Thursday, April 1, 2010

Baby Goat

It's been almost a month since I started a writing challenge. We all set goats (it's an inside joke) and did our best to reach them. Some surpassed them, others made them and some found that life really does its best to get in the way. Though I reached my baby goat, I still have a ways to go before it's a full grown goat. There is still a lot of feeding and nurturing to be done. What helped tremendously about this challenge, though, is that I found out I can do what I set out to do. When life tries to knock at the door, I can just ignore it and pretend I'm not home. The blinds are closed, the tv is muted, life will eventually give up and go on to the next house. When it pours down like rain or oozes in through the cracks in the walls, I have other rooms to retreat to. Each room contains my story. I don't have to have my laptop with me to write. Two days out of town without it produced handwritten pages. My story is my love. It pulls me in like a vacuum, shutting everything else around me out if I will let it. Many days I have. I have earned this baby goat, earned the right to hold it up and show it off. I plan to nestle my face in it one last time, smell the baby goatness of it, before putting it down and letting it run off to play. I have more work to do and a bigger goat to get to. I have another four weeks to do just that. I am in the company of some really great ladies, all of us striving towards the same end. The world really should be quivering in anticipation of all this great writing that is happening. Readers will be delighted when we have finished, each one of us creating something new and exciting. Here's to precious baby goats everywhere and the bigger goats we are reaching out for! On to April, ladies!


  1. What a celebration! Fantastic post. I'm especially inspired by the idea that you have your story in every room. It seems foolish now that I think about it, but I've absolutely given up writing at times because I didn't have access to the computer. Thanks for the great idea!
    Thank you for following my blog! I'm so new to the whole thing still that I tried to follow yours, and I don't think I did it right. :( Maybe I can try again? If you have any tips, let me know.
    So happy to be writing through April with you!

  2. His Jessica! I was very confused on the whole following thing as well. I am following more blogs than you can see on my list. Apparently, there is an extra step to getting them onto your own blog to remind you what you are following. It's all very confusing and I found this quite by mistake. I was in the middle of shifting them over when one of my cats (grey little devil we call Wednesday) pounced on my keyboard and WHOOSH! it was suddenly gone. If I find it again, I plan to take special note and I will let you know!
    So glad that you'll be writing through April as well. I'm halfway there! I took Laini's advice and joined the SCBWI so I can schmooze and learn and soak up like a sponge at their special meet and greets, workshops, etc. You should check them out. The price of membership is well worth it, I think.
    Happy Writing!

  3. I should have popped over to your blog BEFORE I commented on mine. I see that you are already checking out their events and have a really cool one coming your way! You were far ahead of me with SCBWI!