01 December 2018

A little bit of sadness today as my script did not advance in competition. If there's one thing I've learned about this particular screenplay it's that people either love or hate it, no middle ground. Still, I'd had hopes... And so this news was a bit of a downer way to begin the month.

BUT. I did get a day out with my daughter. We went to see Cinderella! I loved the Lesley Ann Warren teleplay when I was younger; a friend's older sister owned it on VHS (or had probably taped it off a movie channel or something). I would watch it over and over. It was so nice to see it live and with my daughter. And we were front row center.

So I will remind myself I have more to be grateful for than not. Health and a happy family. Shelter and food and clean water. More than many in the world. And maybe someday one of the handful of indie producer/directors who have shown interest in my script will finally make good on it. In the meantime, I will continue to focus on my books instead. I seem to get farther with those.

30 November 2018

Um... well...

  1. My books are doing fairly well.
  2. I'm still working away on my WIP and my editing job.
  3. And today I had the fun spending time in the school library with the third graders. I love when I'm able to help them find books they're looking for!

27 November 2018

Good things:

  1. Finally found a writing project that I'm somewhat excited about. Bonus: my writing group liked the first pages of it.
  2. Unexpected new editing commission.
  3. Have made quite a dent in the holiday shopping. Even have the cats taken care of!

25 November 2018

It's been a while. There is much to be grateful for, but I'm almost too busy to list it all!

Today is my oldest's 13th birthday. I'm certainly grateful for him and all he's taught me—being a parent is just as much learning as teaching. I'm looking forward to the next ~5 years and already dreading the day he goes off to college or wherever. I love this kid so much it hurts.

I'm grateful that my books continue to do fairly well, and that I continue to be asked to speak at various venues. Another such request came in this morning. It makes me feel so official! (Well, and Google finally verified me, so now I really am official.)

I'm grateful for friends and family and having enough—more than enough, really. My needs are met. Clothes, shelter, clean water, food... I won't say I'm not seriously worried about the direction the world is moving, but I'm trying very hard to appreciate (and conserve) what we have. So many have far less.

We went through a week of really bad air due to fires north of us, and that left me grateful that all we had to deal with was bad air quality. I mean, that was terrible, for sure, and we were more or less stuck inside, but at least we didn't have a fire or lose our home or possessions or lives. Again, we're very fortunate.

As we slide into the holiday season, I continue to remind myself of all that good fortune. Even when I'm feeling rushed, stressed, overscheduled... My birthday is coming up. That's something to look forward to. And a new House of Representatives. Boy howdy won't that be nice.

I'm sure there is much more to appreciate, but again, it's impossible to list it all. Happy holidays to everyone, and I'll try to be better about updating.

08 November 2018

The busiest parts of the week are now over.  I had my annual checkup and the kids have had theirs. I'm continuing to learn Japanese, though I don't know how useful any of the words I'm learning are likely to be if/when I travel there. Well, at least I enjoy learning for its own sake. And I've made progress on my WIP. Things roll on...

06 November 2018

  1. Got my flu shot.
  2. Ordered in Chinese for dinner.
  3. Democrats took back the House.

05 November 2018

  1. Met a writer friend for breakfast and she brought her adorable 9mo boy. He's so easy going, and he let me hold him without a fuss!
  2. Constructive writing group meeting.
  3. Hubby got me memrise as an early birthday present so I can continue to learn Japanese!

04 November 2018

  1. I didn't even need to leave the house today (though I did go for a morning walk). Since I'm facing a pretty hectic week, I was glad to have this lazy day.
  2. I started rewriting a manuscript that received some brutal feedback from agents—feedback that made me doubt my very ability to write. I don't think I'll query or submit it again, but if I whip it into shape, I will self-publish it. And I'm glad to start feeling more confident again.
  3. Pre-orders for the paperback version of Faebourne continue, which makes me feel quite good. And a little nervous. I hope these readers enjoy the book!

03 November 2018

  1. Doctor Who is good again.
  2. DuckTales is back. (I know I've mentioned it before, but it still makes me really happy.)
  3. Teen Titans Go!
  4. Toffee chip cookies.
  5. Family game night.

02 November 2018

I've been away again. Not physically, but away from this blog. There's so much going on... Some good, some just meh. But today I did get a yummy lunch at Habit Burger. And I had fun dressing as Raven from Teen Titans Go! for Hallowe'en. (My daughter was Starfire.) I'm slowly progressing with learning Japanese—enough, at least, to get by when my friend and I travel there. Lucky for me, she's lived there and speaks and reads it better than I do (or will), plus has experience with the day-to-day of managing things like getting around and interacting with the locals.

On the flip side, I'm struggling with my current WIPs (there are two). I'm starting to be nervous about my upcoming presentation. Facing a busy week next week. And I just feel blah overall in spirit.

But I'll try to keep finding good things and updating more regularly. Maybe it will make me feel better.

28 October 2018

  1. First ever visit to Daiso. Took the kids, we bought a ton, and it still cost less than $50.
  2. Got some writing done. Also... all those snacks from Daiso.
  3. RED SOX!!!!

27 October 2018

A few good things over the past couple days:

  1. The paperback proof of Faebourne arrived, and it looks beautiful!
  2. New Jackbox games.
  3. DuckTales is back.

24 October 2018

  1. Got my speaking notes written out to go with the slides I prepped yesterday.
  2. Chat with my friend as we sketch out plans for our big trip to Japan in 2020.
  3. ENT says my hearing is back to normal. When looking in my ear: "You'd never know anything was ever wrong with it."

23 October 2018

  1. Nice day at home.
  2. Finished my PowerPoint presentation for next month.
  3. Took the kids to the school book fair, and we witnessed a magnificent full moon.

22 October 2018

  1. Cool new hair cut + color.
  2. Learned how to manicure my own nails.
  3. Fun time at writing group.

21 October 2018

  1. Really nice lunch at a restaurant we'd been meaning to try for ages and finally did.
  2. Got more writing on my new WIP done.
  3. Received a phone call from an old friend. Turns out she's having a baby! 😀

20 October 2018

A quiet day at home. Got a good walk in, started a new WIP of which I'm excited to bring the first pages to my writing group on Monday night. Lots of page reads on my books today, too, and we finally got around to carving the pumpkin. So a good day overall.

19 October 2018

  1. The paperback version of Faebourne is now up for pre-order.
  2. Long overdue visit with my aesthetician.
  3. Evening out with the family.

18 October 2018

Laughing so hard I cried. I hadn't done that in a long time. Also, new shirts. And boba tea.

17 October 2018

My son's visit with his therapist went well. Then we went out for lunch. And the kids also did well at the orthodontist. Plus, I received the e-proof of Faebourne. Now just waiting for the printed proof. Also, enjoying the new incarnation of Doctor Who. Overall, a good day.

16 October 2018

My last quiet day of the week, but I still had to run to the store for a few things. At least that got done. And I cleaned up the files on my computer and submitted the print files for Faebourne. Can't wait to see the proofs! So it was a productive day, anyway. And I got the Golden Curry I'd been craving for dinner too!

15 October 2018

  1. Pulling together print files for Faebourne. Excited to see the final result!
  2. I *think* I'm getting better at Japanese?
  3. Good writing group meeting.

14 October 2018

I've been slammed with finishing up the edits on my novel, but I can now gladly announce Faebourne is available as an ebook! Paperback to follow. Other good things include our annual trip to the corn maze and pumpkin patch. Aaaand Golden Curry.

09 October 2018

  1. Started the second read-through of my WIP. On track to put the ebook out next week.
  2. Nice chat with another mom at the elementary school. Sometimes it's the little things.
  3. A book I'd forgotten I'd preordered arrived. Unexpected book! That's always fun.

08 October 2018

  1. Almost done with this round of edits!
  2. A pretty quiet day at home.
  3. Great writing group meeting.

07 October 2018

  1. Went to the really good bakery and got some treats.
  2. Got halfway through editing my WIP. The ebook should come out in the next couple weeks. (Paperback will take longer.)
  3. Lasagna for dinner.

06 October 2018

  1. Daughter is going to start training for her first horse show.
  2. Started editing.
  3. Family game night.

05 October 2018

  1. Finished the draft of my WIP!
  2. Was able to sleep in because the kids didn't have school.
  3. Did I mention I finished my draft?

04 October 2018

Sorry that I've fallen down on the job here lately. Yesterday was Day of PTA, where I first spent the morning at the middle school, handing out ice cream treats to the honor roll students. Then I had a PTA meeting that evening as well. Didn't get any writing done, but did manage a short workout. Overall, an okay day.

This morning I went to the dermatologist to have this bump on my calf checked out. It's almost invisible; I had to really search to even locate it to show it to my doctor. But all is well, and she says my skin is "terrific." (I've been blessed in that area, at least.) I'm likewise grateful that the doctor's office was running on schedule and it didn't take very long. So now I'll be able to get some writing done.

There. Lots of good things!

02 October 2018

  1. Got some writing done.
  2. Had sushi for dinner.

. . . I dunno. It was a fairly quiet day. I guess that's a good thing, too.

Here's a look at some of the work I did on Faebourne today:

01 October 2018

Monday decided to Monday extra hard today, but I managed to salvage my day despite its best efforts to sink me. I had lunch with a friend who showed me a cool new product for my nails. And I had a nice evening out with my writing group. Plus, I still managed to get in a workout.

Here's hoping tomorrow is even better.

29 September 2018

  1. Survived my daughter's birthday party despite having a migraine. At least the cake was good.
  2. Was able to nap after the party.
  3. Lots of compliments on my hair color. This is probably because I wore it down, which I don't usually do.

28 September 2018

Ended up in the middle of a lockdown drill with a bunch of kindergartners today. I wouldn't call that a "good" thing—the fact we need such drills at all is a whole issue I don't feel like taking up at this late hour and on so little sleep—but there is a little game I've created to help the kids through it. I tell them it's a "T-rex" drill. See, most kids have seen some Jurassic Park movie, or heard about one through a sibling, so they all know that a T-rex can't see you if you stay still. And he can't hear you if you're super quiet. So that's what I tell the kids: "Pretend there is a T-rex out there somewhere." Kids are great at pretending. And dinosaurs are way less scary than, "There might be someone with a gun out there."

I didn't get quite as much writing done as I would have like, but I did post a short video. Also, my book The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller is just 99 cents for a few days.

27 September 2018

Evening out with my oldest. We had dinner then went to see King Lear (the NTLive production featuring Ian McKellen as Lear). It was his first official Shakespeare, and he really enjoyed it. Managed to follow along fairly well, though asked me to confirm what was happening now and then.

Also, I managed to fix some issues with my WIP. I had an info dump chapter that wasn't working, but I *think* it does now.

26 September 2018

  1. Wrote about 1500 words today.
  2. There continues to be interest in Faebourne.
  3. Took the kids to see Labyrinth on the big screen. They've seen it, but not in a cinema. I haven't seen it in a cinema since I was eight. So that was fun.

25 September 2018

I know. I've been away a few days. In truth, I was having a down spell and didn't feel like coming here to think up good things to write about. I'm still struggling to think of any, but I'll say the reaction to my posting the first chapter of Faebourne has been encouraging. And when I wrote about the homosexual romance in the book—fully expecting backlash because readers of the genre are sometimes religious and homophobic—I was actually told that readers were very interested and hoping to preorder. (On that note: I hope to have preorders up in the next couple weeks.)

So, yeah. Those are good things.

And the amazing full moon my son and I saw this morning while I drove him to school? That was pretty cool, too.

21 September 2018

Eh. Nice lunch out with the hubby, I guess. And then we ordered in for dinner, too. We were lazy today, at least when it came to cooking. It's been a stressful week in terms of psychology and emotions.

20 September 2018

Honestly, it was a difficult day, at least in spirit. But I did get some writing done. That's about the best I can say for the day.

19 September 2018

  1. Got writing done, including a really difficult scene in which I had to put a knife in a character I love.
  2. Chinese food for dinner.
  3. Showing the kids Defunctland on YouTube.

18 September 2018

  1. My function of beauty shampoo arrived. I love the smell and the way my hair feels!
  2. Got the grocery shopping over with. Not fun, but at least it's done.
  3. Got a bit more writing done, too.

17 September 2018

  1. Met the writing goal I set for myself.
  2. Found a new standup comedian to enjoy.
  3. Have a relatively uncomplicated week ahead.

16 September 2018

  1. I love having my kitty curl up next to me while I sleep.
  2. Got a bit more writing done. Not as much as yesterday, but every little bit counts.
  3. Margaritas with dinner.

15 September 2018

  1. I'm getting so close to done with my WIP. Trying not to rush the ending, though.
  2. Had a lazy day at home.
  3. Also, there was fudge.

14 September 2018

  1. More writing.
  2. Helping kids in the school library. I really love encouraging good interactions with books.
  3. Someone with a large Twitter following retweeted me.

13 September 2018

  1. Doctor says my ear is healing quite nicely. My hearing is slowly improving, too.
  2. Have had beautiful weather in the 70s.
  3. My cat has been especially sweet lately. I love when he curls up next to me in bed.

12 September 2018

Survived my busiest day of the week: grocery shopping, taking my son to TWO appointments, and a PTA meeting. I also had to pick my daughter up from a friend's house in there somewhere. Anyway, mostly glad the day is over. Another busy one tomorrow but not quite as bad.

11 September 2018

Got a little more writing done.

. . . That's it, really. I'm actually feeling a bit down about not having any Pitch Wars requests. At least the agent who asked for pages last week emailed to confirm receipt today and let me know I'd hear from her again soon. Alas, what agents and authors consider "soon" can be days, weeks, months apart.

I'm being taught patience, I suppose. Again. Some more. Not one of my strengths.

But I've been enjoying the biography of Elizabeth II I've been reading. Aloud. To the cats. I can't tell if they enjoy it, too. But when I start reading, they come lay down nearby, so I guess they must like it.

10 September 2018

  1. A day at home getting writing done (and laundry, and dishes). Nice not to have to rush out places.
  2. Also a nice little writing group meeting.
  3. And I'm just so grateful to everyone who is buying and reading my books. It warms my heart. Thank you, thank you, for imbibing my words!

09 September 2018

Both my boys did well in their fencing tournament today. It was my youngest son's first ever tournament, and it was my older son's first time in the senior division. They each held their own. So proud of them! We celebrated by having a late lunch/early dinner at Texas Roadhouse. Yay for chicken-fried steak!

08 September 2018

  1. Mom-and-daughter breakfast at IHOP.
  2. Meeting friends for coffee. (Well, in my case chai.)
  3. Getting a little more writing done.

07 September 2018

  1. Helped kids find books in the library.
  2. Finished some key revisions.
  3. Got more work done on my WIP.

06 September 2018

  1. Survived the busiest day of the week.
  2. Received a request from a literary agent.
  3. Tomorrow is Friday.

05 September 2018

  1. A relatively painless PTA meeting.
  2. A little more writing.
  3. More rowing machine. I'd forgotten how much I enjoy rowing.

04 September 2018

Actually, I had dreams about people trying to kill me, which wasn't very pleasant and made for not a lot of sleep. But I still had an okay day because:

  1. No appointments or errands. Just had to get the kids to and from school. The rest of the day was mine.
  2. Got a wee bit of writing done. (Like, a teeny bit.)
  3. Did I mention that I was not required to jump in the car and go places and do stuff? I did do stuff around the house like laundry and dishes, but pffft. That's easy peasy.

03 September 2018

  1. Rowing machine!
  2. More progress on my WIP.
  3. Fun writing group meeting.

02 September 2018

  1. Day at the ballpark.
  2. But still managed to avoid the crowded trains.
  3. Family game night.

01 September 2018

  1. Celebrated our daughter's 10th birthday with a family get together. Was a nice time.
  2. Also had some one-on-one time with my oldest. Really enjoyed that.
  3. Hubby finally set up my rowing machine. Yay!

31 August 2018

  1. More editing done.
  2. Got our daughter's birthday presents.
  3. Three day weekend.

30 August 2018

  1. More editing done on my WIP.
  2. Managed to juggle many errands and appointments. (Mostly just glad it's over.)
  3. Sweet, loving kitties.

29 August 2018

  1. Well, my ear is doing a wee bit better.
  2. Have started a major overhaul of my WIP. Think it will be much better for the changes.
  3. House restocked with groceries.

28 August 2018

Red Eye Edition

I've been away because my right eye had a scratched cornea. Ugh. Guess I'm grateful for healing, and that it wasn't worse. I still have it a lot better than most people. At this point I'll be glad to see the end of August.

24 August 2018

  1. House is finally painted!
  2. My promo for Brynnde is off to a good start.
  3. First week of school down and successful.

23 August 2018

  1. Got groceries and remaining school supplies with no real trouble.
  2. Finally wrote another bit of that fanfic on spooklights.
  3. Painters are almost done. Just one more day, I think.

22 August 2018

  1. Ear infection has cleared. (It will be a few weeks, however, before the perforation heals. So I continue to be partially deaf for now.)
  2. Made more progress with my WIP, including outlining some stuff to make it clearer for myself so that I can in turn make it clear to the readers.
  3. PTA meeting went smoothly. Not that it ever doesn't. I mean, we're not a rowdy bunch. 😜

21 August 2018

  1. Progress on the house, and the paint color looks great.
  2. Got more editing done.
  3. No errands or appointments today. Just getting the kids to and from school.

20 August 2018

  1. First day of school! And the kids all seem to like their teachers. Fingers crossed for a good year.
  2. The house painters started work.
  3. Per the doctor, daughter's rash doesn't appear to be anything very serious.

19 August 2018

  1. Grateful for the existence of Doctors on Demand, which allowed a doctor to prescribe an antibiotic for our daughter. Saved us a trip to urgent care and/or the ER. (And the daughter is fine, btw.)
  2. Repotted the tomato plant.
  3. Sushi as the last-day-of-summer dinner.

18 August 2018

  1. New bedding. It's so much prettier than the old stuff we had and goes much better in the room.
  2. Took the kids to Dave & Buster's for the first time.
  3. Got more editing done.

17 August 2018

My youngest turned 9, but we're saving the party for tomorrow. Today he just wanted to play his new video games, so we let him. I got some editing done. A fairly placid day all around. And we did have ice cream cake!

16 August 2018

  1. Clean house.
  2. Kids have fresh haircuts for the start of school.
  3. I'm seeing slow progress with my ear.

15 August 2018

In-laws took me and the kids out to lunch and then watched the kids so I could go to the ENT. Turns out my left ear has moderate hearing loss, but it's not permanent; once we clear the infection and see the eardrum healed, I should regain my hearing. Now I have to have gunk in my ear for a week, then they'll suck that out and check the drum. Sigh. BUT. Once again, so glad to have access to care, and also grateful it's nothing more serious.

14 August 2018

  1. Kids found out today who their teachers will be, and they are very happy. (Me, too, because I know both teachers and like them both.)
  2. Ear hurts marginally less than yesterday?
  3. Morning walk with the kids. Means I didn't hit my goal for my walk, but it was still nice. At least they all still want to spend time with me...

13 August 2018

  1. Met with the vice-principal at the middle school to go over my son's schedule and make sure he's all set for the coming school year. The VP is amazing, and we're so lucky to have such a great school.
  2. Showing the kids Fushigi Yugi.
  3. Got better sleep than I had the past few nights.

12 August 2018

  1. Cute new Pusheen backpack.
  2. Cute new Slytherin cardigan.
  3. Bath bombs.

Let's just say retail therapy in general cuz my ear is really aching and I need all the emotional boosts I can get.

11 August 2018

  1. Got the chocolate shake I'd been craving.
  2. Made progress with my WIP.
  3. Afternoon nap.

10 August 2018

  1. I had the doc prescribe me some antibiotics because my ear was starting to feel worse and was occasionally dripping some clear liquid... Lovely, I know, but I'm grateful to have access to doctors and medicine when I need them.
  2. Got more editing done.
  3. My oldest did well in his first ever chess tournament. He came in third over all and also won the Sportsmanship Award.

09 August 2018

Well, it turns out I have a ruptured eardrum. So that's fun. Still, there are things to be grateful for:

  1. Getting some editing done.
  2. Husband stayed home to help me out since I needed to go see the doctor and also had a full slate of other errands and appointments.
  3. . . . M&Ms?

I won't deny it's been a struggle lately to find the silver lining. But I keep trying.

08 August 2018

  1. Kids got thumbs up from the eye doctor. One more appointment to mark off my list.
  2. Helping my daughter teach the cats tricks. (So far they're doing pretty well with "sit.")
  3. Stayed home while the rest of the family went to the ballgame. Sure, it was because my left ear is messed up, but still nice to have the house to myself for a bit.

07 August 2018

  1. A modicum less of running around was required today.
  2. Another good morning walk. I definitely prefer walking early, while it's cooler.
  3. I'm slowly recovering after coming into contact with some food allergens. I've managed to avoid that for years, so it was quite a shock to me and my system when it happened.

06 August 2018

  1. Survived running around, taking the kids to this and that activity.
  2. Had a nice time with my writing group.
  3. Only two more weeks until school starts.

05 August 2018

  1. Dumb movies.
  2. Morning walks.
  3. People who reblog your posts.

04 August 2018

1-3. Being home. After so much travel, it's nice to be home and sleep in my own bed and love on my cats.

03 August 2018

Santa Cruz Edition

  1. Miyuki sushi.
  2. Introducing the kids to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.
  3. Cute bookstores.

31 July 2018

NYC Edition

In no particular order:

  1. Comfortable flights.
  2. Hamilton walking tour.
  3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
  4. The Met.
  5. Serenata.
  6. Dairy Queen.
  7. Hot dogs from street vendors.
  8. NY pizza in general.
  9. The Strand.
  10. Spyscape. (I'm a Spycatcher!)
  11. Central Park Zoo.
  12. Friends who let you stay in their beautiful apartments while they're away.
  13. Terraces.
  14. Thunderstorms.
  15. Coming home to kitties.

22 July 2018

  1. Fairly efficient packing.
  2. An agent asked to read my manuscript.
  3. Blue Exorcist.
As you might guess from the "packing" part, I'll be traveling again and therefore not updating here for a week. Come back to see ALL the good things that happen in NYC!

21 July 2018

  1. I recently rediscovered my tumblr. Mostly as a place to shelve fanfic snippets. And today someone there messaged me and told me I'm wonderful, and that felt beyond good.
  2. Bagels. Fresh ones.
  3. Homemade lemon meringue pie.

20 July 2018

  1. A lunch disaster ended up being a happy accident. We tried to eat at one of our favorite places, but the staff just couldn't get it together, so we decamped and had a fantastic lunch at another restaurant.
  2. Kids got good reports from the orthodontist.
  3. Sangria.

19 July 2018

  1. Freshly painted finger- and toenails.
  2. Finding a wonderful new bakery.
  3. Working with a colorist to choose paint for the house.

18 July 2018

It was a really busy day, actually, so the best thing about it is that it's over.

17 July 2018

  1. Finished reading a great book.
  2. Wrote some more.
  3. Good first PTA meeting of the new school year.

16 July 2018

  1. Good morning walks. (Yes, plural.)
  2. More writing. But also lots of reading.
  3. A nice time at a friend's house that included writing critique but also just hanging out.

15 July 2018

  1. Slightly cooler today, which made for a nice morning walk.
  2. Found a fun new place to try for lunch.
  3. A little more writing done.

14 July 2018

  1. Went to a social function and totally behaved.
  2. Got a bit more writing done.
  3. Tried Holmes of Kyoto and thought it was really cute.

13 July 2018

12 July 2018

  1. A little bit of writing.
  2. A lot of reading.
  3. Chose someone to paint the house.

11 July 2018

  1. Getting closer to finding someone to paint the house.
  2. Found a video that encapsulates my feelings about Sherlock. (I don't like to talk about it, and now I don't have to!)
  3. Thai food.

10 July 2018

  1. Good morning walk.
  2. Writing.
  3. Hubby brought me dinner when we realized the orange chicken had real orange in it (I'm allergic).

09 July 2018

  1. Breakfast out with my boys.
  2. Constructive writing group meeting.
  3. Brownies, lovingly made by my husband and daughter.

08 July 2018

  1. Swimming in a cute new suit.
  2. Morning walk.
  3. Showing the kids Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Though I did have to explain the slang use of "bogus."

07 July 2018

  1. Finally finished writing a chapter that seemed to be going on forever.
  2. Reading.
  3. Finding new anime to watch.

06 July 2018

  1. Bowling. I'm getting better. Not that the bar was very high to begin with.
  2. Seeing my daughter have so much fun at the barn. She's happy just to be helping. She mucked stalls, cleaned tack, turned out and bathed horses. Genki desu.
  3. Showing our oldest Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. I have issues with the underlying themes of that movie (never read the manga), but it's still fun. And lots of fun to watch my son watch it.

05 July 2018

04 July 2018

  1. Releasing silkworm moths into the wild.
  2. A nice walk on a cool morning.
  3. Writing again.

03 July 2018

  1. Going on safari with the family.
  2. Eating at a favorite restaurant that is two hours from home, so it's a rare treat to eat there.
  3. Beautiful weather.

02 July 2018

Paris Edition

  1. Business class
  2. The generosity of old friends
  3. Ice cream on hot days
  4. Bread, butter, frites, ramen . . . so much great food
  5. Having locals tell me my French is pretty good
  6. Navigating the Metro
  7. Nike of Samothrace
  8. Versailles
  9. Sweet little (air conditioned!) hotel rooms with skylights over the bed
  10. Rosaries*
  11. Gorgeous views
  12. Surviving stairs . . . so many stairs . . .
  13. Watching home improvement shows in French
  14. Coming home

In short, a fabulous trip. But exhausting!

*I buy a rosary every time I visit a cathedral. I guess I collect them, more or less. This time I bought one at Notre Dame and one at Sacré-Coeur.

24 June 2018

  1. Got most of the packing done.
  2. Got my brows tidied up.
  3. Found some really old writings while looking for something else (that I didn't find). Stuff I'd forgotten I ever wrote. That's always startling. But also kind of fun.
In case the packing didn't clue you in, I'm traveling as of tomorrow and won't have my laptop with me. (Cue some anxiety.) That means you'll have to wait a week before getting any more "good things" from me, but hopefully I'll have a big, long list when I get back!

23 June 2018

  1. A bit more writing done.
  2. Nice family lunch.
  3. Took one-on-one walks with the kids.

22 June 2018

  1. Jurassic World, which was more fun than I expected. (Review coming on spooklights soon.)
  2. Also finished watching Gamers! which I really enjoyed. Only wish the manga were in English. I don't mind getting it in Japanese, but that's not easy to do.
  3. A little more writing done. Very little. But some is better than none.

21 June 2018

  1. More writing done.
  2. Clean house.
  3. Good writing group meeting.

20 June 2018

  1. Got my lingual retainer fixed after the dental hygienist broke it on Monday.
  2. Got a little more writing done.
  3. Hot fudge sundae.

19 June 2018

18 June 2018

1. Fresh hair color and fingernails.
2. Daughter had a great first day at her riding camp and her instructor took beautiful photos:

3. Only a week until Paris.

17 June 2018

  1. Saw Incredibles 2.
  2. Had a good phone chat with my dad.
  3. Fairly quiet day otherwise.

16 June 2018

  1. Got so much writing done.
  2. Also got in a good walk that resulted in my bringing home mulberry leaves for my son's silkworms.
  3. Fun get together at a friend's house. Met cool new people!

15 June 2018

Ran errands like a boss, including getting my son to his doctor's appointment, taking him to buy a birthday gift for a friend, getting both boys to agree on a place for lunch, and getting my oldest to the birthday party for which the gift was bought. I also got in a solid morning walk. And we had a nice family dinner followed by ice cream.

14 June 2018

  1. Pizza and swimming.
  2. Good writers group meeting.
  3. Sucked it up and did a solid workout.

13 June 2018

Six Flags Edition

Went with the family to Six Flags.

  1. Got splashed by dolphins.
  2. Enjoyed relatively mild roller coasters (my vertigo prevents me from riding more intense ones).
  3. Watched my kids have a great time.
  4. Butterflies.
  5. Big cats (tigers, lions, cougars).
  6. Fed giraffes!
  7. Came home and had sushi for dinner.

12 June 2018

  1. A day that did not require me to leave the house.
  2. Got so much writing done.
  3. Interspersed writing with quality time with the kids.

11 June 2018

  1. Lunch out with the family.
  2. Good afternoon walk.
  3. Got some writing done.

Bonus: Watched some Cardcaptor Sakura with the kids.

10 June 2018

  1. Took the kids for fondue. They'd never had proper fondue, and they loved it!
  2. Continued to make progress on my WIP.
  3. Now only 2 weeks until Paris. But lots going on between now and then. Summer is going to fly by.

08 June 2018

  1. Got in a good walk.
  2. Got more writing done.
  3. Watched Game Night, which was really cute.

07 June 2018

  1. Finished writing yet another chapter of my WIP.
  2. Last day of school! Which means I can sleep in a little later for the next couple months.
  3. Watched Definite Article with my 12yo son. He loves history and plays clarinet, so he appreciates Izzard's humor.

06 June 2018

Today I helped grill over 800 hot dogs at my son's school. I'm a PTA board member, and we were serving an end-of-year meal to the students and staff. It was exhausting but fun.

Also today, I had a great chat with a friend of mine. We got into talking about the world's ugliest buildings and spent time looking them up online while discussing them over the phone. I'm so glad I have weird friends that I can fall into odd conversations with.

AND . . . my cat at the spider that was in the bathroom, which saved me the trouble of having to kill it.

05 June 2018

  1. Finished writing the chapter I've been working on! Hooray!
  2. Watched my daughter in the school talent show.
  3. Nice critique group meeting that included a very yummy hurricane (of the drink variety).

04 June 2018

One of my last quiet days before school is out. I both wrote and took reading breaks. No errands or appointments, though I did do some laundry and the dishes. But overall a very relaxing day. And productive.

03 June 2018

  1. A nice chat with my dad.
  2. Survived a board meeting.
  3. Lazy afternoon.

02 June 2018

  1. Shopping! Including both clothes and books.
  2. Kids were so well behaved at big family lunch.
  3. Post-lunch chocolate.

01 June 2018

31 May 2018

  1. Managed to get some writing done for the first time in a while.
  2. Opening night for my daughter's musical.
  3. We're really fortunate. And I try to remind myself of that every day. I can go to the store and buy groceries without pinching pennies. That's . . . incredible, really. And I want to stay in touch with that because I don't want to be the type of person who takes things for granted. I can be upset about little things, but in the big scheme? I've got it pretty damn good. I have clean water. I have food—yes, even when I complain there's "nothing in the house to eat." And we're healthy. My life is a good one. I'm very lucky.

30 May 2018

  1. The school had its annual breakfast to thank the volunteers (of which I am one). That's always nice.
  2. Got through the school's annual hoe down as well. I'd been helping my son's class practice for the past month, so it was great to see them finally do their square dance—and nice to finally be done.
  3. Went to my oldest son's open house, which is where we visit the classrooms and see everything they've done over the course of the year. He's done quite well, and I'm proud of all his hard work.

29 May 2018

Productive day that included grocery shopping and much running around to fetch kids from places and take them to other places. Honestly, it wasn't very fun, but at least I did it. Also, I was able to listen to the final few chapters of the Brynnde audiobook and now it's all approved and ready to upload. So yay for that! Also, two young squirrels chattering in the Japanese maple in our yard. They were so cute.

28 May 2018

  1. The swimming pool on a hot day.
  2. White noise machines in the face of noisy, partying neighbors.
  3. A good chat with my mother.

27 May 2018

Day at the ballpark. Kids behaved, we had good ice cream, were on the Jumbotron, and our team won. So . . . Yeah, a good day.

26 May 2018

  1. Saw Solo. I mean, I didn't think it was terrific or anything, but it was a nice time out with the family.
  2. Sushi for dinner.
  3. DuckTales. Which I enjoy way more than I probably should admit.

25 May 2018

  1. Listened to more of the Brynnde audiobook and mocked up a cover for it.
  2. Helped out at the final track meet of the season.
  3. A fairly relaxing evening after a busy week.

24 May 2018

  1. Listened to more Brynnde audiobook. I'm so excited!
  2. Really good, fun writing group meeting. Feel like I hadn't been in years.
  3. My second grader, examining artwork displayed at school: "First graders pulled this off? Pretty good." He's the best. (Don't tell the other two I said that.)

23 May 2018

  1. Productive! I helped out in the classroom, picked up my new glasses, and got the shopping done (with help from the hubby, who worked from home today).
  2. Really good taco bar for lunch. My new favorite place for Mexican food.
  3. Did manage to squeeze in a little writing. So now my hair looks a bit better.

Bonus: covered my "wisdom stripe."

22 May 2018

  1. An agent requested pages.
  2. Got to listen to more of the audiobook for Brynnde, and it's sounding really good.
  3. A productive day overall—at home at least. No errands or appointments.

21 May 2018

  1. Nails all tidied up with a fun new color.
  2. Relaxing with a book.
  3. My son finally finished his biography report on Thomas Edison. Seriously, I feel like this has been going on for ages. I'm probably more excited for him to be finished than he is.

20 May 2018

  1. Morning coffee klatch with two writer friends. We try to get together every so often but it had been a while.
  2. Got about four pages written.

. . . ??? A pretty quiet day, really. I guess that in itself is worth being grateful for.

19 May 2018

  1. Picked up my car this morning. All shiny and running like a dream!
  2. Survived a bat mitzvah. It was for someone I don't know very well, but our daughter had a role in the ceremony, so . . . At least we got to dance, and the food was pretty good.
  3. Also picked up my new contact lenses. Still waiting for my glasses, though.

Bonus: afternoon nap!

18 May 2018

  1. On my morning walk I passed a man in a ballcap going the other direction. He nodded and touched his cap at me. That's something I haven't seen outside of my visits to the UK, and it just delighted me. I know I'm not supposed to like all those old-fashioned things, but deep down I really do.
  2. Very good walks (two today!) in general.
  3. Family dinner at one of our favorite local pizzerias.

17 May 2018

  1. Got in a really good walk this morning.
  2. Got more writing done.
  3. Oldest son's band concert went well.

16 May 2018

  1. A little boy in the class where I volunteer every week told me, "I'm glad you're here to help us."
  2. The square dancing instructor for that class told me, "Thank you for your help. You really seem to know what you're doing!" (I grew up in Texas. Yes, we learned square dancing.)
  3. A little girl was in tears over her overdue library book, and I was able to help her find it and turn it in.

It was a day of helping. That felt really good.

15 May 2018

  1. Finally got some writing done. I haven't had the chance to do that in a couple weeks.
  2. Eye doctor says my eyes are healthy. New prescription, though, which means: new glasses!
  3. Gold Medal Ribbon ice cream.

14 May 2018

  1. The first day in a long time that I didn't have an errand, appointment, or chore eating up my time.
  2. Got to listen to more of the Brynnde audiobook. It's sounding great!
  3. This picture made by someone on the Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card Arc Facebook page:

13 May 2018

Mother's Day + also our 17th wedding anniversary. We had brunch at Winchester Mystery House and took the tour. I'd been there twice before, but they'd made some changes, so there were some new things to see and do. Plus the weather was great.

I'd like to say that, it being Mother's Day, I had a day off from housework. No such luck. So I'm not 100% satisfied with my day, but I'm still trying to look on the bright side. Most of the day was nice at least.

12 May 2018

Post-Guest Edition

Had a friend visiting from out of town and therefore am only now catching up on email and the like. Good things that have happened over the past couple days:

  1. A publisher requested to read Hamlette
  2. Perfect weather (which my friend particularly enjoyed because she came from Dallas, where it is very hot and humid)
  3. Introducing my 9yo daughter to the wonders of Jareth in Labyrinth and David Bowie in particular
  4. Walks
  5. Mother's Day tea at the school
  6. . . . Just a general sense of wellbeing

10 May 2018

  1. Best friend from college is here for a visit.
  2. Gorgeous weather.
  3. Revolving sushi restaurant. (The sushi revolves, not the restaurant.)

09 May 2018

  1. Survived being a classroom aide.
  2. House is clean.
  3. John Mulaney's standup.

08 May 2018

  1. Indulged in a McFlurry
  2. Helped out again at the penultimate track meet. I really do relish feeling useful.
  3. . . . Still reading that really good book . . .

07 May 2018

  1. Sunshine! (Perhaps too much of it...)
  2. Reading a good book.
  3. Busy, but not feeling overwhelmed like last week.

06 May 2018

Survived social outing. Was rewarded with In-N-Out Burger. Got a walk in (though not as much of one as I'd like.) Dance party with the kids. Oh, and saved a bee.

05 May 2018

  1. Fell asleep in one of the new patio chairs.
  2. Survived taking two of the kids to an overcrowded birthday party.
  3. . . . It was an okay day, anyway . . .

04 May 2018

  1. Shorts weather again!
  2. I'm now inside the 10 lbs range for where I want to be.
  3. Fab lunch out.

Bonus: Fab dinner out with friends, followed by Train + Hall and Oates.

03 May 2018

  1. A quiet day in preparation for a busy evening.
  2. Nice PTA meeting (at a winery, no less!) in which I was elected Secretary for next year.
  3. My cat was feeling especially cuddly.

02 May 2018

  1. A relatively smooth time volunteering in my youngest son's classroom.
  2. Also a relatively smooth time helping out at my oldest son's track meet.
  3. Taking my oldest son to Wendy's after.

01 May 2018

30 April 2018

  1. Found out my screenplay 20 August made the Top 20 in Fempire Screenplay Contest.
  2. Productive morning doing some shopping and lots of laundry.
  3. Lost another pound.

29 April 2018

  1. Have had a really good month regarding sales and page reads.
  2. Got in a nice walk today.
  3. Sushi for dinner.

28 April 2018

  1. Got to sleep in a bit.
  2. Went to see Infinity War. It wasn't good, but the popcorn was nice.
  3. Survived the annual elementary school fundraiser. The kids love going every year, and we did get some decent photo booth pics out of it.

27 April 2018

  1. Did my first Facebook Live video. Though there were some audio issues, I think overall it went pretty well. I didn't make a complete fool of myself, anyway.
  2. Went to the bookstore and then had lunch at Five Guys.
  3. Watched some stand-up comedy.

26 April 2018

  1. While Publishers Weekly posted their review of Brynnde earlier in the month, it was still very exciting to see it featured in the digital magazine!

2. Fantastic writing group meeting.

3. Ice cream.

25 April 2018

  1. Getting some writing done for the first time in over a week.
  2. Fair (though not as warm) weather.
  3. Support from friends for various things.

24 April 2018

Sorry to have missed so many days. Been a lot going on. Today a small army of housekeepers descended and spent almost six hours scrubbing the house from top to bottom. I hid in my office and am now afraid to touch anything outside of my office.

Oh, but my friend crocheted me a Livian dragon (from my novel Manifesting Destiny)! He's brilliant. You can see pics on my Facebook page.

Weather has been perfect lately, too, though we're set for another cold snap in the next few days. Was so nice to wear shorts and sandals again for a while, though.

Got my MS Word working again but haven't had a chance to write. Hope to get back to that soon. And will also try to keep up with this blog.

22 April 2018

  1. More gorgeous weather.
  2. Two good walks.
  3. Updated MS Word so that it works for me again.

21 April 2018

  1. Shorts weather! Finally!
  2. One of my books is on a free promo this weekend and doing quite well.
  3. Karaoke night.

20 April 2018

Have had a nice visit with my mother. Bought some new clothes. Went to my oldest son's first track meet of the season. Watched my daughter at her riding lesson. Have eaten way too many unhealthy things. And beautiful weather to boot.

17 April 2018

Productive day. Got everything on the grocery list and managed to write three pages. Also realized I'd forgotten to wash my son's track uniform, so I did that then dropped it off at his school so he'd have it for practice. Today was a win.

16 April 2018

  1. Got a couple errands taken care of.
  2. Rain held off until after my morning walk.
  3. A crow flew right past my ear—I felt it brush by me. That was really cool.

15 April 2018

  1. My son's fencing tournament was today, and he did well. Also, the tournament was outside, and the weather was gorgeous.
  2. We followed up the tournament by having a late lunch at Texas Roadhouse.
  3. Got home before the rain moved in.

14 April 2018

  1. Some of the best weather of the week. Had a great morning walk.
  2. Was able to piece together my missing work from recovered files (had to wade through a lot of gibberish, but it was all there in bits and pieces).
  3. A fairly relaxed day overall that included a nice lunch out with the family.

13 April 2018

  1. Hubby came home.
  2. Think I've found a housekeeper to help me clean.
  3. Had a really devastating MS Word crash (for some reason it hadn't saved since yesterday, even though it's set to save every 10 minutes AND I'd manually saved repeatedly), but after restarting my computer it looks like I may be able to salvage some of the work.

12 April 2018

  1. Lunch with a friend.
  2. Got some more writing done.

. . . I don't know what else. We're healthy, so that's a good thing. The school year is almost over. Many events to look forward to this summer. There is much to be grateful for.

11 April 2018

  1. I was productive today. Not in writing but in housekeeping and getting groceries and all those domestic kinds of things.
  2. It's my cat Crowley's third birthday. He still plays like a kitten and tries to nurse on my arms, though.
  3. I'm solo parentis this week, so tonight we ordered Chinese and watched Monty Python clips. My oldest son is learning debate at school, so he found "The Argument Clinic" very educational.

10 April 2018

  1. A little more writing done.
  2. New Cardcaptor Sakura manga.
  3. Nice enough weather to open the windows.

09 April 2018

Quiet! Though we had a fun spring break, it was so nice to have the house to myself again. I got a lot done: laundry, dishes, cleaning that had been put off over the past week. And, yes, I did some writing too.

Another great thing about today: I was featured on the Indie Beginning podcast!

And we had beautiful weather. (It's expected to get worse as the week wears on, so I'm grateful for what we got today.)

08 April 2018

  1. Brunch.
  2. Walk.
  3. Booking the hotel for the trip to Paris.

07 April 2018

  1. More writing done, if only a little.
  2. Two very nice walks, one with my daughter and the other with my youngest son. Good one-on-one time.
  3. Finished the book I was reading in time to take it back to the library (it's due tomorrow).

06 April 2018

  1. Got some writing done!
  2. Lunch out with the family, and somehow we were given an extra milkshake.
  3. . . . Am almost finished with the library book that is due back on Sunday?

05 April 2018

Even less active today. Ugh. Means I really need to work out tomorrow. But we did have a fun day. We ate at a new diner, went shopping for groceries, and I showed the kids Monty Python and the Holy Grail. And then also had another fun writing group meeting. So a worthwhile day overall.

04 April 2018

I was less active today. But I did get some nibbles from agents on a Twitter pitch contest! Found my son's missing glasses. Played Jackbox games with the family. And chatted with a friend over the phone. So all in all not a bad day.

03 April 2018

Still didn't get any writing done, but spring break is in full swing. Took the kids shopping for spring/summer clothes (even though we're expecting cooler temperatures and rain later this week). Had a nice evening out with my writing group, too. In all, a good day.

02 April 2018

A busy day that didn't give me time to write, but there were plenty other things to be grateful for. The kids and I walked to a sandwich shop for lunch. We went to the park so the kids could do their own version of the Olympics. (I even ordered medals and ribbons to award at the end of the week.) I weeded old clothes from their wardrobes. In all, a really productive day.

And: My book Brynnde was featured on Indie Beginning and has also received a PW review!

01 April 2018

A lot of good things the past couple days.

  1. Daughter was given her first "job" at the horse show. They asked her to be a runner, couriering scores between the arena and the main office. She felt so important!
  2. Family seder. I played with my little 2yo nephew most of the time. For some reason I'm always flattered when children like me. And yet children always do seem to like me.
  3. Easter egg hunt with the kids. The squirrels chewed through one of the plastic eggs, though, and ate a couple of the candies inside.
  4. Ready Player One.
  5. Beautiful weather and going for walks.
  6. And March was my best month for sales in quite a while. Let's hope April continues the trend!

30 March 2018

Yesterday, my husband and I drove into San Francisco, checked into a nice hotel, went to a great dinner, went for ice cream, and then went to see Monty Python and the Holy Grail followed by a Q&A featuring John Cleese. He was as delightful and funny as one would expect. I'd heard some people say he's rude, but though he was irreverent, I didn't find him rude at all. (Unless those critics meant "rude" in the sense of "irreverent"?) In any case, he told great stories, and I especially enjoyed it when he would get tickled and laugh at himself. He reminds me a lot of my dad, actually.

The whole outing was a belated birthday gift to me. My husband had given me the tickets to the event on my birthday, but of course the event itself was yesterday. We made an evening of it and had a great time.

Today I was mostly grateful for an afternoon nap.

28 March 2018

  1. More beautiful weather for my morning walk.
  2. Got the grocery shopping done.
  3. Ate a cheeseburger.

27 March 2018

  1. Successful outlining of the next part of my WIP.
  2. A good writing group meeting (though they kept me waiting 30 minutes past the meeting time, so I think I'll stop bothering to be punctual myself).
  3. Gorgeous weather. Was even able to wear short sleeves in the afternoon.

26 March 2018

  1. Spunky new haircut.
  2. Started reorganizing my office.
  3. Also got some writing done.

25 March 2018

Spent some time with just the boys today and was productive to boot. Got everything on our shopping list, returned books to the library (and found more), and had a nice lunch out. Also took a walk. So a pretty pleasant day overall.

24 March 2018

Such a lazy, lazy day. But still got a walk in (though it was short because the wind was really cutting). Read more manga. Took a nap. Watched more CCS and also started the new season of Jessica Jones, which I'd forgotten how much I enjoy. Overall, just a very lovely (though unproductive) day.

23 March 2018

Successfully navigated the busiest day of my already busy week, getting all tasks accomplished: seeing my daughter's class play, volunteering in my younger son's classroom, getting my older son to his doctor's appointment, and getting my daughter to horseback riding. All this on not enough sleep thanks to the late night last night. So I'm pretty happy with having gotten through it all.

Also: I only have 10 more lbs to lose! Of course, the last 10 are always the hardest...

22 March 2018

  1. Took my oldest son and my daughter to a staged version of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. They really enjoyed it! And when I told them "Snape" is in the movie version, they got even more excited.
  2. Set a new desktop wallpaper on my computer. It's been a very long time since I felt like doing that.
  3. Not entirely unrelated to the previous: re-reading old manga I love.

21 March 2018

  1. Finalized the cover for my new book.
  2. Set the pub date: August 7.
  3. Bought the tickets to Paris.
Bonus: The one day this week without any errands, appointments, or other obligations.

20 March 2018

Yesterday & Today

  1. Two separate meetings. One with an aspiring writer searching for information about the process, the other with a writer friend that I only see a couple times a year despite living within a hour of one another. She recently had a baby, so I got to see the little one, too!
  2. A good writing meeting.
  3. Really nice cover options for my current WIP. I'm super excited about those, and about this book!

18 March 2018

  1. Got the grocery shopping done so I won't have to do it during the week.
  2. Nice lunch out with the family.
  3. Began receiving mock-ups of potential cover designs for my next book. One of my favorite parts of the process!

17 March 2018

An absolutely lazy day. The most I did was walk to the 7-11 for eggs because I couldn't be arsed to get in the car and drive to the store. I took a nap. But I also got some writing done, so that's fair, I think.

16 March 2018

Today was a rough day. I received some bad news, I was frustrated with my son, I couldn't take my daily walk because of the weather . . . Still, there's always some good to be found. I sold some books. I had curly fries. And it's finally the weekend.

15 March 2018

  1. Lunch with a friend. We've both been too busy lately to get together, so it was nice to finally find the time.
  2. More writing! Feels great to be rolling again.
  3. Sounds selfish, but . . . bed to myself. Husband is traveling, and I do enjoy having the space.

14 March 2018

  1. Celebrating six years in California! (Which means we're no longer in Massachusetts and have avoided all that snow.)
  2. Also, Pi/Pie Day.
  3. Really enjoying getting back to writing.

13 March 2018

  1. Productive shopping trip.
  2. Good morning walk despite the light rain (it was warm).
  3. Started writing again.

12 March 2018

  1. No need to go anywhere.
  2. Already did all the laundry over the weekend, so no need to do that either.
  3. Freedom to be lazy.

11 March 2018

  1. Lazy day at home.
  2. Ice cream sundaes.
  3. Another nice walk.
  4. Bonus: Jackbox game night.

10 March 2018

  1. Loooong day with my son at the Science Olympiad. But I'm glad he has good extracurriculars, and that there are fellow moms and dads there that I like hanging out with.
  2. Sneaking off to lunch (and beer) while the kids did science.
  3. Getting to sleep in tomorrow.

09 March 2018

  1. Dryer fixed! (But so much laundry...)
  2. Watching The Empire Strikes Back with my 8yo son who'd never seen it.
  3. Great weather for an afternoon walk.

08 March 2018

  1. Nice writing group meeting. And I also was able to chat with a lady at the next table about our local school system. She had questions and I had answers! That always feels good.
  2. Repairman coming to fix the dryer tomorrow.
  3. Kids don't have school tomorrow, which means I can sleep in a little.

Hmm. A lot of the good stuff is really about tomorrow, but okay. Good to have things to look forward to.

07 March 2018

  1. More agent interest in my manuscript.
  2. Long overdue chat with a friend.

06 March 2018

  1. Retail therapy! Got to use my LUSH gift card today.
  2. Nice dinner out with the whole family.
  3. . . . I met my exercise goals again, I guess?

05 March 2018

  1. A quiet day at home alone after a busy weekend.
  2. Met my exercise goals for the day.
  3. Reading King Arthur to the kids and remembering how much I love those stories.

04 March 2018

  1. The play my son wrote was performed today and went off well.
  2. Corgi! While out for a walk, my daughter and I saw one. I can't even begin to tell you how much I 💜 corgis.
  3. The Oscars, I guess? I always have mixed feelings about them.

03 March 2018

  1. My oldest did great at his first ever solo & ensemble festival. (He did a clarinet solo.)
  2. Beat the rain home.
  3. Fairly relaxing afternoon.

02 March 2018

  1. Discussing reiki with my aesthetician. She and I have such similar vibes.
  2. More agent requests for my manuscript.
  3. Finally Friday. This week felt soooo loooong.

01 March 2018

  1. My Apple watch arrived!
  2. I've lost 13 lbs since mid-December.
  3. Really good Chinese food for dinner. (There goes the diet.)

28 February 2018

  1. More interest in my manuscript from an agent.
  2. Really nice dinner out. Like, one of the best I've ever had.
  3. Found my old CD albums.

Bonus: Military helicopter flew over our house as we were leaving to walk to school. The 'copter was going to land at another nearby school, but it made a few circles for us first. Kids were really excited. (Okay, I was too. I'm easily impressed, I guess.)

27 February 2018

  1. A really nice writing group meeting. It was the first time all six of us were there at the same time, and it was a lot of fun.
  2. Tagalongs. My favorite Girl Scout cookies ever.
  3. Ending the day with some Drunk History.

26 February 2018

  1. More beta readers!
  2. Getting more editing done.
  3. Very limited amount of time out in the cold and rain. And I didn't even feel guilty about holing up at home.

25 February 2018

  1. Getting a nice roster of beta readers for my manuscript.
  2. Took a good walk in fine weather.
  3. New Jackbox games to play with the family.

24 February 2018

  1. A day at home with no real pressure to do much of anything.
  2. Setting up a new beta reading system for my manuscript. I'm excited to try it, and glad to be revising again.
  3. Feeling better, little by little.

23 February 2018

I've fallen really behind here. Sorry about that. I've been ill, and busy, and it's difficult to be busy and ill at the same time. You just sort of collapse at the end of each day.

Still, there's lots to be grateful for. I took the kids to see Peter Rabbit, and I'm grateful it was better than I expected it to be. I had resigned myself to a waste of my time, but I think I enjoyed the movie even more than the kids did. (It helps to think of it as Hux vs. Bunnies.)

I'm also grateful for meds that seem to be working. And good books to read. And friends who see me through the rough patches.

I'm grateful for my morning walks and the rock music that propels me through them. Yes, even in the frigid weather. Or especially in the frigid weather, since the activity keeps me warm.

Speaking of music, I'm grateful my car is just old enough to still have a CD player.

I'm grateful for friends in far-off cities who are willing to share their homes with me and my family.

There's so much to be grateful for, really. No way to list them all. But I will try to start updating more regularly.

I'm grateful to YOU for being here, even if you're silent. Knowing you stop by (and I know; I have analytics) encourages me to continue to find the good things.

18 February 2018

Writers Conference Edition

So I was away at the San Francisco Writers Conference, which is why I've been scarce online. I'll admit I wasn't keen to go, but I'd already paid an insane amount of money for the privilege, so... I went. And I'm glad I did. While it wasn't quite as thrilling as previous conferences (maybe I've gone to enough of them to become jaded), I still had a very good time. My friend Kristen went with me, too, so that was nice. Good things included:

  • Meeting new people. (Though I'll say the other writers were more reserved than in past years.)
  • One particularly interesting dinner out with newly met fellows that included deep discussions of religion.
  • Encouragement. I got good market information from an agent, and I had some well-known authors also advise me. That felt really nice.
  • At least two fabulous keynotes.
  • Decent food.
  • News that the venue next year (if I decide to go) will be in a hotel that won't require me to trudge up a steep hill.
  • Having another author friend come into town for dinner one night.
  • Hotel room upgrade.

So yeah, it was a good time overall and worth the trip. I have some ideas about what to do next and where to put my energy.

10 February 2018

. . .

I know I have a lot to be thankful for. Scotchmallow hearts, for one thing. And a lovely new dragon necklace (an early Valentine's gift) for another.

I'm thankful the gathering at our house tonight is only supposed to last two hours. I can survive two hours, I think...

There will be pizza. And brownies. I can be thankful for that.

Also, the PTA president liked what I did with the online school store. That was nice, to hear a thank-you.

I'm trying really hard to keep all the good things in mind. I have food and water and shelter and a loving family. I'm physically healthy, at least mostly. These are good things.

I will try not to let the one or two things get me down. I will try to focus on what's good in my life.

But sometimes it's difficult.

06 February 2018

Look, my life is in the dumps at the moment. But at least I can say (a) we've had beautiful weather, (b) I had a nice chat with writer friends over dinner, and (c) my stylist made room for me in her schedule. So that's something, I guess.

04 February 2018

  1. Good chats with my mom and dad.
  2. Quality time with my oldest.
  3. Hopeful responses from a couple of literary agents.

03 February 2018

  1. Survived a day of volunteering at the middle school for Science Olympiad.
  2. Being gone all day meant not having to deal with the playdate going on at our house.
  3. Sushi for dinner.

02 February 2018

Honestly, it's been difficult lately for me to find the silver linings. So I keep reminding myself that at least I and my family are healthy. Our problems are small in the big scheme of things.

I've been feeling as though no one wants what I have to offer this world. I seem only to have value as a school volunteer or someone who gets the laundry done. As such, I'm interchangeable with any able-bodied person. I myself have no unique, inherent worth.

Even my cat seems to be keeping his distance these days.

So, yeah. It hasn't been a good time.

Today, well . . . Habit Burger for lunch. Beautiful weather. That's about all I can manage for a list of "good things."

Mostly I've been a bit weepy. Probably not fun to be around either.


I will try harder tomorrow to find good things. Today I just can't.

01 February 2018

  1. Windows are done!
  2. Nice lunch with a friend.
  3. Good writing group meeting.

31 January 2018

  1. Workmen are almost done. Just a couple more hours worth of work tomorrow.
  2. Lost some more weight.
  3. Updated my site's template. (Not this site; a different one.) Sometimes a fresh start feels good.

30 January 2018

  1. Quiet day at home.
  2. Got my youngest into Cardcaptor Sakura, so now I can watch with all the kids.
  3. Watching the cat chase his tail. Makes me laugh every time.

29 January 2018

  1. Met a new doctor today, and I really like her!
  2. Cats being cute when playing with their toys.
  3. Shepherd's pie.