April 2019 Monthly Check-in

I don’t even know what the heck happened to April. All I can say for the month is

Not gonna lie – April was a really, REALLY tough month. For a lot of personal/family reasons I won’t be going into. Suffice to say, this past month took a sharp turn away from all the good progress I was making during the first quarter of the year.

I don’t even want to look back at what I set to do for the month, because I know I didn’t even come close. Not going to waste time and beat myself up over something over and done with, though. That isn’t going to accomplish anything, yeah?

I did get two books re-released, which wasn’t on my list, so I feel good about that. I did something productive! Woot.

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His sister’s best friend. A part of the family. The love of his life?
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Darcy and Mac are “best friends with benefits”, but now, Mac wants more than just the hot sex. He wants Darcy forever. And he’ll risk everything to get her.

So, that little happy news aside, let’s just call April over and done with and move forward…

For May… *sigh* It’s hard for me to set goals, because all the things that tripped me up in April? Still happening. So, I’m going to keep it simple.

  • Get back to writing EVERY SINGLE DAY. Hit that 250 words/day minimum.
  • Make sure to practice good self care. Boy-howdy, do I need to remember to do this.
  • Remember that a stumble, a bump in the road, doesn’t mean it’s all over. Just have to right myself and keep moving.

Make sure to check out what Bronwyn’s April looked like and what she has coming in May.

March 2019 Monthly Check-in

Well, one thing I learned this past month? I tend to forget the other things that need to be done or that need my attention when I’m making my goals. I look and think: Oh, I have 31 days to write and do all the writerly things. And that is just not true, because life and family and the sobering fact of being chronically ill. :-/

So, long story short — I didn’t hit a lot of my goals for the month. But let’s take a look, shall we?

  • Write daily. I’m bumping my daily minimum from 100 to 250 words. I did do this, and I’m very proud of that. Though some days I only got 100 words, but on average I was hitting that 250. And I wrote EVERY DAY.
  • Complete and publish Stealing Time. *sigh* Not quite. This book ended up with a life of it’s own and is longer than I had planned. Not a bad thing, and I’m trusting the story and the characters. I love these boys so much, and I can’t wait to send them off into the world…which WILL happen in April.
  • Work on co-writing holiday Bound story with Bronwyn. We tabled this and will be working on the story over the summer because we both want to focus on getting projects done and released.
  • All scheduled blog posts. Didn’t manage this either, but I did do most of them, and I’ll be happy with that.
  • Re-release the five contemporary books I’ve gotten the rights back for. I shifted this to one of my quarter two goals, so I could focus on finishing Stealing Time (again, need to be more realistic about what I can do with the days I have!) However, I did get the books formatted and ready for release, so I’ve taken steps TOWARD this goal. 🙂
  • Be more active on social media. I have done this. I’ve been doing a watchalong of The Magicians with my kiddo on Twitter every Thursday. Have been active, particularly on FB, and having fun with it.
  • Continue to make self-care a priority. I think I’ve been doing this. I’m still learning to listen to my body, to be honest. Not always an easy thing when I want to do do all the things and it’s just not feasible.

And there were things I accomplished that weren’t on that list. I took a course that focused on making more realistic goals – it was a big eye-opener, and the result is I feel I’ve made much more reasonable goals for the second quarter of the year. I’m confident in my plans, and isn’t that a new and awesome feeling!? LOL Love it.

I took a trip to San Antonio with my husband and daughter to see her boyfriend’s graduation from basic training with the Air Force. Those days were definitely not writing day, but no regrets. We had a great time, and I’m so, so happy we were able to go.

Also, I’m feeling really good about what I’ve accomplished. Not only is the month ending, but it’s the end of the first quarter of 2019. I have written more this quarter than I did all of last year. That is something that makes me so freaking happy!

Now, onward to April… I’ve taken into account that the hubby is going to be gone 2 weeks out of the month, and that is going to make things a bit hectic for this girl. So, my goals:

  • Write daily – 250 words minimum.
  • Release and promote Stealing Time.
  • Most of schedule blog posts (aiming for all, but will be happy as long as I get most of them).
  • Continue being active on social media.
  • Listen to my body and practice good self-care.

And that’s it’s for me. Make sure you check out how Bronwyn did this month and what she’s aiming for in March.

February 2019 Monthly Check-in

How we are at the end of February, I do not know. This month has FLOWN by ridiculously fast. So, here is my check-in… Starting with a look at what goals I made at the end of January.

  • Daily writing. 100 words minimum – I did do this and am super proud of myself and very, very happy.
  • Complete Stealing Time – Not quite, which is a shame, but I’ve made steady progress and will have it finished very soon, and it will release in March.
  • All scheduled blog posts – OMG so, so close. I missed one! *sigh* Shame on me.
  • Complete all day-job tasks before the 13th – Came close to this one, too. Ended up having to finish an edit on the 14th, but it was just a little bit to go, so I’m not kicking myself over that one.
  • Continue making self-care a priority – Definitely have done this. And honestly, it’s the reason I closely missed some of the other goals by such a fine margin. I chose to listen to my body and do what was best, instead of pushing myself into a flare or sickness, which this girl does NOT need.
  • Finish friends’ Christmas gifts before the 13th. LOL – Yeah, this was one I just removed from my goals list pretty early on. After a couple rough weeks, weatherwise, when EVERYONE was at home because it was too dangerous to go to school or work, I realized that there was no way I was going to be able to do this one. It’s cool, though; my friends are totally okay with getting Christmas pressies in June when I see them next. 😀
  • Enjoy the time away from “real life” at the end of the month, so I can come home refreshed and ready to jump back into it – OMG, yes, yes, yes, to this one. Two weeks away was just what I needed to relax and enjoy myself and spend time with friends and write. I’m actually enjoying my last evening at Bronwyn’s as I type this. I’m sad to be leaving, but at the same time, I miss my family. I’m so excited to see them tomorrow night. And I do feel like this time has refreshed me and I can hit “real life” running…okay, at least a fast walk, anyway.

And those goals I didn’t quite make? I feel like I’ve evened that out with the extra things I accomplished this month. I’ve gotten all my books uploaded to Eden Books – in time for their opening, this week. Super excited about that. I helped Bronwyn get her computer organized. The first day I was here, I nearly had a stroke when I saw the state of her laptop desktop and her files. So, I ever so gently guided her, and now, her files are purged and organized. Her desktop is clean and uncluttered. It’s like heaven. (I may have been super dramatic and heavy-handed…but it was for her own good!!)

Looking forward to March:

  • Write daily. I’m bumping my daily minimum from 100 to 250 words.
  • Complete and publish Stealing Time.
  • Work on co-writing holiday Bound story with Bronwyn.
  • All scheduled blog posts.
  • Re-release the five contemporary books I’ve gotten the rights back for.
  • Be more active on social media.
  • Continue to make self-care a priority.

And that’s it’s for me. Make sure you check out how Bronwyn did this month and what she’s aiming for in March.

January 2019 Monthly Check-in

Okay, so I didn’t really write down any goals specific to this month. BUT I did say I would write daily this year. I told myself I would write a minimum of 100 words every day no matter what. An addendum was added to that – that if I missed a day because of a flare-up or some family stuff, as long as that 100 words was made up for during that week, it still counted.

I have managed to do that. I’ve written every day this month. What’s even better? Even though there were days I only got that 100 words, I still wrote over 13K this month. Soooo YAY! I know for some writers, this isn’t ground-breaking, but for me, who barely wrote last year (for many reasons), it is HUGE!

Seriously, I was blown away by the monthly total when I looked at it because I didn’t expect that I’d written that much. So I am really, really happy!

I did all the scheduled blog posts for January, so that was awesome. Wrapped up a lot of day job stuff. Didn’t freeze to death – close call with “feels like” -50 through this week. o.O So all in all, I’m very proud of my January.

So, now, my goals for February:

  • Daily writing. 100 words minimum
  • Complete Stealing Time
  • All scheduled blog posts
  • Complete all day-job tasks before the 13th.
  • Continue making self-care a priority.
  • Finish friends’ Christmas gifts before the 13th. LOL
  • Enjoy the time away from “real life” at the end of the month, so I can come home refreshed and ready to jump back into it.

I’ll be heading to Michigan on the 13th to invade Bronwyn’s house for two whole weeks, so I want all the non-writing word done and off my plate, because I’m not bringing it with me! Those two weeks are for time with friends and writing, and I canNOT wait!

And that’s it for me. Be sure to check out how January came together for Bron.


Bronwyn Green

October 2018 Monthly Check-in

For last month, my goals were:

  • Daily writing – Keep it up! (Not quite)
  • Finish the book – this is doable. So doable. Needs to happen. (Uh uh.)
  • Self-care every day – remembering to refill that well. Soooo important. (I would like to say yes, but…)
  • All scheduled blog posts – Keep it up! (A bit old nope. I missed 2 of the 7 so far)

Honestly, though I’m batting 0-4 with the goals, I’m happy with this month for the most part. I’m writing regularly. Not daily, but regularly, which is more than I had been doing before. Did not finish the book, but made freaking progress. Self-care…I managed it more days than not, so better. And I got the majority of the blog posts – and hey, sometimes my self-care for those days was giving myself permission to, say, go to sleep because of a flare rather than make myself stay up and feel worse trying to do  it. So yeah, I’m happy with October. And…

For November:

  • Write more days than not (See, learning and tweaking LOL)
  • Come close to, if not, finishing the current book. I’m really excited about this one, and I’m loving it. I want to write on it, I want to finish it…so I’m going to do my best.
  • Keep improving on the self-care front.
  • All scheduled blog posts, dammit. LOL
  • Start on Christmas gifts (making and shopping) o.O

Bronwyn Green

Monthly Check-in: September 2018

Well, this month just flew on by. Geez. Hard to believe we’re going into October…

So, last month, I set these goals for September:

  • Daily Writing – Not exactly every day, but close to. And I’m not going to beat myself up for the days I didn’t because there was just no way it was going to happen. I have written more this month than I have in a loooooooong time, so I’m counting this as a big yes, and a win. 🙂
  • Remembering the importance of self-care…and actually doing it – I did do this. And I think it’s part of the reason that I’ve written more. Refilling that well, so I have more to give. Who knew? Well, I knew, but didn’t do it. Bad Jess. But focusing on it this month and being more productive was a good reminder. 
  • All scheduled blog posts – Yes. I am super happy about this because I had let blogging slide by the wayside the past months and I’m so happy to be back at it! 

All in all, September was a good month. I had some not-so-good moments/days, but I’m rolling with it. Tuck and roll, baby. Also, this week… I got to see Hamilton!!! Wooot. It was AMAZING! It was a magical evening with the kids, and I’m so happy I got to do it.

So for October

  • Daily writing – Keep it up!
  • Finish the book – this is doable. So doable. Needs to happen.
  • Self-care every day – remembering to refill that well. Soooo important.
  • All scheduled blog posts – Keep it up!

Bronwyn Green

Monthly Check-in: August 2018

So, August has been a mixed bag, to be honest. Isn’t that just life, though?

My month began at Bronwyn Green’s house. Her family put up with me for over a week – we went out to sushi with Jenny Trout and both their daughters, we headed to Ann Arbor for a signing and had lots of fun exploring and hanging out….and it was honestly just what I needed at the time.

Sadly, all the driving (to the family reunion, to Bron’s, to Ann Arbor and back) then flying home, THEN driving into northern MN for family camping with the hubs’ side of the family, when I got home… Well, it wasn’t pretty, friends. Not even a little. I flared pretty bad, had a lot of pain, and wasn’t able to do much of anything. My hopes of finishing a book this month pretty much died at that point.

BUT…sucky as it was, it didn’t last forever, and I’m mostly back to normal. Just in time for the kiddos to start school this past week. LOL Luckily, they are all taking college classes, and two of the four have their own cars now, so it’s much easier on me than say last year – then, I felt like I lived in my car as I ferried kids to and fro.

I’ve been writing the past couple days, getting back into the habit of daily writing. That is what I want to continue through September. So…

  • Daily Writing
  • Remembering the importance of self-care…and actually doing it.
  • All scheduled blog posts.

And before I sign off…today, is a super special day for me. It’s the hubs’ and my anniversary. The ridiculously awesome man has survived being married to me for 22 years (has put up with me for 24!). So happy anniversary to the best man I know.

And something to look forward to? September is…

HAMILTON MONTH!!!!!!

I canNOT wait!!!


Bronwyn 

Monthly Check-in: July 2018

Wow, July is coming to a close. *shakes head*

So…checkin’ in…

This month has had it’s ups and downs, but more ups than downs, so I will take it. I’m writing regularly, making progress. And that is huge. After the last year of having difficulty getting anything writing-related done – yup…HUGE.

I turned forty. *shrugs* I know it’s supposed to be a big thing, but, eh, it was a birthday. The best part about it, though, was the hubs got me Hamilton tickets for this fall! YAY!!

More frightening than the 4-0 is, on Sunday, my daughter is turning 18. That is three out of four kiddos that are 18 and older and graduated.

I’m writing this super late Thursday night as I pack up and prepare to go camping this weekend. Should be a great time with the family – including extended. Then, on Sunday, Bron’s coming up to get me for…

a week and a half stay at her house!

So I’m going to start my August out right. Which will put me in good form to accomplish my one big goal for the month – FINISH A DAMNED BOOK.

Seriously, that’s it. That is all I want to accomplish.


Bronwyn Green

Monthly Check-in: June 2018

Holy crap, it’s nearly July!

June was INSANE. My daugher graduated, so we had that and a party and out of town guests. Very very busy. The oldest boy headed out for the summer (he works at one of the Boy Scout camps so I won’t see him for a while. 🙁 )

And then, there was one of my favorite times of year – our annual writing retreat. This year, we definitely hit some bumps along the way. Kris Norris was delayed and delayed and delayed getting here – she was flying in here then driving to Michigan with me. She finally got here after like 24 hours, only to find they had lost her bag. We were able to arrange for them to reroute her bag to the wee airport near where we were staying, but still had a relatively late start on our road trip.

We got in very late, and the next day, we were blown away by news of massive flooding and destruction near us because of heavy rains.

So many people lost so much – some, everything – so I remain thankful my family up that was was safe, we were safe, and were able to be together. And Norris’ bag did eventually make it, so she didn’t have to run around nekkid.

On the writing front… Well, I’m writing, so that is a positive. And I’m not going to get negative here, at all. Because no time for that, and it won’t change anything anyway…at least not in a good way. I’m focusing on how I’m able to focus so much better now that I’m on meds that are working. Norris is still at my house, and we’re having a great time – with many trips to Tim Horton’s. Yesterday, she helped me rearrange things in my house so I now I have a chair and ottoman in my room. I don’t even care that it’s a smidge crowded in there; I can actually shut the door and have privacy to write without distractions – unlike with my corner in the living room. I can’t even complain about taking all day yesterday to do this, because I really do feel like it’s going to be huge for my productivity. So woot.

That’s about it from me, this month. July is actually supposed to be a quiet month here. No trips, no camping (until the last weekend)…unlike past years. So my goals:

  • Write daily. No excuses.
  • Keep up with housework and self-care.
  • Check in regularly with mah people. 🙂 (Keeps me motivated and accountable)

And that’s it, really. As I’m just getting back on track with things, I don’t want to overwhelm myself or expect too much. So I’m keeping it simple.


Bronwyn Green

February 2018 Monthly Check-in

February sure flew by. Damn. So, time to check in and see how I did with my goals for the month.

  • Complete all scheduled blog posts – Done. Some, I was late on…but I got them all done.
  • Write daily – and try for some big numbers the first week of Feb while in Michigan – Didn’t quite manage this. However, I’ve written more words, and more regularly, this month than I have in a very, very long time. So I’m going to call writing in February a win.
  • Coursework – I’m taking a class in February, so keeping up with that is a big thing – Been keeping up with the class, so yay.
  • Take time for myself – beyond the typical self-care that needs to happen, some time doing something I just *want* to do, not that I have to do, is important – I have done this, I’m happy to say. My vaca in Michigan earlier this month helped with that – nearly a week and a half away from everything. It was lovely, and included mani-pedis, a super yummy meal at The Melting Pot, and time with friends.

All in all, not a bad month. I’m happy with what I accomplished and looking forward to getting more done next month. Here are my goals for March:

  • Complete all scheduled blog posts.
  • Publish Safeword Protected. Finally. Such a long time coming. Very excited about this.
  • Daily writing.
  • Complete current project/novella.
  • Keep up on self-care and house stuff – Because I function better, overall, when I do.

Bronwyn Green