I always appreciate spending time with friends and I even hung out with a llama.

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I booked myself a mini vacation as a birthday present so that’s something to look forward to in April!

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