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.

06 February 2017


  1. The audiobook narrator I selected for my Sherlock Holmes stories has agreed to take the job. I'm very excited about this project!
  2. I've been asked to take over the school yearbook next year. Flattered, really.
  3. The youngest is getting good at using his crutches. He still needs the wheelchair at school, but in all he's making great progress.

05 February 2017

It wasn't a particularly good day, nor was it really a bad one. I simply did not have the restful weekend I really needed, and now I'm facing another packed week and no down time. So I'm struggling to find the good in today, but I'll try.

  1. Took two of the kids to the store and we had a fairly nice time despite it being crowded.
  2. I actually made a really good pork loin for dinner. Even my daughter, who is the pickiest of eaters, ate it.
  3. More pre-orders for Brynnde.

Oh, and I did send an offer to one of the audiobook narrators, so we'll see if he agrees to be the voice of my Sherlock Holmes stories.

04 February 2017


  1. A day in which I didn't have to leave the house, which these days is rare.
  2. Watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with the kids. Hadn't seen it in ages. Still think the book is loads better though.
  3. Narrowing down my choices for audiobook narrator. It's still a really tough choice, but I'm closer.
Oh, and Broadchurch should be back soon! Yay!

03 February 2017


  1. Gold Medal Ribbon ice cream.
  2. My medical procedure went relatively quickly (if not entirely painlessly); they told me I did very well. I'm a sucker for praise.
  3. Chinese food for dinner.

Yes, I'm all about the comfort food today.

02 February 2017


  1. Youngest son's first physical therapy appointment went well.
  2. Another good time at writers' group.
  3. Having fun writing a tarot manual.

01 February 2017


  1. Finished writing chapter 10 of Changers 2. Whew. It's been a slog getting back into it.
  2. Managed to juggle the variety of appointments and errands that needed to get done today. This was the busiest day of a really busy week, and I got through it. Yay!
  3. My Atlantis ring finally arrived. I'm loving it!

31 January 2017


  1. Manifesting Destiny got a fair review in February's InD'Tale.
  2. Brynnde was made a finalist in Books & Benches' cover art contest.
  3. Got a lot done (just not any writing).

I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed these days, actually. There is a lot going on in my life and with my family, and then on top of that is everything going on politically—it makes for a lot of stress. I know the answer is not to bury my head in the sand; that's what they're hoping we'll do, it's why they throw things from every side so we don't know which way to look. They want to scatter our energies and exhaust us. We're tired, all right, but more than that, we're angry, and we outnumber them by a lot.

30 January 2017


  1. New shoes. My old ones were developing holes. (I walk a lot.)
  2. More auditions for my audiobook. I'm just so excited about this project!
  3. Minerva (one of the cats) came to stare at me this morning. You'd have to know Min to know how amazing that is. We rescued her last October, and she doesn't like or trust me because I've had to chase her and stuff her into a carrier a couple times. So the fact she made herself visible to me at all is astounding. Most of the time she hides if she knows I'm around.

29 January 2017


  1. My book went on pre-order! Yay!
  2. People are actually pre-ordering my book! Yay!
  3. Shepherd's pie.

28 January 2017


  1. Nice solo walk.
  2. Got some more work done on my WIP.
  3. Received a really great audition for my audiobook project. So excited!

27 January 2017


  1. Got rid of old furniture. Felt really good to literally kick it to the curb.
  2. Started a new project—a tarot book I'm writing for a friend who wants to learn. I'm going card by card. Maybe I'll publish the manuscript later.
  3. Starting getting auditions for the audiobook I'm hoping to release. I'm so excited! I've wanted to do this for a long time. Squee!

26 January 2017


  1. No errands or appointments!
  2. Another fun evening with my writing group.
  3. Fatted Calf beef jerky and Christopher Elbow chocolates.

25 January 2017

1. Nice phone chat with a friend.

. . . That's about it, really. It's tough to find good things these days. Yesterday was cold and I exhausted myself with running around getting stuff done, but didn't manage to get any actual work done. I guess I can put "productive" as a good thing, even if I wasn't productive in the way I wanted to be.

24 January 2017


  1. Fun new hair colors. (Yes, plural.)
  2. No rain, so I got a nice walk in.
  3. Car stuff taken care of. Didn't love sitting in the waiting room for 2.5 hours, but at least I had my computer.

23 January 2017


  1. Good news from the doctor.
  2. I beat the hail storm home.
  3. Thai for dinner.

22 January 2017


  1. Nice breakfast out.
  2. The formatting for my new book looks fantastic.
  3. Facebook chat with a dear friend.

21 January 2017


  1. Relatively quiet day spent mostly at home.
  2. My youngest (the one with the cast) has figured out how to get himself to and from the bathroom and up and down the stairs. On one hand, this is a great relief. On the other, my arms were looking really good from all the lifting. Also, I do get a bit nervous about him on the stairs so still need to spot him.
  3. New white noise machine in my office works great.

20 January 2017


  1. Got my retainers. I'm so glad they're the clear kind (sort of like my Invisalign) rather than the kind I had in 7th grade. I don't mind being a nerd but I don't need to advertise quite so obviously.
  2. A nice get together with friends in which I made new friends. Yay for being social!
  3. My oldest came back from a week at camp. He was wet, tired, and hungry and was losing his voice but seemed to have a great time.

19 January 2017


  1. Amethyst fingernails and sapphire toenails.
  2. Youngest has now been fitted with crutches and can begin practicing using them in small, supervised outings.
  3. Breaks in the rain.

18 January 2017


  1. Was able to sleep a little later than usual.
  2. A quiet day without any errands or appointments.
  3. Toast. (Though I ate too much of it.)

17 January 2017


  1. Doctor says my son's leg is healing nicely. He can switch the long cast for a shorter one in two weeks and then begin using crutches.
  2. Special lunch with my little guy after the doctor visit.
  3. Yummy dinner made possible by the fact our oldest is away at camp and we're able to cook things he won't eat.

16 January 2017

. . .

It was kind of a down day, actually. Nothing bad, but nothing of note either. I guess I can count traffic not being too terrible as a good thing? And we had a nice dinner of deli plates that we all really enjoyed. It was somehow both light and filling.

15 January 2017


  1. Meatball sub.
  2. A walk with my daughter.
  3. Have managed to lose 5 lbs.

14 January 2017


  1. Beautiful day for my son's baseball tryouts.
  2. Nice lunch out, and kind strangers gave up their table for us.
  3. Quiet afternoon.

13 January 2017


  1. Orthodontist removed the attachments from my teeth. Is weird to see the flat surface of my teeth again after so long, but nice!
  2. Treated myself to a special lunch as celebration for having my teeth back.
  3. Sun! No rain! (Cold, but... sun!)

12 January 2017


  1. Really fun writing group meeting. No one had brought anything to workshop so we just chatted. (I probably talked too much, though. Sigh.)
  2. Getting back to my walks and routine.
  3. Cleaning out some of my office and closet. I don't usually enjoy doing that, but every now and then it feels really good.

11 January 2017


  1. Got a good walk in ahead of the rain.
  2. Trip for groceries was short and direct. Over and done.
  3. My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Finally decided to try it, and so far it's hilarious. (Then again, I'm only two episodes in. But still, loving it.)

10 January 2017

It was actually a really busy day. I had to split my normal volunteer time at the school library with taking the cat to the vet and then had to go pick him up again later.

  1. The cat is okay.
  2. The kids had good days at school.
  3. Iced chai with white mocha.

09 January 2017


  1. Everyone back to work and school.
  2. House to myself.
  3. Getting a walk in before the rain.

08 January 2017


  1. Really nice breakfast out with people whose company I mostly enjoy.
  2. Hot bubble bath on a rainy day.
  3. Golden Globes were . . . mildly entertaining?

07 January 2017


  1. Yay for not leaving the house? Seriously, I was totally lazy.
  2. Getting back to a writing project I'd put aside.
  3. Signing up to have a table at the Bay Area Book Festival in June.

06 January 2017


  1. Moana. What a great movie!
  2. Sent ARCs to my advance readers. Yay!
  3. Hot fudge sundaes.

05 January 2017


  1. Good writing group and they mostly liked the piece I brought to share.
  2. A break in the rain.
  3. *This* close to done with the manuscript I'm working on.

04 January 2017


  1. Very nearly done with my orthodontia. They'll take the attachments off my teeth next week and I'll get my retainers the week after that. Yes, it's like being a pre-teen again!
  2. Nice lunch out with the family.
  3. Home-baked cookies and joke time around the dinner table.

02 January 2017


  1. More [re]writing done.
  2. Reading.
  3. Bubble bath.
Also, Tiny House Hunters showed up on my DVR again.

01 January 2017

New Year's Eve/Day Edition


  1. A nice, quiet New Year's Eve.
  2. My son did well in his first fencing tournament.
  3. Got some writing done.

. . . It has been a relatively quiet couple of days. I've been feeling a little sad, though I'm not sure why. I continue rewrites on my current novel and think I may nearly be done. I'll be happy again once I'm able to send it to advance readers/reviewers.

I wish you all Many Good Things for 2017.