Monday, April 12, 2021

Monday Check In

Last week:

Writing Related: I finished revising all of the pages I'd had previously written of the second book in the Echo Company series. I'm thinking I have about 75 pages to write and the book will be completed. I also contacted the cover artist to get on her calendar to have the cover for the second book made.

Motivational Quote: "Celebrate your successes, no matter how big or how small they are. Every success is worth celebrating." ~ Unknown   I'm repeating last week's quote because it's something I really need to keep in mind. 

What I'm Reading:  I finished reading Broken by Rebecca Zanetti on Sunday evening. It's the third book in the Deep Ops series. I really enjoyed it. The dog, Roscoe, is a bit over the top and his antics can be distracting, but overall I would recommend the series to anyone who likes military type romance. 

Random Things: My mom and I got our Covid vaccine late last week. It's nice to know that by the end of this month, we'll both be able to see my siblings and other family members in person again.

Random Photo:

               After finishing the baby blanket for my niece, I started a new project.


Monday, April 5, 2021

Monday Check In

Last week...

Writing Related:  Honor Bound went on sale on Amazon last Thursday, April 1st! Only the ebook version is available right now. The paperback version will be available in about two to three weeks. Hopefully closer to the two weeks than three. 

Motivational Quote: "Celebrate your successes, no matter how big or how small they are. Every success is worth celebrating." ~ Unknown

What I'm Reading: I'm still reading Scone Cold Killer by Lena Gregory. I've been so busy I've had next to no time to read. I usually read every night before going to sleep, but I've been so tired that I barely read a page or two before I fall asleep only to wake up an hour or so later to find the lamp still on and the book on the bed next to me. I hope to finish it today. 

Random Things:  I made a key lime pie for dessert for Easter Sunday even though we didn't have anyone over for dinner. I'll be glad when we can start celebrating the holidays with family members again.

Random Photo:


                                Here's my key lime pie. It turned out pretty well.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Monday Check In

Last week...

Writing Related: Nothing worth mentioning was accomplished writing wise last week. I took two days to finish crocheting the baby blanket I was making for my niece. I wanted to have it finished before she actually gave birth and I was cutting it close. Two other days of the week I had appointments. Looking forward to being much more productive this week.

Motivational Quote: It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can." ~ Sidney Smith.  I'm repeating last week's motivational quote because all I could do last week was a little. Small progress is better than no progress.

What I'm Reading: I started Scone Cold Killer by Lena Gregory on Sunday afternoon but I'm not very far into it. It's the first book in the All Day Breakfast Cafe series. I haven't read anything by Ms. Gregory before. It's a really short book, less than 200 pages so I should have it finished by the end of today or tomorrow. 

Random Things: I have this coming Friday and next Monday off for the long holiday weekend. I'm hoping to use the time to get a lot of things on my To Do list crossed off. My list is getting way too long to the point where I look at it and start to feel overwhelmed. 

Random Photo:  I'm repeating last week's photo of the crocuses in my yard. I'm so ready for spring and am very happy that we've had some really nice, sunny weather lately.






Monday, March 22, 2021

Monday Check In

Last week...

Writing Related:  I finished revising/editing the pages I had written in the second book in my series so now I can start writing the remainder of the book. I also nailed down the title for that book -- Promises to Keep.

Motivational Quote: It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can." ~ Sidney Smith

What I'm Reading: I'm reading You Betrayed Me by Lisa Jackson. My mom recommended the book to me so I'm giving it a try. I find Ms. Jackson's books are hit and miss with me. Some of them I really like and some of them, I don't. 

Random Things: Now that we've hit the official start of spring, I'm hoping we've seen the last of the snow for the winter season or at least not enough to need to shovel it.

Random Photo: 

                                  A Sure Sign of Spring: Blooming Crocuses
 

Monday, March 15, 2021

Monday Check In

Last week...

Writing Related: I didn't end up uploading Honor Bound to Amazon last week. I ran into a snag setting up my account. I spent most of my writing time last week getting things updated and revised so Honor Bound will be ready to be released by the end of this week. I did manage to write about 15 pages of new material in the second book in the series. I also wrote the blurb for that book. I just need to nail down the title for it.

Motivational Quote: "Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out." ~ Robert Collier

What I'm Reading: I'm reading Hidden by Laura Griffin. This is the first book in the Texas Murder Files series. I absolutely love Ms. Griffin's books. If you're a fan of romantic suspense, I highly recommend them, especially her Tracers series.

Random Things: Isn't it strange that the tasks you think will be easy to check off your To Do list are the ones that seem to take twice as much time and effort as those things you keep putting off because you think they're going to be time consuming. 

Random Photo:

            Somebody has decided my pillow case is really a cat sized sleeping bag.



Monday, March 8, 2021

Monday Check In

Last week...

Writing Related: I had a good writing week last week. Expanded two separate scenes that needed it and revised 30 pages of previously written material. I also got my head shot photo done and have formatted Honor Bound in ebook format so it's ready to be uploaded to Amazon which I hope to do today.

Motivational Quote: "Always just try. Because you never know." ~ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

What I'm Reading:  I'm finishing up Pies Before Guys by Kirsten Weiss. This is the 4th book in the Pie Town mystery series. While I liked the earlier books in the series, I'm really struggling to get through this one. 

Random Things: I'm hard at work crocheting a baby blanket for my niece. She and her husband are expecting their first child in mid April. I fell in love with the pattern which is easy to read and is easy to follow but...you knew there was a but coming, didn't you? The blanket is made in pieces and then put together. The pattern instructions say to single crochet the pieces together but it leaves an obvious raised seam on the wrong side of the blanket that I really don't like so I've been YouTubing videos of different techniques showing how to sew crocheted pieces together. I think I've settled on the reverse mattress stitch. It's nearly invisible on both sides of the blanket.

Random Photo:
                            Somebody insists in sleeping in his little sister's bed.