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Happy 2014! (January 7, 2014)

Reposted from LiveJournal:

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Happy New Year, everyone!

2014 promises to be a stellar year with many new opportunities and surprises, if 2013 was any indication. I got married, got pregnant and, yes, HAD A BABY in 2013. My daughter, Ivy Mae Podolecki, was born at 9:41 am on December 24th, 2013. That’s right, I had a Christmas Eve baby! She was 8 lbs. 4 oz and 20.5 inches long. She has a LOT of curly dark hair and so far her eyes are blue. She was definitely the best Christmas present I have ever received. Graham has turned out to be an amazing father already. It’s pleasantly surprising how naturally motherhood comes to me, and even more pleasantly surprising how much I love it. Ivy is an exceptionally content baby, it’s true, so I do have things quite easy in relation to all the many problems so many new parents and babies often face, but because of having a mood disorder, I have always been afraid that I would be a terrible mother. So far, I am very very happy, and I think that’s what’s most important. I have a supportive partner and there has been so much love from family and friends for all of us. It’s almost (but not quite) overwhelming. Graham and I are definitely humbled and grateful, that’s for sure.

Here is a picture of my beautiful little girl. She’s very active and alert already, at only two weeks old. She seems to be a smart cookie already. I love her to bits!

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The next item of business on this post: my first book review (on Firebolt by Adrienne Woods) has been published on page 102 of the January 2014 issue of BTS Book Reviews!!! Read it here at http://www.btsemag.com! It’s super exciting to see my name in print. There is indeed nothing more satisfying.

As for my other literary endeavours, I’m working on revamping some old poetry right now, as well as attempting to finish my final assignment in my writing course, though having a newborn and getting my book reviews in to BTS Book Reviews have been taking precedence .

I am still reading Things in Ditches by Jimmy Olsen, which I am loving, and Dracula by Bram Stoker for my book challenge. Graham is already halfway done Dune by Frank Herbert, but in my defense, I’ve got a few more things to read and write than he does. 😛

Until next time, God bless you all in 2014 and thanks for stopping by! Leave me a comment and tell me your favourite thing that happened in 2013! As for myself, I can’t choose between marrying my best friend or having my little girl, but that’s a pretty great dilemma to be in, so I don’t mind. Peace out!


Finally, An Update! (December 8th, 2013)

Written December 8th, 2013 and posted on LiveJournal:

Hello, friends!

The past month has been crazy busy, with obstetrician appointments, sleepless nights, baby preparations, and reading my first book for BTS Book Reviews,Firebolt by Adrienne Woods. I just submitted the review today and as primary reviewer, I will be published for certain in the January issue, which can be found at http://www.btsemag.com! I have also been writing the first few chapters of my own novel, which will be submitted by January 16th as the final assignment for the correspondence course I take via the Institute of Children’s Literature in West Redding, Connecticut, USA.

As soon as I listed myself as a book reviewer for BTS Book Reviews on LinkedIn, I was pleasantly surprised to be inundated with connection requests from fellow book reviewers and authors, some of whom have asked me to review their books. Jimmy Olsen sent me hard copies of three of his books: Things in Ditches,Poison Makers, and The Hero of Blind Pig Island, all of which I am looking forward to reading and reviewing first exclusively on this blog! Charie La Marr has also sent me a copy of her book Bumping Noses and Cherry Pie, and while I am currently up to my ears in books to review, if you have written a book and want an honest, constructive review for it, as well as a chance to be advertised, please contact me and I would love to do that for you! I will simply have to add you to my ever-growing list, but I will get that review done for you!

It’s amazing to me how quickly the ball started rolling for me after such a long dry spell in my writing, even in opportunities for me to write. I had an account on LinkedIn for almost a year with barely a notification before Myra Nour contacted me about BTS Book Reviews, but since I was accepted as a reviewer, I have had connection requests daily and have found an incredibly supportive circle of literary people who are willing to help out a newbie like myself. I have to say, the power of the Internet is astounding.

When my review for Firebolt (and subsequent books to be reviewed for BTS) is published, I can post the link to BTS Book Reviews here, but you’ll have to go to the website for the full review. Independently done reviews will be posted here in full as well as shared on Facebook and Twitter, reviewed on Goodreads and, if applicable, on Amazon as well.

Anyway, enough promotion! I hope you are all having an excellent December and finding as much comfort in being warm and indoors when it’s so cold out as I am (or cool and indoors when it’s hot out, if you are from the land down under!!!). I am immensely excited for Christmas, not just because Baby is due January 1st, 2014 and could be early, but simply because it’s my favourite holiday.

Does anyone have any good books they’re currently reading? My currently-reading list includes the NIV Archaeological Study Bible (published by Zondervan), A Song of Ice and Fire: A Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin,Searching: A Research Guide for Writers (edited by Susan Tierney), and my husband Graham and I are just starting the second book in C.S. Lewis’ The Cosmic Trilogy, called either Voyage to Venus or Perelandra, depending on the publication date.

Well, I am done my first book review and Graham is done his final assignment ever for his Bachelor of Arts in History, so we are off to celebrate with popcorn and some Doctor Who. Wishing you all an excellent holiday season and happy reading,
SharaLee Podolecki. ❤ ❤ ❤