30 December 2016

  1. Survived hosting the Hanukkah party. I grew up with Southern hospitality and good breeding, but having my house full of people is, like, my least favorite thing in the world. At least these were good people that I really like. That helps. A lot.
  2. The house is clean. Cuz we cleaned it. For the party.
  3. This year is one day closer to finished.

29 December 2016

Had a couple of really bad days there, days in which I probably should have looked for the good but just couldn't. But here are some good things from today:
  1. House is pretty clean. Nothing like hosting a party to spur you to new heights of cleanliness.
  2. Champagne bought and ready for New Year's Eve.
  3. Hummingbird!
Additionally, my car has new tires, which I wouldn't have counted as something wonderful given everything that led to it happening, but hey, it's still not a bad thing.

26 December 2016

  1. Hanukkah with the in-laws.
  2. More writing.
  3. More Utena.

25 December 2016

  1. Christmas.
  2. Teppanyaki. (Our holiday tradition.)
  3. Building a big fort in the living room.

. . . In truth, it's been tough with the youngest having a broken leg. He gets dispirited, is showing signs of depression. It has been difficult to cheer him up, but we keep trying.

24 December 2016

  1. Introduced my oldest son to Utena. I'd forgotten how much I enjoy that series!
  2. Made progress on my rewrites.
  3. Managed to find and catch the hamster when she got loose.

Bonus: cool new tarot deck for Hanukkah.

23 December 2016

  1. Was able to swap wheelchairs with no fuss. (The first one had a wheel that kept going flat.) This one works better for my son to sit at the table, too.
  2. Almost done with editing . . . except now I'm actually rewriting the ending of this novel. It's only the last ~40 pages. Hope to have it done soon.
  3. Drawful. Love family game night!

22 December 2016

  1. My son was in much better spirits. Even got out for a walk in his wheelchair.
  2. Was able to get back to editing my novel. Can't wait to send it to my advance readers!
  3. Family karaoke night + snickerdoodles.

21 December 2016

  1. Was able to rent a wheelchair for my son. He's supposed to remain in bed with his leg elevated most of the time, but now he can at least sit with us at dinner.

. . .

In truth, it was a day that was difficult to find the good in. It's as if 2016 is trying to get some final digs in, and not small ones. Here's hoping tomorrow will be a fresh start of sorts and more good can happen.

20 December 2016

  1. My son got his cast on.
  2. We were able to get his pain medicine prescription filled (after trying three different pharmacies, but at least it's done).
  3. One of my best friends sent belated birthday presents, including an awesome Sherlock Holmes pillow.

19 December 2016

  1. Nice morning with a friend...
  2. Which put me closer to the hospital when the call came.
  3. My son's leg is only fractured, not broken, and the joints are okay. (Trying to find the positive here.)

18 December 2016

  1. Enjoyed Rogue One a bit more the second time.
  2. Nice chat with my dad.
  3. Doughnuts.

17 December 2016

  1. My birthday!
  2. TARDIS handbag from the in-laws, and the kids gave me some nice jewelry, too.
  3. Dinner at Bluestem in San Francisco. Plus, Crabtree & Evelyn soaps and new jeans.

16 December 2016

  1. My solar return. (Not the same as my birthday, at least not this year.)
  2. Rogue One. Didn't love it as much as some seem to, but still had fun.
  3. Fab tarot reading with Luna at Mystic Dream! I try to get one every year around my birthday.

15 December 2016

  1. Salon night!
  2. Enjoying a new little writing project I started.
  3. The contractor had to reschedule. Yeah, that's annoying but it's also one less thing.

14 December 2016

  1. A day without errands or appointments. Aaaah.
  2. Unearthing old writing and anime/manga treasures (while searching for something else, but it was still fun to find these things).
  3. Re-reading and reliving one of those old manga. The tragedy of Subaru/Seishirou rivals Shakespeare. Seriously.

13 December 2016

  1. New headphones so I can listen to music and podcasts on my walks again!
  2. Also, the ability to take at least short walks again!
  3. My husband's happiness at being able to fix a light fixture now that he has a ladder tall enough.

12 December 2016

  1. Hearing from a friend I'd lost contact with.
  2. Having fun on an online radio talk show.
  3. Good news from my ENT doctor.

10 December 2016

  1. Tree up and partially decorated.
  2. Bought our annual ornaments. (Every year we each get to select one new Hallmark ornament. Makes for a very interesting tree.)
  3. Fun new games for family game night.

09 December 2016

  1. Mobile enough to rush my son's clarinet to him at the last minute because he forgot it (and music is the first class of the day).
  2. Lost another pound. (I've gone back to monitoring my calorie intake, and I've now lost four pounds.)
  3. 1053 entries into my Goodreads giveaway! I'm so glad it was a success!

08 December 2016

  1. Writing group.
  2. Getting better at walking.
  3. . . .

Pretty blah day, really. Nothing terrible but nothing fantastic either. I guess Good Thing #3 is that I have a roof over my head in all this rain. Yeah, that counts.

07 December 2016

  1. Ankle brace making it easier to walk.
  2. Fun new stuff from Amazon courtesy of birthday/holiday money from my parents.
  3. Lots of support from fellow writers.

06 December 2016

  1. Was able to drive to and from the doctor.
  2. Kids did great at their gymnastics show.
  3. Lots of volunteer readers/reviewers for ARCs of my forthcoming book.

05 December 2016

  1. Somewhat more mobile today.
  2. Crowley (our cat) came out of surgery just fine.
  3. My kids brought me chocolate.

04 December 2016

Dec 3-4

  1. It's not broken, just sprained.*
  2. Nice chat with my dad.
  3. Finished the draft of the book I've been writing.
  4. Snickerdoodles.

So last night, after that nice chat with my dad, I was taking some trash out. When I turned around to go back inside, I saw our little black cat sticking his nose out. He's an indoor cat, so I picked up my foot to nudge him back inside, but then my other foot gave way under me and I fell. I thought for sure I'd somehow broken my foot or ankle, but after a trip to Urgent Care this morning it turns out I've sprained a ligament. They told me that can hurt just as much as a broken bone, and yeah, it hurt all right. I'm on crutches now. But at least it's not broken.

02 December 2016

  1. Dentist wasn't as bad as I feared.
  2. Good report cards for all the kids.
  3. Ice cream cake & Drawful.

01 December 2016

  1. Nice dinner out for hubby's birthday eve.
  2. Wrote 1400 words.
  3. No other errands for the day.

30 November 2016

  1. More writing done.
  2. Stopped myself from eating fast food and felt very good about that.
  3. Nice phone chat with a friend.

29 November 2016

  1. More good reviews for Manifesting Destiny.
  2. More writing done on Brynnde (so close to finished!).
  3. Happy, healthy kids.

28 November 2016

  1. Being productive, at least in terms of housework and errands. (Less so with writing.)
  2. Having the house to myself.
  3. Finished The Crown. Which is good and bad because now there's no more of it to watch. :(

27 November 2016

  1. Fresh bagels.
  2. Habit Burger.
  3. Getting out of the house for a bit.
Yeah, it was mostly about the food . . .

26 November 2016

  1. Winning NaNoWriMo (but the book isn't finished, so I'm still going).
  2. Chat with my mom.
  3. Really nice review of Manifesting Destiny on With Love for Books.

25 November 2016

  1. Being home.
  2. Writing.
  3. My son's birthday, which featured sushi, his favorite chocolate pie, and several rounds of drawful.

24 November 2016

Thanksgiving Vacation Edition

  1. Smooth flights.
  2. Good boarding positions.
  3. Amazing food: Mike's Tacos, Hodad's, Surf Rider Pizza, Pícan . . .
  4. Dolphins.
  5. Glorious sunsets.
  6. Sky rides.
  7. Big cats of all kinds.
  8. Coming home to little cats, too.

20 November 2016

  1. Helping my boys create their own board games.
  2. So close to done with this current manuscript.
  3. Being able to close my office doors.

19 November 2016

  1. Five Guys Burgers (and a milkshake!)
  2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  3. Figuring out the rest of the book I'm writing.

17 November 2016

  1. A fun new hair color.
  2. Getting my nails done.
  3. One month until my birthday.

16 November 2016

  1. My orthodontist sanded between my teeth. Like, basically flossing with sandpaper (or diamond grit paper in this case). And it didn't hurt. I count that as good.
  2. Finished writing a chapter that felt like it had been going on forever.
  3. Ramen. It's kind of dumb, but I actually really enjoy eating it now and then.

15 November 2016

  1. Evening out with my oldest. We had a yummy dinner and then saw Murder on the Nile. Great fun!
  2. A little more writing done despite my busy morning.
  3. School librarians interested in my book.

14 November 2016

  1. Got so much writing done! The best writing day in a long while. Yippee!
  2. Had a good time on the online panel, though I'm not sure how much I actually contributed.
  3. Lots of new newsletter subscribers and Likes on my Facebook page.

13 November 2016

  1. A nice breakfast out.
  2. Good chat with my mom.
  3. Successful job hosting a Facebook event.

12 November 2016

  1. Survived my son's birthday party. 4+ hours at the arcade/go karts/mini golf/bumper boats/laser tag place... @.@
  2. Bubble bath.
  3. Sleep.

11 November 2016

After a few days away, I'm back on the Good Things train. It's been difficult--it still is difficult--in the wake of the U.S. election, but life can't stop. It can change, but it needs to keep going forward.

  1. Mother/daughter time complete with hawks, hummingbirds, and bunnies.
  2. Curling up with a really good book.
  3. Hilarity in attempting to play a board game my son created.

07 November 2016

06 November 2016

05 November 2016

  1. Nice lunch out with the family, including in-laws.
  2. Nice walk after eating that big lunch—fabulous weather, just perfect.
  3. Painting a tea set with my daughter.

04 November 2016

  1. Minerva (the new cat) getting more comfortable with us.
  2. Cookies.
  3. 17th anniversary of my first date with my husband.

03 November 2016

  1. A little more writing done.
  2. Good session with the writing group.
  3. Free bagel.

02 November 2016

  1. Feeling better after a day of being sick.
  2. Getting some writing done.
  3. Cubs won.
In truth, I don't have any particular attachment to the Cubs, but everyone loves an underdog story, right?

31 October 2016

  1. The school's Hallowe'en parade went more quickly than usual because they made it more efficient. Took half the time!
  2. The rain that was threatening held off.
  3. Seeing my oldest son have such a good time with his friends. That brings me a special kind of joy.

30 October 2016

29 October 2016

  1. Family walk.
  2. Family game time.
  3. Family reading time.

28 October 2016

  1. Trick-or-Door at the kids' school. It's a stupid name, but the kids love it, and they looked great in their costumes. Also, I got to hang out with a fellow mom for part of it, so that was nice.
  2. More rain, but it cleared up before we had to go out.
  3. Finishing the book I'd been reading.

27 October 2016

  1. Cozy day of rainy weather.
  2. Soup and sandwiches.
  3. Curling up with a book.

25 October 2016

  1. New blackout curtains for the bedroom that make it easier for me to sleep.
  2. Getting past 15k words in the Changers Book 2 draft.
  3. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

24 October 2016

  1. No errands or appointments on my calendar! Yay!
  2. Passed 14k words in Changers 2.
  3. Chinese food for dinner.

23 October 2016

Pumpkin Patch Edition

  1. Corn maze. With only a little bit of the kids arguing and fighting.
  2. Pastries!
  3. Pumpkins.
  4. Unexpected Habit Burger.

22 October 2016

  1. New earrings (Sherlock Holmes earrings, no less).
  2. Bath bombs.
  3. Getting stopped at the mall by a talent scout interested in my beautiful children. I'm flattered by proxy!

21 October 2016

  1. No errands to run or meetings to attend.
  2. Reading.
  3. Relaxing.

20 October 2016

  1. Last parent-teacher conference, and it was a great one! My oldest son is doing a great job at school.
  2. Had a chance to meet and chat with a friend/fellow writer I met at a writing conference this past summer. Was really nice to catch up. Also, fantastic weather for sitting outside.
  3. Good writing group meeting. Only my second time, and I really like the group. It's nice to have found people to meet with again. (Ones that won't behave like Mean Girls.)

19 October 2016

  1. Had a call with someone who might want me to write for their television series. Could be interesting.
  2. Also a nice phone chat with one of my good friends.
  3. Milky Way candy bar.

18 October 2016

  1. Good parent-teacher conference with my youngest son's teacher. Also, the speech teacher was there. I feel confident the three of us make a good team to help my son learn effectively.
  2. A request by a director/producer for one of my scripts.
  3. Beautiful weather.

17 October 2016

  1. Possibility of stretching my chops by attempting some comedy writing. Could be a nice opportunity.
  2. Feeling productive.
  3. Chicken and waffles.

16 October 2016

  1. Hosting a Facebook party for a dear writer friend. I'd never done that before, and it was really fun!
  2. A new review for Manifesting Destiny that recommends fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson read it. Wow! What a compliment!
  3. Finally got to watch Timeless, and it's as cute as I hoped it would be.

15 October 2016

  1. Going to the movies with a friend.
  2. Reading.
  3. . . .

That's about it, really. Was a relatively quiet day.

14 October 2016

  1. Parent-teacher conference with my daughter's teacher went well.
  2. Much-needed rain.
  3. My eye had been bothering me on Thursday, but I woke up this morning with it feeling much better.

13 October 2016

  1. Though it took almost three hours and was really cold in the waiting room, the guys at my car dealership were also really nice to me and gave me cookies. And my car got fixed. (Not that it was broken, exactly, but there was a recall that required them to do something.)
  2. I still had time for a quick lunch after the car thing and before I had to go pick up the kids.
  3. Snickerdoodles.

12 October 2016

  1. A dream of Alan Rickman. No, not like that! He was making me a sandwich.
  2. Kids' flu shots were relatively painless (especially for me since I didn't get one).
  3. More work done on the next Changers book.

11 October 2016

  1. Got some more writing done.
  2. Found some cool old photos.
  3. The Luke Cage/Family Matters video on YouTube. (There's an Avengers/Full House one, too.)

09 October 2016

InD'Scribe Edition

I've been away at a conference, so there are a lot of great things:

  1. Meeting so many warm and welcoming authors who happily took me under their wings and included me in their ranks.
  2. Getting to dress up! And get my hair and makeup done!
  3. DRAGON! It looked just like Livian, too...
  4. Getting to take pictures with lovely cover models. (Yes, I'm susceptible to such charms. *swoon*)
  5. Dancing!
  6. Hearing from the director for my next short film. Yay for progress! We're starting to talk casting...
  7. Sitting on panels—again, with such amazing authors.
  8. Being invited to eat breakfast with these amazing authors. Who were willing to give me advice and help me out by discussing book contracts and suggesting other cons for me to attend! I just cannot get over how great these people were to me. I don't know why I expected anything different, but wow.
  9. Being able to sell Manifesting Destiny to a school librarian. I hope her students love it!
  10. Seeing my wonderful new friends win RONE awards.
  11. Getting to see my dear friend Kimberley, who I haven't seen in over a year.
  12. Coming home to my loving family.

07 October 2016

  1. Making new writing friends.
  2. Sitting on my first conference panel.
  3. Working with a director on one of my screenplays.

06 October 2016

  1. Getting dolled up.
  2. Meeting other authors.
  3. Dancing!
  4. Dragons!

I'm currently at InD'Scribe Conference. If you're in the Burbank area, you should come down to the book room—it's free. Come on down!

04 October 2016

  1. Hawk! It swooped over me as I was walking this morning, close enough that I felt it in my hair. I watched it grab a mouse from the field, then it went into a nearby tree and ate its breakfast.
  2. Nice lunch with my mother-in-law.
  3. Salon night! Hair and nails ready for InD'Scribe in two days!

02 October 2016

  1. Rosh Hashanah service.
  2. Girl time with my daughter.
  3. Candy.

01 October 2016

  1. Lunch with extended family.
  2. Cooler weather.
  3. Playing Ticket to Ride. It's a ridiculously fun game.

30 September 2016

  1. Meeting up with writing friends.
  2. Lunch out with the hubby (because he worked from home today).
  3. Cider. I love that it's cider season again!

28 September 2016

  1. Two new pairs of shoes for $25.
  2. Getting the grocery shopping done. I felt very productive!
  3. Envy apples. If you haven't had them, they're amazing. (Assuming you like sweet apples rather than tart ones, which I do.)

27 September 2016

  1. Doing the lockdown drill with my son's class while in the school library. I wouldn't necessarily count this as "good" except I was able to explain to them that we had to stay quiet and still "because a T-Rex is loose." It became a game, and they liked that.
  2. Talking to my daughter's class about writing. Those kids were great!
  3. Thai food for lunch. It was a long morning and I earned it.

26 September 2016

  1. Kids meeting the mayor. Again. They do every year because they get summer reading awards from the local library.
  2. Celebratory dinner out.
  3. Getting some writing done, even when I thought I wasn't going to be able to.

25 September 2016

  1. Breakfast out with new friends.
  2. Chats with my parents.
  3. Last Week Tonight returned!

24 September 2016

  1. My daughter's birthday party was a roaring success.
  2. Ice cream cake.
  3. It's over. (At least until my son's party in November...)

23 September 2016

  1. Finished the chapter I was writing in the Changers sequel.
  2. Chess with my youngest son.
  3. Quality time with my two youngest children.

22 September 2016

  1. Meeting a new friend for tea.
  2. Discovering a great new tea house.
  3. Meeting a new writer.
Yesterday was remarkably social for me, which is kind of exhausting for an introvert, but rewarding too. Normally I wouldn't schedule two outings on the same day but somehow it fell out this way, and I survived! Not only that but enjoyed most of it.

21 September 2016

  1. I was good and didn't eat fast food for lunch even though I really wanted to.
  2. Another day in which I didn't have to drive anywhere.
  3. Chatting with a dear friend on the phone. I don't love the phone, but there are two or three people I don't mind spending time with that way—people who mean so much to me that any way I can spend time with them is good.

20 September 2016

  1. Being productive! Not in writing, but in other things. Sometimes that's just how it goes.
  2. Good interactions with people. Just very friendly ones, the kind that make you feel good in general.
  3. More newsletter subscribers!

19 September 2016

  1. Getting lots of writing done. Am now approximately 20% through the Changers sequel.
  2. News from the bookseller at the upcoming conference that my books had arrived. (Well, the first shipment anyway.)
  3. Not having to go out and run any errands. There were plenty of chores, but I got to stay in out of the heat.

18 September 2016

17 September 2016

  1. Ice cream social.
  2. Wendy's cheeseburger.

. . . Yeah, today was mostly about the food. And hanging out.

16 September 2016

  1. Family picnic night at the kids' school.
  2. Finding out the school mascot's name is Ace!*
  3. Documentary Now! is back.
*The kids' school is something like 15 years old and their mascot is "The Wildcat." But they got a new principal this year and she felt like The Wildcat should have a name. So there was a nomination process, and "Ace" is the name I nominated. (I think other people also submitted it; the school's initials reduce to ACE, so it makes sense.) It made the short list, and then it won! Yay!
I'll be honest. It's been a tough week. I'm fighting a cold and there have just been a million other things... But I'm still grateful. I'm grateful for having a home, and clothes, and food, and clean water. It's more than a lot of people in this world have. I'm grateful that I'm able to do the work I love as a writer. I'm grateful that I have bright, beautiful children and that a cold is the worst thing wrong with me when so many others have chronic and terminal illnesses. I really have no reason or right to complain. So I won't.

11 September 2016

  1. Meeting a really nice group of people (Tri-Valley Cultural Jewish group).
  2. Hanging out with the in-laws for Grandparents' Day.
  3. Chatting with my dad for his birthday.
Oh, and news from my publisher that Manifesting Destiny is a bestseller on All Romance eBooks! Hell, yeah!

10 September 2016

  1. Rob Thomas.
  2. Counting Crows.
  3. Rob Thomas & Counting Crows.

09 September 2016

  1. Morning walk.
  2. Writing.
  3. "Spock Selections." (You had to be there.)

08 September 2016

  1. Introducing my kids to Trogdor and Teen Girl Squad.
  2. Getting my Goodreads author page dusted off.
  3. Hot fudge sundae.

07 September 2016

  1. Great response to my IWSG post.
  2. Getting my Goodreads author page dusted off and figured out.
  3. Lots more writing done. I'm now excited about Changers 2 rather than dreading it!

06 September 2016

  1. Salon night! Fresh hair and nails! Lots of gab!
  2. Making headway on Changers 2.
  3. Tiny House Hunters.

05 September 2016

  1. Fun time at the neighbor's birthday pool party & potluck.
  2. Many requests for Changers 2. At least I know people want to read it!
  3. Continuing to gather what I need for the conference next month. Feel like I'm close to done, which worries me because that usually means I'm forgetting something.

04 September 2016

  1. Hot Topic. I got a Ravenclaw shirt (yes, I'm Ravenclaw) and two Jareth figures.
  2. Winning a free book from Wild Rose Press. I chose something called One Grand Season. We'll see how it goes.
  3. Getting my paperback copy of Manifesting Destiny in the mail!

03 September 2016

  1. My daughter's birthday. She chose In-N-Out Burger for lunch followed by Cold Stone ice cream for dessert. The look on her face when she got the books she's been wanting and when we gave her the plush Puss In Boots was priceless.
  2. Finishing a draft of the short script for the director.
  3. Chats with my mom and my friend Abby.

02 September 2016

  1. Cheesesteak.
  2. My shirt arrived. It has the text of my novel The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller printed on it. One of a kind and so cool. (It was a Kickstarter or Indiegogo or something for NaNoWriMo.)
  3. Well-behaved children.

01 September 2016

  1. Meeting with a couple of my writing friends. It was great to catch up.
  2. Visiting the kids' classrooms. Their school year is off to a good start.
  3. A couple more good reviews for Manifesting Destiny.

31 August 2016

  1. My book Manifesting Destiny is in print!!! You can buy it here.

That really pretty much counts for all three.

30 August 2016

  1. Working again on the sequel to Manifesting Destiny.
  2. A nice, informative session of Coffee with the Principal at the kids' school.
  3. Making my kids laugh. I love doing that, and today it was especially needed.

29 August 2016

  1. A day without any errands or appointments.
  2. Interesting Radio Lab podcast (Georgetown, TX was even mentioned!).
  3. Figuring out how to reserve my hair and makeup appointments for InD'Scribe. I've begun having dreams about this conference now. I'm both excited and stressed out.

28 August 2016

27 August 2016

  1. Kubo and the Two Strings
  2. Popcorn
  3. Chatting with my mom (on her birthday)

26 August 2016

  1. Getting more writing done.
  2. Family walk.
  3. White noise machines.

25 August 2016

  1. News that Manifesting Destiny will be out in paperback soon!
  2. Also finding that Manifesting Destiny is now available on most e-book platforms.
  3. My oldest son blossoming before my eyes into a responsible young adult.

24 August 2016

  1. A fellow writer friend posting about Manifesting Destiny.
  2. Really helpful people in the form of booksellers doing me a huge favor.
  3. Hitting 2k followers on Twitter. Though the way followers come and go, I don't know if it will last. I'll enjoy it while I can.

23 August 2016

  1. Writing again! I'd barely done any over the summer, so it feels so good to stretch those writing muscles!
  2. A reviewer agreed to look at Manifesting Destiny. It's been very difficult to land reviewers; they're all so swamped.
  3. Kids continue to enjoy school. Sure, it was only the second day, but I feel like setting the tone early goes a long way toward having a good year overall.

22 August 2016

  1. First day of school! And the kids all loved it.
  2. Walking. I really have missed my daily walks.
  3. Workout. Time to get back into the routine.

21 August 2016

  1. Phone chats with my parents.
  2. Lasagna and ice cream.
  3. The last day of summer vacation. Thank God for school starting!

19 August 2016

  1. Clean checkups for my daughter and  youngest son.
  2. Getting in a walk. (When they go back to school next week, I'll be able to get back to regular walks. Can't wait!)
  3. Such support on my author Facebook page!

18 August 2016

  1. Did not have to go anywhere. No errands or appointments.
  2. Made mini sodas with Rob's new soda shop toy.
  3. Booked Evie's birthday party.

17 August 2016

  1. My youngest's birthday. I took him to the store to pick out a cake, and he chose breakfast for dinner.
  2. Getting entrenched in an astrological report I was writing for a friend. It took a while, but it's not work when you're enjoying it.
  3. I'm also really enjoying Wolf Hall (the novel). Found a copy of it at Half-Price Books. Glad I gave it a go.

16 August 2016

  1. Back-to-school shopping, which I always find a bit fun, plus it means the kids will finally be going back to school!
  2. Getting the kids' classroom assignments, and also running into other moms I haven't seen all summer.
  3. Winning wine in the raffle! Really, this school seems intent on giving me wine. Last spring I ended up with more than our cabinet could hold and now there's more!

15 August 2016

  1. Being home.
  2. Crowley's last vaccinations (for the year).
  3. My blog tour started! Very exciting! You can follow along here and even enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

Writer's Digest Conference Edition

It's not that nothing good has happened the past few days, it's that I was away at a conference in NYC. And lots of great stuff happened! So here's a partial list of all the positive things I'm grateful for these past few days:

  1. Extra legroom on the plane.
  2. Sitting next to French people and surprising them with my (very rusty) French.
  3. A short taxi line.
  4. Being made Guest of the Day at the hotel, which got me a great upgrade, free wifi, and access to the Executive Lounge.
  5. Meeting fun new people.
  6. Not having to pitch.
  7. Lots of great information and advice.
  8. Running into Steven James in the elevator and him giving me advice for when I do my first panel in October.
  9. Kwame Alexander telling me he loves my hair.
  10. Lots of other people telling me they love my hair.
  11. People telling me they think my chrome toenails are cool.
  12. Drink vouchers.
  13. Views of Central Park at dawn and dusk and during a lightning storm.
  14. Dr Pepper in the hotel cafe.
  15. Invitations to dinner with fellow writers.
  16. Discovering Ippuku.
  17. Learning there's an Ippuku in Berkeley.
  18. Upgrades to the exit row for the flight home.
  19. Being sent to TSA Pre-check and not having to take off my shoes.
  20. Surreal 4-way stops between shuttle buses and 747s.
  21. Coming home.

08 August 2016

  1. Half-Price Books.
  2. Habit Burger.
  3. A morning out with the kids that was just grand.

07 August 2016

  1. Twix ice cream bar.
  2. Perfect weather.

. . . I'm at a loss for #3. It wasn't a bad day but also wasn't anything special. Though I suppose I should count every day as special just because I'm alive and well. I'm mostly feeling anxious about my new book. I'm desperate for it to do well, and that's coloring my mood at the moment.

06 August 2016

  1. Gilroy Gardens with the family.
  2. Good review for my book.
  3.  . . . Gilroy Gardens counts for two? We really did have a great day.

04 August 2016

  1. Book release! (Technically on the 5th but was out late this evening.)
  2. Beauty night! Hair and nails at the salon. Feels good to be prettied up.
  3. Caught a Meowth? Yeah, I'm seriously reaching for the third good thing. But . . . new book! That counts double, right?

03 August 2016

  1. Scott stayed home.
  2. Nice visit with the in-laws.
  3. Mr. Pickles sandwich.
  4. Swimming.

02 August 2016

  1. My publisher continues to roll out publicity for Changers. An excerpt has been posted on ARe Cafe.
  2. More Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
  3. Finally got to watch the Preacher finale, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

01 August 2016

  1. Caught more Pokemon? I mean, I guess that's good . . .
  2. Snickerdoodles.
  3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

31 July 2016

  1. Caught lots of Pokemon. (Dear God, how did I get talked into this?)
  2. Publisher started the promo machine for Changers.
  3. July finally ended.

30 July 2016

  1. Indoctrinating the kids into Star Trek.
  2. Star Trek Beyond.
  3. My kids teaching me to catch Pokemon.
Bonus: Yahtzee

29 July 2016

  1. ONE WEEK until my new book comes out!
  2. Finally remembered to take the dry cleaning in.
  3. Started working on the Changers sequel again.

28 July 2016

  1. Helping someone online. Makes me feel good to help people.
  2. In turn, that person was very encouraging about my writing. That felt good, too.
  3. Introducing the kids to Star Trek in preparation for taking them to the new movie on Saturday.

27 July 2016

  1. Not having to go anywhere. (Staying in from the heat.)
  2. Getting pages of the script written.
  3. Support from friends for my upcoming book.

26 July 2016

  1. The Changers: Manifesting Destiny cover! It's amazing!!!
  2. Walking with the kids to and from lunch. Also, lunch.
  3. Crazy squirrel outside my office window barking at me. We had a very nice conversation.
Sixteen-year-old Cee has a hopeless crush on her best friend Marcus. Unfortunately for her, he's gay. In the wake of Marcus's older brother leaving home to join the Aerie, Marcus has become increasingly distant. Then, when Cee discovers she has a troublesome dragon named Livian living inside her things grow even more complicated.

Marcus urges Cee to go to the Magi to have Livian removed, but the more used to Livian Cee becomes, the less certain she is about letting him go. Should she change her natural self for the crush who will never love her anyway?

25 July 2016

  1. A peek at the concept art for the Changers: Manifesting Destiny cover! Eek! I'm so excited!
  2. John Oliver was back. On my DVR because I was out on Sunday night.
  3. Found good stuff at the BevMo. (Don't judge. It's been a long summer home with the kids.)

24 July 2016

  1. Mary Poppins
  2. The Grill (especially that Moscato)
  3. Weird Al

23 July 2016

  1. Took the two youngest to the eye doctor for checkups. All good, no glasses needed (yet).
  2. Nice lunch out.
  3. Trip to the local comic book shop.

22 July 2016

21 July 2016

  1. Checking out my aesthetician's new office. Was swank!
  2. Hummingbird!
  3. Quiet evening, no TV.

19 July 2016

  1. A productive Skype meeting.
  2. New Everything Wrong With... and Honest Trailers
  3. Grilled cheese.

18 July 2016

17 July 2016

16 July 2016

  1. A release date for my book! August 5.
  2. Day out with the family + my 10-year-old's friend. While I didn't think The Secret Life of Pets was anything special, it was still fun.
  3. Family Game Night: Pandemic.

Bonus: Stranger Things. This show is amazing.

13 July 2016

  1. More writing!
  2. More puzzle!
  3. My 7-year-old daughter wanting to read The Illustrated Man. So we are.

12 July 2016

  1. Finally got some writing done!
  2. Progress on the puzzle I'm doing with my 10-year-old son.
  3. The look on my daughter's face when she saw I'd bought her the Upside-Down Magic sequel.

11 July 2016

  1. Quiet time.
  2. Badge ribbons arrived. I'm getting so excited for the conferences!
  3. Support from virtual/online friends.

09 July 2016

1-3. Day out in Columbia with the family.

Had a really fun time, and the drive was fairly nice as well. Kids really enjoyed panning for gold. We dipped candles and I bought fancy soap . . . and more candles. On the whole a fun family day.

08 July 2016

  1. Kids receiving their summer reading medals at the library.
  2. Orthodontist complimented my zygomatic bones (cheekbones).
  3. I was good and didn't snack.

07 July 2016

  1. Gorgeous weather.
  2. Pool wasn't too crowded.
  3. My dad called to tell me he's reading my latest novel and loving it.

06 July 2016

  1. A walk in the hills with my kids.
  2. Board games with my kids.
  3. Puzzles with my kids.

04 July 2016

  1. Family walk.
  2. Swimming.
  3. Cake.
But the biggest, most exciting thing today was that I finally landed on the Coming Soon page for Evernight Teen! If they put out one book each Friday, I'm potentially looking at a July 29th release. Yay!

03 July 2016

  1. New toys for the cat.
  2. Pizza.
  3. Quiet time.
  4. Online sales.
And there's still one more day left of the weekend!

02 July 2016

  1. County Fair!
  2. Doing Hidden Pictures with the family.
  3. Fudge.

01 July 2016

  1. Family show night (wherein we watch shows together: Danger Mouse, Animaniacs, and Peabody and Sherman).
  2. Beginning to put together my 4D puzzle of London with the help of my 10-year-old son.
  3. Crows. They make me happy. I don't know why.

30 June 2016

  1. Feeling good about deciding which school the kids should go to next year.
  2. Relieved that my husband's car is fixed and that it didn't cost a mint.
  3. Grilled cheese.

29 June 2016

  1. Playing North to Alaska with the kids.
  2. Walking to Subway for lunch with the kids, then having lunch, then walking home. (Bonus: the breeze kept it from being too hot.)
  3. Chatting on the phone with an old friend.

28 June 2016

  1. Finding the official rules to North to Alaska since I'd lost them years ago. (I've had that game since I was about eight years old.)
  2. Not doing any laundry.
  3. Feeling good when I help people online.

27 June 2016

  1. Meeting neighbors and hanging out for a bit.
  2. My new LEGO kit: Big Ben!
  3. Quiet time.

26 June 2016

  1. Swimming.
  2. Quiet time.
  3. Game of Thrones season finale.

25 June 2016

24 June 2016

  1. Shepherd's pie! That our kids made and it was delicious!
  2. Hanging out with my parents.
  3. Salon time with Mom.
Also: Fete de St. Jean

21 June 2016

  1. Managed to get a walk in despite the heat.
  2. Got through almost the entire day without Crowley scratching up my legs. (Missed it by that much, Chief.)
  3. Finished watching O.J. Simpson: Made in America. Wow.

20 June 2016

  1. Able to drop the kids at day camp = quiet time.
  2. Greek lasagna for lunch.
  3. Full Moon + Solstice.

19 June 2016

  1. Yummy Father's Day lunch.
  2. Yummy Father's Day ice cream.
  3. Relaxed Father's Day pool time.

18 June 2016

  1. OneRepublic.
  2. The Killers.
  3. P!nk.

We saw all three at my husband's company's annual concert. Very cool.

Also, watching Now You See Me with our 10-year-old in preparation for going to see the sequel.

16 June 2016

  1. My youngest graduated from kindergarten.
  2. Last day of school for this school year.
  3. . . .

15 June 2016

  1. Finished my edits.
  2. Survived the craziness of driving students on a field trip and taking the kids to the dentist.
  3. Kids all passed their dental checkups with no major issues. (They'll need orthodontia at some point, but all is well for now.)

14 June 2016

  1. Really awesome new hair color!
  2. New nail colors too.
  3. Got 30% of the way through my edits.

13 June 2016

  1. Awards day at the kids' school. Each of them brought home a couple. Very proud of them!
  2. Edits arrived from my publisher. This is a good thing—progress—though I'm very nervous about some of what I've seen so far.
  3. I did a workout AND had the willpower not to snack after dinner. Yay!

12 June 2016

  1. Swim. I did laps for 40 minutes, basically until I couldn't swim any longer. Loved it.
  2. Seeing how my painted bowl turned out after it was fired and glazed. (It looks great!)
  3. Sitting outside and reading.

11 June 2016

  1. Writing.
  2. Library + cafe.
  3. Finally getting to see Zootopia.

10 June 2016

09 June 2016

  1. Cookies.
  2. Time with the kids.
  3. Making my promo banner. (It's not amazing or anything, but it's the first time I ever tried, and I'm pleased with the result. Can't wait for the Changers cover so I can make another banner to feature that.)

08 June 2016

  1. Volunteers' breakfast at the kids' school. (As a classroom volunteer, I was invited.)
  2. Kids' annual hoedown at the school.
  3. Getting the grocery shopping done.

06 June 2016

  1. Crowley (our kitten, named via Good Omens) receives a passing health grade from the vet.
  2. Getting back into workouts.
  3. But still also eating ice cream.

05 June 2016

  1. Fun with the new kitten.
  2. MIL's birthday party.
  3. More kitten fun.

03 June 2016

  1. Thai food.
  2. Getting a kitten.
  3. Did I mention we got a kitten?

31 May 2016

  1. Chaperoning my youngest son's first field trip. We walked to the local fast food restaurant. The kids made me go first into the big fridge and freezer. But in truth, it was a lot of fun and the kids were well behaved.
  2. Yummy gyros for dinner.
  3. Love and Friendship.

30 May 2016

29 May 2016

  1. Swimming!
  2. Painting!
  3. Still managing to make my word count goal!

28 May 2016

  1. Quiet time in which to reach my daily word count goal.
  2. Slurpees with my daughter.
  3. Winning $6.00 on $3.00 worth of scratch tickets. Hey, I was feeling lucky, and I did double my money!

27 May 2016

26 May 2016

  1. Seeing the kids' classrooms at the school's open house. They worked so hard!
  2. Flowers from the hubby "just because."
  3. Starting the holiday weekend.

25 May 2016

24 May 2016

  1. Writing.
  2. Quiet.
  3. Creamy Diablo dressing on my salad.

23 May 2016

  1. A request from a production company for a synopsis of 20 August!
  2. Quick orthodontist visit in which he said all is well.
  3. Really yummy chicken fajita dinner.

22 May 2016

  1. Grocery shopping (good because it means I have lots of yummy choices for lunch this week).
  2. Lunch out with the family.
  3. A co-writer willing to hit up a pitchfest to get interest for our script.
Bonus: HBO Go

21 May 2016

  1. Family time.
  2. New eyeglasses. (Purple and sparkly.)
  3. Winning at Sherlock Cluedo.

20 May 2016

  1. Book fair.
  2. Watching shows with the kids.
  3. Hamster cuddles.

19 May 2016

18 May 2016

  1. Getting out of the house, even if only to do grocery shopping.
  2. Shorts weather. (I look so much better brown than yellow.)*
  3. A hummingbird hanging out by my office window.

*I'm Creole. In the winter I turn this sort of yellow color, but once we start getting sun again, I turn toasty brown.

17 May 2016

  1. Another day without errands to run.
  2. Writing.
  3. Twix.

16 May 2016

  1. No errands to run!
  2. Writing.
  3. Reading Encyclopedia Brown with my boys.

15 May 2016

  1. Sleeping in.
  2. Lazy day at home.
  3. Sitting outside and reading.

14 May 2016

  1. Kids' haircuts. Not exciting, but good to check something off the to-do list.
  2. Habit Burger.
  3. Going for a walk and seeing a huge snake (about 3.5 feet long). Most people would freak out, but I love that kind of thing.

13 May 2016

  1. Anniversary day out.
  2. Really good wine.
  3. Finding cute, unexpected movies on demand.

12 May 2016

  1. Getting some writing done.
  2. Eye doc appointment. I actually really enjoy my eye doctor (though the office staff are kind of a disaster). At least my eyes are healthy, no major changes.
  3. Cool new glasses on order. (Purple!)

11 May 2016

  1. Warm weather! Getting to wear shorts!
  2. Writing.
  3. Connecting with fellow writers on Facebook.

10 May 2016

  1. Time out with friends.
  2. Date night.
  3. Very British Problems.
Date night included painting pottery at an art café, dinner at an Afghani restaurant, pastries at a French patisserie, walking around downtown and then going for a drive through wine country while watching the sun set. Also, almost getting locked in a regional park by the ranger. Would've made for a great story, but I'm glad we didn't!

09 May 2016

08 May 2016

Mother's Day Edition

  1. Day started with doughnuts, flowers, and handmade cards from the kids.
  2. Lunch out at a Chinese restaurant followed by ice cream from my favorite local place (chocolate with marshmallow topping).
  3. Calling my mom.
  4. Ordering a couple treats for myself online (a Sagittarius pendant and new Lenormand deck).
  5. Pizza for dinner. Then a workout because have you seen everything I ate today?

Of course, the day was punctuated by the fact my oldest son was punchy from being overtired. He actually sleepwalked down to dinner, took a couple bites of pizza and then wandered off. He hasn't sleepwalked in a long, long time, so I'd forgotten what that's like. He woke up later thinking it was time to get up for school when it was still evening. Just super confused and out of it. Sort of funny but also I felt bad for him. He has state testing all this week at school, so it's important that he get enough rest.

Speaking of which, I also need some sleep. So off I go . . .

07 May 2016

1. Getting lots of writing done.

. . .

That will have to count for all three, I think.

06 May 2016

  1. My short story "Aptera" was accepted for publication by Aurora Wolf. Expected to go up on the site June 1.
  2. Walking in the rain with my kids.
  3. Hummingbirds and faeries.

05 May 2016

  1. Hair-and-nails night!
  2. Friends who understand and tell me it's okay to not be okay.
  3. Mother's Day tea with my daughter at her school.

02 May 2016

  1. Socializing with friends I haven't seen in a while.
  2. Craft store. Yes, even when it's an errand for the kids, I enjoy going.
  3. Sundress weather.

01 May 2016

  1. Sitting outside in the sun and reading.
  2. Visits by hummingbirds, butterflies, squirrels.
  3. A friend telling me she bought one of my books.

30 April 2016

  1. Wind Festival. And I actually enjoyed it this year.
  2. Fixed toilet and new blinds.
  3. Lying out in the sun.

29 April 2016

You know what I'm most grateful for? That in the big scheme of things, all the important things in my life are good. I'm healthy. My family is healthy. We have food, clothes, and shelter. We are (mostly, usually) happy. This isn't me bragging. This is me putting things into perspective. I fuss when I don't hear from my editor or publisher, I'm sad when my sales aren't as good as I'd like them to be. But in the big, big picture, those are small, small concerns. I am so very fortunate. My goal is to keep that in mind whenever I'm tempted to start complaining or bemoaning.

28 April 2016

Sorry! I know I've been remiss in posting three good things each day. Thing is, I'm struggling a bit to find those things. My days have been pretty dull, plus I'm mostly waiting on news and information from various sources. This is no excuse, I realize. The point is to find three good things regardless, no matter how small. So here goes.

  1. My garden is really beautiful right now. Everything blooming, just a riot of color.
  2. Warmer weather is coming. I may be able to break out my shorts soon.
  3. Getting back into workouts. I don't always love doing them, but I feel so much better about myself when I do.

24 April 2016

  1. A nice walk downtown.
  2. Really good pastries.
  3. Chatting with my dad.

21 April 2016

  1. Finished writing chapter one of the Changers sequel! (Hey, it's progress.)
  2. Another day in which I did not have to run any errands. (I'm so lazy.)
  3. Sushi for dinner.

20 April 2016

  1. Spa day.
  2. Finishing a good book. (Reading it, that is. And that's both great and sad because now I have to find something else to read, and it probably won't be as good as this book was.)
  3. Chatting with an old friend.

19 April 2016

  1. Not having to drive anywhere.
  2. So. Many. Flowers.
  3. Shorts weather.

18 April 2016

  1. My son's dental surgery didn't take very long.
  2. One-on-one time with said son.
  3. More fine weather.

17 April 2016

  1. Quiet time.
  2. Boudin.
  3. More good weather for sitting outside and reading.

16 April 2016

  1. Weather warm enough for shorts!
  2. A great new book to read.
  3. Sitting outside in the sun.

15 April 2016

  1. Hummingbirds and dragonflies.
  2. Night out with the family.
  3. The Jungle Book.*

*It's not completely perfect, and we had some very inconsiderate people in the audience, but on the whole entertaining. The kids loved it.

14 April 2016

  1. Getting started on the Changers sequel. It feels really good to have motivation and a goal again.
  2. Milky Way candy bars.
  3. A day without having to do any laundry.

13 April 2016

  1. Fine weather.
  2. Happy announcements.
  3. My gorgeous garden in full bloom.

12 April 2016

1. Signing a contract.

That counts for all three, really.

11 April 2016

  1. Successfully made dinner and everyone ate it without complaint.
  2. Good checkup with my orthodontist.
  3. New Disney pins for our collection.

10 April 2016

  1. Spring and summer clothes for the kids. (Now if only the weather would follow suit.)
  2. Meatloaf! It's kind of ridiculous how much I love meatloaf.
  3. It's a secret. For now.

08 April 2016

  1. Getting out of the house for a bit.
  2. More working out.
  3. Watching Star Wars.

07 April 2016

  1. Being home.
  2. Getting back into workouts. (Even though I don't love doing them, I do enjoy the results. That is, I've come to the point where I'd rather suffer through workouts than look like I would if I didn't do them.)
  3. My roses blooming.

06 April 2016

Vegas Edition

We've been getting away in Vegas for a few days. Many good things to recount!
  1. Tapas.
  2. A beautiful dinner at Picasso, sitting outside by the Bellagio fountain as the sun goes down.
  3. Secret Pizza.
  4. Winning. (Thanks, Cleopatra!)
  5. Fabulous dinner at Andrea's.
  6. Le Rêve.
  7. Breakfast on the terrace at Mon Ami Gabi.
All this and the myriad things in between. A wonderful vacation.

02 April 2016

  1. Hiking with the family.
  2. Beautiful weather.
  3. Finding out about the cat that comes into our yard sometimes.*

*We've always called the cat GiGi (as in G.G., as in "Grey Ghost" because she's grey). But it turns out her name is Alley, as in "Alley Cat." She lives on the street behind ours. She was on our front porch about to head into our garden, which isn't unusual. GiGi/Alley likes to go sleep on our patio furniture. But her owner had spotted her and had come up to the house to try and get the cat back. Just as well because the hummingbird mama who lives in the climbing roses by the porch was ready to take the cat on. She was buzzing all around GiGi's head. Anyway, the owner told me the cat's name is Alley (and she even said, "as in Alley Cat") and where she lived and such. I told her we didn't mind if and when the cat visited. It's all good. Fun way to meet a neighbor.

01 April 2016

  1. An invitation to present at a writing conference in October.
  2. A shipment of Big Red goodies! Including a taste test of the Big Red Float.
  3. Time spent reading. It's great when you have a good book to lose yourself in.
And none of these are jokes! I'm not really much for the whole April Fool's thing. Practical jokes are one of my least favorite forms of entertainment.

31 March 2016

  1. Salon night.

Yeah, that's about it. But at least vacation is now only a couple days away.

30 March 2016

  1. Encouragement from a friend . . . and that friend's mom!
  2. Not having to go anywhere, run any errands, go to any appointments. (That's becoming so rare these days.)
  3. Stumbling across The Secret Life of the Cat and watching it with the kids.

29 March 2016

To be honest, it's been tough to find good things the last couple days. I've had a handful of rejections that are getting me down. But:

  1. A dentist appointment that wasn't as bad as I feared it would be.
  2. Date night.
  3. New books.

27 March 2016

  1. An Easter miracle: Big Red soda found in a local grocery store!
  2. Dying eggs with the kids.
  3. Chocolate.

26 March 2016

  1. My son running his third 5K and getting "scouted" by a local cross country team.
  2. Weather nice enough for shorts.
  3. Sitting outside in the sun, even for just a little while.

25 March 2016

  1. Getting to see a mama hummingbird feed her baby!
  2. All three of my children getting gold medals for reading (and various other awards as well).
  3. Danger Mouse and Mister Ed with the kids.

24 March 2016

  1. Gorgeous weather.
  2. Starting to get back into writing after a couple of days where I wasn't able to carve out the time.
  3. Doing sticker books with my daughter.

23 March 2016

  1. Finally choosing a cover design for my Regency romance novel. (Now just to finish writing the darn thing!)
  2. Lovely dinner out with the family.
  3. Getting much accomplished in one trip to Target.

20 March 2016

  1. Bookstore!
  2. Pizza!
  3. A nice, long chat with my parents.*

*I don't generally enjoy phone conversations, but there are three people in the world I'm happy to talk to at length via telephone: Mom, Dad, and my friend Abby