Seven hours of sleep? I’m in heaven!

December 12, 2005 at 5:50 pm | Posted in The Good | 1 Comment

Last night, my daughter slept for eight hours straight. Now, that may not seem like much to you, but she has never done that before. Since her birth in July of 2004, I have been lucky if I sleep six hours straight. Some nights, it’s four then an hour then an hour then an hour then… until we rise. By the end of the week, I am exhausted and a bit bitchy. 😀 It’s not her fault. She has nightmares, but also, when she was first born, she didn’t latch to the breast quickly which resulted in her having jaundice. The midwife told me to wake her every two hours to nurse until she healed. So, last night was a milestone… maybe. We’ll see if it continues. I am crossing my fingers because I feel great! LOLOL

The tree I promised a picture of? Well, here it is. I never found the tree topper, and the photo includes the family, but you at least get to see the tree, which doesn’t look nearly as decorated or as pretty as it is. (sigh) Be that as it may, it’s how it’s going to stay. 😉

Christmas 2005

We had an interesting experience with Wild Child. It’s not the first time it’s happened. You know, when a person submits to a magazine, he/she should expect to have their story edited or to receive editing suggestions. If they are a serious writer and want to be published, you follow the suggestions, unless they completely destroy the story. Most editors, though, make suggestions with the intent of enhancing or improving the story. Inexperienced authors  don’t understand this. They become so attached to the piece that they believe no one else knows what they are talking about when it comes to the story. These authors are accustomed to hearing their friends and family tell them how wonderful the piece is. That’s fine, but if you want to be published, you have to be willing to listen to critiques with an open mind. If you can’t, you are in the wrong business.

Being an artist is not an easy life. (By artist, I mean singer, painter, writer, sculpter, etc.) The biggest challenge in an artist’s life, I believe, is learning to let go. It’s hard, I know, but it has to be done if the artist desires to do well.

In any case, this is not the first time we have had an author respond this way, although it is rare. I am sure it won’t be the last. It’s just a part of publishing.

Well, folks, it’s time to make breakfast.



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  1. We put up our tree on Thursday last week (late, for me) and Emily was old enough to help this year. All of her decorations ended up on a single branch, and the garland is clumped together on another branch. But its a beautiful tree.

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