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Monday, November 21, 2022

Monday Check In

Last week...

Writing Related: Writing was pretty much a bust last week. I had so many things crop up that ate up my writing time that it's a wonder I managed to get any words written at all. 

Motivational Quote: "To anyone who has a dream, I say follow that dream. You're never too old. It is never too late." ~ Susan Boyle

What I'm Reading: I've just started reading Book Lovers by Emily Henry. I don't feel that it's a romance novel in the traditional sense. Right now, I'm not sure how I feel about the book. I'm going to continue reading it for the time being. I'm still in the first quarter of the book so my opinion may change the further into the book I get.

Random Things:  I learned last week that there are promotional companies who don't provide materials when they say they will and when contacted about it, instead of apologizing, take offense and become insulting. I understand things happen and would have accepted a viable reason why things weren't emailed in time for the promotional slot, too bad the owner went the unprofessional route instead of owning up to the error. I'm not naming the company, but I won't be doing business with them in the future and if someone asks me my thoughts about them, I will be honest about my experience.

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             Given the week I had, I feel like only talking to my cat for the next week.



Monday, November 14, 2022

Monday Check In

Last week...

Writing Related: I had hoped to write at least fifty pages this week plus pick up a few of the pages that I'm behind to get myself back on track for NaNoWriMo. I failed abysmally. Not only did I not write any of the pages I was behind, I didn't get the fifty pages I needed to get done this week. I have two doctor appointments this week so I'm already stressing out about not getting the fifty pages I should be doing this week. 

Motivational Quote: "Don't shortchange the future because of fear in the present." ~ Barack Obama

What I'm Reading: I started reading The Girl Who Survived by Lisa Jackson on Saturday. I'm having a hard time putting it down to do things I should be doing. It's okay if I don't wash the cat bedding this weekend, right?

Random Things: I made cookies for the first time since the spring. I tried a new recipe - Gingerdoodles. They're a mash up of gingerbread cookies and snickerdoodle cookies. They came out pretty well. I put a picture of them below.

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                                                    Gingerdoodle Cookies

Monday, November 7, 2022

Monday Check In

Last week:

Writing Related: I think I mentioned in a previous post that I was going to unofficially participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. The object is to write 50,000 words (approximately 200 pages) in the month of November. To be on track I should have about 39 pages written (not including today) by now. I had a crazy hectic week last week so I only managed to get 20 pages done. I'm hoping to pick up the extra pages I'm behind as I go along so that by November 30th, I will have those 200 pages done.

Motivational Quote:  "Failing once doesn't mean you'll fail every time. You will fail, however, if you don't learn from your mistakes." ~ Tabitha D'Umo

What I'm Reading: I'm currently reading Surrendering to Hunt by Jennifer Ryan. This is the second book in the Wyoming Wilde series. While I'm enjoying the book, I feel like there should be a trigger warning either in the front of the book or in the blurb because it does deal heavily with domestic abuse.

Random Things: I can't believe we have less than 2 months left in this year. I guess what my mom always says is true - The older you get, the faster the years go by.

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     My new planner for 2023. I'm old school and prefer a paper planner over a digital one.


Monday, October 31, 2022

Monday, October 24, 2022

Monday Check In

Last Week:

Writing Related: I wrote the first chapter of Mississippi's story and did research on small planes and the 100 Mile Wilderness Trail in Maine. Both of these will play a major part in the book.

Motivational Quote: "With every mistake, progress." ~ Keshia Chante

What I'm Reading:  I'm currently reading Chase Wilde Comes Home by Jennifer Ryan. It's the first book in the Wyoming Wilde series. I'm only a few chapters into the book, but I'm liking it so much that I've already checked to see if my local library has the second book in the series, Surrendering To Hunt.

Random Things:  It's going to be a beautiful sunny day in the low 70's. It's supposed to about the same throughout the week until Friday where it's still supposed to be sunny but a bit cooler in the low 60's. The meteorologist on our local TV station is calling it our Indian Summer. We haven't had a hard frost yet which usually occurs before Indian Summer so I'm really hoping it's not. That usually happens in Mid-November. If it is occurring this early, I'm thinking we're going to be in for a rough winter. 

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 My nephew posing for Halloween. He wants to be a scary clown this year. I think he and his mom nailed it. (She's a professional photographer.)


Monday, October 17, 2022

Monday Check In

Last week:

Writing Related:  I set up a couple of promotional things for the release of Broken Trust and Honor Bound while that one is still on sale. I started writing book #4 which will be Mississippi's story. No title yet. They don't usually come to me until I'm about half to three quarters of the way through writing the story. I'm going to try write the majority of the book during NaNoWriMo. If you're unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it's National Novel Writing Month where participants try to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. I've never participated before, usually because my books are well over 50,000 words which is approximately 200 pages. My goal is to have the first draft of Mississippi's story written by mid-December. That's an ambitious goal for me. I've never written a first draft that quickly. I'm pretty sure I should be able to do it, provided something unforeseen doesn't crop up.

Motivational Quote:  "You have the time to be creative and also to do nothing. You have time for anything you say is important to you." ~ Unknown

What I'm Reading:  I'm reading The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston. I should finish it sometime this week. It's interesting, but not what I expected. It's a Good Morning America Book Club Pick if you like to read books that are book club picks like this one or Oprah's or Reese Witherspoon's. 

Random Things:  It's getting colder and darker here in the evenings now. I find that as much as I yearn for fall when it's 85 degrees or higher with oppressive humidity, I'm missing the late summer evenings where the sun shines until 9:00pm and you don't need a coat. I'm also dreading the coming winter season. Too bad we couldn't skip that season altogether. 

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    I thought this was appropriate given my goal of writing a first draft in about 8 weeks.