January in the Rearview; February Goals

Looking Back on January It was challenging but I have accomplished some major writing goals this month and in one respect exceeded goals. In the Short Story Challenge, I ended up writing four short stories this month instead of three. I submitted one of them. My goal was to submit three. I’ve took Dean Wesley…

Goal Progress January Week Four

I received my most recent critique from Dean on my Dangerous Goods short story, which was that he read all the way through and enjoyed it, but that it needed the validation portion of the story. I added the validation, gave it a final edit, and submitted it to Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. I hope…

Goal Progress January Week Three

I spent some of the week sick in a low key way: low fever, some sniffles, many aches and pains. I still managed to finish a short story and I’m pretty proud of that. Writing these shorts in 5 days is so much harder than I expected. The problem for me is that I write…

Goal Progress January Week Two

I’m overwhelmed by all that I am doing. My life is consumed by writing, reading, talking about writing, and learning about writing. This will be a very intense year for me and I love the opportunity I have to do this. I’m almost packed for Colorado. I scrutinized photos and videos of people at the…

Goal Progress January Week One

I’m a little late with this update. I’ll do better in the upcoming week. I’m consumed with worry about dressing for Colorado. No other location makes me panic like this. I wear dresses and skirts normally. I even wear skirts and dresses when I run and hike. Coloradans, on the other hand, wear jeans, pants,…

Setting My Intentions for January: Goals and Challenges

At the beginning of each month I’ll outline the month’s challenges. Look for an update on my progress sometime between Friday and Sunday of each week. Short Story Challenges: January I’m starting the Year of the Short Story with total immersion by taking the short story course from WMG Publishing and reviewing Mary Robinette Kowal’s…

Year in Review

This is the last Week in Review post of the year, so I’m going to use it to sum up my year as well as my week. On the whole it has been a wonderful year. I didn’t accomplish all my goals but the journey of trying has been worth a lot to me.

Week in Review: St. Jude Marathon and NaNoWriMo

This week both NaNoWriMo and the St. Jude Marathon happened, both are the culmination of a great deal of work. I’m pleased to say that my adorable husband had a great race. He’s trained for a year and I couldn’t be prouder. Here he is coming into the finish: My own NaNoWriMo adventure is less…

Week in Review: Thanksgiving and Progress

This week we decided to forgo Thanksgiving and just write and eat healthfully. In retrospect, that was a mistake. Holidays are important for our mental health. Next year we will do Thanksgiving. I hit 60 days of healthy eating today. Weightloss slowed but it’s not hard to keep eating healthfully this way. Like writing, health…