21 September 2017


  1. My kids telling me I "still have it" when I was able to hit an impossibly high note while singing along to a song in the car.
  2. Meeting a writer friend for coffee and lunch.
  3. Jimmy Buffett tickets!

20 September 2017


  1. 11-year-old son did great for his first cross country meet. (Well, the official times aren't in yet, but I think he did pretty great.)
  2. Busiest day of the week is over, and I survived it.


. . . Um . . . Cooler weather? It even spit a little rain on us, which was a nice change.

19 September 2017


  1. A pretty quiet day. Since tomorrow is really busy, I'm grateful that today I was able to rest.
  2. Got some writing done.
  3. Registered for the San Francisco Writers Conference and booked my room. Something to look forward to!

18 September 2017


  1. Had fun designing a card for people who ask me what I've written.
  2. Nice lunch with a friend.
  3. Relatively un-stressful day.

17 September 2017


  1. A less demanding day than yesterday.
  2. Got a little bit of writing done. Not nearly enough, but some.
  3. Hummingbirds! Lots of them!




16 September 2017


  1. Daughter's birthday party was a smashing success.
  2. I was social and only a little bit awkward (I think).
  3. No big plans for tomorrow. Which, after as busy a day as today, is a good thing.

15 September 2017


  1. Well, I didn't have to drive anywhere. (I did still have volunteer duty in my son's classroom, but we walk to school.)
  2. Girl time with my daughter, which involved baking cookies and watching House Hunters.
  3. Also some time with all the kids, during which we watched funny YouTube videos.

14 September 2017


  1. I don't have tuberculosis. So that's good, right? (I didn't think I did have it, but I had to get tested in order to volunteer at my kids' school, so...)
  2. Writer's group for the first time in a few weeks. Was nice to be back.
  3. A new Aho-Girl.

13 September 2017


  1. First day in a long time that I didn't have an appointment to go to or major errand to run. (I did have a minor errand: put gas in the car and pick up eggs and milk from the corner store.) Was nice to have fewer demands on my time.
  2. Got some writing done.
  3. Was also productive in other ways: laundry, dishes, cleaning, etc.


12 September 2017


  1. Really nice, in depth conversation with my 11-year-old son. About all kinds of things. It's nice that he's at an age that we can do that.
  2. Kind words from readers of my books. I love getting emails and Facebook messages from people who've enjoyed my work. And one was thoughtful enough to write a review, too.
  3. Finished watching season two of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend right before it got removed from Netflix, so... That's productive, right?

11 September 2017


  1. Got a bit more writing done, including fixing a lingering problem with the story.
  2. Got a new editing job.
  3. Really good fry-up for dinner.

10 September 2017


  1. Ice cream!
  2. Got a little bit of writing done. Just need to flesh out what's happening now since things have taken a surprising turn.
  3. John Oliver was back.

09 September 2017


  1. Quiet morning at home.
  2. Amazing dinner out.
  3. Something Rotten! Lots of fun.

08 September 2017


  1. Hubby worked from home so we were able to go out to lunch together.
  2. Got some writing done.
  3. Girl time with my daughter.
  4. A nice note from a director who commissioned me to write a short film for him—he loves the script!

07 September 2017


  1. Lunch with a good friend who was willing to listen to me howl about my life, and then she even paid for my meal.
  2. Irish root beer.
  3. Watching the cat watch a squirrel in the tree outside our dining room. Priceless.

06 September 2017


  1. I hadn't left yet when the cat accidentally turned on the stove, so I was able to turn it off before our house burned down or exploded or something.
  2. Finished one of several mini-projects. Nice to be able to strike something off my very long list.
  3. New Aho-Girl. I needed the laughs.

05 September 2017


  1. Another good physical therapy appointment. Making progress!
  2. Wrote an article I'd promised to someone for their blog. Nice to be able to strike that off my to-do list.
  3. Saw a really cool, almost-full moon tonight, huge and yellow near the horizon.

04 September 2017


  1. Cleaned out both my youngest son's and my daughter's rooms. Was a lot of work but well worth the effort.
  2. A bit more writing done.
  3. Had no reason to leave the house today. Given that the rest of my week is nothing but errands and appointments, I needed the down time!

03 September 2017


  1. Celebrating my daughter's ninth birthday. Her official party with friends isn't for another couple weeks, but we still went out for lunch and she opened presents and we had trifle.
  2. A bit more writing done. Not as much as yesterday, but some. Better than nothing. Any day I manage to get writing done is a good day.
  3. Slightly less hot?

02 September 2017


  1. Zero reasons to go outside in the heat.
  2. Wrote more than twice my daily minimum word count.
  3. Managed to collect the entire set I was chasing in Star Wars Card Trader.

01 September 2017


  1. Survived the insane heat.
  2. Survived the insane grocery store. Like, I've never seen it that busy. Never.
  3. Got some writing done.

31 August 2017


  1. Second physical therapy session went well.
  2. Got home in time to eat some pizza before having to go to the event at my kids' school.
  3. Met my daughter's teacher, and she's amazingly sweet. I think it's going to be a great class, too. A lot of wonderful parents and students in that one.

30 August 2017


  1. A little bit of writing done, which is better than none.
  2. Survived the PTA meeting.
  3. Shoulder is feeling a bit better now that I'm doing these physical therapy exercises.

29 August 2017


  1. Friendly morning chat with two other moms at the elementary school. Yay for not-too-awkward socializing!
  2. First physical therapy appointment went okay. I now have exercises to do and have to ice my shoulder every night.
  3. Meeting with my youngest's teacher went smoothly (I think).

Bonus: fresh hair color and sparkly new nails (fingers + toes)!

28 August 2017


  1. Getting back into a regular writing meeting with a dear friend.
  2. Wrote 1,120 words! Almost twice my daily goal!
  3. Tried a new recipe and it turned out really well.

27 August 2017


  1. Game of Thrones season finale. The down side being having to wait, like, two years for the rest of it.
  2. Managed to reach my parents. They live just north of Houston and are fine despite Harvey. Today was my mom's 63rd birthday, too.
  3. More good progress made on my WIP.

26 August 2017


  1. Library day.
  2. Made my writing goal and then some.
  3. Stargazing through the telescope.

25 August 2017


  1. Got some writing done. Now only have 22k words left to write. (Ha! "Only.") About 630 words per day, every day, until my deadline should do it.
  2. My mom is safe despite having a hurricane bearing down on her. @.@
  3. No errands to run, no appointments. I wish I had more days like that.

24 August 2017


  1. Survived a hectic pick-up schedule.
  2. Got some writing done.
  3. Made my physical therapy appointment. Just the one for starters and we'll go from there

Bonus: Writing group wasn't as bad as I feared it might be.

23 August 2017

Um... It was kind of a rotten day. But! The point of this blog is to find the silver linings. So...

  1. My shoulder is fine, really, I just need physical therapy.
  2. There were no issues with picking up the kids because my oldest stayed for an after-school cross country meeting. You see, the kids were getting out of school at the same time. But since my oldest had a meeting, I was not pressured to be two places at once. That's a win.
  3. Sushi for dinner.
There. Those are good things in an otherwise cruddy day. I must remember my complaints are minor compared to so much that others must deal with.

22 August 2017


  1. My youngest had a better day at school.
  2. Got some writing done.
  3. Can now get back to my morning walks and listening to podcasts. I'm so far behind!

21 August 2017


  1. First day of school for my kids! While it's difficult to get into a new routine, it's going to be nice to have my writing time again.
  2. Eclipse! The kids' schools were given glasses so all the kids could enjoy the eclipse, and a friend of mine gave my husband and I some glasses, too. So we went for a walk and watched.
  3. Date night. Dinner and a movie, which is rote, but felt relaxing.

20 August 2017


  1. Got some writing done for the first time in a few days. Felt good.
  2. Family game night: Ticket to Ride Europe.
  3. Emails from friends.

19 August 2017


  1. My youngest son's birthday party. He chose Chuck E. Cheese, which I was dreading, but I was pleasantly surprised. And he had a great day, which was the important thing.
  2. Air hockey. (Because my son got an air hockey table for his birthday.)
  3. Crunchyroll. Finding new anime to enjoy and watching old favorites, too.

18 August 2017


  1. Feeling productive in that I got some paperwork done, cleaned out my oldest son's room, did laundry.
  2. Started reading A Darker Shade of Magic aloud to my oldest son. I think we're really going to enjoy this one.
  3. Habit Burger.

17 August 2017


  1. My youngest son's birthday!
  2. Kids got haircuts so they'll look snazzy for the start of school.
  3. Special birthday dinner, and I still managed to duck into my weekly writing group meeting afterward.

16 August 2017


  1. My script made the semifinals in CWA!
  2. Got all the school supplies for the kids. Now I just need to label everything and sort it all into their backpacks . . . 
  3. The kids' haircut appointments got moved, which is kind of a good thing since I was feeling ragged and liked having an excuse not to go. But then again, now I have to take time out of my day tomorrow instead. Hrm.
  4. Brownie batter.

15 August 2017


  1. Kids received their class assignments today. My oldest is pleased to know his best friend has the first two periods with him. And one other friend has almost every class with him. My daughter got the teacher she was hoping for. My youngest is a wee bit disappointed not to have gotten the teacher he wanted, but we were able to talk him up.
  2. Very fun and exciting baseball game. The kids got on the Jumbotron, too.
  3. Lost another pound. Got a long way to go, but it feels good to make progress.

14 August 2017


  1. Only one more week until school starts. I love my kids but I'm so ready to have my days back.
  2. Really mild weather. Just gorgeous, actually.
  3. Heard from an old friend I hadn't heard from in months. Was a nice surprise.

13 August 2017

A family day out. We went into the city, had brunch, and then saw the symphony play the score to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Then we came home and went out for dinner and pie. A very full day, and a lovely one.

12 August 2017

Managed to get my words in both for today and what I didn't do yesterday. So I remain on track.
Nice visit with another mom. These interactions can feel so fraught, but this particular mom is very easy to talk to.
Made the decision to fold my author newsletter. It's something I'd thought of doing for a while now, but I kept trying to make the newsletter work. It's sort of a load off not to have it any more. Still, the newsletter had a serial story going, but now I'm moving that to Wattpad.


11 August 2017


  1. Another nice walk with the kids. We've been lucky in that the temperature has been "mild" (highs in the 80s, and cool in the mornings).
  2. TWO hummingbirds! One in the lemon tree and one in the locust.
  3. Showing my kids the Highlander television show and trying to explain its impact on my life back in the day.

10 August 2017


  1. Despite my tire pressure light coming on, the tires were fine. The indicator was just having a moment.
  2. Nice walk with the kids to and from the sandwich shop for lunch.
  3. Many butterflies out and about, and a hummingbird spotting in my climbing roses.

09 August 2017


  1. Woke up to the news that my TV pilot made the quarterfinals in CWA, so that was nice.
  2. Daughter survived falling off a cantering horse at riding camp. If anything, she was more excited about it than she probably should have been.
  3. Another good writing day. (Of course, whether the book is any good remains to be seen. Editing will certainly be required. But at least I'm getting the draft done.)

08 August 2017


  1. Got more writing done. Think I'm nearly finished with this chapter (it's a long one). So far I remain on target for my deadline.
  2. Perogies.
  3. Bath bomb.
  4. Enjoying the new season of Preacher.

07 August 2017


  1. Another good writing day.
  2. Had the house to myself for part of the afternoon.
  3. They put up the tile I painted at the elementary school. Feels nice to leave a mark.

06 August 2017


  1. One-on-one time with my oldest. We went and saw The Dark Tower and then went to Half-Price Books. Turned in a bunch of DVDs and got lots of money toward all the new stuff we bought.
  2. Made my word count minimum.
  3. Nice chat with my dad. Hadn't talked with him in a while.
  4. Hummingbird! While doing yard work this morning. A beautiful little green one. She came and ate from the feeder then sat up in the crepe myrtle and watched me work.

05 August 2017


  1. Shopping. Like, serious retail therapy. LUSH bath bombs, incense and candles from Mystic Dream, a new coffee mug to add to my collection of mugs with "M" on them . . . Hadn't had a shopping day like that in ages, and it felt really good.
  2. Nice lunch out with the family, too.
  3. Still managed to get my writing done.

04 August 2017


  1. My daughter is getting the hang of trotting on a horse. It's so wonderful to watch her become more confident and proficient.
  2. Fun lunch out with the kids.
  3. Not too hot for a nice walk with the kids, too.

03 August 2017


  1. My daughter's horseback riding lesson was cancelled. Of course she was disappointed, but it actually made my day much easier. (And the lesson got rescheduled for tomorrow, so it's all good.)
  2. Writing group. Only three of us there, but it was fun, as always.
  3. Not as insanely hot? It's saying something when 94°F feels "cool," but after the past few days, it really did!

02 August 2017


  1. Really nice review of my audiobook.
  2. My original television pilot script made the first cut in the CWAs.
  3. Ran into a friend at the library.

01 August 2017


  1. Met the new pet sitter, and she's wonderful.
  2. Managed to squeak in getting my words written for the day.
  3. Kids only three weeks for going back to school.

31 July 2017


  1. Got my writing done.
  2. Oldest son has clean bill of health from the doctor.
  3. One-on-one time with said son.

30 July 2017


  1. Managed to make up my words from yesterday, so I remain on target with my writing deadlines.
  2. Lazy day mostly at home, though we did go out for lunch.
  3. Cleaned up and organized the homework table. We're only three weeks away from school starting!
  4. That Game of Thrones episode was really good.
  5. John Oliver was back.

29 July 2017


  1. Seeing Hamilton again, this time with the kids. They've been so into the soundtrack that when the opportunity arose, we had to take them. Totally worth it.
  2. Accomplishing a ton of yard work. Still more to do, but it feels good to have made such a dent in it.
  3. Super Duper Burger.


28 July 2017


  1. Nice lunch out with the kids.
  2. Daughter got her new glasses.
  3. Kids and I watched more House Hunters together. I love that they get so into it.
  4. Continued to meet my word count. However, tomorrow will be dedicated to yard work, so I'm not sure I'll get my words in. May have to double up on Sunday.

27 July 2017


  1. Library day! And my daughter and youngest son got their medals for completing the summer reading program. They each got to choose a book, too, and my son chose The Great Mouse Detective. <3
  2. Watching House Hunters International with my kids. It was very relaxing, and they really got into it.
  3. Writing group.

26 July 2017


  1. Kids had good check-ups with the eye doctor. My daughter needs glasses, but only for reading and any near work; she's farsighted as it turns out. She chose some nice lavender frames and they were completely covered by insurance, so that was a nice bonus.
  2. Happy lunch with the kids.
  3. Managed to scrape together my word count for the day. So far I'm on schedule to be done September 30.

25 July 2017


  1. My mala bracelets finally arrived after a delivery delay.
  2. Salon day! Fresh hair and nails, hooray!
  3. Took the kids to the landscaping place to pick out the decorative rock we'll use in our flowerbeds. Progress! And we got out of the house for a bit.

24 July 2017


  1. Not too hot for horseback riding.
  2. Continued to meet my daily writing goal.
  3. Made a cake from scratch. And frosting. Got messy, but tasted great!

23 July 2017


  1. Family day at the cinema. The movie was only okay, but we still had fun.
  2. Another successful writing day.
  3. Happiness = the cat sleeping on your lap while you watch Legends of Tomorrow.

22 July 2017


  1. A morning without the kids, which is a rare treat.
  2. Yummy breakfast.
  3. Nice walk with my daughter.
  4. Meeting my writing goal.

21 July 2017

So the concert we were going to see got abruptly cancelled. Still, we made the best of it. We had a nice time hanging out, a great dinner, and did some shopping thanks to ticket refunds. I was able to buy my friend some nice [belated] birthday presents (that I now need to mail). It wasn't a total loss, I suppose, and I drove in San Francisco proper for the first time and survived. So that's something.

20 July 2017


  1. Girls' lunch out with my daughter.
  2. Met my word count goal in writing.
  3. Writing group night.

19 July 2017


  1. My daughter's joy at horseback riding. She just glows. And today she got to trot for the first time!
  2. Lunch with a good writer friend I hadn't seen in a while.
  3. Chatting with another good friend I hadn't spoken to in a while.

18 July 2017


  1. A fun time out shopping with my daughter.
  2. My foot is healed, so I no longer need to see the podiatrist.
  3. Finally finishing Fargo, which has been on the DVR for ages.

17 July 2017


  1. The first day in a week's worth of girl time with my only daughter. We planned meals for the week and painted our nails. Also started planning her birthday party.
  2. More work done on the WIP. If I keep my pace, I'll be done right at deadline.
  3. My youngest enjoyed his first attempt at fencing. "I wasn't very good at it," he said, and I told him no one is very good at much of anything on their first try. When I told him I wasn't even very good at writing when I started, he almost didn't believe me! It was sweet. Anyway, he still liked fencing enough that he thinks he wants to continue even after this trial week.

16 July 2017


  1. Finished another chapter in my WIP.
  2. Five Guys for lunch.
  3. Quality family time.

15 July 2017


  1. Relatively quiet day at home.
  2. Uptick in book sales.
  3. Got in a good workout.

14 July 2017


  1. Daughter's dance recital went well.
  2. Thai food for dinner, followed by Drunk History and a Hamilton karaoke night.
  3. Riverdale. It's so soapy and over the top that I can't help but love it.

13 July 2017


  1. Scrivener webinar. Wow. I feel like I can finally start using the software effectively.
  2. Took my youngest son to McDonald's and ran into my oldest son and his friend there. Crazy, but it was nice!
  3. Writing group. I just really enjoy hanging out with them. Tonight's conversation (besides writing) covered favorite Doctors and companions.

12 July 2017


  1. One-on-one time with my oldest. Including showing him how to properly dunk an Oreo.
  2. Singing Hamilton with the kids.
  3. My son getting an approval rating from the dentist.

11 July 2017


  1. More history lessons with the kids. I so enjoy chatting with them about it.
  2. Traffic not terrible today.

. . . Those are the highlights. Pretty quiet day, all told. (Well, until now. We have icky neighbors who have decided to start making noise late in the evening. I really do need to move to a place where no one lives near me. I'm not fit for human interaction.)

But this blog is meant to focus on good things, so . . . I had nice cuddle time with the hamster today. That can be my third good thing for the day.

10 July 2017


  1. My kids getting really into the Hamilton soundtrack. It was awesome to share the story with them. Who knew American history could be so fun?
  2. Back on the writing horse.
  3. My first PTA meeting. I was awkward as always, but after it was over I did chat with another member and, I think, made a connection? I'm so bad at that kind of thing. Proud of myself for being social.

09 July 2017


  1. Hamilton. Yes, it's as good as they say.
  2. Ghirardelli ice cream sundae.
  3. An afternoon in the city without the kids. I love them, but especially in the summer, it's nice to get a break.

08 July 2017


  1. The new Spider-Man movie. Better than I expected.
  2. Finally got that Milky Way candy bar I'd been craving.

I can't really think of a #3. I suppose I could fall back on everything that's good that I take for granted: we're all healthy and have more than we need. Aside from the movie, it was a quiet and uneventful day.

07 July 2017


  1. Library with the kids, and lunch at the library café.
  2. Wine brought back from France. OMG, so good!
  3. Reading.

06 July 2017


  1. Writing group helped me out greatly with a hurdle in my WIP.
  2. Writing group in general—it was so nice to see everyone after being away!
  3. Feeling at least a little productive in getting laundry, dishes done and taking out trash.

05 July 2017


  1. Back to routine.
  2. My kids gave me some ideas about my current WIP.
  3. Cuddle time with the hamster.

04 July 2017


  1. Getting a bit more writing done.
  2. Special Independence Day dinner out with the family. (Sushi!)
  3. Karaoke.

03 July 2017


  1. Feeling good about the writing I'm doing.
  2. Took my daughter to her first horseback riding lesson. She's had them before, so it's not her first first, but it was her first in a number of years. (We'd quit previously because she was simply too small to do much, and the instructor she had was a bit flaky.) Anyway, it was so lovely to see my daughter so happy and excited.
  3. Quality time with my oldest son. He came to the riding lesson to keep me company. Sure, I could have just read a book, but I liked chatting with him. I know soon he'll be of an age where he won't want to hang out with me any more, so I'll take it while it's on offer.

02 July 2017


  1. Coming home.
  2. Seeing my family and my pets.
  3. Sleeping in my own bed.
  4. Cheeseburgers. The food in France was lovely, but I missed good, old-fashioned grease.

29 June 2017


  1. Really good feedback on my manuscript.
  2. I've been given a deadline (Sept 30). That will help spur me to finish.
  3. Fantastic night out with all my new writer friends.

27 June 2017

Still in France

Therefore I have ALL the reasons to be grateful! But if you want specifics:

  1. Really great conversations with my fellow writers.
  2. Motivation to keep going with my own projects.
  3. So much good food and wine!

24 June 2017

Post-Travel Edition

I've been away because I traveled for 24 hours straight to get to my writing retreat/workshop in France. Which makes my list very easy because:

  1. Writing retreat in France
  2. Writing retreat in France
  3. Writing retreat in France

Seriously, though, this is a beautiful place (Chateau-du-Loir) and my fellow writers are wonderful. I've been here less than 48 hours and just love it. The environs, the people . . . Great food, fresh air, support from my peers. What's not to love?

20 June 2017


  1. New hair and nail colors. Yay! I feel so pretty!
  2. New purse. (The zipper on my old one broke this past weekend. Yay! An excuse to shop!)
  3. Feeling productive. Got lots of things done today.

19 June 2017


  1. Special edition of The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch. Autographed and numbered!
  2. New tote bag. It has a Weeping Angel on it.
  3. Nice and understanding people after my car decided I was trying to steal it. (Long story.)

18 June 2017


  1. Really good chat with my dad for Father's Day.
  2. Cars 3.
  3. Nice dinner out with the in-laws.

17 June 2017


  1. Genentech Gives Back. While the bands weren't as great this year (IMHO), we still had a fun day.
  2. Kids behaved really well most of the day.
  3. Cheesesteak.

16 June 2017

Wow. The day is just beginning and I already have two good things to report!
  1. A new review for my Sherlock Holmes stories. Made my day!
  2. And I've had a short fairy tale accepted to an anthology that will come out this fall.
Let's see what #3 will be . . .

ETA: 3. Remembered to go buy something for Father's Day—and did it, even though I didn't feel like it.

15 June 2017


  1. Fun time with my writing group. My last meeting with them for a couple weeks. *sob* I really will miss them. I so look forward to hanging out each week.
  2. New shirt!
  3. New lightbulbs in my office, too. So much brighter in there. Love it.

14 June 2017


  1. Enjoying a really good book called The Fifth Petal. It's set in Salem, Massachusetts, and though I don't miss Massachusetts at all, it does bring home vivid memories. I always enjoyed Salem. Anyway, sitting outside and reading is one of my favorite summer activities.
  2. Good chat with a friend. She's the only one of my friends that I actually enjoy being on the phone with. I'm not a phone person, but this friendship supersedes that.
  3. Orthodontist visit was short and sweet. All good. Don't have to go back until September.

13 June 2017


  1. Got a little more writing done. Even when it's only a little, every bit of progress makes me feel good.
  2. Able to sit outside and read for a little while.
  3. Watching the cats play with the new treat ball I bought them. You put treats in and they have to bat the ball around to get the treats to fall out. They're smart and figured it out pretty quick, but I still love watching them.

12 June 2017


  1. Readers asking for Changers 2. Eep! It's always flattering when I hear from readers that they want more and are excited about my work. Also puts the pressure on me to get the work done, and I need that motivation. Which leads me to:
  2. Getting more writing done on Changers 2!
  3. Starting the summer routine with the kids. Will take time to get them used to it, but I like having a schedule.

11 June 2017


  1. Nice lunch out with the family.
  2. Afternoon nap.
  3. Fresh pineapple and sweet grapes.

10 June 2017


  1. Wonder Woman.
  2. Good time with my writing group.
  3. My daughter declaring, "Batman is kind of harsh" after seeing a Justice League trailer.

09 June 2017


  1. Garbage disposal is fixed. We'd gone about a week without it. You never realize how much you use or depend on something until you no longer have it.
  2. I indulged in some cute new t-shirts.
  3. Had a good day in terms of book sales.
  4. Nice dinner out with the family (as per our end-of-school tradition), followed by ice cream.

08 June 2017


  1. Getting to watch my youngest walk the "red carpet" and receive a Superstar award as he promotes from first to second grade.
  2. Listening to my daughter perform her poem at her class' Beatnik Millennials Café. And watching her hug all her friends before saying goodbye for the summer.
  3. Good final report cards for all three of the kids! We went for a special lunch after school, too. I'm so proud of all of them, and so grateful for three such wonderful children!

07 June 2017


  1. Even I had fun at the kids' field trip to the swimming pool, despite not getting to swim myself (the parents don't). Nice chats with fellow parents.
  2. Also got the kids signed up for the first session of swimming lessons for the summer.
  3. Finished notes on the first of five pieces I need to read and critique for the workshop in France. Only a couple weeks away now!

06 June 2017


  1. Dental cleaning over and done with for another six months.
  2. Traffic not terrible coming home from the podiatrist. I should get my custom orthotics just in time to leave for France.
  3. Yummy Thai food for dinner.
  4. Tiny House Hunters.

05 June 2017


  1. Watching my oldest son process as he graduates from elementary to middle school.
  2. Lunch out with a friend.
  3. I've been asked to be Historian at the middle school PTA next year. Between that and co-chairing the yearbook at the elementary school, I will be very involved in the kids' worlds. While it sounds exhausting, I'm actually really happy about it. And it will force me to be more disciplined about my writing, too, and with my time in general.

04 June 2017

Weekend Edition

Very busy weekend full of good things.

  1. Son's little league season is over. Really, finally over. And there was a party at the bowling alley. And we all went and bowled.
  2. Bay Area Book Festival. I was nervous to go, but I sucked it up and did anyway. And I'm glad. While there were minor drawbacks, I mostly enjoyed it. Great weather. Interesting fellow authors at neighboring tables. In the end, it was all good.
I know that's only two things, but there are good things inside good things here.

Busy week ahead . . .

02 June 2017


  1. Really good Vietnamese food for lunch.
  2. Scrivener. As soon as I figure out how to use it (the tutorial is crazy), I think I'm gonna love it.
  3. Warm enough for shorts again.

01 June 2017


  1. Super cute pics and video of my kids at the hoe down, courtesy of one of the school photographers.
  2. Also super cute pics and video of my youngest at today's field trip to the zoo. I would have liked to have gone, too, but... broken foot.
  3. Really fun time at my writing group. A visiting writer even drew a picture of one of my characters for me!



That's Seladion. From an old piece I'm thinking of reworking. Thanks, @LizaStar_ !

In short, a day of super cute pictures!

31 May 2017


  1. The school had a breakfast for the volunteers who have helped out over the year. Doughnuts! The other food was good too, but... Doughnuts!
  2. The school also has an annual hoe down. I love watching the kids square dance in their Western wear.
  3. My son's last baseball game of the season—and the other team forfeited. So we were able to go to visit the middle school open house instead so he could see some of the classrooms. It was a nice alteration of plans.

30 May 2017


  1. I won't need surgery on my foot. In fact, I should be fine by the time I fly to France. By "fine" I mean I'll be able to wear a brace inside my shoe, but it's better than wearing a walking boot.

That was pretty much the highlight of the day. Well, and playing with the cats. Also, the kids were happy with my meager cooking skills this evening. And a book I ordered arrived. Sometimes it's the little things.

29 May 2017


  1. Ice cream parlor.
  2. Quiet time reading.
  3. Fair weather.

28 May 2017


  1. Family gathering. Saw some people I hadn't seen in a while, had nice conversations. And it was perfect weather.
  2. More audiobook sales!
  3. Knowing it was Sunday but there was still one more day to the weekend.

27 May 2017


  1. Library! Hadn't been in a ridiculous amount of time.
  2. Salad! With kidney beans and hard boiled egg, my favorite.
  3. Sold my first audiobook. Yay!


26 May 2017


  1. MRI done. I hadn't had one in a while, but at least this one was on my foot. So much better than having to stick your head in the machine. And they gave me headphones so I could listen to music! (Won't know the verdict until Tuesday, alas.)
  2. Writing.
  3. Nap.

25 May 2017


  1. More writing done. Having the tracking bars on the sidebar of my site is motivating me. I feel exposed as a slacker if I don't get the bars moving.
  2. Open House at my kids' school. Really enjoyed seeing everything they've been working on.
  3. Writers group. Had to go a little late because of Open House, but I'm glad I did get to go. It truly is one of the highlights of my week.

24 May 2017

1. Getting more writing done. Having a broken foot has the advantage of forcing me to sit a lot.

. . . Not much happened. So it's difficult to single any one thing out. I can be grateful for my health insurance, though, and the fine weather. And for having a valid excuse to avoid major chores. On the down side, my exercise regime has gone to hell. But I'll try not to dwell on the bad.

23 May 2017


  1. Survived the field trip, even with a broken foot. The middle school is pretty nice, and my oldest is excited to go next year.
  2. Good number of page reads.
  3. A friend asked for writing advice. I'm always flattered when someone thinks my opinion is valuable.

22 May 2017


  1. A really nice review for Brynnde.
  2. Got some more writing done. (Good reviews always motivate me.)
  3. Pretty quiet day all around.

21 May 2017


  1. Nice breakfast out with friends.
  2. Able to swim—or float, rather—despite my broken foot.
  3. First time using the fire pit!

20 May 2017


  1. New glasses! They're super cute.
  2. I was the only member of my writing group available to talk to a new member this evening, and I don't think I scared the kid too badly. He said he'd [probably] come back...
  3. Managed to write a little, too.

19 May 2017


  1. MRI scheduled for my foot, and they're setting up a bone stimulation, too. Apparently this will increase blood flow and speed healing.
  2. Super yummy lunch that involved a charcuterie board, cannoli, and some stout. (Drunken Lullabies by Altamont—it's really good!)
  3. Good retail day after a bit of a slump. Hopefully things will continue to trend upward.

18 May 2017

My foot is broken. It doesn't count as a good thing, per se, but it is kind of funny. It's probably been broken since December, when I injured it. And I've just been walking around on a broken foot. Cuz... Me.

  1. Diagnosing my foot and starting on a path to recovery.
  2. My son's little league team won their playoff game. Pizza to celebrate!
  3. The audiobook has been approved and is headed to retail.

17 May 2017


  1. Felt productive: major grocery shopping trip, four loads of laundry, took out the trash, swapped old litter boxes for new, vacuumed, filled and ran and emptied and refilled the dishwasher, made my next doctor appointment
  2. People keep asking me for help with their writing. Which makes me feel good that they think my opinion is worth something.
  3. Less windy than the day before. Weather is warming again, which makes me very happy.

16 May 2017

I'll be honest. It was a tough day. For the first time in months, I had no page reads or sales on Amazon. Then ACX came back and said the audiobook needs changes before it can be approved. And the nanny called out sick on the one day it was most inconvenient. BUT. These are all, as they say, first world problems. So I am trying to keep my perspective.


  1. Salon day. Nails and hair, and though I had to bring the kids with me, they were very well behaved.
  2. A day without having to do laundry.
  3. Fire drill while I was volunteering at the school. I felt very efficient in helping get the kids out.
  4. I was able to help someone . . . She thinks my name is Angela, and I don't have the heart to correct her. I think it's funny anyway, and I went through high school with people calling me Andrea, too, so I've given up on people getting my name right. Anyway, it always feels good to help people. Like, it's a good thing to do, but I'm totally selfish in that it makes me feel good when I help others.
  5. Great News.

15 May 2017


  1. Field trip with my oldest son's class. Though it ate up most of my day, I enjoyed it.
  2. New sandals.
  3. The chaise in my office is finally cleaned off so I can sit there again. Not that I had time today, but it's nice to know it can happen.

14 May 2017


  1. Mother's Day. Which means lots of good food for me.
  2. Diffuser. The kids got me one for my office for Mother's Day.
  3. Did I mention how good the food was? And I was assured the calories did not count.

13 May 2017


  1. A fairly quiet day at home. I've got a crazy busy week ahead, so I need to carve out quiet time when I can.
  2. Though we went out for our official anniversary dinner, it was our actual anniversary. We ordered in gyros. Yum!
  3. A walk with my oldest. Always good to get some one-on-one time.

12 May 2017


  1. Blood draw lab results all good.
  2. Ordered cute new sandals.
  3. Kids gave me early Mother's Day gifts.

11 May 2017


  1. My blood draw was quick and painless.
  2. I found cute new glasses after my eye exam. Can't wait 'til they come in!
  3. Good time at writing group. We had two new people and five regulars, so it was a big turnout this week.

10 May 2017


  1. An outpouring of support for my daughter who is dealing with a bullying situation at school.
  2. Last little league game of the regular season. We do still have playoffs, but there's a light at the end of the tunnel. It's been interesting, and we've met some great people, but I'm just not meant to be a sports mom. Well, I don't mind the fencing so much. Maybe I'm a sports mom for irregular sports?
  3. A little more writing done. After a dry spell, any day I get a few paragraphs down is a good one.

09 May 2017


  1. Anniversary dinner. A few days early, but we have to go with when we can get a sitter. And the weather was perfect for dining out on the patio.
  2. Everything is blooming. It's terrible for my sinuses but so good for my spirits.
  3. Good test results from my doctor.

08 May 2017


  1. Warm weather!
  2. A big monarch butterfly kept floating around me while I sat outside with my book.
  3. Got more writing done.
  4. Anniversary gifts (a few days early).

07 May 2017


  1. Breakfast out with friends followed by a walk in perfect weather and a look at an art gallery.
  2. First swim of the season.
  3. Sushi.
  4. Karaoke night.

06 May 2017


  1. My oldest son had a really good baseball game, and afterwards we had a nice lunch out with my in-laws.
  2. Fun time at writing group. I love brainstorming!

Those two are plenty for one day. I'm feeling happy and content.

05 May 2017


  1. Relatively painless annual physical.
  2. Outlined the remainder of the story I'm writing.
  3. Weekend.

04 May 2017


  1. Brunch with a writer friend I hadn't seen in a while. We only manage to get together ever 6 months or so. Always good to catch up.
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
  3. My kids' reactions to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

03 May 2017


  1. Saved a bee on my morning walk. That's two bees saved this week!
  2. Three ducks landed beside me on my walk, too. They quacked. I quacked back. It was good.
  3. Nice phone chat with a friend I hadn't talked with in a while.

02 May 2017


  1. Lots of page reads for my Amazon Kindle Unlimited books.
  2. Finally made the appointment with my doctor that I have been meaning to make for months.
  3. Only had to be at the school for one library period instead of two. Don't get me wrong, I love volunteering. But it's nice to get a break now and then.

01 May 2017


  1. Sitting outside and reading some more.
  2. Peace and quiet.
  3. Playing with a new writing project. Don't know yet where it's going or what it will be, but it's fun.

30 April 2017


  1. More shorts weather.
  2. Sitting outside and reading.
  3. Family game night.

29 April 2017


  1. My son got a hit in his baseball game and went on to score. His team won 9-0 and he was given the game ball to keep.
  2. I was asked by a friend to come to her house and do a tarot reading party (me = the tarot reader). I'd never done a party like that before and was a little nervous, but it was fun, and it seems like the readings resonated with everyone.
  3. Heat! Being able to wear shorts! Hallelujah!

28 April 2017


  1. Finished reading a book. I've had lots of books I've been reading, sort of juggling, so it's nice to be done with one.
  2. Refrigerator wasn't as broken as we feared and therefore not as expensive to repair as we thought it might be.
  3. Thai food for dinner.

27 April 2017


  1. The people at the local pet store are so friendly and helpful. I'm glad I shop there rather than at a huge chain.
  2. Really fun writing group meeting.
  3. Weather was nice enough to open the house windows.

26 April 2017


  1. Despite gross incompetence at the school, my kids made it home safely.
  2. Son's team won their baseball game.
  3. Feeling loved by my kids.

25 April 2017


  1. My youngest son had his last physical therapy appointment. They said he doesn't need to schedule any more. Yay!
  2. A productive day helping in the school library.
  3. Brynnde won the weekly cover contest! Now she's up for the monthly finals. So if you voted for her (me/it) last week, please consider voting one more time! I very much appreciate all your support!

24 April 2017

It was an okay day. Not bad, but not stellar. Just kind of was. So my grateful list consists of things like: being well, having food and clean water and shelter . . . I felt productive in getting stuff done around the house, too, which is always a good feeling.

23 April 2017


  1. Doughnut.
  2. New clothes.
  3. Being able to shop without the kids.

22 April 2017


  1. My roses are popping open all over my garden, and I love seeing them again!
  2. Good writing group meeting. Got some help getting over a hurdle.
  3. Brynnde continues to do well.

21 April 2017


  1. Best weather we've had in a while. Had lunch with a friend, and we sat out on the restaurant patio. Feels like forever since we've been able to do that.
  2. My oldest did well with his class presentation. I'd been helping him practice, so it's good to hear that it worked out.
  3. New tarot deck and new book to read.
  4. Lots of hummingbirds flitting about.

20 April 2017


  1. A rare day without errands or appointments. Never even had to get in the car for anything.
  2. Chocolate milk.
  3. Woke up to an email that my novel Brynnde is up for a cover award. I don't know if it will win—it's rather more of a popularity contest than anything about actual design merit—but it's nice to see it recognized. I can't take credit for the cover, but I do agree it's gorgeous! If you'd like to vote, the contest is here. You have to register to vote, but it's quick and free and they don't spam you or sell off your email. I appreciate any and all support!

19 April 2017


  1. Got the grocery shopping done.
  2. Survived the busy afternoon and evening. Even got a workout in.
  3. Moscato.

18 April 2017


  1. Had fun helping at the school library. The kids needed fairy tale books, so I showed them where they were (398) and went through various options. Reminded me of an old Cinderella story I wrote some 12 or so years ago...
  2. Hummingbird flying around my garden this morning.
  3. Baked potato.

17 April 2017


  1. Dyed eggs with the kids. (Yes, a day late.) We used this new process that involved rice and the eggs came out amazing!
  2. Felt productive in doing lots of laundry and dishes.
  3. Tiny House Hunters.

16 April 2017


  1. Had a nice Easter that involved staying cozy at home. The kids hunted for eggs inside the house (because rain), and the Bunny brought us a fire pit and the makings for s'mores. Now we just need sand and wood and dry weather.
  2. Did get a bit of a walk in.
  3. Resumed my exercise program. Feel better just for getting back on that horse.

15 April 2017


  1. Felt better today.
  2. Nice seder with our Jewish Culture group.
  3. Hummingbirds!

14 April 2017

Okay, so I woke up with an acute case of vertigo this morning. I've suffered from bouts of vertigo for years, but hadn't had one—certainly not one this bad—in a very long time. I was bedridden for the first half of the day.

So what was good about Good Friday?

  1. I was able to get up and shower and walk around by around 1:30.
  2. I was able to drive by 4:00
  3. My loving husband came home from work right away when I told him I was sick.
  4. My kids did a great job of getting themselves together for school while I shouted instructions from my bedroom.
  5. We're fortunate that we live within walking distance of school and the kids were able to get to school without me.
  6. Habit Burger for dinner.

Sometimes we just need something to knock us down so we remember how good our lives really are.

13 April 2017


  1. A whole morning without errands or appointments. I actually got some writing done.
  2. Fun time with my writing group this evening. They enjoyed the pages I brought and they also had some great stuff.
  3. . . . I'm breathing? That counts as a good thing, right?

12 April 2017


  1. The rain wasn't too heavy for me to get in a morning walk.
  2. Managed to buy everything we need for Easter.
  3. Got lots of laundry done. I don't love doing the laundry, but I do like having done the laundry.

11 April 2017


  1. I slammed my finger in the door and have a nasty blood blister BUT... It didn't mar my new nail polish.
  2. My youngest continues to do well in physical therapy. They say his calf is a bit weak, that's why he still has a slight limp. Once the muscle builds back up, he'll be good to go.
  3. Curry.

10 April 2017


  1. The youngest is officially out of his boot and into actual shoes again! He still needs some physical therapy, and he can't do sports for another six weeks, but we've reached the near end of a very long road.
  2. Everything went more smoothly than expected. I don't know how else to phrase it. I was prepared for complications and instead everything was simple. Traffic and schedules and just everything.
  3. Hair and nails night at the salon. In fact, the salon isn't even open on Mondays but they opened just for me. I feel special!

09 April 2017


  1. Lunch out with the kids.
  2. Family seder went smoothly.
  3. In-laws have offered us Hamilton tickets! And they'll even babysit!

08 April 2017

1. Dragon face!

. . . Honestly, that pretty much counts for all three good things today.


07 April 2017


  1. Jelly Belly factory.
  2. Really good Mexican food for lunch (especially the tortilla chips).
  3. Quiet afternoon and evening.

06 April 2017


  1. A quiet day indoors.
  2. Got more writing done.
  3. Fun time out with my writing group in the evening. They changed the April meeting schedule so I won't have to miss the rest of the month, too.

05 April 2017


  1. Picnic with the kids.
  2. Sitting outside to read a good book. (But then I finished the book, which is sad because I was really enjoying it.)
  3. Getting writing done in spite of kids being home. BTW, what do you think of "Adelia" for the heroine's name?

04 April 2017


  1. Traffic not terrible.
  2. Productive day around the house, even with the kids being home for spring break.
  3. Another good review for Brynnde.

03 April 2017


  1. It's that time of year again when I can sit outside and read in the sun.
  2. Got a nice walk in, too.
  3. A piece of mail I thought had been lost arrived.

02 April 2017


  1. Brynnde continues to do well.
  2. Gorgeous weather for a walk.
  3. Finished school yearbook pages.
  4. Shepherd's pie for dinner.

01 April 2017


  1. Brynnde has hit its stride and is now my most successful book since my Sherlock Holmes stories. I'm really excited!
  2. Good time with my writing group.
  3. Nice day for a walk with the kids.

31 March 2017


  1. Brynnde continues to receive many page reads and also garnered a fairly nice review in April's InD'Tale Magazine.
  2. All three of my children received gold medals at school for reading.
  3. New notepads with my logo on them.



30 March 2017


  1. Brynnde received its highest number of daily page reads yet.
  2. We've got more than a week off from baseball.
  3. Taco boats.

29 March 2017


  1. I survived. It wasn't easy--things were kind of crashing down on me unexpectedly--but I made it through.
  2. My son's baseball team won their game. I've now worn the same clothes for each win, so I'm expected to wear those clothes for every game now. Guess I'll be doing my laundry twice as often as usual.
  3. A quiet evening. Considering how the day went, I really needed that.

28 March 2017


  1. Gorgeous weather.
  2. Library duty cancelled so I ended up with the morning to myself unexpectedly.
  3. Thai food for dinner.

27 March 2017


  1. Fairly relaxed day.
  2. Met a friend for lunch.
  3. Got a wee bit more work done on Changers 2.

26 March 2017


  1. Nice breakfast.
  2. Hummingbird brushed my ear when flying past on my afternoon walk with my daughter. I'll count that as good luck!
  3. Having fun answering interview questions for upcoming blog tour.


25 March 2017


  1. Son's baseball team won their game.
  2. Cake! (I went to pick my daughter up from a birthday party and they gave me cake!)
  3. Brynnde made it to #13 on the Kindle chart!

24 March 2017


  1. Took the yearbook photos I needed to take and finished the yearbook pages that were my responsibility.
  2. Relatively quiet day.
  3. Nice chat with the neighbor.
  4. Daughter had a great time performing at the school talent show.

23 March 2017


  1. Beautiful walking weather.
  2. Quiet morning that allowed me to get some writing and other work done.
  3. Brynnde is doing well on its promo, having cracked the Top 20 on the Kindle free list for Regency romance!

22 March 2017


  1. Finally! A morning without an appointment, errand, or other obligation. Some down time, some quiet time, some time to myself!
  2. Youngest son had a good dental check-up, no cavities.
  3. Nice phone chat with a good friend.

21 March 2017


  1. Survived library duty at the kids' school.
  2. Got through my youngest son's physical therapy appointment.
  3. Hubby brought me dinner after the insanity of the day.

20 March 2017


  1. Actually got some writing done. A very little bit, but better than nothing. Tops last week, when I was so busy I didn't have two minutes to rub together for writing.
  2. Nice lunch out with a friend. Turns out there's something called Irish root beer, and it's very yummy!
  3. Baseball practice was cancelled. I know, I know, but baseball has been eating up our lives, so it was nice to have a break.

19 March 2017

1. Family day out at the movies to see Beauty and the Beast.

That's really all we did, so . . . I mean, it was a fine day and all, so I can be grateful for good health and my family and all that, but it's difficult to be specific about today. And that's fine. Not every day is going to have some great defining moment(s). Some days are just days, not particularly bad, and at the least fairly good, but also pedestrian. We need days like that for contrast, or as a baseline. This is life at its most general. Now here is life at a high. And here, at a low.

May you have more highs than lows in life.

18 March 2017


  1. Son's team won their baseball game.
  2. Nice lunch out with family.
  3. Good time with my writing group this evening.

17 March 2017


  1. Kids all had good report cards.
  2. Lunch with a friend.
  3. Confirmed that I'll be attending the workshop/retreat in France this June.

16 March 2017


  1. Night out that included dinner and a play (The Last of the Red Hot Lovers).
  2. I was accepted to the writing workshop in France this summer.
  3. Ordered notepads featuring my new logo.
Bonus: My daughter's teacher sent home her report card a day early and it was very good.

Bonus 2: Had fun helping my youngest do his project on his ancestors.

15 March 2017


  1. Youngest son's physical therapy went well.
  2. Oldest son's baseball team did well at their game.
  3. Finalized travel plans for our annual Thanksgiving holiday trip. Flights and hotel booked. Yay for something to look forward to!

14 March 2017


  1. Celebrating five years in California with In-N-Out Burger for dinner. (And the kids ran into school friends while we were there, so: bonus.)
  2. Pi Day! Cookies-n-cream pie! (We ate really unhealthily today.)
  3. I got a new logo as part of my author brand! I'm stupid excited about it.

13 March 2017


  1. My youngest got his last cast off and is now in a boot he can remove for bath and bedtime.
  2. The pork chops I made turned out amazing.
  3. Got a good workout in.

12 March 2017


  1. Weather so nice I didn't need a jacket.
  2. Got a nice walk in.
  3. Family game night.

11 March 2017


  1. Had fun shopping with just my daughter.
  2. My oldest cooked dinner—and it was delicious!
  3. Enjoyed showing my oldest The Prestige, which is one of my all-time favorite movies. It holds up remarkably well for being 11 years old.

10 March 2017


  1. Kids had the day off from school and were relatively well behaved. I was able to get a little bit of work done at least.
  2. Nice lunch out with the kids.
  3. Nice afternoon walk with my daughter.

09 March 2017


  1. I can't say enough about the gorgeous weather.
  2. Good time at my writer's group.
  3. Lots of people are reading Brynnde. Makes me happy!

Oh, and I finished the Buffy 20-year anniversary card collection on Quidd.

08 March 2017


  1. More beautiful weather.
  2. No one at the car shop, so my smog check went really quick.
  3. My son got his first run in baseball (this was their third game).

07 March 2017


  1. Good weather.
  2. Hummingbirds.
  3. Got more work done on Changers 2.

06 March 2017


  1. Nice morning out with friends.
  2. Finished writing a 10-minute play.
  3. Managed to get my son's baseball pants clean.

05 March 2017


  1. A quiet day at home after a busy day yesterday.
  2. The kids bought me chocolate bars—with their own money!—and surprised me with them.
  3. Family game day.
Bonus: Nice chat with my dad; it had been a while.

04 March 2017


  1. Magic show—the kids really loved it.
  2. Decent weather for the little league game.
  3. Not having anything scheduled for tomorrow.


03 March 2017


  1. Painting tiles to finish the school walls. Our family will forever be commemorated!
  2. Truly beautiful weather.
  3. Abundance.

02 March 2017


  1. New hair color(s)!
  2. New nail colors!
  3. But mostly new hair color(s)!

01 March 2017


  1. Fondue.
  2. London iced tea. (Similar to a Long Island iced tea.)
  3. Did I mention fondue? Oh, okay, well how about getting more work done on Changers 2 then?

28 February 2017


  1. More nice weather.
  2. Daughter had a good report from her dentist.
  3. Mardi Gras! And I baked a cake with a [plastic] baby in it!

27 February 2017


  1. Good walking weather.
  2. Getting back to work on Changers 2.
  3. My kids being really into Clue (both the movie and the game).

26 February 2017

1-3. Moonlight wins Best Picture.

I'm just so glad to see something with more substance win. La La Land is surely a charming film and visually stunning, but I cringe whenever films celebrating the world of movies get handed award after award while other films that have a deeper message get passed over.

Next year I hope to see some more women nominated for things like (*ahem*) screenplay and director?

25 February 2017


  1. Made it through the Opening Day of Little League.
  2. Fatburger.
  3. Brynnde continues to get lots of page reads.

24 February 2017


  1. Relatively quiet morning.
  2. Oldest son showing improvement in baseball practice. (Opening day tomorrow.)
  3. Sushi dinner with the family.

23 February 2017


  1. Productive grocery trip. (They had fully dressed Ruffles! I used to only be able to get those in Canada!)
  2. Finally mailed some stuff that I'd been meaning to mail.
  3. Fun time with my writing group.

22 February 2017


  1. Was finally able to return the wheelchair we'd rented for my youngest son when he broke his leg. Yay! Two months later he's now on crutches.
  2. Lovely lunch with a dear friend that I haven't been able to catch up with in some time.
  3. Nice phone chats with two other friends—it was an unusually social day for me!
Oh, and I applied to a possible writing retreat in France this June. They only take six writers. I made it through the first stage; they requested pages from my WIP. Fingers crossed! It would be an amazing opportunity!

21 February 2017


  1. Took the youngest for a check-up with the doctor. His bone is growing back nicely, and he was able to get a shorter cast.
  2. Rainbows!
  3. S'mores Girl Scout cookies.

20 February 2017


  1. Lunch out with my two little ones. Including ice cream!
  2. Cluedo.
  3. Bubble bath while rain patters the windows.

19 February 2017


  1. A good haul from Half-Price Books.
  2. Freebirds burrito.
  3. Got to hear the first 15 minutes of the Sherlock Holmes audiobook that I have in production. Eep! So cool!

18 February 2017


  1. An okay time at my son's baseball practice. Like, I was social and everything! (That's a big deal for me.)
  2. Lots more page reads for Brynnde. I love that people are reading it. Hope I get some reviews soon.
  3. McDonald's french fries.

17 February 2017


  1. My son and his partner got first place in their science fair.
  2. Got a little bit of writing done. It's been tough lately to feel motivated, so even just a little makes me feel productive.
  3. Watching Martha Speaks with the kids. I find that show ridiculously amusing.

16 February 2017


  1. Good news from my doctor regarding some test results.
  2. Relatively quiet day.
  3. Interesting stuff in my History magazine.

15 February 2017


  1. More beautiful weather!
  2. Brushed off an old manuscript that I'm looking forward to completing.
  3. Ice cream with my oldest and his, ahem, [girl] friend. They did a science project together and had to present it today, so we celebrated afterward. They are adorable!

14 February 2017


  1. My friends with birthdays today are all still alive, kicking, and well. (For some reason I seem to collect people with Valentine birthdays.)
  2. I felt genuinely helpful in various ways today.
  3. Brynnde got its first review!
Bonus: more beautiful weather AND my first full day without needing medication

13 February 2017


  1. Survived the field trip with my daughter's class.
  2. More sunshine! (It's been in short supply lately.)
  3. Getting a little more writing done. After being sick for a week, and lately also really busy, it was novel to actually sit and write for a while.

12 February 2017

11 February 2017

  1. Twelve hours of sleep. Goes a long way toward my recovery.
  2. Closing on the house.
  3. Season 2 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix.

10 February 2017


  1. My youngest (the one with the broken leg) was told by his physical therapist that he doesn't need any more visits until the cast comes off. That means I'm saved five more trips to PT! And really, my son is doing great with his crutches. So happy to see him relatively mobile again.
  2. Brynnde is doing pretty well in release. Lots of people making use of being able to "borrow" it from the Amazon Kindle library, it seems.
  3. I'm starting to be able to taste food again.

09 February 2017


  1. Tagalongs. I may or may not have an entire case of them in my office.
  2. Brynnde's release.
  3. Slowly, slowly recovering my health.

08 February 2017


  1. Able to sit upright for longer periods of time.
  2. Able to eat a little more.
  3. Hey, being sick means I've lost some weight.

Looking for the good here, people.

07 February 2017

I'm actually really sick and in bed today. I'm just grateful someone else is able to pick up the kids from school. I feel like I can barely move—weak and light-headed. Lots of water, lots of meds, and hoping to sleep off the worst of this.