February 15, 2019

Distraction - Defining 2019

Distraction – Noun

the act of distracting.
the state of being distracted.
mental distress or derangement:
That child will drive me to distraction.
that which distracts, divides the attention, or prevents concentration:
The distractions of the city interfere with my studies.

I had an unfortunate week. My step mom died. I got a head cold. I gave a presentation. And I had a new audiobook release. Needless to say I’ve had difficulty concentrating. I was so distracted, I completely forgot about this post. I’m sure readers would be clamoring for my wise words if I didn’t post anything (cough, cough) so I’m throwing this up on the blog as a place setter and to illustrate that even when you work to keep yourself focused on your goals, life – and death – happens.

We’ll miss you GrandMad. But we’ve missed you for awhile. I’m so happy to know you are whole again.

And on the opposite end of the spectrum (because, seriously, isn’t that typical of life?) here is my newest audiobook. Please listen to the adorable sample and get yourself a copy.

In a town of word weavers, Mary suffers through her third year of Novice Word Weaving. Mary thinks her troubles are over when she meets a gnome-elf who grants her a wish. But instead of weaving a better story, she's weaving strange yarn charms to accompany her still pathetic tales.


February 8, 2019

Celebration – Defining 2019

Celebrate -verb
to observe (a day) or commemorate (an event) with ceremonies or festivities:

There are plenty of things to celebrate this week, so I’m just going to take the time to do that!

1.     I Am Me is a finalist in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. The organizer of this award sends the books out to an age appropriate audience to read and provide feedback. So that means teens somewhere in the UK read I Am Me and scored it high enough for it to place as a finalist. This makes me VERY happy and is most definitely something to celebrate. The award winners are announced on April 1st (no joke). I can’t imagine I Am Me winning, because, you know - I wrote it. I’m honestly quite happy with the finalist designation. Woo hoo.
2.     A local professor contacted me about doing a presentation at the college. Plus, I’m presenting next week at the local Writers Guild meeting. Believe it or not, I love public speaking. Especially about books, writing, girl power, empathy. 
3.     Remember, when I set my Street Level Plan for my 2019 writing goals I determined I needed to write 1062 ½ words per week? Well, Sunday night rolled around and I hadn’t written a thing. So, I opened my Weaver Tales WIP and added about 1100 words to the doc before going to bed. They aren’t the greatest words, but they are there for me to fix later. The main thing is that I got the words down and so I’m celebrating! Goals really do help to inspire and having a plan keeps you moving forward.

There will be more to celebrate as the year progresses, I’m sure, and I completely believe it’s important to take the time to celebrate successes small and large.  What have you done in the last week worth celebrating (other than wake up every morning?) Please share in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.

What can you expect from my newsletter on Monday? I’ve finally come to a decision on what road I want to follow with my Trickstering series. I’ll tell you all about it in my newsletter. I could use your support and encouragement, and maybe some resources. So, please join me!


February 1, 2019

Taking it to the Streets – Defining 2019

Commanding a level of respect in an urban environment due to experience in or knowledge of issues affecting those environments

When you make a plan and stick to it – or at least show concentrated effort to accomplish it - you’ll gain street cred among those hoping to achieve their own goals.

Last week I observed my 2019 goals from a far. Determined that to achieve the writing goals, I will have to write 51,000 words this year. But how on earth does that fit into my very tight schedule?

I’m going to break it into weekly bites so that I can have an idea of how many words per week I should be throwing down in order to complete my goal. There are 52 weeks in a year, but it’s already February 1st, so let’s subtract four of those. 51k words divided by the 48 weeks I have left in the year equals 1,062 ½ words per week. That kind of stinks. Especially since I work full time, manage some social media pages, write copy for a local ad agency, and want to get An Unwitting Trickster into shape to take its next step in life.

But it isn’t ridiculously out of reach. When I sit and write, I usually put down at least that many words. If I get an entire day, I can more than double it. So as long as I keep that number – as a weekly average – in mind, I will be able to stay on track.

Am I going to beat myself up if I only write 500 words this week? No. Because next week when my husband is out of town, I’ll probably be able to throw down 3500 and I’ll be ahead of the game. But now I have an AVERAGE goal to keep in mind. See how that works? Love it!

Monday, in my newsletter, I’m going to talk about finishing this round of revisions and how I’m struggling with what to do with this book. I hope you’re there with me, because I really need your input on this one!