Goal Progress January Week One

I’m a little late with this update. I’ll do better in the upcoming week.

I’m consumed with worry about dressing for Colorado. No other location makes me panic like this. I wear dresses and skirts normally. I even wear skirts and dresses when I run and hike. Coloradans, on the other hand, wear jeans, pants, and shorts, sometimes even to fancy affairs. I just went through my wardrobe and funny thing, dresses just don’t look like jeans. I will not fit in. I am absurdly worried about this.

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January’s Short Story Challenges

I started the short story course and turned in my first assignment. I also finished a short story, my first of the new year. So far so good! I will edit it in a week and then find a market to submit it to.

Short stories completed in 2019

“Made of the Future”¬† First draft 4,217 words

Favorite Short Reads

“The Amiable Miss Edith Montague” by Jan Burke from The Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box. In this charming cozy short story, a woman is murdered and her nephew must unravel her secrets to find out who killed her.

January Novel Goals

I’ve done some beta reading but am not yet finished with the book I said I’d read and comment on. I’ve read three of my fellow writers’ novel chapters. So I’m a little behind. I did get some additional words for the 38 AD novels. All told, the novel goals need more attention from me this week.

January Health Goals

I fell off the wagon so hard this week that I’m pretty sure I bruised my tush on the rocks. I haven’t run and I haven’t eaten healthy since Steve left. Thankfully he will be back soon and my healthful routines will return as well.


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Time for Gratitude!

Every week I experience things that make me better and that I’m grateful for. Some are books, podcasts, websites, or videos. Some are simple experiences. I share them here.

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