Monday, January 1, 2024

Happy 2024!

 Happy 2024!

I'm surprised I managed to get up this morning. Last night, I stayed up to welcome the new year. Watched some of the fireworks that were going on around where I live. Finished the re-outline to Book 5 in the Starlight Bar series. Worked in my planner to figure out how to balance writing, the day job, and enjoying life. 

Yeah, lots of thoughts going through my head. 

2023 was a difficult year--a mixture of good and bad. 

  • Wrote and published Onyx
  • Updated and gave several books new covers.
  • Created several outlines and have several more in various states of completion.
  • Began a new day job.
  • Family wedding.
  • DH's heart surgery.
  • Car accident involving a deer.
  • Severe sinus/allergies.
2024 is a time to Focus, Achieve, and Breathe.

I've realized I need to enjoy life, find a balance between the day job and writing, and learn not to worry about things I have no control over. That's huge for me because I am a worrier.
Another goal is to write and publish 3 to 4 books published this year. 
I'm taking time to read and to play with stickers in my planner/journal. Yes, I love stickers and washi tape.

How was 2023 for you?
What plans do you have for 2024?

Let's make 2024 a great year!

Happy New Year!
Happy Reading!

Sunday, November 19, 2023

It's Time for Christmas Cards!!!

I'm a little slow this year, but it's time for Christmas cards. 

Yes, I love receiving and sending Christmas cards. If you interested in receiving a Christmas card, quick the link below and sign up.


Just a reminder, this list is only for receiving a Christmas card from me. Address will be deleted after cards are mailed.

Sunday, August 20, 2023

When Life Throws Lemons at You...

 When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

I’ve heard this proverbial phrase most of my life. It’s the idea you can succeed even when life happens and you have to face a tough situation or some sort of misfortune. I hate this saying, because sometimes all I want to do is sit in a corner and cry.

The last few months have been a rollercoaster ride. On the ups, I published Onyx

(Brimstone Heat #3) in June, created several outlines, and started writing the first chapter in Wild Wolf (Starlight Bar #5). On the downs, writing has been slow. A few months ago, DH had heart bypass surgery and was home recuperating until he went back to work with restrictions. For financial reasons, I had to go back to work. It’s been tough and adjusting to a new normal. Like many authors, I wish I made a full-time income with my writing.

But I’m trying to make lemonade out of the lemons.

I don’t have control of my day schedule, but I’m working to carve out some writing time in the evenings, at least on the evenings I don’t sit down with my writing notebook and fall asleep. Yeah, the day job is kicking me.

My goals are to write and publish Wild Wolf by the end of this year, create outlines for the rest of the books in the Brimstone Heat series, outline a new series, and start writing the three book Christmas series that will come out in 2024. Maybe I’m being a little too ambitious, but I have a plan.

I’m trying to make lemonade, but I’m thinking of tossing out the lemonade and grabbing a bottle of whiskey instead. What do you think?

Side note: Maybe I should create a story about a whiskey drinking older woman. Hhhmmm.