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The question for today is: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what's your plan to get there?
Interesting question. I don't look five years ahead for my writing career or any part of my life. I do good to keep up with today and maybe next week. I hope I'm still writing five years from now. I hope I've had several more novels published by then. My plan to get there is just to keep writing, as long as ideas pop into my head. I'm with some great publishers now and hope they'll like my future work. So I write and write and hope someone reads my writing. (That's a lot of hoping.)
I'm changing the subject for a minute. Since I'm seeing all sorts of lovely Christmas trees decorating stores and homes, it brought to mind the tree below.
Have you ever seen a Tumbleweed Christmas Tree?
No? Then take a look at this one.
"This unique Chandler, Arizona, tradition began in 1957, when Chandler resident Earl Barnum raised the idea of a tumbleweed tree after he saw a similar one in Indiana built out of cone-shaped chicken wire with pine boughs stuck in the holes. Many members of the community helped create the first tree in Chandler using tumbleweeds that they gathered from around town. Little did these folks know that they were the first to do such a thing and that it would continue as an annual Christmas tradition from then on. In fact, Chandler is the only city in the southwestern United States that has such a tree."
I find these trees fascinating. In fact, one day I was out walking when a tumbleweed rolled across the path in front of me. Well, as a writer, I knew I had a story. So I turned that tumbleweed into a picture book/early reader for young readers.
I did decorate a tumbleweed one time. They have sharp spikes on them, so it's kind of hard without wounding your fingers. Most kids I ask if they're seen a tumbleweed say, "No." Now you have.