Sunday, July 28, 2013


Do you push yourself? Do you purposely push yourself past your comfort zone? Have you done something that terrified you, just to prove to yourself you could do it? Have you pushed yourself to prove to someone else you can do it?

Hopefully you answered yes to some of these questions.  If you didn't it's time to try something new.

I'm excited about trying something new.  I'm going to write a short story for adults for an anthology.  If you are interested in writing one too please check out The Keepsake Project.

On a personal note...

We've been going on college visits this summer. We have four left and starts. It's hard to believe how quickly the first seventeen and a half years of our kiddo's life has zoomed by.  This year is going to be the beginning of a lot of changes for our whole family. 

Summer is zipping along...I hope you enjoy every moment of it.

Hugs to all..............................................


  1. Such an exciting time for your family! I hope you find the best college. And yes, there will be changes but good ones!!

  2. Hi Sharon .. yes I hope you find the college that suits Katharine the best .. fun times for her, but daunting for you all ..

    Love the thought of the Keepsake Project ... I'll check it out ..

    Cheers for now .. Hilary

  3. It seems I am often outside of my comfort zone, even before I realize it!!!

  4. It's been a very hot and muggy summer but I stay indoors writing with a/c. Keep smiling you sound very blessed with all those kiddies. Big or small they are always your babies.

  5. Oh lovely Sharon!!! Yay for you!!

    I know this is probably not in the same ilk but although I am PETRIFIED of house spiders (the ones the size of Goliath's fists!!) I always always cross the threshold of my arachnophobia, scoop the thing up in a tub and take it outside! LOL! I collapse later!

    Awwwww hugs to you and to kiddo about to cross her own threshold into college!! Wow!!!!

    Take care

  6. Hi Sharon! All the best with the many changes. And looking forward to your adult fiction!

  7. Congrats on the story for the anthology! I know it will be terrific. And I know where you are- we have a 17 year old, too, and this is going to be a bittersweet year-

  8. Oh wow ! College huh?
    My husband and I went through three times four years ( four years for each one of our three kids. There is excitement and then there is thumping feeling of knowing that your kid is going out in the world. I wish you guys all the best.
    I like the idea of the Keepsake Project. Thanks
    Yes I do push my limits too. At the age of fifty nine I was lifting fifty pounds in weight while doing the audit if a off loader was not available. I am now in my sixties and still carry about six bags of groceries in. My kids get angry but I don't want to loose my Stamina.

  9. Sending you good thought and lots of cyber hugs as you move through your family's transition. I know it can be both tough and exciting.
    I have mostly stayed in my comfort zone with writing (the memoir pushed my limits a bit). But I've decided to do The Charm Project because I have avoided short fiction with a vengeance. Thanks Sharon!

  10. I love stretching those limits - adds all kinds of spice to life! :)

    It's hard to believe how quickly those years go by!

  11. I try to push myself but sometimes get complacent. Thanks for the reminder for all of us! And college visits are so exciting! Enjoy this time in your lives. I hope that you find the best match :)

  12. I do try to push myself once in awhile. It's good to know you can push through it.

    Awesome you're doing college visits. My daughter's in 11th grade this year so we'll definitely have to visit some next summer.

  13. My daughter starts 11th grade in the fall, so I guess college visits will be looming in our future.

    Writing a contemporary fantasy pushed my limits as a writer. Turning that book into a series pushed my limits even more. I am excited to be growing -- even if I sometimes panic, thinking "I don't know if I can do this!"

  14. I don't really push myself too much any more, at my age, I have done all the pushing I want to.

    Hope you find a suitable college for Katherine soon. Good luck with all the changes.

  15. Hi Sharon,

    I always challenge my comfort zone. Because, in actuality, it can be an uncomfortable comfort zone.

    I wish you well in, "The Keepsake Project." When will your short story be on there?

    Seems like an interesting mixed emotion adventure you're heading out on, Sharon.

    Wishing you a wonderful remainder of the summer.

    Gary :)

  16. You know me... I'm always pushing my self in ALL sorts of directions. Tomorrow ... another venture.

    Life is challenging so why not get as much out of it as you can. We all fall into slumps, but change is such a good thing at times. It gets us moving and who knows what direction it will lead us ... or where we'll end up.

    The journey is what makes if fun... keeping positive and hoping for the best!

  17. Sharon, this is SO TRUE! And it's reminded me that in the last decade or so I've got so comfortable that I've forgotten to push myself past my limits, which I always did when I was younger. I think it's time I pushed myself into a new zone. Gulp.

    Good luck with college visits - hope you find a great college for your kiddo.

    Judy, South Africa

  18. good luck with the college search - life is always a-changing, isn't it? It is a bittersweet thing to see our children take flight.

  19. Hope the college visits have been fun!
    Hmm, I do push myself to try new things in writing... but never feel as though I'm working hard enough on edits!

  20. hope you find the perfect college! Good luck!

  21. Hope you find just the right college!

    Good luck with your adult fiction.

  22. Great fun finding the right college for your daughter.

    As to the pushing question: yes. I think it's wonderful to challenge yourself as much as possible. Otherwise, you become complacent. I don't like complacent--for myself anyway.