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Sunday Update – July 19, 2015

Another busy summer week around these parts! We were at the pool all day today, and I looked at my husband and said, “I am so happy right now.” And it's true. I had some down days this past week, as I usually have right when I'm about to launch a book. I always feel like no one is going to read or buy the books I work so hard on, and then I have a few days where the thought makes me really depressed. It's okay, though. This happens to me EVERY TIME I write and publish a new book. :) I have doubts just like everybody does about their career. Even when I want to give up, I know the feeling will fade and I'll be stronger on the other side. These are the things that make me stronger. Like I said to my friend, Tracy, in a text, “I'll shake it off, take a deep breath, and move on.” And I did!

My busy week kept me from wallowing too much. I got two teasers up for SUMMER HAIKUS, formatted and submitted a new Kami No Sekai short story to Amazon (more on that tomorrow!), took my kids to the pool, exercised, napped, read, and knit! I really love summer so much. I feel alive and (mostly) in good spirits.

Let's look back on the photos…

New obsession for the kids. #dailyphoto #365days #ig2015

My kids have become obsessed with these little things called Shopkins. The youngest got a bunch for her birthday.

Looking all chewed up. #hooping #dailyphoto #ig2015 #365days

I took a walk and hooped outside. My hoops are looking nasty so it's time to peel all the tape off and start something fresh soon!

#knitting is going well lately. #dailyphoto #ig2015 #365days

I'm trying to make my life as balanced as possible and including knitting a few times a week is helping me not burn out.

Dinner date out with KP. Had halibut over sunchokes with cucumber and buttermilk. Omg yum! #365days #ig2015 #dailyphoto

My husband and I went on a date last night! We got our regular babysitter to come put the kids to bed, and we went to a local restaurant, ate awesome food (this was halibut over sun chokes with cucumbers and buttermilk), and had lovely drinks. It was such a nice night out, and we had the chance to talk about whatever we wanted to talk about without kids around.

At the pool! Be here all day. #dailyphoto #ig2015 #365days

And I finished off the week at the pool. We were there all day! The kids were in and out of the water and played with all of their friends. I worked on the outlines for two novels and a new short story, read my kindle, went in the water, and ate ice cream. Really, the best way to end the week.

This week, I get to announce another short story, two more teasers for SUMMER HAIKUS, and hopefully get the final file up to Amazon. I also hope to get the new paperbacks for SUMMER HAIKUS and FACE TIME, and I'd like to set up a Goodreads giveaway. Lots to do!

Have a great week everyone!