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Are you ready for the trick or treaters? If you’re going out tonight, make sure you’re safe.

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


*Work on the draft for Cursed Hearts. Projected goal for the week:  11,904 words [roughly 1,488 words daily]. I need to finish this week. If not, I’ll have to finish it in December. Finished the draft!

*Work on the draft for the horror story. Projected goal for the week: 2,816 words [roughly 352 words daily]. I have thirteen days to finish this before the first draft is due. Finished the draft!

*Work on draft for the alien short story. Projected goal for the week: 1,072 words [roughly 134 words daily]. Finished the draft!

All the drafts were completed on Friday! I’m shy roughly 1,000-3,000 words short on the projects, but I do like to leave a little room for the revision stages.

*Finish prep for NaNoWriMo. Almost done! I have a character sketch I need to finish. The plot outline is done and broken into the different plot points. Scenes have been detailed. This is different planning than what I did last year. I felt the need to take a different approach since this project is Book 4 in the Alliance Chronicles. It’s not a new story. I know the characters and I need the writing to stay on point. So I planned and plotted this one.


NaNoWriMo begins on Tuesday. I have a daily and weekly count to hit. By Saturday, I should hit 8,335 words (1,667 daily). Should be a piece of cake, right?


“Kelsie, I knew from the moment I saw your picture that you were special. Before I even knew how special you were, I was willing to fight for you… for us. In fighting for you, I fell in love with you. Over the past few months I realize I want you with me always in all ways. Say you’ll walk through eternity with me. Be my wife.” [from Cursed Hearts, Victor]

I love Kelsie and Victor’s story. It’s a sweet paranormal romance between two supernatural beings. In the end they get the happily ever after they were always looking for.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Fatigue from fibro flare. I suffer from fibromyalgia. You would think by now I’d have a pretty decent routine, but I’m still struggling to find something that works.

I’m also attempting to lose weight. In the past, it was cut and dry. Go to the gym, work hard, refuel at home, rinse, and repeat. Fibromyalgia throws a huge monkey wrench into the mix. I like to train heavy with weights. Anything less feels like a waste of time. I also attack the treadmill. My walking workout involves hills, steep inclines, and a fast pace. My workout last Monday included a 23-minute walking workout, a 10-minute break while I watched my daughter shoot baskets on the basketball court, and then the entire family lifted weights for about 20-25 minutes. I was sore walking to the car. By the time I stepped out of the shower I felt like a Mack truck ran over me and backed up a few times. That evening I couldn’t concentrate from the overwhelming fatigue and pain. I didn’t recover until Friday when I had my all-day sprint.


I loved how I ended all three projects. The endings are all satisfying and complete in their own way, no need for expanding. Kelsie and Victor will get a small mention in Blessed Hearts, but their story is done.


I updated my publication schedule for 2017-2018. Check out the updates here.

I’ve also made the decision to cut back further on the number of reviews I’ll be doing going into the remainder of 2016 and into 2017. It’s just not possible to keep up with review requests and write. I’ll still be reading, but my review selection will be very subjective.

How am I feeding my soul this week…

I’m reading an ARC by Chanda Hahn, a modern retelling of Neverland, and a new book by Misty Paquette, The Weeds of Detroit. So far I’m enjoying both books.

That’s it for this week.

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