Sunday Update – June 25, 2017

25.06.2017

I’m back from vacation!! Though it was a vacation from work, it wasn’t one of those on-the-beach relaxing vacations. It was a DisneyWorld vacation! We walked a lot every day. We came home exhausted. I’ve spent this whole Sunday recovering since we got home late last night. I’m going to share what we did but because many of the pictures are of my kids, which I don’t share publicly, I’ll be sticking to the highlights.

We flew out on Monday and the trip down to Florida was rather pain free. We took the Disney Magical Express (a bus service) from Orlando airport straight to our hotel and Disney took care of our luggage for us. Day one went really well! We explored our hotel and the properties around us, had an awesome dinner at the Contemporary and stayed up to watch the fireworks over the Magic Kingdom. They happen every night at 9pm like clockwork.

On Tuesday, we went to the Magic Kingdom and figured out where everything was and how our Fast Passes worked. If you don’t know about these, they’re wrist bands that let you get into rides that you select in a faster line so you don’t have to wait. You make reservations ahead of time and you’re given an hour window in which to use your slot. We figured out a good strategy for us using the app on our phone. We waited for some attractions like the Pirates of the Caribbean ride when we had the time to spare, and others we zoomed right to the front. The kids really loved the Seven Dwarves Mine Train (so did I)! We saw the treehouse from Swiss Family Robinson and rode on Aladdin’s Magic Carpet. Then we had lunch with the Winnie the Pooh characters. Then story time with Belle in the afternoon.

On Wednesday, we made it back into the Magic Kingdom super early so we could hit a bunch of rides before there were lines. We rode on Dumbo and then my family did the Tea Cups (Alice was there!), and then we went to meet Ariel (also no line!) Then we had our Fast Pass for Space Mountain which was just as much fun as I remember it being as a kid! Loved it! After that, we met Tiana and Rapunzel. I love Tiana. She’s one of my favorite princesses. She’s a businesswoman! 🙂

We hit It’s a Small World After All which my youngest called “The Little Land Ride.” Lol. So funny. Then we rode the race cars and let the kids drive. I rode with my oldest and she did a great job. My youngest was a terror on the road. Of course. For dinner, we went back to the Contemporary and had dinner at Chef Mickey where we saw Goofy, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Pluto.

On Thursday, we went to Animal Kingdom, which was my least favorite park, I’m sad to say. It was so hot, and there were no indoor spaces to cool off in. We were also bored much easier in this park. It was fun to see all the animals, which I love, though I’m not a big zoo fan. It also took a long time to get to and from this park from our hotel. The funny thing is that I ran into an old friend on our way out of the park. I knew she was there but I didn’t think we’d have time to meet up!

From Animal Kingdom, we hurried back, got changed and went to the Polynesian resort for the Luau dinner show. It was awesome! And we had some really delicious food there. The show was super cool and we made it back to the hotel at a decent time.

On Friday, we went to Epcot. This is one of my favorite parks. Lots of places to go inside and cool down, plus learn about the world and space and taking care of our planet. I really loved Soarin’. I could’ve been on that ride all day. Then we also road on The Land ride to see the greenhouses and learn more about farming. I find farming to be totally interesting so I enjoyed that ride. We finished out the day by visiting all the countries and having dinner in Japan. Made me really miss Japan, but it was a tasty and wonderful meal. We had beers in Germany then caught the monorail back to the hotel and saw the fireworks from our spot on the monorail!

On our last day, Saturday, we spent the morning at Hollywood Studios where we saw the Muppets, Star Wars Star Tours, and then The Great Movie ride. They were all fun! We had lunch and went back to the hotel around 2pm to get to the airport for our flight home. Our flight was delayed, though, a few times and we didn’t make it home until close to midnight.

I’m exhausted today! And still recovering from our trip. This week I have a lot of work to do. It’s back to the grind!

Here are some pictures from our trip!

We arrived and Mickey had been in our room to drop off tons of snacks and mouse ears for the kids.

Fireworks over the Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary Resort.

Tigger goes in for a hug.

I love retro futurism so this Tomorrowland sign is right up my alley.

On the way into Space Mountain.

DUMBO!!

Minnie Selfie!

The animals at Animal Kingdom, and I ran into my old friend, Katie, on our way out.

Dinner at the Luau at the Polynesian Resort where they put on a great show.

Some of the t-shirts I purchased on this trip (there are more).

Snow White signs autographs.

Inside Spaceship Earth in Epcot and a Baymax selfie!

Dinner in Japan in Epcot, some very tasty crab and shrimp tempura, and all ladies at the sushi counter (which you almost never see as that’s a male-dominated field in Japan.)

Beer with my husband in Germany. We were pretty happy with the trip by this point.

And Star Wars Star Tours at Hollywood Studios! It was a fun ride and it’s great to see all the Star Wars fans there.

And this morning I enjoyed tea from my Epcot mug.

Phew! What a week! And this week will be killer too. I have to read up on what I wrote for Daydreamer 4 and get back into that project, I have to make teasers for CRASH LAND ON KURAI, I have to paint my front door and its threshold, and I have a lot of cleaning up to do around here. Plus, my husband will be away all week on a business trip so it’s just me and the kids. Wish us luck!! 🙂

ALL THAT GLITTERS by Tracy Krimmer – Book Blitz

19.06.2017

This post is for all of my romance readers! I know there are some of you out there. 🙂 My critique partner has a new book out tomorrow, ALL THAT GLITTERS by Tracy Krimmer. I enjoyed this book about Dory, a has-been country music star, coming home and making amends with her family and friends. If you love romance, you should pick this one up today!

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This is my stop during the book blitz for All That Glitters by Tracy Krimmer. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 19 till 25 June. See the tour schedule here: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/all-that-glitters-by-tracy-krimmer/

ALL THAT GLITTERS (All That, #1)
By Tracy Krimmer
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction
Age category: Adult
Release Date: June 20, 2017

Country-music star, Dory Walker, never wanted to come back to the small town of Sycamore Bay. But after her fairy-tale life is flipped upside down, and her marriage becomes a casualty, she has no choice.

Harris Malone is a man with few commitments. He keeps a low profile most days while he cares for his young daughter and helps run his dad’s hardware store.

But when he and Dory run into each other at the local gas station, all either can think about is the searing kiss they shared many years ago.

Can a woman who only wants to rekindle her career and a man who enjoys a no-strings attached lifestyle find everlasting love?

You can find ALL THAT GLITTERS on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34109955.All_That_Glitters__Songs_of_the_Heart__1_

You can buy ALL THAT GLITTERS here: http://books2read.com/u/4jK9LX

Read an Excerpt

ALL THAT GLITTERS by Tracy Krimmer
Excerpt #2

Harris

“That night in your bedroom, I think about it all the time.”

I let go of the bat, and he did, too, our hands clasping together. Every muscle in my body tensed, and I ignored the birds chirping and kids yelling from the playground. At that moment, we were all that existed on Earth. The wind picked up, but it wasn’t enough to cool me down. From my head to the very tip of my toenails, I sweated in anticipation of the next moments.

“I do, too.” I thought about it more often than I should have. Some of my best memories with Dylan were always masked by that one kiss. My most shameful moment was at my wedding when Dylan and I shared our first kiss as husband and wife, and Harris entered my mind momentarily.

“I’m sorry about what happened after. I really am.”

I forgave him years ago. We were young, and I was hell bent on leaving Sycamore Bay. It worked out for the better because he would have only held me back. I never wanted to resent him, and surely I would have. But he had Jody, anyway.

“It’s okay, Harris. It really is.”

The gap started closing between us, the only air allowed our breath on one another. He smelled of strawberry, and I was sure he tasted just as sweet.

“No. It’s not. That kiss, that kiss brought me to my knees.” He squeezed my hand with his right and pulled me closer with his left. Our bodies touched, and our hearts raced against each other. “I have a feeling this one will, too.”

I sucked in a breath as we connected, my body exploding with energy, every piece of me filled with warmth, weakness, and joy all at one time. When he slipped his tongue in, I allowed my arms to wrap around his waist, rubbing between his shoulder blades and down his back until my hands rested above his backside. I wanted to push down farther, grab his butt, squeeze tight and pull him even harder against me so I could feel him. I didn’t, though. I kept kissing him, and he kept kissing me, and every piece of the puzzle fit together for those moments.

We could have been in a movie, everything spinning around us, and we stood still, our lips the only things moving. I wanted to lie down on the field, crawl on top of him, explore every inch of his body. Maybe later. I savored the moment we were in, relished in the fact I was kissing Harris Malone, and he was kissing me, and not in my bedroom. We were in the middle of a baseball field, in plain sight of anyone to see.

We pulled away from each other if only to take a breath. He took all of mine away.

“Wow.” He closed his eyes for a moment and opened them back up.

“Wow.” I repeated his sentiment.

“That was worth waiting eight years for.”

“I’d wait for eight more if it meant you’d kiss me like that again.”

My knees almost buckled beneath me when he gently placed his hands on either side of my face. He pulled me closer to him and put his lips to my ear and whispered, “It’s a good thing you don’t have to.”

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.

You can find and contact Tracy here:
– Website: http://www.tracykrimmer.com/
– Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/tkrimms
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KrimmerAuthor
– Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7153703.Tracy_Krimmer
– Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tracy-Krimmer/e/B00J1S52SM/
– Bookbub: https://bookbub.com/authors/tracy-krimmer
– Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tracykrimmer
– Newsletter: http://www.tracykrimmer.com/newsletter/

Giveaway

There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of ALL THAT GLITTERS. One winner will win a $10 Amazon gift card!

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Thanks to Lola’s Blog Tours for putting this blitz together!

Sunday Update – June 18, 2017

18.06.2017

Guys, this was the busiest, most stressful week I’ve had in a long time. It was the last week of school. It was also the last week I had to get CRASH LAND ON KURAI ready before we leave on vacation. Every day was PACKED with stuff to do. By the time Friday rolled around, I was crying at dinner time because I was so stressed out. BUT I feel much better now, so no worries! Obviously I just needed a good cry to get things out.

Monday was one of our last normal days. My oldest kid had a class trip for the whole day and my youngest had a normal school day. It was hot and muggy, and I worked while on the treadmill in the basement.

Tuesday was the last full day of school. The kids had a good day and then we picked up our CSA veggies afterward. Not too bad.

Wednesday, things started to get crazy. I had to go to school for a Flag Day assembly in which my youngest sang songs about the U.S. and was all patriotic and stuff. Lol. It was really cute. Then I ran errands, picked the kids up at 12:30pm, fed them, and took them to tennis in the afternoon for their last lesson until Fall. I worked every spare minute I had.

Thursday, I was at the school pretty much all morning for the Fourth Grade Farewell. My oldest is graduating from her elementary school. It was both sweet and sad, and there were many tears. She was awarded the Aspiring Author Award for wanting to be just like her mom (omg I’m so proud) and always being on Google Docs penning her next best seller. 🙂 After school, we had piano lessons and friends over for a playdate. Again, I worked in every spare minute.

Friday, I was finally done with work! I had proofed the whole book, changed a few names, ironed out my timeline, and fixed all the timeline inconsistencies. I formatted it in Vellum and sent it out to my ARC readers. It was weird to be done with this book but exciting too! I hope my readers love it! It was also the last day of school. My oldest daughter was clapped-out of her school. This means that everyone in the school lined the driveway and all the fourth graders came out to music and everyone clapping for them. Yes, there were more tears from me and from her. We gave her roses for her big day. Then she and her sister were at a birthday party all afternoon until gymnastics time.

Are you exhausted yet? Because I was. I cried through dinner that night because I’ve been working so hard and the end of school and finishing off my book just got to me. Sigh.

Saturday, I was feeling much better after a good night’s sleep. I took it easy, got my hair cut, cleaned up around the house, and read. It was a nice chill day. We went out for lobster buffet dinner in the evening to celebrate upcoming Father’s Day. It’s so nice to do these things with the kids now!

Sunday, today, it’s Father’s Day. My husband took the kids to church, I went for a walk, and then we gave him the afternoon off by going to the pool without him. Now it’s time for dinner and packing for a week away.

What else happened this week?

The week started out nicely with some Japanese for lunch! Oishii!

We flew the flag on Flag Day.

The Fourth Grade Farewell was full of great moments.

My eldest indulged in a blue sparkly bath bomb.

Flowers for the elementary school graduate.

Dinner last night was spectacular! And the place was hosting a wedding while we were there.

I’m halfway to my walking goal for the year!

The pool was hot and sticky today!

And now it’s time for knitting and HOUSE OF CARDS.

Coming up this week on the blog: celebrating my critique partner’s new novel, and that’s it, because I’M GOING ON VACATION. Bye!

Introducing CRASH LAND ON KURAI, My New Sci-Fi Series!

16.06.2017

Today is the cover reveal for my upcoming sci-fi novel, CRASH LAND ON KURAI! This series, The Hikoboshi Series, is a space opera, action adventure series, and it’s a spin-off of my Nogiku Series. The main character in this series, Yumi Minamoto, is the daughter of Kentaro and Namika from the Nogiku Series, and she’s a rash and brash journalist. She’s made some bad decisions, and this trip to Hikoboshi is her chance to make up for a lot of what she’s done wrong. It’s a make or break moment for her.

I started writing this book last November during NaNoWriMo. It’s been through a few revisions and I’ve written the second book in the series too, which helped me refine this book. I’m so looking forward to writing and publishing this whole series. There’s a lot in this world to uncover, plenty of places to go.

Let’s get to the cover! CRASH LAND ON KURAI was designed by Najla Qamber of Najla Qamber Designs. I love Najla. We work together really well. I told her what I wanted and within a revision we had exactly what you see here. She also designed the cover for Book 2, which I already have and love.

Big thanks goes to Lola from Lola’s Blog Tours who organized a cover reveal for today. I’m so grateful for her help throughout the years I’ve been published. I couldn’t do these things without her.

Yumi Minamoto has the shortest fuse on the ship. She’s just whipped a bully and been confined to quarters, but she’s not staying there. A disgraced journalist trying to clear her name, her job is to document the mission to the Hikoboshi system, and she’s determined to get it right, despite all the trouble she causes. But when unknown vessels fire on their ship, and Yumi’s life pod crash lands on a dying moon, she’s separated from her family and friends, and her mission falls to pieces. Now she must navigate the unfamiliar and deadly terrain, deal with a society she doesn’t understand, and try to stay alive until rescue comes… if it ever does.

Crash Land on Kurai is the first book in the Hikoboshi Series, an action adventure, space opera series that explores the worlds settled by the Japanese who fled Earth a century ago. Culture, history, technology, and swords clash in a fast-paced future society on the brink of war.

Currently, I do not have any pre-order links ready for this book! I’m holding off a little while waiting to see if some promo clicks into place. Rest assured that as soon as I have links, you’ll be among the first to hear about them.

I hope the cover and blurb delight and astound you! wink I can’t wait for you to read the book!

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Sunday Update – June 11, 2017

11.06.2017

I don’t remember much about this week because all I did was work and get children to and from their various social obligations!

Monday, the kids had a playdate after school, so I spent the time working, of course. Tuesday, my oldest daughter had her last tutoring session of the year. I went grocery shopping and worked.

Wednesday was the Girl Scout pool party during which I tried to work, but Amazon went tits up on Wednesday and the site I use to help identify grammar errors in my books also went down, so I socialized instead. I was so sore, though, from all the walking I’d been doing (I walk and work at my treadmill desk) that I had to come home that night and soak in an Epsom Salt bath. I felt much better afterward.

Thursday, I worked and took the kids to the dentist. Friday, I worked (are you noticing a pattern here?) and then took one kid to another pool party and the other kid to gymnastics.

Saturday and Sunday were spent at the pool! Yay for pool season! Guess what I did there? I worked, of course. Lol. But at least I was outside and I did socialize some.

The good news is that all the working paid off, and I finished the major copy edit of CRASH LAND ON KURAI. Now, I’m running it through Grammarly and listening to it. I should be done by Tuesday evening if all goes well. Then I plan to send out ARCs by the end of the week! And it’ll be off to my proofreader then too.

This is also the last week of school coming up! I can’t believe how quickly the year is flying by! Then the week after next, we’re off for vacation which is the main reason I’ve been pushing so hard to get this thing done. I’m right on track!

What else happened this week?

I tried this lovely apple green tea that came in last month’s Bokksu. It was really tasty. Very strong apple scent and flavor. I loved it!

This week has required quite a few alcoholic beverages.

My breakfast has changed and I’m enjoying cereal now. This is a mix of regular and honey nut cheerios. Mmmm.

The ugly tree next door came down this week. Yay! I never liked it.

And I enjoyed a new salad yesterday and today. My buddy, Amy, suggested this. It’s arugula, apple, sunflower seeds, and shaved parmesan, with lemon and olive dressing. Really delicious!

And that’s it for the week! On Friday, we’re having a cover reveal for CRASH LAND ON KURAI and I’ll send out a newsletter as well. Have a great week, everyone!

Book Chat #33 – THE FORGETTING And Audiobooks Galore!

08.06.2017

May went by in a blur and I wasn’t able to get my Book Chat up before the end of the month. So this one will have a lot of audiobooks!

What I read…

THE FORGETTING by Sharon Cameron

Wow. Just wow. I was totally enthralled by this book. Here’s what reading it looked like —

0% to 20% – Huh. This is a really interesting premise for a story. Everyone forgets on a regular 14-year cycle and they don’t know why, so they write down the truth in their books and keep the books with them at all times. Lots of great thoughts on “truth” and what it means. I like the heroine a lot. I’ll keep reading because I’m intrigued.

20% to 40% – What is going on in this world? I am now REALLY intrigued as to why this girl, Nadia, is so different from everyone else. This guy, Gray, is really interesting too. What’s going on with her mom and sister? And wow, there’s a lot of great backstory.

40% to 50% – Holy crap. It’s just got sci-fi on me AND IT’S AWESOME.

Then I feverishly read from 50% onward until my eyeballs fell out. Not only did I love this story to pieces and then pre-ordered the next one (which I never do, especially for a book over $10), I also learned a lot about storytelling from this one. I realized that sometimes it’s better to withhold details from the reader. Readers shouldn’t always be spoon-fed all the story elements. I’m going to do more withholding in my own work. I want readers to question everything.

Really excellent book. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

What I listened to…

A SCONE TO DIE FOR by H. Y. Hanna

I finished this one at the end of April but it didn’t make it into that Book Chat. I really enjoyed this cozy mystery set in England! I loved all the British slang, and the narrator did an excellent job, though I felt that her voice might have been a tad old for the protagonist. Still, the writing was excellent and I’m definitely going to move on with the series.

EARTH RISING (Earthrise, Book 3) by Daniel Arenson

I felt like this book went by so quickly! I liked that we finally learn why the Earth is at war against the Scum (no spoilers) and we got to see more of the side characters and see who lives and who dies. I’m still enjoying this series!

INDEPENDENCE by Nick Webb

So Nick Webb has also gone by the name of N. D. Webb in the past, though it looks like all of his books are under Nick Webb now. I heard him last year on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast and I really enjoyed his episode. I thought he sounded super interesting with a cool rocket scientist background. Chris Fox mentioned his book INDEPENDENCE in his WRITE TO MARKET book so I decided to pick it up. I’m so glad I did. I really loved this book! I love that the main character is a woman who’s a bad-ass admiral. The alien enemy was one I hadn’t seen or thought of before, and there was a great mystery behind everything. I’ll definitely be reading on (or listening) in this series!

GODS OF RISK: AN EXPANSE NOVELLA by James S. A. Corey

This was a short listen, and while it wasn’t anything stunning or eye-opening, I did enjoy it. In this novella, we hear a little bit more about Bobby Draper’s family on Mars. Her nephew is cooking up drugs and selling them on the side. I never really understood why he did it, but we hear all about the consequences. He seemed pretty weak and couldn’t take care of himself. Bobby eventually stepped in and helped him out, which was the best part of the story.

LAUNCH TO MARKET: EASY MARKETING FOR AUTHORS by Chris Fox

If you’re already an experienced self-publisher who listens to SP podcasts and is active in the FB groups, you don’t need to listen to this book or read it. It was basic stuff that I already knew and I didn’t pick up anything new that I would have to try. If you’re new to self-publishing, this will be a good primer for you.

And that’s it! More to come in next month’s Book Chat! 🙂

Sunday Update – June 4, 2017

04.06.2017

A late update today as I spent all day walking, going to my orientation for my summer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) vegetable share, and then editing three chapters.

It was a busy week and I’m glad it’s over, as I worried how we were going to fit everything in. Monday was Memorial Day and the weather was kind of crappy so we spent it at home. Still it was nice to have the day off. Tuesday was a normal work and school day. The kids went to school and I was able to get work done all day. I was up late working on editing and my newsletter.

Wednesday was my busy day. I sent out the newsletter, had my chiropractor appointment, got three chapters edited between regular work time and then tennis. Then my youngest had her Girl Scouts Bridging Ceremony from Daisies to Brownies in the evening after tennis. By the time the day was over, I was beat!

Thursday was a half day of school for no particular reason. So I got as much done in the morning as I could, picked the kids up at 12:30pm, had lunch, kids had piano lessons, and then in the evening, my oldest had her All-District 4th Grade Band Concert. It was so cool to see all the kids from all four elementary schools playing together. Then the high school jazz band played after, and they were awesome! I was brought back to my own high school music career. I was in marching band, concert band, jazz band, and musical pit band too. I basically really loved band and it saved me from having an awful high school experience. I’m encouraging my kids to get really involved in music too. I think they both have the aptitude for it, so I hope they enjoy it.

Friday, I went for a quick walk after dropping the kids off, showered, and went grocery shopping really early at 9:30am. Let me tell you, grocery shopping at 9:30am is the best. There was no one there, no lines. I usually go around 11 or 11:30am so I can get lunch too, but this was bliss. I might have to do it more often. After I ran home and put the groceries away, I met my friend, Amy, for some Panera time. We only have one more week of Panera and then she’s away for the summer. I’ll definitely miss her this summer!

Editing continues apace! I’m on a 3-chapter-per-day diet and so far sticking to it. I need to finish with this book by the 10th. Did you see that I revealed the title and blurb? They’re over on Facebook! I’ll post about it this week on the blog too, but if you’re a book blogger and do cover reveals on your blog, I’d love for you to sign up here — http://www.lolasblogtours.net/cover-reveal-crash-land-on-kurai-by-sj-pajonas/

What else happened this week?

I started a new knitting project and haven’t worked on it much. Editing has been taking up all my time.

I cleaned up all the bath toys this week. I’ve been putting this off for ages, but they stink and many were too moldy to keep. These are all the keepers and they all got bleach baths and some time in the sun.

I never pass up dessert.

It was great seeing all these kids playing together for the all-district concert.

We had some beautiful skies this week with big fluffy clouds.

I love lunch at Panera, especially my Panera where I can order exactly what I want at the kiosk instead of at the counter. I got a Greek Salad with quinoa and a hard-boiled egg, then I cut up apple and put it in there. It was SO GOOD. It’s my new favorite thing, with a side of grilled cheese. Mmmm.

We had our first trip to the pool! Summer has officially begun! It was a cool but sunny day and the water was cold, but the kids had a great time and we got ice cream. I brought my computer and worked there while the kids were in the pool. That’s what I plan to do all summer.

And finally, some beautiful Mountain Laurel that I saw on my walk this morning. heart Thanks to everyone on Facebook who helped me identify what it is.

Coming up this week on the blog: the title and blurb reveal for my upcoming sci-fi series and a Book Chat.

June 2017 Goals

01.06.2017

It turns out that I started these monthly goals posts a year ago today! I’m so glad I kept them up because, believe it or not, they do motivate me. Putting my goals in writing and being accountable for them helps me stay on top of things.

A Look Back At This Year’s Goal

Since it’s June, this is a good time to look back at the goals I had for the year. This is The Year I Have Fun and so far so good on that one. I’m enjoying writing what I want to write and not really caring if there’s no market for it. I’ve gotten a few tweets on Twitter and a few emails from people looking forward to my new sci-fi series, so that makes me happy! I’m brainstorming the next Miso Cozy book AND an entirely new series. I expect that 2018 will be the year I have three series going at once, which will be my absolute limit. 🙂 Overall, I’m hitting my goals and I expect to be on track by the end of the year.

What Happened With May’s Goals?

Finish Hikoboshi 2. Done! Yes, I finished it, but it’s a hot mess. Still, it’s done and I have a good idea on how I’m going to fix it.

Finish the Mark Dawson course and set up my Facebook ads. Nope. I watched a few more of the modules, but I was busy working all month.

The usual. More audiobooks, more walking. Both of these went really well! I only took one rest day the whole month and I did listen to two audiobooks this month.

My walking goal for the year is looking good! I walked about the same amount in May as I did in February. And I’m now at 45% complete. In order to be on track, I should have walked 413.7 miles so far for the year, and I’ve actually walked 454.4! So I’m ahead by about 40 miles.

I’d like to thank my treadmill for helping me get a lot of these miles this month!

Finish my knitting project. I finished it! And I started a new one too. If you didn’t see the photos of it done, you can check out Neon Beast here.

Finish reading one ebook. Yes! I did finish reading a book this past month. I’ll post about it in the Book Chat next week.

Business Goals For June

Finish edits of Hikoboshi 1 and get it ready for publication. This will be a tough one and I’m on a tight schedule, but I WILL GET IT DONE.

Cover, blurb, and title reveal of Hikoboshi 1. I will be revealing the title and blurb this weekend when the cover reveal sign-up goes live. Cover reveal will be on June 16th, my kids’ last day of school.

Make six teasers for Hikoboshi 1. I always think this is going to be hard and then it’s just fun.

Get all book blitz materials to Lola by June 14th. This is a hard deadline!

If I have anything left in me, brainstorm more for Daydreamer 4. Daydreamer 4 has already been started but I need more foe this book.

Personal Goals For June

Knit in the evenings. I enjoyed knitting this past month and finishing my project. I started a new project and I’d like to keep going with it.

More walking, reading, and audiobooks. A standard goal for me every month.

Sit outside more. I need to get away from my computer more and sit outside. It’s bad for my eyes to be in front of my computer all day.

Go on vacation! We have a vacation planned for later this month! So we’ll see how many of these goals I hit. Most everything is due before we leave.