Sunday, November 25, 2018

Done with all of that

Looking over the list of goals that I have assigned myself each week I see that I really have accomplished very little in the past week. No, I’m not going to beat myself up over it. Monday and Tuesday night after work I was at church, I spent the day cleaning house Wednesday, we hosted Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, and Friday morning I took off to Minnesota with a friend and returned late yesterday afternoon. Hmm? Doesn’t leave too much time for anything other than sleeping and eating.

During that entire mad dash of a week, I was thinking about this blog and my writing goals and personal goals. Trying to put my head where it needs to be, willing my body to follow. I’ve decided that I am done with the list of goals until the first of the year.

Now, I have only two things I want to accomplish by December 31. First, of course, is the whole Christmas thing – the shopping, decorating, cookie baking, party attending, sending out cards. Oh, man, that one just dawned on me. It is so hard to give up the art of mailing Christmas cards to family and friends near and far. Every year, I think to myself – not going to do it, or at least I’m going to cut back. How’s that working for any of you reading this?

Ok, so there is all of that. The second goal is to finish my book proposal for “The Truth Beyond the River”. Today I was supposed to get back to my editor with my thoughts on all her basic suggestions. It might be a late night getting that done. After the manuscript is back in her capable hands, I need to get going on the proposal and query letter. I’ve sent a few out and now that I have talked to enough experts on the whole process, I can see why those fledgling attempts were failures. I just hope it’s not too late to wow an agent.

Anyway, so that’s that. I’ll still keep you posted but probably with a shortened update.


How are your goals coming along? Ready to hang it up until after the holidays? Oh, goodness, I just looked at the calendar and realize some of you may still be plowing through NaNoWriMo. I give you credit.
A quicky cover that I just threw together for the novel. 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Days Keep Getting Shorter

This past week was once again way too busy. It feels like the only thing I accomplished was my daily posts regarding mygivingstory, via social media and private message. (You have voted, right? And continue to vote every day?) I guess that’s why we keep a list to show that I did do something else.  

If it is a goal which I accomplished, and it is done for the Round, I’ll highlight it in blue and then drop it off the list next time I post. If it is a goal which was accomplished this week, but I will do it all over again next week, I’ll highlight it in green and keep it on the list. The usual yellow highlight is goal at least worked on and red lettering is not even attempted, a complete fail. If there is no color at all, it’s a goal I just couldn’t work on for whatever lame reason. If new goals are added, they will be clearly marked as NEW GOAL.

A. WRITING
1. Write three posts for my other blog, “The Dino Chronicles”.  Done.
2. Write a chapter on my new novel, “New Old Spies.” Nope, none.
3. Work on my book proposal for “The Truth Beyond the River”. I opened the file and read through it, also read through my chapter-by-chapter summary of the book. Didn’t do a whole lot with either one, but I think this should count for something.   
B. REACHING
1. Promote myself or a piece of my writing (whether it be promoting one of my books, submitting a piece somewhere, saying something brilliant about my writing on my social media, etc.). Had the book signing at the First Street Coffee Station. Sold only a few books but did meet some nice people.   
2. Contact three businesses about doing book signings or speaking engagements. Nope, still none. I did get a few more ideas though.  
3. Secure three book signings or speaking engagements. Nope, nadda.
C. READING
1. Read the daily assignment in “Today’s Light” Study Bible. Now I am three days behind!
2. Read the daily devotion in “Jesus Calling”. Done.
3. Read five other people’s blog posts and comment on two of them. Read four other blogs and commented on two. I just don’t seem to quite make this goal, do I?  
4. Read half of “The Great Alone.”  Finished it yesterday morning, in bed, instead of getting up and doing something more productive.
D. REMAINING
1. Physical
a. Increase my water intake, averaging 60 ounces per day. I think I actually drank enough at least a couple days.
b. Exercise five mornings a week and three evenings. It was only four mornings and two evenings. Again.  
2. Home fires
a. Scan 20 old pictures. I didn’t count but am pretty sure I did scan at least close to 20.      
b. Clean the linen closet in the bathroom, in anticipation of ripping up the bathroom floor. Nope, but we did lay almost all of the new bathroom floor, so I’m gonna totally count this.
a. Promote TV on all of our social media. This is actually what has taken up what feels like my every waking moment. I’ve been promoting our mygivingstory on all of our social media at least a couple times per day. Keep voting for us!.
b. Work on the Policy and Procedure Manual. Nope, did not look at it.
c. Mail out letters to our previous donors, asking for donations to our upcoming project. Done. As I write this, my daughter is working on sending out email letters.   

Thanksgiving dinner will be at my house on Thursday. Then Friday and Saturday I am going out of town with a friend. Umm, will be at church both Monday and Tuesday nights. I don’t work on Wednesday but will be cleaning house most of the day. Yikes! I guess it’s getting to be that time of year.

Are you finding that as the days keep getting shorter, they really are getting shorter? As in, who has time to get anything done!? 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Another Blur of a Week

Well, about all I can say is that I got through another week. The craft sale yesterday was a bust for the nonprofit, but at least I sold five of my books. Other than that, the week was a bit of a blur. Looking at the colors below, it was mostly a blur of yellow, so I guess that’s not as bad as it could have been.

If it is a goal which I accomplished, and it is done for the Round, I’ll highlight it in blue and then drop it off the list next time I post. If it is a goal which was accomplished this week, but I will do it all over again next week, I’ll highlight it in green and keep it on the list. The usual yellow highlight is goal at least worked on and red lettering is not even attempted, a complete fail. If there is no color at all, it’s a goal I just couldn’t work on for whatever lame reason. If new goals are added, they will be clearly marked as NEW GOAL.

A. WRITING
1. Write three posts for my other blog, “The Dino Chronicles”.  Done.
2. Write a chapter on my new novel, “New Old Spies.” Nope, none.
3. Work on my book proposal for “The Truth Beyond the River”. Nope, I opened the file and promptly closed it again.  
B. REACHING
1. Promote myself or a piece of my writing (whether it be promoting one of my books, submitting a piece somewhere, saying something brilliant about my writing on my social media, etc.). Promoted my two upcoming events on Facebook. 
2. Contact three businesses about doing book signings or speaking engagements. Nope, none. But at least I did some research and have three places to contact this week.
3. Secure three book signings or speaking engagements. Nope, nadda.
C. READING
1. Read the daily assignment in “Today’s Light” Study Bible. Still two days behind.
2. Read the daily devotion in “Jesus Calling”. Done.
3. Read five other people’s blog posts and comment on two of them. Read two other blogs and commented on two. I’m really slacking on this one.
4. Read half of “The Great Alone.”  Been reading it, so close 46%. Want to be to 75% by next check-in.
D. REMAINING
1. Physical
a. Increase my water intake, averaging 60 ounces per day.  Working on it.
b. Exercise five mornings a week and three evenings. I think it was only four mornings and two evenings.
2. Home Fires
a. Scan 20 old pictures. Nope, but I did take five rolls of our old 8mm home movies into a place to have them put on disc. I’m gonna count that for at least worked on.    
b. Clean the linen closet in the bathroom, in anticipation of ripping up the bathroom floor. NEW GOAL.
a. Promote TV on all of our social media. Promoted the sale we had yesterday.
b. Work on the Policy and Procedure Manual. Nope, did not look at it.
c. BONUS GOAL. I entered us in the MyGivingStory contest. If you don’t mind, please click on this link and vote for our nonprofit. The top prize is $10,000, the exact amount we still need to build the community center.
d. Mail out letters to our previous donors, asking for donations to our upcoming project. NEW GOAL.


I don’t think I have anything extra going on this week, except for the book signing on Friday. Yeah! Maybe I can get stuff done. 
At the sale yesterday. I usually don't take pictures with my phone and this is why. It looks blurry to me. My daughter says it's coz of some setting on the phone, but I think it's just the phone. My camera does a much better job, hand's down. 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Another Week Down

Really shouldn't have taken me so long to put this together. 
I am once again not going to beat myself up over the lack of accomplished goals. Yet another busy week. Looking ahead? Not going to count on getting all this done by the end of the year. January is coming, though, and the schedule won’t get much lighter until then.

Here’s that list of wanna-be goals. If it is a goal which I accomplished, and it is done for the Round, I’ll highlight it in blue and then drop it off the list next time I post. If it is a goal which was accomplished this week, but I will do it all over again next week, I’ll highlight it in green and keep it on the list. The usual yellow highlight is goal at least worked on and red lettering is not even attempted, a complete fail. If there is no color at all, it’s a goal I just couldn’t work on for whatever lame reason. If new goals are added, they will be clearly marked as NEW GOAL.

A. WRITING
1. Write three posts for my other blog, “The Dino Chronicles”.  Done.
2. Write a chapter on my new novel, “New Old Spies.” Nope, none.
3. Read through my novel, “The Truth Beyond the River”, one more time before I send it to my editor November 4. Done. Yeah! Ready to email!
4. Work on my book proposal for “The Truth Beyond the River”. NEW GOAL.
B. REACHING
1. Promote myself or a piece of my writing (whether it be promoting one of my books, submitting a piece somewhere, saying something brilliant about my writing on my social media, etc.). Promoted my two upcoming events on Facebook.   
2. Contact three businesses about doing book signings or speaking engagements. Nope, none.  
3. Secure three book signings or speaking engagements. Nope, nadda.
C. READING
1. Read the daily assignment in “Today’s Light” Study Bible. Still two days behind.
2. Read the daily devotion in “Jesus Calling”. Done.
3. Read five other people’s blog posts and comment on two of them. Read four other blogs and commented on two.  
4. Read half of “The Great Alone.”  Been reading it, but only up to 30%.
D. REMAINING
1. Physical
a. Increase my water intake, averaging 60 ounces per day.  Getting close, I think.
b. Exercise five mornings a week and three evenings. I think it was only four mornings and three evenings. Somehow, I need to keep track. 
2. Home fires
a. Scan 20 old pictures. Nope.   
b. Sew my Halloween costume. Yeah! Got it done at 8:30 the night before. Better than my usual “get up at 4 am to finish it” nonsense.
a. Promote TV on all of our social media. Promoted the sale we are having next Saturday.
b. Work on the Policy and Procedure Manual. Nope, did not work on it.
c. BONUS GOAL. Worked for a couple hours last night on a grant application for the Rotary Club.

This coming week, I have church functions today, Monday night and Wednesday night. On Saturday, I’ll be at a craft sale all day. So, basically, not looking like I’ll have a lot of free time, but we’ll see.

 Are you finding your days filling up, with no extra time for anything? How do you cope with that?   

Sunday, October 28, 2018

One Marathon is Finished

My handsome kids at the wedding last night. 
I knew that once again I would have a week where I just wouldn’t get much done. The wedding marathon is over now, at least, three out-of-town weddings three weekends in a row. Uf-da. I get to stay home next weekend, well, not really, but at least I don’t have to go out of town. Just work Saturday morning and a church event Sunday afternoon – but that’s a week away, so I shouldn’t be fretting already.

So here’s the sorry list of goals. If it is a goal which I accomplished, and it is done for the Round, I’ll highlight it in blue and then drop it off the list next time I post. If it is a goal which was accomplished this week, but I will do it all over again next week, I’ll highlight it in green and keep it on the list. The usual yellow highlight is goal at least worked on and red lettering is not even attempted, a complete fail. If there is no color at all, it’s a goal I just couldn’t work on for whatever lame reason. If new goals are added, they will be clearly marked as NEW GOAL.

A. WRITING
1. Write three posts for my other blog, “The Dino Chronicles”.  Done.
2. Write a chapter on my new novel, “New Old Spies.” Not done.
3. I want to read through my novel, “The Truth Beyond the River”, one more time before I send it to my editor November 4. Read seven chapters.
B. REACHING
1. Promote myself or a piece of my writing (whether it be promoting one of my books, submitting a piece somewhere, saying something brilliant about my writing on my social media, etc.). Published a Facebook event for my book signing on November 16 at the First Street Coffee Shop.  
2. Contact three businesses about doing book signings or speaking engagements. None.
3. Secure three book signings or speaking engagements. None. Except for November 16, but I don’t think I should count that as it was scheduled before I came up with this goal. We’ll see.
C. READING
1. Read the daily assignment in “Today’s Light” Study Bible. Actually am two days behind. Even botched this assignment.  
2. Read the daily devotion in “Jesus Calling”. Done.
3. Read five other people’s blog posts and comment on two of them. Read three and commented on one.
4. Finish half of the next book I started, “Till the Storm Passes By.” Finished it Sunday evening.   
5. Start reading another book, to be determined. Started reading “The Great Alone.”  Am up to chapter 4.
D. REMAINING
1. Physical
a. Increase my water intake, averaging 60 ounces per day.  Still working on it.
b. Exercise five mornings a week and three evenings. Hmm? I think it was four mornings and two or three evenings. My back has been out for about four weeks now. When it hangs on this long, I know I really need to go to the chiropractor, but my chiropractor retired recently, just about the time I got different insurance which has a huge co-pay. So, I guess I suffer.
2. Home fires
a. Scan 20 old pictures. Nope.   
b. Sew my Halloween costume. I put in a lot of time on it on yesterday and the day before. I’ll have to finish up tonight. Just kidding, no way I can finish sewing it tonight.    
3. Tumaini Volunteers
a. Promote TV on all of our social media. I posted an update on our Schwan’s Cares campaign. Also, sold a piece of art work on our Etsy page, which was none of my doing, but still should count for something.
b. Work on the Policy and Procedure Manual. NEW GOAL.

Hoping for a better week, or at least until next weekend. Again.  
Costume - just a t-shirt - easy-peasy - right? But I putz. 


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Maybe My Brain is Froze

On our way to the wedding yesterday. Yikes!!! So not ready for this kind of weather!

I only have a general idea of where I am at with these goals. What in the world happened to me this week? We went to a wedding out of town yesterday, came home this afternoon. But you think I would have some recollection about the rest of the week. Good thing I write down these goals and like when I actually do something on the computer, there is a time stamp or otherwise I would have no clue when I do anything. Maybe my brain is just frozen.

So here is what I may have gotten done last week. A reasonable estimate anyway. If it is a goal which I accomplished, and it is done for the Round, I’ll highlight it in blue and then drop it off the list next time I post. If it is a goal which was accomplished this week, but I will do it all over again next week, I’ll highlight it in green and keep it on the list. The usual yellow highlight is goal at least worked on and red lettering is not even attempted, a complete fail. If there is no color at all, it’s a goal I just couldn’t work on for whatever lame reason. If new goals are added, they will be clearly marked as NEW GOAL.

A. WRITING
1. Write three posts for my other blog, “The Dino Chronicles”. Just two.
2. Write a chapter on my new novel, “New Old Spies.” Yup, just one. Don’t know how that happened. Oh, yea, last Sunday afternoon.  
3. I want to read through my novel, “The Truth Beyond the River”, one more time before I send it to my editor Nov. 4. NEW GOAL.
B. REACHING
1. Promote myself or a piece of my writing (whether it be promoting one of my books, submitting a piece somewhere, saying something brilliant about my writing on my social media, etc.). Hmm? Pretty sure I did not. I was going to do a Facebook event for my book signing on November 16 but couldn’t come up with a picture for it.
2. Contact three businesses about doing book signings or speaking engagements. Contacted one.
3. Secure three book signings or speaking engagements. I’m not really counting this, as this goal is for new events, but I do have a date and time pinned down for the book signing at First Street Coffee Shop. Hubby and I stopped in there Saturday morning as I’d never been there before. Which is why this is getting a yellow highlight.
C. READING
1. Read the daily assignment in “Today’s Light” Study Bible. Done.
2. Read the daily devotion in “Jesus Calling”. Done.
3. Read five other people’s blog posts and comment on two of them. Read three and commented on two.  
4. Finish half of the next book I started, “Till the Storm Passes By.” At 90%, so will finish it tonight. Hopefully.
5. Start reading another book, to be determined. NEW GOAL.
D. REMAINING
1. Physical
a. Increase my water intake, averaging 60 ounces per day.  Still working on it. . .    
b. Exercise five mornings a week and three evenings. I exercised five mornings, I am pretty sure, and three evenings.  
2. Home fires
a. Scan 20 old pictures. Nope.   
b. Sew my Halloween costume. Nope and yikes! I only have a week left to finish it!  
a. Promote TV on all of our social media. I posted a reminder to go to the Schwan’s Cares page and click on our current campaign when you order from Schwan’s. Anyone reading this ever order food from Schwan’s??? Just asking. Would love your support, if you click here. 
b. Attend meeting last Sunday where we try to figure out how to raise more money or if this is even worthwhile anymore. Meeting went well. We got fired up to try some new things. Everyone is pumped. We’ll see what happens.
c. Review our Bylaws and Procedure Manual. NEW GOAL. 

Hoping for a better week, or at least a week where I know what’s going on.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

hitting it out of the park

Two exciting things happened to me this week.

First, I found an editor for my newest novel, “The Truth Beyond the River.” I met her eight years ago, so she should know enough about me that she should realize what she is getting herself into. I’m positive she will do a fantastic job.

And second. I won’t go into any detail, because it would just take up too much space, but I was contacted by a woman asking if she could put me on the speaker’s bureau listing for her organization’s zone. I told you I won’t go into detail on it, and there’s only the smallest chance this will turn into something, but I still feel honored to be on a LIST.

 So without further ado, here are my weekly goals with the appropriate coloration. If it is a goal which I accomplished, and it is done for the Round, I’ll highlight it in blue and then drop it off the list next time I post. If it is a goal which was accomplished this week, but I will do it all over again next week, I’ll highlight it in green and keep it on the list. The usual yellow highlight is goal at least worked on and red lettering is not even attempted, a complete fail. If there is no color at all, it’s a goal I just couldn’t work on for whatever lame reason. If new goals are added, they will be clearly marked as NEW GOAL.

A. WRITING
1. Write two posts for my other blog, “The Dino Chronicles”. Done, three actually. I had cut this back to two posts a week, so I could work on other things, but I have enough stuff to write about, that I think I can up it back to three a week.
2. Write a chapter on my new novel, “New Old Spies.” I wrote two chapters!
B. REACHING
1. Promote myself or a piece of my writing (whether it be promoting one of my books, submitting a piece somewhere, saying something brilliant about my writing on my social media, etc.). I posted an event to my author’s Facebook page regarding a book signing I will be having on November 10.
2. Contact three businesses about doing book signings or speaking engagements. I emailed three churches and also heard back from the coffee shop I had contacted about a book signing. The book signing will be November 16 – yeah! I haven’t heard from any of the churches, but there is also the other news I posted above about the speaker’s bureau. But I will still keep contacting three churches or other businesses per week. Until . . .
3. Secure three book signings or speaking engagements. NEW GOAL.
C. READING
1. Read the daily assignment in “Today’s Light” Study Bible. Done.
2. Read the daily devotion in “Jesus Calling”. Done.
3. Read five other people’s blog posts and comment on two of them. Read two and commented on one.
4. Finish reading “The Reunion” by Dan Walsh. Done.
5. Finish half of the next book I started, “Till the Storm Passes By.” NEW GOAL.
D. REMAINING
1. Physical
a. Increase my water intake, averaging 60 ounces per day. Working on it.   
b. Exercise four mornings a week and three evenings. I exercised five morning and I believe three evenings. I’m going to up this to five mornings next week as I am usually able to get that in.    
2. Home fires
a. Wash the windows in my office. Ok, this is coming off the list next week. There is no warm and dry enough weather in the ten day forecast and by then we will be pushing into November already.
b. Clean my three drawers of the four drawer file cabinet in my office. Done.
c. Scan 20 old pictures. Not.
d. Sew my Halloween costume. Yikes! I don't have much time; good thing it's an easy one. NEW GOAL. 
a. Promote TV on all of our social media. I reposted that lengthy blog post about our upcoming project and pleading for donations. Up to 700 views of it. We’ve gotten over $400 in donations off of it.  I also added a picture to our Facebook event of the craft sale we have a booth at on November 10.
b. Attend meeting today where we try to figure out how to raise more money or if this is even worthwhile anymore. NEW GOAL.

Looks like it had been a pretty good week. I don’t know if I can keep this motivation going, but I will give it my best shot. How about you? Knocking those goals out of the park already? 
Oh, and if you don't follow baseball, my Milwaukee Brewers are in the playoffs. A few more wins and they are on their way to the World Series for only the second time in franchise history.