Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Book Release!!!

I’m going to make this quick, as I have to get ready for the day job. I was there til after six last night, but still left so much work to do that I need to get in early today.

I just wanted to let you know, though, that my novel is now available on Amazon.com as an e-book and available for pre-order as a paperback. Through today only the e-version is only 99 cents, in an attempt to promote its release and start getting reviews.

I’ve been plugging it as much as I can the last two days on social media. Tonight I need to start working on setting up some book signings and such. I know a lot of authors host a release party, but in my tiny little town, I’m afraid that would be more work than it would be worth. There’s also promoting it through a blog tour, but as much as I’ve read on that, I still don’t understand how it works.


I will keep plowing through with what I’ve done in the past, I guess, until I come up with some other clever ideas.
 Sick of seeing the cover yet? 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

when taking time isn't enough

I think I did pretty good this week. This is the most I’ve accomplished in a week in a very long time, and it doesn’t even feel like I did that much. I finally asked my nurse practitioner if she would put me on an antidepressant. I don’t feel depressed, I more just feel numb and I think that’s what's keeping me from getting anything done. I went on an antidepressant about a year after my sister died for the same reason. It all seems compounded now as I’ve lost my dad, my sister, my favorite aunt, and now my mom. It has been over the span of 24 years, but it still feels like the hole in my heart just keeps getting bigger. I can’t power through it on my own anymore. I’ve talked to people and I’ve tried doing things that are good for me (time away and time for myself and time not worrying about silly goals), but I think I need a pharmaceutical nudge.

So here’s those goals. As usual, highlighted in green is goal achieved, in yellow is at least worked on, and red print is not even looked at.

2)    Polish the Press Kit. Didn’t work on it.
3)    Finalize list of venues for book signings and / or readings. Email them if I get a release date from my publisher. I worked on it a little, but really can’t do much more til I get that release date. Argh. I’ll have to email my publisher tomorrow and start bugging them about it.
4)    Non-writing things to do:
a.     Contact one venue about a speaking engagements and / or craft sale for the Nonprofit. Yeah, I found out about a craft show the first weekend in August, so will apply for that as soon as they mail me the application.
b.     Sew that scrub top which I cut out last week. Ok, I’m gonna cheat a little and say this is done. I only have to hem it.  
c.      Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer. Done.

Since that seemed to work pretty well for me, maybe I won’t change it much.  
1) Write 500 words per night for five nights.
2) Polish the Press Kit.
3) Start contacting places for book signings and / or readings, only after I get the release date from my publisher.  
4) Non-writing things to do:
a. Secure one venue for a craft sale for the Nonprofit.
b. Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer.
c. Clean out one box of my mom’s other stuff. Taking out a dozen pictures a week isn’t making much of a dent in the six or so boxes of junk in my spare bedroom. I gotta get on this.
d. Finish reading “Wild”. Yeah, it seems like a long time since I picked up a book and read it beginning to end. 

Hope you are doing well and that you are balancing being productive with enjoying the summer.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Taking Baby Steps

All right, here I am, trying to get back on track and actually plot my goals each week and reach some of them. Here’s what I had hoped to accomplish this week. As in the past, highlighted in green is achieved, in yellow is at least worked on, and red print is not even looked at.

1)    Write 500 words per night for four nights. I wrote 751 words one night and 418 another and that’s it.
2)    Finalize the Press Kit. I can’t say it’s finalized but it’s pretty close.
3)    Research venues for book signings and / or readings. I reviewed the venues I had previously researched and did write up a tentative email to them. I just need to get the release date from my publisher and then I will contact them.  
4)    Non-writing things to do:
a.     I need to secure some speaking engagements and / or craft sales for the Nonprofit. Notta.
b.     I’d like to sew at least half of the new scrub top. Nuts, all I did was cut it out. That really shouldn’t count for much, but I seem to be on a yellow roll.  
c.       Scan another dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer. So very close, but I have to stick with yellow on this one too as I only scanned nine of them.

Yikes, that is way too much yellow and not much of anything else. Let’s try this again.
1)    Write 500 words per night for five nights.
2)    Polish the Press Kit.
3)    Finalize list of venues for book signings and / or readings. Email them if I get a release date from my publisher.
4)    Non-writing things to do:
a.     Contact one venue about a speaking engagements and / or craft sale for the Nonprofit.
b.     Sew that scrub top which I cut out last week.
c.      Scan a dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer.


I’m not going to add to that short list. I need to take baby steps. 
My newest grand-baby taking those baby steps with a really big toy. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Ready with a new set of goals

Last Sunday evening I reviewed my work count on my current novel (which I really need a working title for, even if I’m not even close to giving it a permanent title). I stood at 42,876 words, which is 61 % of the goal of 70,000 words. Which leaves about 27,200 words left to write. I thought I have been at this second novel forever, but I only actually started it ten months ago. Which means that in seven weeks, or say 50 days, I’ll have been working on it for a year. And that means that I only have to average 550 words a day to finish the rough draft in a year. Is it really possible for me to do that????? I’m stunned, utterly stunned. Coz I think I can make it.

Or that’s what I thought a week ago. Since then, I’ve worked on it three days, writing 415 words, 944 words and 422 words. For a total of 1,781 words, or an average of 254 a day, which is half the pace I need to set. Oh, well. I will keep plowing ahead.

The other thing I did this week, which was probably more important, was to write up a press kit for “Where the Sky Meets the Sand”. It is nothing fancy, just some blurbage including what the book is about, what its message is, an about me section and the other books I’ve published.

Last week, I also got the final draft of the front and back cover of the book. Both that and the interior will go through the final proofread over the next few weeks, so it is getting close. I still haven’t gotten a release date, so I hate to start booking any signings, but I can at least start researching them (which I was supposed to be doing back in January!).
 

A week ago, though, I promised that I would get on track and start tackling specific goals in a specific time frame. I think I’ll just take it a week at a time for now. Here we go:

(Hold it, first I need to change the calendar to July! For Pete’s sake.)
1)    Write 500 words per night for four nights. Yes, I know that is behind my goal of 500 words every day, or 3500 per week, but I am going out of town for a long weekend, so am not sure how much time I am going to have. Plus, the kids will be home for the Fourth.
2)    Finalize the Press Kit.
3)    Research venues for book signings and / or readings. I actually did start a list back in January like I was supposed to. I just need to find it and update it.
4)    Non-writing things to do:
a.     I need to secure some speaking engagements and / or craft sales for the Nonprofit. I have been really dragging my feet on that. Summer’s half over and I have nothing to show for it. Drat.
b.     Some of my scrub tops for work are getting pretty ratty, so I bought some fabric for one last Friday. I’d like to sew that this week, but if I get it half-done, I’ll be happy.
c.       Scan another dozen of my mom’s old pictures into the computer. I have still not made a dent in the boxes of Mom’s stuff in the spare bedroom. I don’t know what to do with any of it, except for the pictures, so I’m going to keep plugging away on that and not worry about the rest.

How’s that sound for the start of a new set of goals?

Hope you all have a good Fourth. And good luck with your new set of goals. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Still

In another week, 2017 will be half over. It is time for me to get it together. This coming week I am going to come up with a list of goals to accomplish in the next six months and this time I am going to stick to it. It used to work for me, and I don’t know what I was thinking by losing all structure. So, you’ll have to wait for the great reveal next Sunday.

In the meantime, this past week, I did write 1,330 words on the new novel. I also heard back on the poetry contest I entered. I did not win. I don’t know. I know that poetry is not my area, but I think that it is one of those things which we can use for cleansing and letting go.

The theme for this contest was to write a poem about something which was an irritant to you.

“When the Phone Is Still”

Favorite TV show on
Work clothes off
Feet up on the couch

Ring
“Hello, Mom, nothing’s new here.
How about with you?”

Crawling into bed
Thunderstorm clap
Just want to fall asleep to the rain

Ring
“Hello, Mom, I heard the storm warnings.
Yes, we will be safe.”

Ring
“I’m not busy.
But we did just sit down to eat.”

Ring
“What’s up?
I’m gonna be late for work.”

TV show is over.
The phone hasn’t rung.
Dinner is eaten.
The phone hasn’t rung.
Lightning strikes nearby.
Still, the phone hasn’t rung.

Still.


See ya next week, with that list of goals! 
Mom at Christmas in 1984, the year I had moved to Colorado.
I bought her this trivet out there and mailed it to her, along with everyone else's presents. 



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Honestly?

Well, so much for being all fired up about getting back to the current novel. Didn’t look at it all week. The only thing I did get done was I wrote a poem and submitted it to a poetry contest.

My back is doing much better. For anyone out there with back problems who has not tried a chiropractor, you really need to make an appointment. Amazing how months and months of back pain are gone after two adjustments. I just need to heed my own advice, though, and go back as soon as the pain starts up again, instead of thinking it will get better on its own.

Other than that I have no idea where the week went again. Umm, nope, I got nothin. I am just lazy.

Hubby and I drove to Milwaukee on Friday, went to a Brewers game and then came home yesterday. Only gone about 28 hours, so that really didn’t cut into my writing time.

This coming week, to be honest, I got a feeling that it will be more of the same. Just being honest. I am thinking about heading to Minnesota on Friday to see my friend there who is having some medical issues. I work late tomorrow. A family friend passed away last night, so I have to squeeze the funeral in whenever that is. 

I will give it my best effort to write at least a little on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Let’s see if I can get that much done. 
(I hadn't been to Miller Park in Milwaukee before. It's pretty cool.) 

Oops, I just remembered two other things. Yesterday, on our way home, we stopped at my favorite used book store and I found two books I've been wanting to read forever. "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed and "On Writing" by Stephen King. As if I have time for reading besides. . .  but I'm gonna try. 

Also, just as my back is doing better, my daughter's went 'out' yesterday. We were going to go to her house for Father's Day for supper, already, but went a few hours earlier so we could help her clean her house. The poor thing walks around just as croaked as I do when my back is 'out'. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Productive week and a backache

I’m gonna have to make this post short as I am heading to my daughter’s this morning to meet the new grand-puppy.  

My back has been giving me an immense amount of grief all week. One of the perks of that is that I can’t do anything else around the house except lay out in the sun during the day and write on my novel during the night (especially the middle of the night when I can’t get comfortable in bed). Odd how my old, creaky office chair is more comfortable than my bed. The problem is that I can’t easily get out of either one of them. Chiropractor here I come.

With all this office chair time, you’d think I would have gotten more written, but at 2,328 words this week, I won’t complain. That’s the most I’ve written in months.

I also got another potential cover for my novel from my publisher this week. I definitely like this one the best. I think it captures the protagonist’s heart. 

Wish me luck with my back and my writing this week. Maybe now that the writing plug has been uncorked, I can write even when I’m not in pain.


Hoping that you have a productive week as well, while enjoying the summer weather. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Not Beating Myself Up

Once again I had a totally unproductive week. Sometimes I think I should just take the summer off, and I would, except that I have nothing to show for the last six months, so rewarding myself with a vacation would be rewarding my bad behavior. Oh, I know, I shouldn’t beat myself up over this.

I did have a good day today. Spent, remarkably, with my brother. Because he is 16 years older than me, we’ve just never done much together other than the obligatory family gatherings. Today was a family gathering too, but the two of us drove down to it together, and without Mom there as the buffer, it was just the two of us for most of the day.

He told me some stories from his wild youth that I had never heard. It was a good day. Now, I’m scanning old pictures of him, ones I’m sure he hasn’t seen in forever, and no one has ever seen. Good for me he doesn’t have internet, so that when I post these pictures on my other blog on Tuesday in honor of his birthday, he’ll never know.

The only thing that happened in the writing world is that I got three rough drafts of covers for “Where the Sky meets the Sand”. I attached a rough draft of a potential blurb about the book at the end so you can get a feel for what it’s about.


An American businesswoman with a secret past. An African boy without a home. Two missionaries with more than one mission to accomplish. Will all of their wishes come true where the sky meets the sand on the African plain? 
“Where the Sky Meets the Sand” tells the story of Jenny Neumeyer and Ole, a homeless boy she befriends while she and her husband are on vacation in Kenya. This encounter leads her to confront a secret she has kept buried for 14 years. As she comes to terms with her past, two missionaries to Africa discover Ole and are determined to lead him home. Along the way, they realize that the boy is not the only one who is lost.
Jenny, her husband, and the missionaries all discover that their faith in God is what will see them through. 

I like the third cover the best, but would like to have a picture of the woman Jenny included somewhere. We’ll see what the design team comes up.

And this week in my world? Not going to make any promises at all. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Getting my Mojo back

I apologize for posting this so late. We just got home from my daughter’s house. Last week she pulled back the nasty carpet in her living room and discovered that the hardwood floors hiding there were in much better shape than she could have imagined. She spent the rest of the week cleaning and refinishing the floors and was anxious for us to come see. They had just finished putting down the last coat of poly shortly before we got there. 
 Shouldn’t it be illegal to cover up something so beautiful with carpeting. Makes me crazy. 

Anyway, we had just gotten home from camping, jumped in the car and ran to her house. Camping was wonderful, cold and rainy, but that’s why we don’t tent-camp. The popup has its limitations, and taking it down in a mist wasn’t the funniest thing. Nor was putting it up in more rain when we got home – we better have a clear day soon so it can dry out inside. 
The good news is that with the less than optimal weather this weekend, we spent our evenings holed up in the camper, the hubby reading and me? Working on my WIP. Finally. Friday and Saturday night I read through the 38,000 words I had already written, as it has been so long that I forgot where I was with it. Then I wrote 747 words this morning. I know, not record-breaking or anything, but I was pretty pleased with myself.

I have a few things going on a couple evenings this week, but I hope that my mojo has returned, that I can write at least another thousand words this week.

I also got my first draft of the interior design of my novel, “Where the Sky Meets the Sand”. If anyone would like to read a copy of it, so that you can be ready with a review of it as soon as it is available on Amazon, send me your email address and I will send it to you.

It seems like forever ago (October!) that it was accepted for publication. I don’t know how authors wait 18 months to two years to have a copy of their book in their hands. I’ve already kind of lost my excitement over it. Talk about needing some mojo. I’ll really need to get my act together to start promoting this baby.

Right now, just waiting for the cover design and a release date. Then I will turn into marketing queen (or demon, we’ll have to see). 

Have a great week, everyone, and a safe upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Important Stuff

Well, so much for getting back in action. I just noticed that I didn’t post here last week. I was hit with some medical issues, nothing serious, but enough to derail me, as if I was actually back on track.

I can’t say it was a productive week, but I actually did bring up my work-in-progress and read a few chapters. I also bought a memoir of the Viet Nam war, the era my novel is set in, for research. So, not leaps and bounds, but forward movement.

I have two doctor’s appointments this week, as well as the full work schedule, so I don’t plan on doing much extra. We are also going camping next weekend – super excited, cannot wait. The forecast is for rain on Saturday, but, hey, maybe then I can sit inside the camper and write!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers, fathers who take over for mothers, and all you kids who drive us nuts but love us anyway. And remember what is important in life. 
 My sister and I in the  camper with Mom, many, many years ago.
Where Hubby and I are going camping next weekend. Of all the gifts my parents gave me, the love of camping was one of the best. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Mixed Bag of a Week

 Crossing the Chippewa River, above, and a cool picture of Dino, the Wonder Dog, below.
Here I am still dragging my butt on getting back to a writing schedule. Yet another snag blew in last week.

We were supposed to bury Mom on Friday, but my sister’s mother-in-law passed away Monday night, so her funeral was Friday. I really feel sorry for my sister and her family. Losing two grandmas in a couple of months. Uf-da.

So we moved my mom’s burial back to tomorrow. I was planning on working the day job all day and just taking a long lunch break to join the family at the cemetery. Thursday morning, I found out my boss was taking Monday off, so I said, well, cool, then I won’t be here either. Once in a while things work out.

I am still working on lots of stuff for the nonprofit, though. I updated our donor list and have been reviewing the changes my daughter and son have been making to our business plan and our volunteer handbook. I’m so proud of both my kids, but sometimes I don’t know if it’s so good that they inherited my tenacious spirit.

The other good thing, Hubby, the dog and I took a much-needed ride yesterday. Found a new campground, and I came home and made reservations for it in August. I cannot wait to go camping this summer. Hopefully, I will drag my sister away some weekend for some sister-time too.

Lots to look forward to and lots of work to get goin’ on. No promises on the writing front, but I’ll get back in the saddle eventually.
 Wishing everyone else a productive week. 
I thought I should include a picture of the granmas. My mom is on the right. This picture was taken in 2012, at the wedding of their great-granddaughter. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Starting from Scratch

Well, my goodness, it has been a long time since I posted here. I returned from Kenya on April 12 and hoped to hit the ground running, getting right back into the swing of things. I don’t know why I thought that would happen.

Anyway, moving on. Since it has been a while, I thought that I would start from scratch with this blog and answer a few questions first.

What is this blog about? I write another blog, The Dino Chronicles, which tells about the journey of my life. On the other hand, this blog is intended to share my writing journey. I include other goals, like getting in shape and working on our nonprofit, Tumaini Volunteers, but overall, this is where I chart the course of my writing career.

What do you write? I write a little bit of everything – poetry, memoir, fiction. I’ve published three books – two devotionals and one memoir. All three books are for the Christian market, but I think that anyone would enjoy reading the memoir as it tells the story of my first trip to Kenya. I’d like to do a second edition with a new epilogue explaining how that trip changed my life, but I think what I should do is publish a whole new memoir of my subsequent trips. Maybe someday. Right now, my first novel, which takes place in Kenya, is in the process of being published. As soon as it is available, you will get sick of me pushing it on you. So just get a copy right away, write a review of it on Amazon, tell six friends about it, buy each of them their own copy, and once the book has sold 20,000 copies, I will leave everyone alone.

What’s the name of this upcoming novel? Oh, sorry. “Where the Sky Meets the Sand.” I had hoped it would be out be now, but life got in the way, for both myself and my publisher. You’ll be the first to know when it comes out.  

So what are your current writing goals? Nothing for right now, except getting that novel out. I am working on my second novel, have it about half written. It takes place in Wisconsin in the mid-1970s, so I’ve done a lot of research on that era and the ethnic groups who are involved. Only other writers understand this, but the main character is so engrained in my brain, that I don’t think I can put off for much longer telling his entire story. He is a very tortured soul and I want to make everything right in his life, or at least in his world. No title for it yet. I have to wait until I’ve finished a thing before a title comes to me.

You mentioned a nonprofit. What’s that all about? In 2013, during my second trip to Africa and my daughter’s third trip, she and I started forming our own nonprofit organization, Tumaini Volunteers, Inc. Even though we have been at it for four years, we are still tweaking our purpose. The plan is geared towards providing self-sufficiency, but there are a lot of questions as to how we are going to continue to do that, if we are going to branch out to other geographical areas, and just lots of other what’s and how’s. We are always looking for help, so follow us on Facebook for more information and message us if you want to get involved. We are also starting to plan our next trip and love taking new people along to show them the country we have fallen in love with.

I think that’s enough for now. Maybe by next week I will have my head on straight and can outline some concrete goals. For now, I am still just taking it a day at a time.

One last thing of note, this coming Friday we plan on burying Mom. I’ll also be closing out her bank account. Maybe I’ll have more closure then and be able to move on. Unfortunately, the boxes of her stuff in the other room are another story, but enough of that. 

I need to get something done today. 
(Looks beautiful, but this place is called Hell's Gate for a reason. I had to hike, crawl, slide and climb to get to this overlook. Kind of like life, I guess.)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

done for four weeks

Not a very productive week. Monday I didn’t get home from work til after 7:30 and Tuesday I got off work at 6:30 but stopped in at my women’s group for a few minutes. Also on Tuesday, a friend called me in crisis, so another friend and I went out to dinner with her on Wednesday night so she could get it off her chest. I know that kind of stuff is important, so I wouldn’t have done anything different. On Thursday, I got home probably around 6:30, but by then I had had it for the week. I was shot.

I had hoped to be ambitious on my day off, Friday, but got a slow start and then my son called, which again, I know is more important than some list of goals. We did talk about the nonprofit, so that was at least helpful.

Had planned on going shopping in the afternoon, but because I seemed to be behind all day, I didn’t get done nearly as much as I had hoped.

Lastly, Saturday, I got sucked into scanning and organizing my old family picture. While listening to Simon and Garfunkel. You can imagine what state of mind that left me in.

Let me try color-coding my progress again. I like the visual. Green highlight is goal accomplished. Yellow highlight is at least worked on. Red print is a total failure.

1)    Email my manuscript back to my editor and contact the publisher about dates, deadlines and how the cover is coming along. Done.
2)    Research venues for speaking engagements or book-signings and contact one of them. Not at all.
3)    Research places for submissions. Not at all.
4) Post three times to the Dino Chronicles.  I also need to commit to read other blogs.  Posted three times, but really didn’t read too many other blogs.
5) Hem another set of my daughter’s curtains. Hemmed one pair Friday and a single panel last night.
6) Finalize details of trip to Kenya. Ok, let me just come up with a list right now.
a) Go through my clothes and supplies I already have to see what I need. Done.
b) Go shopping. I need a new SD card for the camera, a new USB, comfort-food snacks, and a big bag of Jolly Ranchers for our host. And the few clothes I have to come up with that I need. Went shopping, but only for clothes and a new suitcase for my daughter.
c) Hunt for my Yellow Fever immunization card. I looked for it once again in every conceivable place in this house. No luck. I suppose I should call the clinic which issued the first one. Of course, I made it without it on the last trip, so I don’t think it’s the end of the world. Unless, of course, there is a Yellow Fever outbreak while we’re gone.   
7) Exercise three mornings and four evenings for at least 15 minutes each, including running three times. Sure, coz I’ve had time for this!
8) Try to go to my women’s group meeting on Tuesday night. Stopped in for about ten minutes. Does that count?  

Okay, so here’s the deal. Everything is just gonna be on hold until I get back from Kenya on April 15. That’s just the way it’s gonna be. I’ll let you know then how the trip went and start forward progress once again.

Have a good couple of weeks. 
Isn't this the most ridiculous picture? That's me in the middle with Mom and my sister Pat. (circa 1967) We are in the back of our pickup camper. I can't believe that all of us (with my dad and the dog) lived in the back of that camper for umpteen camping trips. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Gonna Do It

I made some headway this week. Unfortunately, I still put in way too many hours at the day-job. Don’t know when I’ll be able to cut back, but I’m thinking it doesn’t matter – the work is always going to be there and killing myself over it isn’t going to solve anything.

Here’s what I got done:

1) Finish editing the manuscript. Yes, at 8 Saturday morning. I will email it to my publisher sometime today.
2) Post three times to the Dino Chronicles.  Yes. I realized I was starting to be a downer in everything I wrote there, so decided to declare this Merriment March and will only post happy stories during the week.
3) Hem another set of my daughter’s curtains. Nope.
4) Finalize the list of things I need to do for the trip to Kenya and when they need to be done by. Still got the list in my head, but we did a few things this weekend – ordered our Visas and confirmed our ride to the airport and back (my hapless son!).
5) Exercise three mornings and four evenings for at least 15 minutes each. I exercised two mornings and four evenings, but can’t say I reached 15 minutes every time. I did make the crazy decision to start running again, so ran twice on the treadmill, for only about five minutes, but it’s a start.
6) Bonus points! I almost forgot. I updated my website.

I’m going to shoot for an even more productive week this time:

1)    Email my manuscript back to my editor and contact the publisher about dates, deadlines and how the cover is coming along.
2)    Research venues for speaking engagements or book-signings and contact one of them. I’m still not sure when my novel will be out, but I think that early summer is reasonable to set up some gigs. 
3)    Research places for submissions. I haven’t submitted anything since January and really should be working on that.
4) Post three times to the Dino Chronicles.  I also need to commit to read other blogs.  
5) Hem another set of my daughter’s curtains. Her entire upstairs is waiting for these curtains before she can declare it a finished project. I should post pictures of her progress sometime.
6) Finalize details of trip to Kenya. Ok, let me just come up with a list right now.
a) Go through my clothes and supplies I already have to see what I need.
b) Go shopping. I need a new SD card for the camera, a new USB, comfort-food snacks, and a big bag of Jolly Ranchers for our host. And the few clothes I have to come up with from above. 
c) Seek and find my yellow fever card. At least we have found out that we don't need a booster on it. Now I just have to find the proof that I had it.   
7) Exercise three mornings and four evenings for at least 15 minutes each, including running three times.
8) Try to go to my women’s group meeting on Tuesday night, coz it really is time that I start getting out in public again. I have to say the heck with work and just walk out the door at a reasonable time and have a life again.

Sounds ambitious to me. But I’m gonna do it!
My daughter's adorable little house. It needs a lot of work, but she is getting there. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Keeping my head above water

I gave it my best shot, but wasn’t able to do nearly as much as I wanted last week.

     1)    Start reading through “Where the Sky Meets the Sand” again.
Goal – 20 chapters. Actual – 10 chapters.
     2)    Clean off my dining room table, which looks like an episode of Hoarders.
Goal – clean half of it. Actual – cleaned all of it, but unfortunately, I moved most of it into the spare bedroom, so didn’t actually make much headway.
     3)    Get back on track blogging on The Dino Chronicles, as well as here.
Goal – post three times. Actual – Yes, yeah!
     4)    Set up a time table for my trip to Kenya in 31 days!
Goal – time line. Actual – not a genuine time line, but at least a to-do list.
     5)    Hem my daughter’s curtains.
Goal – finish one set. Actual – ¾ of the way done with one set, but need to power through it before morning as I need to take them to my daughter’s to see if they are the right length.  
     6)    The other thing I need to do to get ready for that trip is get in shape.
Goal – Exercise three mornings and three evenings. Actual – Did two mornings and three evenings.  

The thing is I worked 46 hours at the day job last week, which doesn’t leave much time or energy in the evenings. I did some house work on Friday afternoon and was going to get lots more done Saturday afternoon, but two of my former co-workers showed up, out of the blue. We had a good visit, though, and friends always trump goals.

Sunday we have a meeting of Tumaini Volunteers and it will probably take up most of the day. Next week looks like more hours on the day job, but I’m going to push through and try to get back on track with everything. I don’t think I’m going to do anything this week with Mom’s stuff. It is not going to go anywhere and I don’t need that spare room for anything else right now.

1) Finish editing the manuscript.
2) Post three times to the Dino Chronicles.  
3) Hem another set of my daughter’s curtains
4) Finalize the list of things I need to go for the trip and when they need to be done by.
5) Exercise three mornings and four evenings for at least 15 minutes each. (Sometimes I do like 40 situps and a minute of planks and say that I worked out. I need to put forth a better effort.) 

            Other than that, I’m just going to focus on keeping my head above the water. 
The pile of stuff - doesn't look too bad in this picture. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Going to Catch Up

I have been so sadly slacking on posting here that I don’t even know where to begin. I guess you will have to check my other blog, The Dino Chronicles, to catch up. Or click here.

On that other blog, I make it pretty well known that I am a Christian and believe that I have a loving Father in Heaven who has got things covered. Even when everything in my world is unraveling. God keeps me from falling into the abyss at those times.

So I share some of those instances on The Dino Chronicles, as well as in my other writing, but I try to keep this blog focused on what my writing goals are and not necessarily the content.

On January 29, I emailed back to my editor my first round of edits on my novel “Where the Sky Meets the Sand”. Even with everything going on in my life the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking I should email my editor to see where things are at. As if I would have had time to look at the latest update to the manuscript. But I really want to get the ball rolling and get the novel published.

But God was like, “it’s gonna happen in My time and not yours.” So I continued waiting patiently. Lo and behold, Friday afternoon as I was thinking that I really need to check on this, I got an email from my editor with the updated manuscript.

I don’t know why I think I always have to be in charge. I need to remember to trust in God’s timing. Anyway, so what about my goals for the next week.

     1)    Start reading through that manuscript again. I actually think it is a good thing that there is the lag time there is, so every time I read it my eyes are little bit more fresh to it.
     2)    Clean off my dining room table, which looks like an episode of Hoarders.
     3)    Get back on track blogging on The Dino Chronicles, as well as here.
     4)      Hem my daughter’s curtains. She has finally finished remodeling her upstairs and only needs the final touches.
     5)  Set up a time table for my trip to Kenya in 31 days!
     6)    The other thing I need to do to get ready for that trip is get in shape. I don’t know if I can do it in a month, but I have to give it my best shot. 

Since I haven’t written in nearly a month, have only exercised sporadically, and can’t seem to remember what day of the week it is, these are some power house goals. Wish me luck. 
I don't usually like roses, because they die so quickly. 
But this one is still beautiful almost a week later.