I hit my word count goal for the week this morning. 15,000+ words! Staying on track makes me very happy. I’d say the book is a little under halfway done. (But it is currently at 60% of the length of the first book!) And once again, the characters have usurped the story from me and are writing it their way. Which is always for the best anyway, since it is their story in the first place.

It’s been a long week. I’ve been without a phone since the middle of last week, but I should finally be getting it back today. You never know how much you really use something until it is gone. I’ve learned that, although I am definitely not addicted to it, I do use it for some key things throughout my day that make it an extremely nice convenience.

And that being said, I have no new pictures of Amos this week because said phone is still in the hands of a delivery person that I am hoping will run ahead of schedule today. But for your entertainment, here is an older photo of my silly pooch:


He’s been doing great with letting me have writing time. He still sometimes gets a little whimpery and needy after about a half an hour or so, but he is letting me write without disturbance for the most part!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!




Onward to 15,000!

It was an ever so slightly more relaxing weekend. Although we tried to have a day where we didn’t need to do anything, we failed miserably and actually got a lot of stuff done around the house anyway.

I thought a weekend away from my writing would cause a little bit of writer’s block today, but it didn’t. I think it actually did me some good to not have to stress about writing on top of everything else.

So hopefully, by the end of this week, I will be at 15,000 out of 250,000 words.

It has been cold recently. I guess winter has finally come to AZ. So this is the cute I wake up to in the mornings.


He is behaving when I write. Some whimpering for attention occasionally, but overall he is doing very well. So the “place” training is working. 🙂

Have a great week everyone!

First Milestone

I broke 10,000 words this morning. I am very happy that things are still on track with that. I am really hoping and determined to publish again this year. It’s been too long.

My brother is still in the hospital. Any prayers anyone could send his way would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully his condition will improve soon.

Other things are starting to look up though. And the sequel to Gamers is really rolling. When I get the sequel near completion, I may have a sale on Gamers so that anyone who hasn’t read it yet, but is interested, can catch up before the new book release. Don’t let me forget!

Amos had a good time this week. He met some friends at the park and we had a puppy play-date. Amos was happy and exhausted at the end of it all.


I hope everyone’s weekend is as much fun as Amos had on his play-date!

Long weekend

Things with my brother’s health have not improved. So the stress level here is high.

But I am fairly happy with the direction the new book is taking. I am at 6569 words out of my 250K word goal for the year.

Amos is getting better and better at being patient with me while I write. But I get stared at. A lot. Just like this:


So my goal for the week is another 5000 words. I am 1051 into it already. Hopefully the streak will continue.

Start of a new year

This year has had a rocky start for us so far. Among some other major things that have been going on, my brother is in the hospital with pneumonia. And I think I am battling being sick myself. I am slightly amazed that I was actually able to focus enough through all of the chaos so far to actually reach my goal for my weekly word count.

Yep, that’s right. My goal for the week was 5000 words. I am at 5518! Woot! And for those of you that are curious, the book that is currently being written is the sequel to Gamers. The original plan was to be working on the sequel to The Bird Lady, but Travis and Marino have been screaming in my head louder than Roni and Bennett for the time being.

Meanwhile, my faithul pup has been doing very well with sitting still and letting me write.


He does get bored and whine at me a little bit, but I’ve found a good writing time that also fits his morning nap schedule. I write best in the mornings, while I still have energy. And somewhere in the morning, after getting all of Amos’ morning activities done, he likes to take a short nap. That’s where I have been fitting in my writing time.

Whatever works, right?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a great holiday season. Our Christmas was pretty great. But since we got a dog, we just try to survive New Year’s Eve. Amos did better than last year, but he still wasn’t thrilled with the fireworks situation. He stayed super-close to me the whole time and we gave him some calming treats this year, so he actually dozed a little bit when the fireworks lulled. But we had about six hours straight of fairly consistent fireworks. New Year’s is definitely NOT his favorite holiday.


As far as writing goes. I am jumping on the bandwagon of aiming for a specific word count for the year and keeping track of it here on my website. There will be a counter in the sidebar that I will hopefully be updating daily. I am going to be doing a challenge recommended by Dean Wesley Smith for a yearly word count goal. I am aiming for 250,000 words for the year. Sounds huge, I know. But if you break it down, it’s only about 5,000 words a week, which is actually a fairly small amount in reality. But it should, hopefully, work out to be 4-5 books finished this year.

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year, and I will be back to blogging 2x a week this week. So, I’ll see you Friday!