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It’s a warm but rainy day in Southwest Virginia. The steady plop of rain against the townhouse provides a backdrop for a day spent inside, drinking tea and typing away at the keys. They’re saying thunderstorms are on their way, so we’re holed up inside today.

As a goal-driven person in a goal-driven society, sometimes I’m so consumed by what I want to achieve that it’s easy to overlook these simple things: a rainy day spent playing fetch with Leo inside, or an afternoon drinking tea and writing. But if we’re to truly live an inspired, creative life, appreciating the simple pleasures life offers every day is precisely what we must do.

There is magic in the everyday. Every cup of tea, every word splashed across the page, every story written or read, every simple, home-cooked meal has a drop of magic in it, if only we’re open to it.

The daffodils are already blooming outside. The promise of spring is in the air on this windy, rainy day. The blank pages of my journal call to me, offering a source of inspiration and introspection. So I think I’ll keep today’s check-in short and sweet, and focus on a quiet, creative day.

So far this week I’ve written 1,351 words in Spellfire’s Kiss. I’ve been working on this story since December 2013, and yet it’s continuing to whisper to me and surprise me. This year this story will be finished, one way or another, and it will hopefully find fulfillment in the imaginations of readers.

I’ve painted two of four walls in the living room a bright, royal blue. I’ve already hung some crisp black and white photos, and the look is more dramatic and bold than I’d planned, but I like it. I’ll share some photos once the whole room is finished.

As far as reading, I’m still working my way through Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance by Julia Cameron and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

What about you? What simple pleasures do you find joy in? What are you working on this week?

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