Many thanks to Viklit and her fearless co-hosts for Celebrate the Small Things!
This week, I'm celebrating:
1. My book signing at Mostly Books in Gig Harbor! Family and friends came, and I met a few new readers who bought both of my books. :) (full report in early July)
2. Sweet encouragement from fellow authors and bloggers.
3. Slow but steady recovery. It will be a week or possibly longer until I am completely well, but it is happening.
4. A burst of writing activity with an even bigger burst of courage to submit my writing to various publications.
5. Writing a story, submitting it, and getting it accepted for publication all in one day. Brilliant Flash Fiction will be including my story, "Seedlings," in their first publication!
6. A "eureka" moment with my non-fiction book of home school writing curriculum. I'm going to organize the daily sections in the same way that I would teach a class. I kept trying to stick things together in odd ways but I think I have the solution finally - and it seems obvious now. :)
7. Hoping to go see Maleficent tonight! It depends on if I feel well enough.
8. My Dad.
My dad is still my hero. When I was a little kid, I thought he was stronger, faster, and smarter than Superman and the Billion Dollar man put together.
He's a gentle soul but he's persevered through many storms like spending three years in a charity hospital after a botched surgery and having part of his leg amputated as a result. His stories from the boy's ward of that hospital would fill a book and are part of the reason that I love Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (yes, kids are that smart, and yes, life is that hard).
He's been a tree-topper for a logging company (yes, after losing part of his leg), an airplane mechanic and supervisor of inspection, he drafted new designs for airplane engines back in the 80s and sold them to a larger company because he didn't think anyone would respect a patent from a lowly mechanic - but I think the planes we fly on today are safer and more efficient because of him and his name isn't on them anywhere.
He used to like to snow-ski, fish, and go canoeing and camping in the wilderness. He enjoys motorcycles and motor scooters of all kinds, loves to help people, and he reads copiously from news sources and fiction books (is there a difference? time will tell) along with everything I write too.
He is a world class fidgeter and salad eater. He thinks cucumbers fresh from an organic garden with a salt shaker in hand are a good dessert. He's one of a kind.
Happy Father's Day, Dad!
What are you celebrating this week?