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I hope all of you had a merry Christmas! The day after Christmas my family recognizes Kwanzaa. It doesn’t replace a holiday. Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration, a time of reflection.

Let’s see how I did with last week’s goals.

1) LAST WEEK’S POSTED GOALS:

*Complete changes to Regress. It took a minute (okay… more than a few minutes) but I got it done. There were some obvious things I should have changed, but it didn’t become obvious until someone unattached to the manuscript read it. I thank Jennifer for giving me some great feedback. It made me re-evaluate some things in the manuscript. My goal isn’t to just publish a book. Let’s face it, ALL of us can do that. Just slap together something and hit the publish button on Amazon. But I made the decision, long ago, that I wanted to put out something I could be 1) proud of and 2) other people would enjoy. So, I made the necessary changes and will happily do so again if needed.

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*Continue revising the rough draft for Rescue. This slid to the back burner due to revisions on Regress. I will get back to the revision this week. Thanks to the changes I made in Regress, I had to go back and make necessary changes in Rescue for continuity purposes.

*Prepare for changes to this site. Done. I’ve selected a host and a theme on WordPress I want to use. I took a course through Udemy to help me set up my site. I have a list of subscribers and I’ve set up my first newsletter (are you signed up?).

2) THIS WEEK’S GOA LS:

It will be a challenging week with Kwanzaa and New Year’s, but I will do my best.

*Continue revising the rough draft for Rescue.

*Set up website.

*Send out newsletter.

3) A FAVORITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: Do your best work always! That was the whole reason why I sat down and worked on my manuscript. It’s why I slashed one particular repeated word over 60%. If I put out C work, then I can’t expect A results.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Impatience. I just wanted to be done with the manuscript. No matter how many times I told myself ‘do your best’, I just wanted it to be over. Every time that demon raised its head, I looked at my deadline and reminded myself of what my overall goal was.

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5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: [Since I didn’t work on my WIP, I’ll mention my manuscript.] The revisions I made tightened my story. I cut paragraphs I didn’t think I would have the guts to cut out. Slashing repetitive words and phrases made me find better ways of writing the narrative. My critique partner has the manuscript now. I’m hoping she’ll agree with my work.

Well, that’s it for this week and this year! I have enjoyed sharing my writing journey with you. The new year will see another transformation on the journey. I’m looking at big things in 2016 and I would love it if you join me.

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Remember, life’s short and there are NO guarantees. Embrace it and enjoy yourself! Have a great week!

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