March Update


Daylight Savings Time began today when we sprang ahead, losing a precious hour of sleep…haha, just kidding, I have children.

This leads us into the Ides of March on the 15th, and St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th when, as we know from the film Million Dollar Baby, “Seems there are Irish people everywhere or people who want to be.”

Then we come into March 20th, the alleged first day of spring. March is that nonsensical time of the year when the weather can’t get its act straight no matter what. My husband’s birthday is at the end of the month. Sometimes it’s beautiful, sometimes he goes skiing. In other words, it’s a good time to practice being flexible because even though there are hints of spring around the corner there, too, are snowstorms. I went many years without experiencing the phenomenon known as thundersnow. And then we moved to Wisconsin. It’s exactly what it sounds like; thunder and lightning in the middle of a snowstorm. Incredibly disconcerting if you’ve never experienced it before, you won’t forget where you were when snow is falling gently outside and all of the sudden the clouds light up overhead and thunder booms.

Today was also the last day for Girl Scout cookie sales in our area. Woo-hoo! I’m a little tired of cookies and cookie booths and I’m not even in charge, so props to all the troop leaders, anywhere, who stepped up and took on that madness. My mom was cookie mom once when I was a Girl Scout and that was enough. This was back in the days when you took orders and then delivered. There were no cookie booths. At least, not that I remember.

I met with one of my two critique groups this weekend, too. In truth, this particular group has shrunk to me and two other people and one of them didn’t have a piece so really it was just two of us reviewing each other’s work. Once you learn how to take a critique, it’s amazing what someone can suggest that really helps your story along. Writing is a solitary venture, but I would recommend joining a critique circle for anyone who might someday want another person to read their work. The suggestions are invaluable, but you’re still the writer and get to do whatever you want.

What are you looking forward to this month?

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