19 November 2017


  1. Horses.
  2. Milkshakes.

It was all downhill from there, really. But I'm still grateful for things like my health and our upcoming vacation. Even when I'm not feeling it in my heart, I know how good I've got it.

18 November 2017


  1. Lazy day at home.
  2. Lazy day at home.
  3. Lazy day at home.

17 November 2017


  1. Last day before Thanksgiving break!
  2. All errands and appointments managed with minimal fuss.
  3. Nail painting party with my daughter.

16 November 2017

Productive day! 1. Mailed a couple packages. 2. Finished an editing job.
3. Took my oldest son with me to writing group. Was fun. Ended the night with a couple hot fudge sundaes.

Oh, and I got my DNA test results. That was interesting.

15 November 2017


  1. No errands to run.
  2. Got lots more of my editing job done.
  3. Watching House Hunters with the kids.

14 November 2017


  1. Clean carpets.
  2. Freshened hair color.
  3. Outlined another possible novel.

13 November 2017


  1. A big rainbow this morning. Felt like the promise of a good day.
  2. My agent informed me a publisher requested the manuscript. Progress!
  3. Productive day. Got lots of editing work done and was able to hang out with a writer friend, too.

12 November 2017


  1. Cold medicine to make me functional.
  2. Quality time with my oldest son, taking him to Murder on the Orient Express.
  3. Drawful.

11 November 2017


  1. Time spent with family. We celebrated November birthdays.
  2. Karaoke night.
  3. There's still one more day of the weekend.

10 November 2017


  1. Update from my agent. Even though we're still waiting to hear, I like that she keeps me informed.
  2. My copy of 21st Century Yokel finally arrived! I've had the ebook version for a while now, but I'm just so happy to hold it in my hands.
  3. The Big Sick. I'd heard a lot about it, and usually movies don't live up to the hype, but this one was as good as promised.
Bonus: The Tumblr about the Passion play: "You get out of it this time, Jesus!" That's going to be my new catchphrase.

09 November 2017

  1. Watching my 8-year-old son do Shakespeare.
  2. Receiving an email informing me that a major magazine has selected one of my books for review.
  3. A fairly good writing group meeting. Though I'm now part of two writing groups and may have to make a decision about where to put my time.

08 November 2017


  1. I received the loveliest, most encouraging note ever from an agent—even though it was a rejection. Seriously, it's the kind of thing you print and hang on your wall. Made my day.
  2. A good review for my new Sherlock Holmes Professor Moriarty story.
  3. The best tortelloni I've ever had and also the best caramel popcorn I've ever had (though not at the same time because that would be weird).

07 November 2017


  1. Another relaxing morning. And a productive day. I got a couple items on my to-do list taken care of.
  2. Started a new writing project. Which is NOT what I need right now since I have plenty of projects I need to finish, but this felt good—no weight, no expectation tied to it.
  3. Good writing group meeting.

06 November 2017


  1. Relaxing morning—no errands to run.
  2. Neighbors who check in because they saw my sad Facebook post and wanted to make sure I was okay.
  3. Classic Rock Trivial Pursuit.

05 November 2017


  1. Kitty cuddles.
  2. Updated my writing resume. Feels very satisfying to be faced with a list of my work and accomplishments.
  3. Though I didn't especially want to take my daughter to her riding lesson, I did enjoy getting to help brush and tack the horse. And I'm thankful my daughter has such an incredible instructor.

04 November 2017


  1. Sleeping in
  2. Thor: Ragnarok
  3. Gaining an hour? I don't love daylight savings, but if I have to go one way on the clock, back is better, right?

03 November 2017

Released my latest short story!
. . . That counts for three, I think. I mean, it was a fine day in any case. I helped kids read and got to stay for their music lesson. The leak in the upstairs bathroom got fixed with relative ease. Went shopping and found a Sagittarius coffee mug. Good stuff.

02 November 2017


  1. Another relatively quiet day. Was able to revise my short story and work on the cover design a little bit.
  2. Baby cows on my morning walk.
  3. A nice review for one of my books in this month's Uncaged Books.

01 November 2017


  1. Relatively quiet day.
  2. DuckTales.
  3. Survived the PTA meeting.