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This is technically my second post for today, but the one before (Charity News and Word Count) was actually from yesterday.  I thought it had posted, but for some reason it saved as a draft instead, so I posted it today.  Sorry for the confusion.

I jumped the gun and ordered my reward book early.  If I don’t finish my 750 word minimum by today or tomorrow, I will have messed it up, so I need to get everything done.

I ordered two books actually, a “fun” book as my reward and a “work” book to help with my career as an aspiring writer.  The fun book I ordered is The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown, a book I have heard wonderful things about and wanted to read since before it came out.  I will probably review it here when I’m done reading it.

I also bought The Writer’s Market 2011 Deluxe Edition.  I planned on buying just the paper book, but I started looking into joining the website too, and found out that by buying the deluxe edition I could have both.  This way I can use the search features and other utilities on the website when I am online, which is where I do most of my work, and have the paper copy for when I’m not at home or on the computer.

Today I am going to look into how to query a magazine when you have an article idea.  I’m also going to spend some time with my kids, and that will come first.  They’re all feeling a little neglected I think because I’ve been so busy with work and taxes and house-related things.  That is, when we haven’t all been sick.

Right now, I’m baking cinnamon buns for breakfast and I plan to go eat with the kids when I am done baking.  They get to eat in the living room at breakfast because then they can watch cartoons or movies.  We’ll have a carpet picnic together.  Then, we’re going to do something together.  I’m just not sure what.  It has to be in the house, or at least at home, because Chris is working today and has the car.  It’s hard to come up with an activity that will amuse three kids when their ages are 14, nearly 11 and nearly 3.  A couple of weeks ago, we all played catch with one of M.’s bouncy balls, and that was fun for a while because we talked and laughed while we played, but it’s not exactly stimulating for the older two for long.  There is also the fact that the 14 and 11 year olds don’t get along very well.  He torments her, she blows things out of proportion to get him in bigger trouble.  It’s a whole thing.

Finishing this up much, much later because the timer went off and it was time to eat.  It’s now after dinner.  I made Philly Cheese Steaks, which were awesome.

We had our carpet picnic and watched Astro Boy together.  It was fun, but I wish we could have done something more active.  Like I said, it’s hard to find something we can all do.

So today I did a bit of preliminary research, and what I decided is that I want to start small so that I have some published material (print published, not just online) before I start approaching any major magazines.  I think it’s a better idea, and I don’t want to set myself up for failure.  I’m new to this, and want to learn more about what I’m trying to do, not just jump in all half-assed and uninformed.  I’m going to do some more writing and looking at what types of magazines I think I could write for; ones that match my writing style or to which I have something of value to contribute.

The next two weeks might be a little light on blog entries because I have both daughters’ birthdays coming up.  We’re going out to dinner for H. and she’s having her birthday party with her friends at her dad’s house, but we’re having M’s birthday party here.  Which means I have exactly two weeks from today to clean this place up and get it more organized before my in-laws all come over.  Needless to say, I’ll have to cut back on computer time to do that.

I’m nervous about getting it done and still keeping up with my writing.  I signed up for the March challenge too because I don’t want to stop writing just because February is over.  I’ll just be more time-conscious and make sure I’m working on both things each day.  What are your plans for the week?