Tackling Stuff: Project List


That’s right, Batman. Simplify. I’ve been waiting forever to use that graphic. Also, if it’s yours, let me know and I’ll credit you, because I saved it so long ago I forgot where I found it.

I took the ROW80 goals I posted Sunday and am hitting things one at a time. First on the list was writing daily, but I’ve skipped real quick to evaluating my project list. I need to write daily, but I need to use my time effectively and I’ve got a few things sitting out there that are demanding my attention. First step is to see where I’m at with each so I can plan my attack.

His Sweet Pretender (formerly Small Town Love), Briarfield Brides #1

This one’s currently out for consideration with the Harlequin Special Edition line. It was rejected by Harlequin’s American line (they’re now focusing on just ranchers and cowboys, fyi) and the very sweet editor over there called it a “feel-good love story” and recommended I try Special Edition. I’ve just passed my three-month marker and moved, changing all contact info but my email, so it’s time to follow up and also update my address and phone number. If I’m going to get “the call” (think positive!) I don’t want it to be to a disconnected phone number.

Status: 57,858 words. 100% complete. Out for consideration and requiring follow up. Continue reading


May Goals (ROW80 Update)

With the move, a lot of things have been back-burnered, and although I’m not yet ready to jump right back into the swing of things (there will be some intensive cleaning, settling in, and maintenance-doing around the Brockmeyer casa this week), I am ready to poke my head up and take a look around to see where I’m going next.

Mid-month isn’t too late for a goal post, right? Here’s an April re-cap:

April ROW80 Round 2 Goals

Use a timer! Did it! (Not quite a habit yet, but works when I use it.)

Work on Charming Cora Yeah, nope. My only big ‘ol fail.

Short blog daily Did it! I’m a survivor. And sorry for getting that song stuck in your head.

15 minutes of German daily Did it! (Probably 70% success on this.)

Plan out mini-sesson for MMRWA Retreat Did it! And didn’t die of embarrassment while I presented!

MMRWA Retreat Apr. 24, 25, 26 Done! Can’t wait ’till next year.

M, W, F Mid-Michigan Romance Writing 101 FB posts Did it!

Galesburg Museum Project Revisit Apr. 27 Need to give some structure to this project. Did some!

Buy a house? Did it! We now have our own little MCM gem and it’s so, so cool.

ROW80 sign up/goal post on Apr. 8 Did it!

Retreat basket Did it!

Looking back, that’s really not too bad. Except that, with everything else going on, writing seriously fell by the wayside. That can’t happen the rest of this month. My biggest goal will be to make writing a daily habit again.

Mid-May ROW80 Round 2 Goals

Write daily.

Continue to use a timer

Evaluate my Project List

Follow up on Harlequin Submission (and change contact info)

Structure Galesburg Museum project

15 Minutes daily German

Submit PRO application to RWA

Writing jumpstarts? Flash fiction or short story?

I guess that’s about enough to get me started. Let’s hope that writing down goals really is the first step in accomplishing them. How about you? Do you have lots of ambitious goals going this month? Or what’s left of it, anyway?

(P.S. If you’d like to share your goals and progress, check out the ROW80 blog!)



Wednesday again, and that means it’s time for a ROW80 update (as well as an “S” post for the A to Z Challenge, which I cannot believe I am more than halfway through). Here’s how all of my current projects are looking:

ROW80 Round 2 Goals

(For the rest of April, anyway.)

Use a timer! I’m using one right now. Does that count?

Work on Charming Cora Nada this week. Hitting critical mass on a couple of other things and I just gots no time.

Short blog daily On target!

15 minutes of German Did this 4/7 days.

Plan out mini-sesson for MMRWA Retreat Primary focus right now and I’m sort of freaking out. I just remembered (duh) that I do not have Friday to work on it, because the retreat starts Friday night. I suck at math, but even I know that leaves me only two days to finish.

MMRWA Retreat Apr. 24, 25, 26 Friday!

M, W, F Mid-Michigan Romance Writing 101 FB posts On target. No posts missed.

Galesburg Museum Project Revisit Apr. 27 Posted another community event on Monday.

Buy a house? Appraisal came back great. Septic issue nailed down. Loan back from underwriter with a couple of simple requests, which I completed earlier today. Arrangements made for the first week of May off of the day job for moving. We could be scheduling our closing today or tomorrow!

ROW80 sign up/goal post on Apr. 8 Complete.

Retreat basket Complete.

Send chocolate. Please.

To join up with ROW80 or see other bloggers’ goals, go here! Or visit other participants in the A to Z Challenge. 🙂



It doesn’t take much to throw me off track. I can get distracted by lint. Like, for example, when you’re typing away productively and you notice a fuzzy on your sleeve and it makes you think about the fact that your dryer’s broken and the house you’re hoping to buy has a dryer but it also has a clothesline and wouldn’t it be cool to be able to hang your clothes out in the sun because there’s nothing like the smell of clothes fresh from the laundry line, especially if you make that homemade laundry soap you saw on Pinterest with the essential oils in it, and gosh, you’d better start trolling Etsy for a new vintage apron with a clothespin pocket right NOW.

With a mind that wanders that easily, you wouldn’t think that purposely setting a bell to chime every 15 minutes would be a good idea. But it’s actually working.

Hold on, the bell just went off. (Seriously. I didn’t make that up for the benefit of this post.)

Okay, what I did just now was stretched out my hunched up back, drank some water and performed a mental checkup: am I still being productive? Yes. Since my A to Z blog post is the next thing on my to-do list, I’m staying on target.

If you’d like to give it a shot, there are plenty of mindfulness timers out there, which I prefer to use since the alarm-like sound of the countdowns over at e.ggtimer.com are really jarring. Especially if you use them so frequently within the span of an hour. I do like those for writing sprints, though. The timer I like for daily tasks has bell-like chimes and can be found at this website.

And speaking of productivity tools, here’s this week’s ROW80 check-in. (To join up with ROW80 or see other bloggers’ goals, go here!)

ROW80 Round 2 Goals

(For the rest of April, anyway.)

Use a timer! On target. See above. 🙂

Work on Charming Cora Haven’t gotten a ton done. Will try to plug away more this week!

Short blog daily On target.

15 minutes of German Did this 3/7 days.

Plan out mini-sesson for MMRWA Retreat Primary focus right now. Retreat’s next weekend!

MMRWA Retreat Apr. 24, 25, 26 Ditto above.

M, W, F Mid-Michigan Romance Writing 101 FB posts On target. No posts missed.

Galesburg Museum Project Revisit Apr. 27 Posted community event on Monday. Thirty-five new FB likes this week.

Buy a house? Still in progress. Appraisal this week before Friday, two days for a final go-through on our application, need quote on septic repairs and an addendum from sellers, then we schedule closing!

ROW80 sign up/goal post on Apr. 8 Complete.

Retreat basket Complete.

Any productivity technique’s you’d like to share? Do you have goals you’re chipping away at? Share ’em in the comments!  heart




I love goals. Making goals is my idea of fun. I can spend hours coming up with extensive lists of things I want to do, while successfully avoiding doing any actual things. I love goals like I love deadlines. To paraphrase Douglas Adams, I love the whooshing sound they make when they fall by the wayside.


Not completing those goals probably doesn’t bother me as much as it should.  I have issues with accountability. We’re all works in progress, though, amiright? Continue reading


So, babysteps. If you read my post from a couple weeks ago, you might know I’ve been dealing with some issues relating to anxiety and depression and just plain being overwhelmed. That post was pretty upbeat and positive (no, don’t go away, this post is too, I promise!), but unfortunately, the medication I was seeing such great results on also caused WW3 in my guts. Wait, stop running! I promise I’m not going into detail on that, either!

Anyway, where that leaves me is back at square one: no meds to help me but I do have a definite advantage. I know I’ve actually got an issue with anxiety and depression now (for those that missed this stunning revelation I had: Suzy Sunshine types can get anxious and depressed, too!) and that automatically puts me way ahead of where I was before. Since I’m opting out of more meds until my tummy heals up, I’m going to employ some of those coping mechanisms I talked about before. And that’s where babysteps come in. Continue reading

More nail biting…

I’m a little late for any ROW80 updates or WIPpet Wednesday, but a lot has happened in the last couple of weeks! Last Wednesday, I had a post all ready to go about how I got these goals done: Continue reading