Happy Monday, you guys!

I’m excited to start another week! Last week was good, but I just barely squeaked through and met my work count. My goal is 5k words a week, and on Friday, I still had over 3k to go. I headed out to Target for the first time in ages so I wouldn’t be distracted by the messy house (why won’t it stay clean!?!?). Got 2k in there, then I woke early to write Saturday and Sunday. Most of Sunday’s words were plotting notes. I’ll mark that down as a win, though!

But…I’m debating changing the ending of the book. Or rather, the book is deciding it shouldn’t end where I plotted it to end. I had the perfect last scene in my head. You know, one of those epicaly vivid moments that (I hope!) resonate with you long after you read it. The scene will still happen, but it might be at the end of book two. Maybe. I need to sit down and figure out what happens in the last third of the first book, and what will happen in the first two-thirds of the second.








HB90 Boot Camp! Ya’ll, I might have a new favorite person. She’ll be my third favorite person of the year right after Becca Syme and Dee from LabCorps, who managed to get five vials of blood from me with ONE practically pain-free stick! That’s a miracle, you guys. I have tiny veins and I faint easy. Anyone who can get that much blood from me that quickly deserves to be Person-of-the-Year. Hmm. I should send her a Christmas card! Ah, but I digress. Back to HB90.

Do you guys love planners? I do, but I’m absolutely horrible at using them. I tried a Happy Planner this year. It helped some. I’ve also tried bullet journals. They’re okay too. I love watching Plan with Me videos and reading blogs and thinking about all the cool stuff I could track, but I’m horrible at executing. I think the problem might be that the people I’ve followed are normal people, meaning that they’re not writers. Sarra Cannnon is a writer, and she’s AMAZING! You guys should check out her Youtube Channel whether you write or not. I can’t wait to learn her method. Like, seriously, Thursday can’t come fast enough. I’m ready to rock next year (in a very realistic, not too far-reaching way, lol). One big bonus of watching Sarra’s videos: she nails the self esteem issues I (and a lot of authors) have. She’s all about setting goals you can achieve and NOT wanting to be someone else. To be okay with who you are and how you write. That’s one thing I’ve worked on this year, accepting my slower-than-everyone-else pace. And since I’ve accepted that (with much help from Becca Syme!), I’ve been writing steadily. I’m meeting my word count goals and enjoying my books. I’m looking forward to keeping up this tortoise-wins-the-race pace in 2019. I’m feeling good about it. I can do it. I can write two great books a year. July and January are going to be my months, you guys. The months that I release new books.

WHAT I’M READING: I just finished Girl, Wash Your Face and loved it. I need to write a full review, but the book worked for me on so many levels. I was doubtful because the same people who recommended it had recommended You Are a Badass, and for some reason, that book didn’t work for me at all.

I also picked up Heir of Fire. I don’t exactly want to read it right now. The previous book pretty much tore out my soul. I’m afraid of Sarah J. Maas’s books. I’m afraid bad things are going to happen, but if I don’t read them, then they don’t happen, right? That’s how my mind is justifying putting it off. But I have opened the book a few times. Every time I do, I get sucked back into the story.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: Shark Tank! Gotta love that show. It’s been 10 years since it aired. That’s just crazy. What’s even crazier is that we were sort of watching it before then. We discovered Dragon’s Den when we were living in the UK. We were ecstatic when they brought it to the US.

We also started watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. It took a while for Spreadsheet Guy to convince me to watch this one, but after a few episodes, I was hooked. The characters are phenomenal, and I freaking love Monk Tony Shalhoub. The show would still be good without him, but he makes it great.

WHAT WE’RE PLAYING: Spreadsheet Guy played more games than I did with the boys this week. They played Colt Express. They enjoy it. I think it’s okay, but it’s not really the type of game I like. Yesterday, we pulled out The Pirates. It’s not the type of game I usually like either, but I found it fun. It’s pretty simple and pretty quick, so great to play with kids.

What’s going on with you guys this week?