2017 Goal Check #4

2017 Goal Check #4

A return to #row80. The link is back πŸ™‚ Click here to link.

Hard to believe it is February. January went by in a blur. I spend most of my time editing Dead in the Water. I hope to have something grand to say about it soon. Fingers crossed. I’m taking a few days off from most writing related chores to focus on cleaning my house.Β  My family has been very understanding as I ignored most everything while I edited. I might do a little writing and planning.


  • Write 200,000 words. On hold. I will pick this back up on the 6th.
  • Edit 600 pages. This week I edited 42 pages!Β  That brings the yearly total to 227/600 pages. I have several stories waiting in the wings. I just need to decide which to edit next. Novel or novella? Fantasy or Mystery? Tough decisions.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps.
    I walked a puny 21,245 steps this week bringing the grand total to 114,280/2.6 million. I got a long way to go. After a month of just tracking my normal steps, it’s amazing I’m not heavier than I currently am. I’m a few steps shy of a slug. Not good. I am going for a walk in 15 minutes.:) My goal is 50,000 steps a week.
  • Read 80 books. I haven’t finished anything new since my last check-in. I’m reading Plot &Structure by James Scott Bell. I’m taking my time. As he suggests, this week I am working through the exercises on generating new ideas. Fun. Completed 6/80 books this year.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. This is a goal for summer so, check back later.
  • Complete devotional.Β  I restarted this for February and I am on track. So far. πŸ™‚

How did your week go?


Week 1- 2017 Goals


2017 week 1

I am still working on scheduling, trying to work everything into my week. I’ve had a little success and an epic fail. Since I’m not “officially” doing Row80, I created this cute little icon. I think it fits. Goals have a habit of feeling like a monster chasing me at night πŸ˜‰

I will attempt to check-in once a week.

  • Write 200,000 words. My WIP, Seams to Die For, is a cozy I started for NaNoWriMo last November. I really like the story so I work on it first thing most mornings after I return from work. It should finish at around 50,000. This week I have written 2,401 words.
  • Edit 600 pages. After I write for an hour or so I edit. Some days I only get through two pages and other days I manage six or more. It just depends. This week I edited 18 pages. Yes, I am terribly happy about that.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps. Exercise is my kryptonite. I want to exercise more and be healthier, but getting started is soooo hard. I used this week to measure my average steps. I didn’t add anything new. I am going for a walk today πŸ™‚ Unfortunetly, the pedometer I bought is not terribly accurate. At one point it was counting rocks in my lazy-girl chair. Β  Over four days I have accumulated 31,888 steps.
  • Read 80 books. As usual this is my best goal. I have read 2 books: Emotion Amplifiers and The Negative Trait Thesaurus both by Angela Ackerman. I am still reading Paris by Edward Rutherford, I’m about halfway through it. I might reward myself with French Macaroons when I finish.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. This is a goal for summer so, check back later.
  • Complete devotional. Epic fail. It’s not that I don’t have time to read it I do. But once I get behind it’s hard to pick it back up. I don’t know If I should skip ahead to today and ignore the ones I miss or what. ;(

On a sad note, my critique group is having scheduling problems. Hopefully, they will soon be resolved. I love critique group.

How is your week going?


Welcome 2017

It’s a new year, I know I’m a little late. Starting in November my life went nuts. School events, sports, painting kitchen cabinets, and holidays. I had to step back from writing/blogging and participate in life. Of course, now I have lots of inspiration πŸ™‚

Happy 2017!

Happy 2017!

New years resolutions are not my favorite thing. Unless you mean breaking them, I’m great at that. But there are things I want to accomplish. I decided to approach this year differently. Using Row80 as a guide, my goals must be trackable. It is near impossible to keep a resolution/goal if you can not track it. So here goes…


  • Write 200,000 words. I usually set my writing goal to “finish” a project. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t. It also does not count my free writing or journal entries. When you think about it 200,000 words isn’t that much. That’s less than 1,000 words a day. My goal is just to get in the habit of writing again.
  • Edit 600 pages. Yes, I pulled that number out of the sky. That should get me through several WIPs. It should cover a novel and two novellas that I need to edit. Writing is much easier than editing.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps. *crash* Sorry about that. I just fell out of my chair. That is a huge number but it is less than 10,000 steps a day.
  • Read 80 books. Easy. I read 88 last year. I do want to expand my TBR to include genres or books I don’t normally read. Hence the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge. The categories this year were chosen by my daughters and niece. I never would have chosen a book written in the twenties or an epistolary novel. I actually had to look that one up. It’s a book of letters or a diary. YUK! I am taking suggestions for both of those.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. You would think this would be easy to find. It’s not. Click here for pictures. We walked the beach last week looking for the wreckage but found nothing. I will not give up.
  • Complete devotional. My mother-in-law gave me a beautiful devotional. I’m already two days behind.

There you have it. My main goals for 2017. Keep me honest and on track guys. I need all the help I can get!

What’s one of your goals?



Fantastic Creatures Anthology

My new release is part of an anthology- Fantastic Creatures !

I’m terribly excited.The release date is set for November 17th. Yikes!Β The book is by the Fellowship of Fantasy, an amazing group of fantasy writers. If you would like to helpΒ  with the media blitz click here. This link takes you to a fun google doc that says:

Sign up for our November 17 release blitz! “Fantastic Creatures” is an anthology put together by the Fellowship of Fantasy. Each story features a different beast from myth, folk lore, or urban legend. You’ll see everything from mermaids and kraken to werejaguars and an adorable tree octopus! Find out more here: http://www.fellowshipoffantasy.com/fantastic-creatures-an-anthology.html

I feel like I should give you a teaser or something…my story involves a lake monster.


Sorry, wrong monster. If you can help with the blitz that’s awesome. If not, stop by for the scavenger hunt/blog hop. I will be epic.





Princess Buttercup

I’ve had the Buttercup dress finished for a few weeks, but I just took decent pictures of it. I had planned to make her sister a flannel tunic today but decided against it due to lack of sleep. Never sew when you’re tired. Fabric is too expensive to mess up. I decided to play catch-up with a few writer things instead.

If you inhale deeply you can smell Cranberry Orange Scones cooking in the oven. I love cranberries and bought a monster-sized bag at Costco. Oh, the things I will bake. I wonder if cranberry sauce can be frozen?

On with the dress.




Isn’t she cute? It’s not a perfect fit. If you’ve never sewn before you are blissfully unaware at how bizarre clothing pattern sizes are. To give you an example: Buttercup wears a juniors 6 or 8. This pattern is a misses 18! Talk about causing body issues! I took it in in places and enlarged it in others to fit her athletic build. It should fit her for a year or two. After spending weeks making it, I told her she has to wear it once a week πŸ™‚


This isn’t an exact copy of Buttercup, but the closest I can find. The one in the movie is more of a riding dress. Check it out here. Ok, it’s not much like it at all, but I had to work with patterns I could find. The important thing is Baby girl is happy. That’s all that really matters.

I will post a family picture of the entire krewe after Halloween.

What’s you costume?




Stella Playlist

I signed up for NaNoWriMo, again. I’m not sure what I will write, but one of the ideas on the website was to create a playlist for your character. At least I think that’s where I saw it. Anyway, I thought Stella needed a playlist as I edit. It might make the process faster.


Here are just a few songs on her playlist (there’s a total of 76 songs):

  • Against All Odds by Phil Collins
  • At Last by Etta James
  • Bad Medicine by Bon Jovi
  • Black Magic Woman by Santana
  • Born on the Bayou by CCR
  • Dream a Little Dream by Ella and Louie
  • I Put a Spell on You by Annie Lennox
  • It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones
  • Money Changes Everything by Cyndi Lauper
  • Season of the Witch by Donovan
  • Witch Doctor by Sha NaNa

Hmmm. Interesting mix of tunes. What could the story be about?


Death of an English Muffin

I am lucky to live near a great used bookstore, only two blocks away. They have a variety of gently loved books, including new books written by local authors. Beyond the regional section, my favorite genre to peruse is the cozy mysteries. They have an entire book shelf set aside just for cozies. Usually I can pick one up for $1 or less. My husband is not as happy about this as I am.

One of my recent acquisitions is Death of an English Muffin by Victoria Hamilton. I have not read the book yet. I passed it on to my oldest when she was badgering me to let her read a book on my shelf. She’d picked up Storm Front by Butcher first and I quickly took it from her hands. I haven’t read it yet but I’m willing to bet it’s not meant for my 13 year old.

She of course took it to her room and it disappeared for months. It reappeared Sunday…in my kitchen.

Funny thing about cozies. Most have a theme- quilting, shopping, chocolate, etc.. The theme of this book is muffins. It’s part of the Merry Muffin Series. So of course there are recipes. This particular book had a recipe for Bacon and Peanut Butter Muffins.

I waited on the edge of the kitchen, holding bandaged hand out of range, while Babygirl made these muffins. She fried the bacon on her own πŸ™‚

100_0334Β  They are a tad dry, but otherwise tasty. The peanut butter and bacon work well together. Who knew? Actually, I think a drizzle of maple syrup would be great.

She of course is very proud of them and sent pictures to all her friends.

Now, that I’ve eaten the muffins I should read the book.

Have you ever made a recipe from a cozy?