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Sunday Update – July 31, 2016

How is July over? My summer is flying by in a blink! Some of you know that summer is my absolute favorite season. I look forward to it all year. I love the hot weather, being outside, going to the pool, all of that. I love the green trees and grass. I love the sun and the beach. Sigh. All of it. I love it. So seeing July already over fills me with dread for winter. I still have August though and August will contain many great things including my trip to Japan! So I mustn't get all maudlin about summer speeding by.

Anyway, this week went by fast too. I barely remember what happened! I did a lot of cooking. We ate those muffins I made last week. We went to the pool several times and I ran a lot of errands. Did my usual trip to the chiropractor too. Oh! I remember. We had a moment when we thought our air conditioning died. We do need to replace the unit as it's about 15 years old, but we don't want to do that when it's 90ºF outside. Turned out that a part inside (the capacitor) had gone bad. The repair guy swapped in a new one and we were up and running in no time. So that was good, but it did impact my days because I had to wait around for someone to show up.

I got some writing done. I'm chugging along with the third Daydreamer book and I hope to be almost done (at least in the third act) by the time I leave for Japan. The writing is going well. I plotted out the first act, wrote it, and then realized something was missing. It was too short. So I did some brainstorming and now I'm adding in scenes to bring it up to snuff. Once I'm done with the first act, I'll plot the second act, and then write that. This is how I tackle all my books lately. I have an overall goal and destination for the book plus some ideas of what I want to happen. But I plot an act, write an act, plot, write. Seems to be working for me!

What else happened this week?


I passed the 10k mark on Daydreamer 3! It's just shy of 15k now. :)


Veggies from our community-supported agricultural farm share this week were really pretty.


I enjoyed some mid-week drinkies.


We had deer come to visit us several days this week.


I enjoyed a night of pesto pizza while my husband was out to dinner in the city.


And I received DATING FOR DECADES in the mail from my buddy and crit partner, Tracy. I opened the book to see that it was dedicated to me! :heart:

And that's about it. It's been raining here yesterday and today, so no pool. :( Which bums me out. I wish we were at the pool!

What to expect this week: August 2016 goals, a post on Nabe (Japan's winter hot pot meal), and a post on authorial voice.

2 thoughts on “Sunday Update – July 31, 2016”

  1. I am not a big fan of summer, I much prefer autumn and spring. But now that it’s a bit cooler it’s already a bit better.

    Glad to hear your AC had an easy fix. I saw your post about it on facebook and hoped it would be something that could be fixed. Better to replace it when you don’t need it than during the summer. I always dislike it when someone has to stop by and fix something as you always get a time indication and just spend that time slot waiting for them to show up.

    Sounds like you made some nice progress on the third daydreamer book, yay!

    I am still amazed you get deer in your garden. And yum pesto pizza is one of my favorites. I’ll have to read Dating for Decades soon, it sounds fun! I grabbed it when it was discounted around the release day. I feel really bad as I got one of her books for review and now own another 3 and a short story or short story collection as well i think and still haven’t read any of them.

    Have a great week!

  2. Summer is my favorite season too, I think. I much prefer the heat to the cold.

    That’s great that the writing is going well! And that’s interesting to learn that you plan your books one act at a time. It’s always neat seeing how different writers do things.

    I’m glad the AC was an easy fix. I had a scare with mine too lately, and mine is 25 years old! Keeping my fingers crossed it won’t need to be replaced until after I move out or at least for a while still.

    That’s so awesome that you just have deer in your yard lol. And aww, how nice to have a book dedicated to you!

    Have a great week :-)

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