Three Month Goal Final

We are at the end of Round 1 in #Row80 . It’s also 3 months into the year. Time to see how successful I was before I take a week to reevaluate my goals and schedule.

Original Goals:

  • Write 200,000 words.
  • Edit 600 pages.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps.
  • Read 80 books

As expected I did great on half of them and bottomed out on the others. BUT I did work on them all. So that counts for something. I did a little math to find where I should be by the end of March. Granted there are two weeks left, but it’s easy to see if I’m on track or not.

Where I should be/ Where I am:

  • Write50,000 words / wrote 10,451 words.ย  Fail! That hurt. I struggled with inspiration and dedication this round. Hopefully, with a little planning, I can do better next round.
  • Edit 150 pages/ edited 267 pages. Success! I made this a priority in order to search for agents and publishing opportunities.
  • Walk 650,000 steps/ walked 413,412 steps. Fail sort-of. I didn’t meet my goal but I did better than I expected. I feel better and I’m sleeping better. All good things.
  • Read 20 books/ read 19 books. Success! According to Goodreads I’m I’m two books ahead so I’m going with that. And let’s be real, by the time March is over I will probably have read 2 more books.

Looks like I’m barely keeping up with the goal monster. Better luck next time ๐Ÿ™‚

How did you do this round?


Local Authors

Until recently most books I’ve read were found at the library or mainstream bookstore. Translation, the books are traditionally published. Usually.


Read Local

Since I joined the local writers guild, I’ve had the pleasure of reading local authors. I’ve discovered I love local writers. I love books and stories set in and around Mobile. Some writers can write about a location having never visited the area or lived there. Others…can’t. They try but fail.

Cities like New Orleans have a myth and mystic all their own. A writer has to be careful not to fall into cliche or melodrama when depicting the city. But what about the smaller cities and towns? They too can play a part in a book. It’s easier to change/alter the city to fit the needs of a story but beware. Alter it too much and you run the risk of angering the locals.

There’s a certain thrill to read a story when you’ve walked the same streets or stared at the same horizon. I feel all warm inside seeing my city portrayed on the page, digital or paper.

Not all of these books, by local writers, are set in Mobile. Many are fantasy and take place in created realms while others occur in different states. But my fascination is there, knowing the writer’s local. Yet, I prefer those set in the city of Mobile.

Mobile is a quirky city rich in history, controversy, and strange festivals. There’s plenty here for a writer to dive into. Most of my stories are set within the boundaries of Mobile County .

This year I challenge you- find a book by a local author and read it. Where ever you live there’s a writer. Look up the local writers guild or indie bookstore, they can point you in the right direction.

What book will you read?


2017 Goal Check #4

2017 Goal Check #4

A return to #row80. The link is back ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.ย  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!ย  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.ย  I restarted this for February and I am on track. So far. ๐Ÿ™‚

How did your week go?


February 2017 TBR List

How did I forget to make a TBR list for January? It’s just as well. I read weird stuff, and spent most of my time on one book ๐Ÿ˜‰

Before I jump to the TBR, this is what I read in January:

  • In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and DurnaDuran by John Taylor
  • Fortune Hunter (Miss Fortune Mystery #8) by Jana Deleon
  • Paris by Edward Rutherford (over 800 pages!)
  • The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman
  • Emotion Amplifiers by Angela Ackerman
  • The Negative Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman

That’s 6/80 books for the year. All of them were really good, just in different ways.

the-2017mother-daughterreading-challengeThere’s plenty of time to join the fun with the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge. I’ve marked 3 off that list.

February TBR

I’ve started reading 3 books, those top the pile.

  • Corroded by Carrie Dalby- Dalby is a local author. This marks the second book of hers I’ve read. It’s a YA book featuring a boy with Asperger’s. So far, so good. The teens communicate through emails on a daily basis so I might use this for my epistolary novel.
  • Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot that GripsReaders from Start to Finish by James Scott Bell. That title is entirely too long. I’m taking my time as I read, only a chapter a day. I’m working through exercises as I go. So far– Excellent
  • Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade by Patrick Denis- I love this movie. It’s one of my all time favorites. As a kid, I wanted to live with Auntie Mame, forget the circus. This is on my Kindle and I hope to finish it. So far it follows the movie fairly well. This will take care of the novel set during the 20s!

Other books I might read:

  • A Monster Calls by Parick Ness- As soon as I brought this book home, my youngest stole it. She devoured it within 48 hours. She gives her seal of approval.
  • Fantastic Creatures by A Fellowship of Fantasy Authors– including me ๐Ÿ™‚

Reading 4 books this month may be pushing it, but I will try.

What’s on your TBR pile?





2017 Weekly check #3

I don’t know about the rest of the country but the coast has experienced bizarre weather. The first week of January was frigid, lasted about 4 days. Then mild temperatures returned. Some days hit 80*. Now, it’s back to cold. Needless to say, everyone is sick. That’s my excuse for not doing as well as expected and why I’m late with my check-in.


  • Write 200,000 words. On hold until I finish edits. I can not do both.
  • Edit 600 pages. This week I edited 109 pages! I am 40 pages short of finishing my WIP. That brings the yearly total to 185/600 pages. That alone is worth dancing over.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps. This week I have 93,035/2.6 million. Most days I forgot to take my pedometer. Not that I walked beyond what was necessary to live and work. I spent a lot of time curled up in my chair– sneezing.
  • Read 80 books. I finished reading Paris by Edward Rutherford. Always interesting to read one of his. I did find this one a bit harder to follow. He jumped around in time too much.ย  I finished book 8 in the Miss Fortune series: Fortune Hunter by Jana Deleon. I love her books. She recently released book 9. About an hour ago I finished reading In the Pleasure Groove by John Taylor.ย  Yes, that John Taylor. The co-founder of Duran Duran. I had a huge crush on him as a teen. While reading it I had to play each album in a loop. Followed by a walk down video lane with the help of Youtube. Completed 6/80.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. This is a goal for summer so, check back later.
  • Complete devotional. Epic fail. I plan on restarting in February ๐Ÿ™‚

Posting a bit of eye-candy for you:

How did your week go?





January Goal Check #2



Where did winter go?

January is insane. The weather is confused. We have had the most beautiful spring weather with highs near 80*. The Azaleas are blooming–it’s crazy. I’ve been busy. Someone has expressed interest in reading my WIP. Whoo hoo. So I’ve been editing like a mad woman. I thought my brain would explode Sunday. My goal is to have it ready by the end of January. The first 30 chapters are easy. My critique group has shredded it and I use that as a guide. Not true for the last dozen or so chapters.

On with my goals:

  • Write 200,000 words. On hold until I finish edits. I can not do both.
  • Edit 600 pages. I have edited a total of 76 pages! Drum roll, please. That’s the most I have ever done.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps. This week I have 60,263/2.6 million. That’s an average of 3,348 a day. I know that’s not correct because I didn’t start until the 6th of January. One day I walked 3.3 miles and on another 1.6 miles. That is above my normal walking. I am making strides.
  • Read 80 books. I have read The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman. I am still reading Paris by Edward Rutherford, I have around 150 pages left. I might reward myself with French Macaroons when I finish. Completed 3/80.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. This is a goal for summer so, check back later.
  • Complete devotional. Epic fail. Itโ€™s not that I donโ€™t have time to read it I do. But once I get behind itโ€™s hard to pick it back up. I donโ€™t know If I should skip ahead to today and ignore the ones I miss or what. ;(

There we go. I have a one-track mind at the moment, must finish edits.

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Unfortunetly, the pedometer I bought is not terribly accurate. At one point it was counting rocks in my lazy-girl chair. ย  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?