It’s been two weeks since I fell and broke my right shoulder. That really put a damper on my plans for the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival; it’s too difficult for me to revise the Nome book right now. But I’ve been able to do some reading, and planning for later in the year. It’s not what I expected to be doing in the last half of January, but I can still use my writing time wisely. I found a way to persevere.

My main characters also persevere. Ellie doesn’t let disaster on the Chilkoot Trail stop her from saving the farm back home. Jeannie fights for the family mining claim and wins respect from those around her despite the setbacks. Like people all through Alaska’s history, they rise to the occasion and keep working toward their goals. Perseverance is a trait that makes all of us better people.

What are your goals, and how are you getting yourself there? Don’t worry if you have to change to Plan B; you can persevere and reach your ambitions.

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I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.

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