Sunday Update – August 6, 2017

06.08.2017

Well, we’re into August now and the end of summer looms ahead. I don’t want it to end. I love summer (as most of you know) and it always goes by so quickly. I’m going to savor every day ahead of me!

This was a pretty stress free week. We spent most of it at the pool. I took the kids there on Monday after camp. Tuesday, I worked my last shift for the CSA and took the girls to the pool again in the afternoon. My husband was gone these two days so I tried to make them as easy as possible.

On Wednesday, the cleaning ladies came so I went grocery shopping and then read until it was time to get the kids from camp. Rain and thundershowers prevented us from going to the pool this day and my husband came home from his trip so we spent the evening together as a family.

Thursday we were back at the pool after camp and I took a friend’s kid along with us. It worked out really well. Friday, again, pool after camp. Yesterday, we spent the day at home because of rain and cooler weather. Today, also, no pool due to cooler temperatures.

I spent most of the week re-reading CRASH LAND ON KURAI and cementing it into my head for revisions of Hikoboshi Book 2 which I’m already cruising through. I have scaled back writing on Daydreamer 4 so I can get some revisions done, but I think this week I’m going to set a goal of 1000 words per day on Daydreamer 4 so I can stay on top of it. My kids start a different camp this week and it doesn’t start every day until 9:30am so I may do my exercising early before camp. We shall see.

What else happened this week?

I enjoyed reading CRASH LAND ON KURAI both at home and at the pool.

Mickey and I agree on this.

I administer the Dragon group on Facebook and every now and then we get someone who wants to join because they think it’s a group about dragons. Lol. Denied.

We had an awesome haul of veggies from the CSA this week!

And I finally found my name on a Coke!

Probably no other posts this week (unless I can pull together a Book Chat) as I plan to be busy both with writing and revisions… and life! Have a great week everyone!

UGLY BEAUTIFUL GIRL By Tracy Krimmer Cover Reveal

02.08.2017

As most of you know, I can’t live without my BFF and critique partner, Tracy Krimmer. Though we write in different genres, we both read recreationally the same kinds of books we each write. I flew through UGLY BEAUTIFUL GIRL over the weekend and gave her my glowing positive feedback. I’m looking forward to Tracy publishing this one! Here’s the cover!

Today is the cover reveal for UGLY BEAUTIFUL GIRL by Tracy Krimmer. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

UGLY BEAUTIFUL GIRL
By Tracy Krimmer
Genre: Coming of Age/ Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: September 27, 2017

Blurb:
Nerd. Weird. Ugly. That’s me. And I don’t want it to be anymore.

Now is my time to make my mark on the world. My college roommate doesn’t make it easy. Neither does her brother, Jesse, but for completely different reasons. He makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.

Wanted. Important. Beautiful.

But we can’t be together because it isn’t real. Someone like him could never fall for someone like me. We aren’t meant to fit together.

Even if I fall apart without him.

You can find UGLY BEAUTIFUL GIRL on Goodreads

You can pre-order UGLY BEAUTIFUL GIRL here on Amazon. Will be available on Kindle Unlimited.

About the Author

Tracy’s love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She’s been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her loves include fitness, reading, coffee, dogs, and naps (not in that order), and her dislikes are blue cheese, cold weather, and burpees.

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August 2017 Goals

01.08.2017

Where did July go? I had a lot to get through this month with my youngest turning 7 and tons of other things on my plate. Let’s see how I did with my goals.

What Happened With July’s Goals?

Write 40k on Daydreamer 4. I did not write 40k on Daydreamer 4. I think I started the month with about 15k and I ended with 40k. So, not bad. Not what I hoped for, but it took a while to find my stride with this book, understand where I was going with the narrative and battle through some first-draft self-doubt. The good news is that I plan to continue writing on it now that I have some momentum built up.

Launch CRASH LAND ON KURAI. I did this! And the launch went great. I have no regrets and nor am I disappointed or feeling like I should’ve done something differently. I’m pleased with the outcome and though I haven’t made much profit because of my ad spend, I’ve been selling books every day and KU pages-read have been actively coming in. Two thumbs up!

Finish reading up on plotting and Facebook ads. Done. I finished reading a book on Facebook ads and put it to use right away on CRASH LAND ON KURAI. The ads are doing well!

Read every day. I think I managed to do this. Between the non-fiction books I read and some fiction, plus reading my critique partner’s newest book, I read a lot!

Knit more. I haven’t knit a lot but I did knit some which is more than I can say for months past.

Walk more. I actually found that I worked on writing better when I wasn’t on the treadmill, which is weird. I may be better at editing on the treadmill than writing. Regardless, I did walk and I did write. Did I walk more? No. I took some days off this month due to weather and just needing some time off. Let’s look at the Runkeeper stats.

As you can see, I’m at 627 miles for the year so far. So even though I slacked a little in July, I’m still ahead of the game. It’s been 212 days of this year so far. Multiply that by 2.74 (the minimum I need per day to hit my goal) and the total is approximately 581 miles. I’m more than 40 miles past that. So I’m good. My rest days haven’t impeded on my goals!

As for the month, I just missed hitting the 2.7 miles needed per day. I should’ve walked 83.7 miles but I only walked 78. I hope to do better next month!

Enjoy summer. I continue to enjoy summer whenever it presents itself. We had some dreary days where it wasn’t as warm as I would like. But every day it was nice, I got out there and enjoyed it.

A Look Back at July

I’ve started doing these monthly videos! Hopefully I can keep this up because it was really fun.

Business Goals For August

Edit Hikoboshi 2. I want this book done by the end of the month and off to readers. It would be nice to have it ready to go for sale by early October, which I think I can hit. I’m pretty sure I can finish my edits by the 20th of this month. I like to walk and edit, so that should work out for me.

Keep writing 500 words a day on Daydreamer 4. 500 words is an easy goal and if I can hit that every day, I should be able to make a big dent in the book by the time I’m done with Hikoboshi 2 edits.

Personal Goals For August

Walking, reading, knitting, and enjoying summer. This is the last month of summer and I need to enjoy it as best I can. When school starts, so starts stress again. With my oldest starting middle school, I fear both for her and my free time which will, no doubt, be sucked up by shuttling her around to more activities than I can dream about now. So, now’s the time to enjoy the last days of blissful freedom even though I’ll be working like a madwoman.

Enjoy your August everyone!

Sunday Update – July 30, 2017

30.07.2017

Another week has come and gone and it was fairly quiet around the blog. I thought about posting a Book Chat this past week, but just never got around to it. I was busy busy busy at home all week. Some days I was doing a million things. Others I was trying not to. Lol

On Monday, it was finally back to normal life. Now that all the parties for my youngest were done, I could concentrate on my own stuff. I stayed home and chilled. Worked on Daydreamer 4. Walked. The usual.

On Tuesday, I worked my 2nd of three shifts at the CSA in the afternoon. This was an easy week there because the woman I was working with was very industrious and insisted on doing most everything. Fine by me! I spent most of the afternoon baking up muffins. I made three dozen muffins, chocolate chocolate-chip zucchini muffins and peanut butter zucchini muffins. They’re now in the freezer and will make great additions to lunches in the fall.

On Wednesday, I had a chiropractor appointment and worked on writing. It was on this day that I crossed the 35k mark in Daydreamer 4!

On Thursday, I totally forgot to take a photo because the day didn’t go as planned. It was busy. I dropped the kids off at camp, walked 3 miles, showered, went to Whole Foods, grocery shopped, came home and got right to cooking. I made oven-roasted salsa and pasta sauce which took almost two hours. I finished with it and was ready to sit down and eat a very late lunch when my oldest called to come home from camp because she had a headache that was making her nauseous. It threw everything off.

On Friday, we were finally able to go to the pool after camp for the first time all week. The weather here has been unseasonably cool and it hasn’t made me happy. I much prefer it when it’s hot outside. So it was nice to go to the pool in the afternoon.

On Saturday, we had a busy morning with walking and gym and getting the youngest off to a birthday party. I cleaned up the house, read, and wrote. We spent the evening in and watched SPLASH as a family.

Writing has been going well, I think. I’ve been breaking my sessions of writing up into 500 word chunks and that seems to be working for me. I’m almost to the mid-point of Daydreamer 4 and almost to the end of July. Starting next week in August, I scale back to 500 words per day on Daydreamer 4 and start my editing of the next Hikoboshi book. It was good concentrating on Daydreamer 4 for a while. It gave me the kick-start I needed to really get the story going. But it’s time to concentrate on sci-fi again!

What else happened this week?

Sometimes an evening on the couch gets musical.

A good haul from the CSA this week!

Passed a big milestone on Daydreamer 4!

I saw this man sitting and fishing and I thought, “That’s the life.” Lol.

These were like tiny little fudgey brownies. YUM.

Cheers to the end of the week!!

Coming up this week: August begins so we’ll have a Goals post for the month. I hope to post a Book Chat during the second week of August since I have a lot of books for it!

Sunday Update – July 23, 2017

23.07.2017

Well, finally, my last stressful week of summer is over! I got through the launch of CRASH LAND ON KURAI which went well and is currently holding a very decent rank (for me) on Amazon. It’s been weird seeing Kindle Unlimited pages-read come onto my dashboard that I’ve never seen before, and I assume that people are borrowing the book even if they’re not buying a lot of copies. Otherwise, I’m sure the book would be in the depths of the Amazon Sales Rank Dungeon. CRASH LAND ON KURAI has also been in the Top 50 of most of the Hot New Release genre charts this week, and for that I’m extremely grateful.

Okay, onward! Lots happened this week. Last Sunday, we had family over to celebrate my youngest’s birthday, so that was a day of entertaining and cleaning. Truly wiped me out.

On Monday, I worked on all of my ads for CRASH LAND ON KURAI, both on Facebook and Amazon. I prepped my newsletter for the next day and all of my Facebook and Twitter posts.

Tuesday was publication day! It was busy but fun, and not too stressful because I had everything ready ahead of time. I did take it easy, and I didn’t pressure myself to do too much. I spent most of the day at home until it was time to do my shift at the CSA location. Then we went to the pool in the afternoon.

Wednesday, it was back to work. I got the house in order until the cleaning ladies came, worked in the basement while they were here, and then we took the afternoon off from the pool so the kids could have their piano lessons.

Thursday, I had to go to the school camp to see all the fun stuff my kid was up to this summer, then I ran some errands, and worked in the afternoon at the pool.

Friday, I got my haircut in the morning, went grocery shopping, worked in the afternoon at the pool.

Saturday was another big day. My youngest had her big birthday party with all of her friends at her favorite gymnastics gym. I was stressed out putting it all together. This has become my job in the family, and I’m terrible at it! But I did my best, and I don’t think I screwed anything up. After it was over, we de-stressed at the pool (of course.)

This Sunday morning, I slept in a little, went for a walk and got rained on, and now I’ve been catching up on work stuff, reading through blogs, posting this update, and I hope to take a nap. It’s been raining, so no pool.

What else happened this week?

My husband and mother-in-law both love guitars.

I used some essential oils to help me get through the stress this week.

On release day, I added CRASH LAND ON KURAI to my vanity bookshelf and enjoyed a yummy breakfast.

I indulged in some ice cream this week.

Got this funny carrot this week!

My editor for SUMMER HAIKUS requested a paperback copy of it with the old cover, and I found one in my stash in the basement! It was nice to see it again.

Some days you need a treat, and that treat is a Mexican coke.

The gymnastics party was great. One kid ran past me screaming, “I’M SO EXHAUSTED!” and another came up to me to tell me it was the best party she had ever been to. Aw!

And in my park on my very wet walk, I saw this pretty guy flying around. I love butterflies.

It’ll be a quiet week on the blog as I plan to focus on writing Daydreamer 4 this week. Starting August 1st, I’m returning to the Hikoboshi series so I can edit the second book there, so I need to get as many words as I can in on Daydreamer 4.

Have a great week everyone!

Teaser Thursday – Nebulas

20.07.2017

It’s the last Teaser Thursday for CRASH LAND ON KURAI!!

Every time I write a book, I choose a persistent visual or descriptive theme to span the book or series. For SUMMER HAIKUS, it was water. For THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE, it’s farm or landscape descriptions. For the Hikoboshi Series, it’s going to be nebulas and stars. Yumi sees them in her dreams or near death, and they tend to follow her throughout the series as something that signals rightness or a correct path. Her love of the stars is both a blessing and a curse, as you see after you finish this book. šŸ™‚

Thanks for checking out all the CRASH LAND ON KURAI teasers!

Want to order CRASH LAND ON KURAI? You can pick it up for a dollar off the retail price now on Amazon.com! Kindle Unlimited subscribers are now able to borrow the book.

Buy Crash Land on Kurai

Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited on July 18th!
(You’ll be able to choose your bookstore on the following page, if you have not chosen a default Books2Read store already.)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the book!

CRASH LAND ON KURAI Is Now Available and Teaser Tuesday!

18.07.2017

CRASH LAND ON KURAI is now available!! Woo hoo!! It’s Teaser Tuesday again!! Purchase information is below…

Yumi is the most sarcastic character I’ve ever written. Generally, most of my characters have a sarcastic streak, just as I do, but I’ve always kept it toned down. Yumi is the first time I’ve just let it go. Let it ride. Not only is she sarcastic, but her journalistic tone is a delight. She draws upon her big vocabulary and area of expertise to describe situations she comes across. She’s a lot of fun to write! Especially when she tells it like it is, like in this teaser.

Want to order CRASH LAND ON KURAI? You can pick it up for a dollar off the retail price now on Amazon.com! Kindle Unlimited subscribers are now able to borrow the book using the Kindle Unlimited program.

Buy Crash Land on Kurai

Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited on July 18th!
(You’ll be able to choose your bookstore on the following page, if you have not chosen a default Books2Read store already.)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you love the book, and I’ll see you again on Thursday!

Sunday Update – July 16, 2017

16.07.2017

Late day Sunday Update today! We had family over today to celebrate my youngest’s birthday. It was a fun-filled day of food, sun, and lots of talking.

The week went by pretty quickly. I really don’t remember much of it! I have to look back at my photos to see what happened. Lol.

Monday was a bit stressful. I had an all-day takeover in a very big reader group on Facebook… that I thought was on Tuesday. Oops! I hustled right away and got the day rolling with only a 15-minute delay. My takeover went really well though! I kept everyone chatting all day long, played lots of games and gave away a lot of books. I met new people and had a great time. No complaints. People were commenting on my posts well into later in the week! I obviously had an impact on them. heart I did some of my posts from the pool and treated the kids to a cool and easy evening there.

Tuesday was chill. We got our weekly vegetable share and spent the evening at the pool. The kids ate dinner there since my husband was working late. I had a giant salad at home later for dinner. Tuesday was Amazon Prime Day. I didn’t really sell any books but I got a great deal on something that’s hush-hush for the time being. šŸ™‚

Wednesday was my youngest’s 7th birthday. Happy birthday, Lil’D!! She went to camp and I worked, cleaned up the house, and saw my chiropractor. Then I picked up the kids, and my mom and aunt came over. My aunt was just visiting, and my mom stayed for the night. We all went out to dinner together to celebrate D’s birthday and had ice cream for dessert. My mom had an excellent night’s sleep on the couch.

Thursday, Mom was still here. We went out for a walk together in the morning, had lunch together, and then I drove her to the airport in the afternoon. Her trip home didn’t go as planned (don’t ask) but she eventually made it home.

Friday, my husband and I took the morning off and saw Wonder Woman at the dine-in theater. It was nice seeing a movie together! We haven’t done that in a long time. I enjoyed Wonder Woman immensely! It was awesome to see women kicking butt, and Diana Prince was super charming and had great depths of character that I admired. A hearty 5 stars from me! Afterward, I got the kids from camp and went grocery shopping in the afternoon. We then spent the evening at home since it was a rainy day.

Saturday, the sun was shining again, so after walking in the morning and having lunch at home, I took the kids to the pool in the afternoon.

All this week, I wrote little bits here and there on Daydreamer 4. I’m loving this story already, even if it’s slow going. I’m not pushing myself on this draft, especially right around the launch of CRASH LAND ON KURAI, which is weighing heavily on my thoughts and my confidence/self-esteem. I’m hesitant to make a prediction on how well it’ll do, especially since it’s the first book I’m launching into Kindle Unlimited. Let’s hope it exceeds expectations.

What else happened this week?

I enjoyed some Stress Away essential oils with a foot bath.

I consumed plenty of beverages.

We grew a cucumber in the green house!

Birthday ice cream celebration for D.

I worked on my knitting for a bit.

And some new copies of THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE came, so I’ll be doing some giveaways in the months ahead!

And that’s it! This week on the blog we have the launch of CRASH LAND ON KURAI and two teasers for it! Have a great week!