Monday, January 24, 2022

Monday Check In

Last week...

Writing Related: I didn't quite get through the first third of Ivan's story, but close. I hope to get through most of the second third of the book this week.

Motivational Quote: "Half hearted commitment won't produce half hearted results, rather it will produce no results worth measuring. Real results will only come with full and total commitment." ~ Unknown

What I'm Reading: I'm currently reading The Corpse in the Gazebo by Debra Sennefelder. This is the 5th book in the Food Blogger mystery series. I really like this series and hope it continues for quite some time.

 Random Things:  It's hard to believe it's the 24th already. There's only 7 more days left in the month. I hope it's not a sign that the whole year is going to fly by just as quickly. Though the quicker we get to warmer weather and are done with the ice and snow isn't necessarily a bad thing. 

 Random Photo:

                 This is me more often than not, especially during the winter season.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Monday Check In

Last week...

Writing Related: I've started working again on the revisions for Ivan's story. I need to get this book finished. I've divided the manuscript into thirds and am trying to get 1/3 done each week. I moved some scenes around and deleted others so that the story's time line flows better.

Motivational Quote: "Every morning I wake up...I ask myself to give myself the best chance at having a good day. ~ Alexi Pappas

What I'm Reading: I started reading The Christmas Wedding Guest by Susan Mallery on Friday. It's the first book in the Wishing Tree series. 

Random Things:  Not so random really. While Ivan's story isn't ready for publication yet, I do have the cover. It was created by the talented Alison Henderson. The cover photo is below. I hope you like it as much as I do.


Monday, January 10, 2022

A New Year, A New Beginning

I always feel like the new year should start in September when laid back summer days end and school starts and everyone's schedule changes to accommodate classes, after school events/sports, and the like. For me, not much changes in January. No one's schedule changes, we all just go back to school and work and every day life after the Christmas and New Year's holidays have ended.

But January is the official start of the new year so I took last week to tie up things from 2021 and to set my goals, both personal and writing/professional, for 2022. I also chose a word for 2022 to help set my intentions and help me reach my goals. 

My word is FOCUS. I have a number of things I want to accomplish by the end of 2022 and keeping focused will ensure I stay on track and do all the things I want to do during this year. 

Do you chose a word of the year? If so, I'd love to know what your word for 2022 is. 

Here's hoping we all have a fantastic 2022 and use the beginning of this new year to start fresh in accomplishing everything we set our minds to.


Monday, December 27, 2021

Merry Christmas

 I know I'm a few days late, but I hope you and your loved ones had a wonder Christmas.

Here's to the upcoming new year. I hope everyone has a great 2022!

Monday, December 20, 2021

Monday Check In

Last week...

Writing Related: Still working on revisions and edits for Ivan's story. Unfortunately, I didn't get a lot done last week. I ended up having to work late a few nights and then had to run out and do the last of my holiday gift shopping. 

Motivational Quote: "You can begin again now. Any moment is a valid starting point for doing the thing you want to do and being who you want to be." ~ Unknown

What I'm Reading: I'm reading Wrong Alibi by Christina Dodd. It's the first book in the Murder in Alaska series.

Random Things: I still haven't made gingerbread yet, but I'm determined to make it this year. I've been wanting to do it for a few years now, but never seem to be able to squeeze it in with all of my other holiday baking. 

Random Photo:

                                            Mrs. Green playing hide and seek.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Monday Check In

Last week...

Writing Related: I'm still working on revisions and edits for Ivan's story. It's getting harder to get a decent amount done on a daily basis now that holiday responsibilities are ramping up. That must be why I usually take every December off from writing. It's really hard to get writing stuff accomplished when holiday related items take up a lot of my free and writing time.

Motivational Quote: "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." ~ Maya Angelou

What I'm Reading: I started reading Bombshell by Sarah MacLean, the first in the Hells Bells series, in the middle of last week. I'm still reading it because I don't have a lot of free time. I've been trying to squeeze in fifteen or twenty minutes each night before I turn the light out and go to sleep. 

Random Things: Last week in this section I mentioned that I was going to make gingerbread. I didn't end up making it because I didn't realize I didn't have enough molasses. I'm going to make it this week. I made brown sugar cinnamon cookies instead because I had some coconut oil I wanted to use up. 

Random Photo:

                  Here's a photo of the brown sugar cinnamon cookies I mentioned above.