Goals for the First Week of February



This will be the first week SINCE NOVEMBER that I have all my classes! At least, I don’t think there’s anything going on. No Boy Scouts, no guest speakers, no early dismissal, no holiday….

Since NOVEMBER, y’all.

  1. Work on Boom Town book
  2. Take out ads
  3. Make an appointment to get kittens fixed so they can start going outside. They’re making me a little crazy in here.
  4. Start a new cross stitch project.
  5. Cook more
  6. Walk the dog more

Not too bad at all!


Smitten in a Small Town

Smitten in a small Town Final


Goals the Last Week of January


I think I was in denial that yesterday was Sunday and I forgot again.

This is one of those weeks when I wish I had an assistant. I have a package to mail and my calendar is full of ads I want to take out, and the TiVo is full, and I’m behind on my writing goals….

So this week:

  1. Boom Town book
  2. Take out ads
  3. fill out tax book from accountant
  4. go to post office
  5. Watch TiVo

Goals the Week Hometown Heroes Releases




I’ve put Something to Talk About in a book bundle with other contemporary romance authors and it’s coming out Tuesday. Lots to do–we have ads and newsletters and all kinds of things…

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/HHAmznGrp
B&N: http://smarturl.it/HHBnN
iBooks: http://smarturl.it/HHiBks
Kobo: http://smarturl.it/HHKb

A three-day weekend, thank goodness, though it’s halfway over and I haven’t got half the things done.

This week:

  1. Celebrate the release of Hometown Heroes, including a newsletter
  2. Work on Boom Town book
  3. Organize taxes
  4. Take out ads
  5. Steam clean couches

I know there’s something I’m forgetting, but the computer froze in the middle of the post and I forgot!

Goals for the Week of Testing



Yes, testing already, at least three days. I heard through the grapevine that I won’t be having my little kids all week, only 3rd-5th. This has yet to be confirmed.


I did get observed last week, so that’s done. I had a very successful BookBub ad, too, so yay.

  1. work on Boom Town Book
  2. Take out ads
  3. guest speaker
  4. Pay taxes
  5. Cook dinner at home. I’ve planned my menu, but Fred’s been having band practice twice a week and isn’t home for dinner, so it’s been hit or miss so far.

Goals for 2015, and the Week of my Anniversary


So last year, I wrote 5 books and a novella and about made myself crazy, so I didn’t write for about a month at the end of the year. I’m going to slow down this year. I’m never going to have a goal of more than 6 pages a day, and I should still be able to get 4 books out at that pace.

So my goals—

One new release a quarter.

Have more time to craft.

Pay off three more bills.

More time with my family (hard to beat after the last two weeks, lol! 5 parties! FIVE!)

HOPEFULLY get to the point where I can hire an assistant. Of course, I need an assistant to set up stuff for my assistant!

My goals THIS week:

Celebrate 29th anniversary


Cook at home (except tonight, naturally)

Take out ads

Wish me luck!

Highlights of 2015



2015 was a pretty good year for me. I felt like my temperament really evened out. I did stress myself out a bit, with the writing, releasing 5 novels and a novella, but I’m not going to do that again. I’m going to keep my writing goals simpler this year.

I had some sad bits (losing my dog Stormy broke my heart. I remember being in inservice and I couldn’t stop crying.)

But a lot was good.

I made the USA Today list. Even in a boxed set with 18 other authors, it was a LOT of hard work.


I had my best month writing income ever. (Also my worst–go figure. Crazy year.)

My mom and I traveled to NYC for my brother’s boyfriend’s sister’s wedding. It was an ADVENTURE, and I only wish we could have stayed one more day.


On the way to NYC, we learned of the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time, as we traveled to the wedding of someone we wouldn’t even know if not for my brother and his partner. AND this week, my brother and his boyfriend got engaged, very romantically, and we were all able to celebrate the news together–his family and mine. This was a big deal, and really wonderful.


I lost my dog Stormy and decided I couldn’t live without a dog. I “shopped” online at the local shelters, and spent half of Spring Break visiting dogs before I decided to bring Polka home. She’s an older girl, with some health issues, but a real sweetheart.

I was trying to talk Fred into another dog but rescued two kittens from school instead. They are…amusing, but boy, is my house full!


The whole familia was here for my birthday and Fiesta. We Fiesta-ed until we dropped!

Fred turned 50, and we celebrated with a LOT of road trips. My favorite is probably Garner State Park, the prettiest spot in Texas. I’m only sad I’m just now discovering it.


We also had the best BBQ in the world at Cooper’s in Llano, and spent a long weekend at the beach!

I also took up cross-stitching again, and started collecting Fiesta in such earnest that I gave a LOT for Christmas presents. I told Josh it’s his inheritance!

What were some of your 2015 highlights?


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