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My New Year’s Word is …

I’ve already regaled you with why I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions anymore – are you ready for why I didn’t pick “balance” as my word for 2015? Reason #1: I’m too serious. Seriously! Reason #2: I spend too much time thinking. I’m always thinking of what’s coming up: What I’m cooking for dinner, what errands I need to run, what chores are waiting, what I’m going to blog about or what’s the next scene I’m writing in Shimmer 2. I think of how my children are doing (being a parent to adults is a whole nuther ballgame) and wonder what I can do to help. And wonder if I’m doing too much, poking my nose in where it doesn’t belong anymore. I study scriptures and try to figure out how to apply them in my life, which leads me to thinking about changes and sorting out what to do: … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions – Who, Me?

As I write this on New Year’s Eve, I think of all my friends and writing buddies setting resolutions.  Some are big, some are small, and many of them are just way too … many.  Just consider: Measureable Goals (my thoughts in italics) Lose 5/10/50 pounds. Exercise 2/5/15 times a week. Read ten books this year.  (10 a month – at least!) Cook more meals at home.  (Eat out at least once a week.) Go on a cruise.  (Bask on the pond in a rowboat.) Learn to speak French/Russian/Chinese.  (Remember a smidge of the French I used to know.) Organize the house.  (Organize a closet.) Put all the kids’ pictures in scrapbooks.  (Find the boxes that the pictures are in.) Learn to use Excel/Scrivener/Photoshop well. (I’d settle for just one.) Writing Goals Write X number of words/hours each day. Revise X number of chapters each week. Send X number of … Continue reading

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Soul-Warming Comfort Music from The Piano Guys: Titanium-Pavane

It’s a down day today, and I needed a little (huge?) boost.  Lo and behold, a friend sent a link, and I’m sharing it with you.  So enjoy some comfort music/inspiration/feel good sounds, compliments of The Piano Guys:   OK, I can get on with my life now.  But as long as I’m here, it’s time for a quick ROW80 check in: Schoolwork:  a very difficult A.  I managed everything, but the load is increasing. Edits on Shimmer:  D.  School assignments took over. Hope to get back to it soon, but it may need to wait for Thanksgiving week. One blog post a week:  B.  I’m here, but only because it’s quick.  I did, however, take some time to spew thoughts on paper that may turn into later posts here, so that’s good. Healthy eating:  C.  Still more sugar than I need, but much better than last week! 5 min … Continue reading

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ROW80: Failure the First Week?

I just finished my first week of ROW80 goals (I started late), and I don’t think I’m doing awfully well.  Some real reasons, some excuses, and a bit of “I just don’t feel like it.”  But yesterday was good, and I’m carrying on, hence the on-time check-in.  (Did you notice that?  ON-TIME!) I haven’t figured out how to do Fabio Bueno’s green/yellow/red progress reports, so I’ll just put them in italics. Writing: Write 5 days a week, either 1,000 words a day OR at least one hour on plotting/editing.  Not good – only three writing sessions the whole week!  BAD Jennifer! Social Networking: Blog twice a week, plus ROW80 check-ins.  So-So – two blogs, but only one check-in. One blog a week on Jen’s Writing Desk. Accomplished! Tweet or comment on at least 10 other blogs per week.  Accomplished! Health:   Follow re-hab instructions after foot surgery. Easy – build up … Continue reading

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I’m B-a-a-ck! (And Setting Writing Goals)

OK, writer friends, first I need to apologize.  Between the holidays, keeping my personal blog going, and taking some long trips to Oregon, not to mention my brain getting sucked away for alien study (hmm, study by aliens or study because I am one?), I haven’t posted here since before Christmas.  But thanks to a little thing called ROW80, I’m back. What the heck is ROW80? you ask.  Begun by the awesome writer Kait Nolan (check out her book Red), it’s “the writing challenge that knows you have a life.”  ROW80 stands for Round of Words in 80 Days.  You get to set writing goals, blogging goals, and whatever other goals you like (health/exercise is popular).  You check in twice a week for accountability, and if you can, you go cheer on other ROW80’ers. The whole thing lasts just less than three months, and there are four rounds per year.  … Continue reading

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