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2016 Reading Challenge

I've given up on the official Goodreads challenge, although I have borrowed their logo. I'm going for 3 million new words and the re-reading of whatever fics I decide sound worth reading a second time.

2016 Goals

  • be a better website person for my writing group
  • be a better treasurer for my writing group
  • get physically healthy and well
  • walk the dog/walk to the post office
  • reach that 120lb. mark (for real this time)
  • get the house clean(er)
  • keep cradfting/do a wider variety of crafts
  • create pod fic
  • read and re-read
  • writie 10K to 15K word book for Christmas box set


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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

It's only Wednesday...?

Sorry, sorry. I had plans to write some sort of post, but the "check engine soon" light came back on in the truck and so my brain has been taken over by car repair considerations and preparations for my writers group meeting.

It's been a heck of a month, so I'm working on one day at a time as best I can, but really, I have to be looking three days ahead at least to make sure things happen on time.

On the bright side, Sonshine has submitted leave paperwork and as long as it's approved *fingers crossed*, we'll be seeing our boy in three weeks or so. If that's not cause for happy dancing, then I don't know what is.

Well, time to get my work day started... Have a great day.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Wow, I really dropped the ball last week...

It was a bit hectic. My car (truck) needs a lot of work and I don't want to drive it much, so we were trying to get the car situation figured out.

Anyway... it's getting close to Christmas time. As I mentioned last week, I put up the tree.

Then, on our shopping travels this past Saturday, DD and I found a paper chain garland kit and spent some time together linking it up. I think I'm going to hang it up in the kitchen.

I also found this Nutcracker at a ridiculous sales price and couldn't resist.

How are your Christmas preparations coming along?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday, Monday...

Well, I was a bad blogger and didn't post on Friday. I don't have much of an excuse because I was up early and at the gym, but then DH and I got sucked into TV before we had to head south for our Thanksgiving celebrations. We had a delicious (as always) dinner at my in-law's house and just sat around and visited for a couple of hours before heading back home for a low-key weekend.

I did break out some Christmas decorations...garland and the strings of snowflake-tipped lights that go around the front window. I busted out the winter/Christmas votive holders and tea light candles too. I put up the tree, too, which took all of twenty minutes because the tree is only 18" tall. There's still more stuff I want to put up, but it's start and I have to find the rest before I can do anything.

Oh! I'm happy to report a weight-loss break-through. I finally dipped below the 132.8 lb. mark I haven't gotten under that in forever. I know it won't hold, but I broke the plateau, so I've got incentive to keep pushing until I can get below the 130 lb. mark once and for all and stay there. The biggest obstacle is going to be the weather now that it's getting colder. My warm cozy bed is going to be hard to leave each morning once the temperatures get below the 50s overnight. But I can the light at the end of the tunnel, so hopefully, I'll keep reaching for the light.

On the writing/publishing front, things are going mostly well. Book one is ready to go, with cover art and everything. Book two is with the content/copy editor and on her schedule starting tomorrow. No cover art as of yet. That's scheduled for end of January. Book three is in progress and I need to get my act together and finish it. Book four is done and ready to go to the content/copy editor and ready for cover art (end of February). Book five needs to be read and revised. Book six is in the planning stages. I have characters and a premise and some scene ideas, so once book three is ready for it's 2-to-3 week deep freeze (when I don't look at it in order to re-read with fresh eyes), I can juggle books five and six. I'm mostly on track. I'm not stressing because I am self-publishing, so I can push back deadlines, but I really, really want to keep my original goal of publishing on my birthday in June.

Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend! Tell me what you did.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving...

Here's wishing all my family and friends and their family and friends a love Thanksgiving.

Because the holidays just aren't' holidays without the Peanuts.

Friday, November 18, 2016


Yep, I'm definitely looking forward to this weekend. Partly because it's been a hell of a week and partly because I get to spend AAAALLLL day tomorrow with some of my favorite people in the whole wide world--my critique group. Right, we rarely critique anymore, but it's more like our little writer sisterhood. We gather monthly to talk and talk and talk and talk. We support one another in all things; family and jobs and personal issues as well as writing. And they are all such wonderful, beautiful women. I don't know what my life would be without them.

Have a great weekend!!

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Jen's Glossary of Terms

  • DH = my husband
  • my Brown Eyed Girl = my oldest daughter
  • DD = my Darling Daughter (the younger one)
  • Sonshine or Marching Band Boy = my son
  • NT = the North Texas chapter of RWA
  • RWA = Romance Writers of America