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Monday, February 19, 2024

Monday Check In

Last week...

Writing Related:  I had another rough writing week. I did manage to get some pages written, but nowhere near the number I was hoping/planning for. Hopefully, things will get back to usual and I can get back to my normal writing routine. 

Motivational Quote: "Tomorrow will be exactly what you think it ought to be and the accomplishments of the future depend entirely on the amount of imagination we have, the amount of industry we have in pursuing them, and when we think they are worthwhile." ~ Charles F. Kettering

What I'm Reading:  I'll be starting Bookshop Cinderella by Laura Lee Guhrke this evening. It's the first book in the Scandal at the Savoy series.

Random Thoughts:  Instead of setting goals for the year like I usually do, this year I'm setting goals for each quarter. I have so much going on that I'm finding the list of goals I planned on working on in the last 2 quarters of the year is growing exponentially. At this rate, I'm going to have to reassess either my time, my goals, or both.   

Random Photo:

               I saw this on Facebook. It made me laugh so I thought I'd share it with you. 

Monday, February 12, 2024

Monday Check In

Last week...

Writing Related:  Rough writing week last week. So many unexpected things popped up eating into my writing time. I'm planning to get back on track this week and hopefully getting some extra pages in to make up for last week's lack of pages.

Motivational Quote: "This day...is too dear with its hopes and invitations to waste a moment on the rotten yesterdays." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

What I'm Reading:  I started reading Things We Left Behind by Lucy Score yesterday afternoon. It's the third and (I believe) final book in the Knockemout Series.

Random Thoughts:  Even though we've had a mild winter (so far), I'm looking forward to spring. I have so many things I want to plan and do once the winter weather is definitely gone. 

Random Photo:

                                 Mrs. Green and Somebody sharing the sofa.
 

Monday, February 5, 2024

Monday Check In

Last week...

Writing Related: Augh! Last week was a terrible writing week. I only got about half of the number of pages written that I wanted/planned to. So many unexpected things popped up that ate into my writing time. I'm about 500 words short of reaching my goal of hitting the 30k mark by the end of January. I'll get those written this week along with my usual weekly word count goal. 

Motivational Quote: "Be committed and dedicated to what you do, no half measures." ~ Olufunke Baruwa

What I'm Reading: I started Atomic Habits by James Clear over the weekend. I'm not too far into it yet, but right now, I'm not sure how I feel about it. 

Random Thoughts: I can't believe it's February already. Not that I'm complaining. The faster we get through the winter months and are done with snow, the happier I am. January usually drags on forever for me so I'm surprised how quickly the month went by this year. 

Random Photo:

These crocuses popped up in my yard last spring. I'm looking forward to seeing them again this year.
 

 

Monday, January 29, 2024

Monday Check In

Last week...

Writing Related: Another good writing week last week. I also fit in a writing related class that I hope will help with future releases.

Motivational Quote:  "Where you are today is a result of your thought of yesterday." ~ Halima Musa

What I'm Reading: I picked up two books from the library on Friday. One is Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score. I've never read anything by Ms. Score but I've heard great things about the book. I have to admit I'm a little wary of starting it. The book has 552 pages. I didn't realize it was that long. My concern is I don't have a lot of free time to read and am worried I might not be able to finish it before it's due to be returned to the library. The second book is Atomic Habits by James Clear. I'm trying to build better habits this year and hope this book might help me achieve that.

Random Thoughts:  I eat a snack after dinner two or three times a week. I have the snack even if I'm not hungry. It's become a habit that I don't need to be doing. One of the ways I'm trying to break the habit is by crocheting in the evenings while I'm spending time with my mom or watching TV. If my hands are busy, I'm hoping it'll keep me from needing the snack. I also won't want to eat anything while working on a project so nothing happens to it. Hopefully, I'll break the habit and end up with a new throw blanket for the sofa in the process.  

Random Photo: 

                          Mrs. Green keeping me company as I write Caine's book.
 

Monday, January 22, 2024

Monday Check In

Last week...

Writing Related:  Another good writing week last week. I should hit my goal of being at the 30k mark by the end of the month without any issues. 

Motivational Quote: "Inspiration is highly overrated. If you sit around and wait for the clouds to part, it's not liable to ever happen. More often than not, doing the work provides the inspiration." ~ Chuck Close

What I'm Reading:  I'm reading Dirty Thirty by Janet Evanovich. This is the 30th book in the Stephanie Plum series. I enjoy the series but I really wish the author would decide which man Stephanie is going to be committed to instead of changing between the two main male characters nearly every other book.

Random Thoughts: I set up a Kanban board for the first quarter of this year. I included both writing related and non-writing related things I want to accomplish/do by the end of March. It seems to be working in terms of keeping those things at the forefront of my mind and helping me get things crossed off my never-ending To Do list. But then I've only been using it for two weeks too. 😀

Random Photo:

     How I felt my writing sessions went this week. Most writers can probably identify with this.
 


Monday, January 15, 2024

Monday Check In

Last week...

Writing Related:  Good writing week last week. I was worried it would be hard to get back into the flow because I hadn't written since the Thanksgiving holiday. It wasn't an issue. I hit the 15,000 (15k) word mark on Saturday. My goal is to be at the 30k mark at a minimum by the end of the month.

Motivational Quote:  "Begin with that most terrifying thing of all: a clean slate. Then look, every day, at the choices you're making, and when you ask yourself why you're making them...find this answer within you: for me, for me." ~ Anna Quindlen

What I'm Reading: I still reading You're the Duke That I Want by Lenora Bell. I didn't have a lot of free time to read last week.

Random Thoughts:  I'm reading up on manifestation and how to manifest things you want to bring into your life. One of the things mentioned is doing a vision board. I've done vision boards the last few years, but never really thought about them as a form of manifestation. I use them as a visual reminder of what I want to accomplish that year. Do you practice manifestation or use vision boards? If you do, I'd love to hear what works for you. 

Random Photo:

                    Mrs. Green looking less than thrilled with her New Year's Day gift.