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August 2022 Goals

August 2022 Goals Jill Kemerer

My writer productivity skyrockets when I set monthly goals. At the beginning of each week I break them down into daily tasks that will work within my current schedule. Do you know how great it is to finish projects? Of course you do! For me, setting monthly goals makes it all possible.

Every month I share how I did the previous month as well as my new goals. Let’s get to it!

How Did I Do? Jill’s July 2022 Goals

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2022 Christmas in July Reader Blog Tour & Giveaway!

Jill Kemerer 2022 Christmas in July Reader Blog Tour & Giveaway July 15 to July 22

Happy Christmas in July!

Happy Christmas in July! Welcome to the 2022 Christmas in July Reader Blog Tour & Giveaway, which runs July 15-22, 2022 (contest closes at 8 p.m. Eastern on 7/22). At the bottom of each author’s blog post, you will find the name of a Christmas song. Write them all down and provide the provide all song titles (26 in total) on this Google formClick here for a list ofall participating authors and their links!

Note: You must grab all the song titles from every author in the 2022 Christmas in July Reader Blog Tour & Giveaway to be eligible to win the grand prize of a $520 Amazon gift card, plus a copy of each participating author’s book OR first place prize of a copy of each participating author’s book. At the end of this blog post is a link to the next blog, and so on, to the final blog post (26 authors in all).

LOOK AT ALL THESE BOOKS! And a $520 Amazon gift card? Wowza!!

Now, it’s time to for my Christmas song title:

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Save the holiday song titles from each of the 26 blog stops, and when you reach the final blog, enter all the song titles on this form for a chance to win the grand prize of a $520 Amazon gift card and a copy of each participating author’s featured book OR first prize of a copy of each participating author’s featured book.

Thank you so much for visiting! The next author on the tour is KARI TRUMBO and her Christmas book BETTER THAN FIRST. (I love her cover!!)

You can find her blog and song title at this link. Remember, the 2022 Christmas in July Reader Blog Tour & Giveaway ends July 22 at 8 PM EST!

Again, my Christmas song title is O Come, O Come Emmanuel! Head to Kari’s blog for the next song title! Best wishes to you!

July 2022 Goals

July 2022 Goals. Jill Kemerer blog

My writer productivity skyrockets when I set monthly goals. At the beginning of each week I break them down into daily tasks that will work within my current schedule. Do you know how great it is to finish projects? Of course you do! For me, setting monthly goals makes it all possible.

Every month I share how I did the previous month as well as my new goals. Let’s get to it!

How Did I Do? Jill’s June 2022 Goals

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June 2022 Goals

June 2022 Goals

My writer productivity skyrockets when I set monthly goals. At the beginning of each week I break them down into daily tasks that will work within my current schedule. Do you know how great it is to finish projects? Of course you do! For me, setting monthly goals makes it all possible.

Every month I share how I did the previous month as well as my new goals. Let’s get to it!

How Did I Do? Jill’s May 2022 Goals

  • Writing
  • Write, revise and polish the proposal for the next series. CHECK!
  • Celebrate and promote my upcoming release of Wyoming Ranchers book 3–Guarding His Secret. (On store shelves May 24, 2022 through the month of June.) CHECK!
  • Work on my nonfiction project for 30 minutes/day, 3 days/week. NO CHECK.
  • Health
  • Exercise 5 days/week (Alternating between the two 12-week programs. I only have two weeks left of one of the programs. It’s hard to believe!) CHECK!
  • Two raw veggies/weekday (I’m cutting myself some slack on the weekends) CHECK!
  • Other
  • Read 15 minutes of fiction every weekday CHECK!
  • Try out the food dehydrator I borrowed from my mom CHECK!

I decided to set aside the nonfiction this month to finish my other projects early. I’m glad I did. The next two months will be very busy, and I have another book to write!

On the health front, I did well. I finally got serious about the weight creep, and I made the decision to go back to counting calories using MyFitnessPal. It works for me, and frankly, none of my shorts fit!

Jill’s June 2022 Goals

  • Writing
  • Write 42,000 words to finish the draft of Wyoming Ranchers book 6.
  • Health
  • Exercise 5 days/week
  • Two raw veggies/weekday (I’m cutting myself some slack on the weekends)
  • Counting calories using MyFitnessPal and sticking to reduced total calories on weekdays.
  • Other
  • Read 15 minutes of fiction every weekday
  • Enjoy seeing a few really great friends!

How did you do last month? What are your June 2022 goals?

My latest release, GUARDING HIS SECRET, is in stores this month! You can find it at any Walmart, Barnes & Noble and wherever Love Inspired books are sold. Purchase links can be found HERE!

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I’m guest blogging at INSPIRED BY LIFE AND FICTION today! We’re talking about dogs, and I’m hosting a giveaway–stop by and join us! “The Blessings of K-9 Companions {Giveaway}”

Release Day! Guarding His Secret

Release Day Guarding His Secret by Jill Kemerer
Not only is summer almost here, but I have a new book out! Woohoo!!

GUARDING HIS SECRET is book 3 in my Wyoming Ranchers series, and it’s also the sixth book in Love Inspired’s K-9 Companion series. I’m super excited about this book!

Randy and Hannah have been friends for years. When his brother has to leave town due to an emergency, Randy asks Hannah to run his store while he takes care of the family ranch. But his brother returns with a secret baby, throwing all their lives into chaos. Add a rambunctious puppy and a retired service dog who seems to see right through Randy’s own secrets, and it will be a summer to remember!

Check out this short book trailer for GUARDING HIS SECRET:
Release Day! Guarding His Secret Trailer
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Top 3 Reasons I Start Skimming a Book

3 top reasons skimming book, jill kemerer

I love to read. Nonfiction, novels, articles, anything really. They’re all good! But, naturally, some are better than others. Or maybe those particular books just aren’t hitting me at the right time or when I’m in the right mood. Who knows?

I typically give a book 50-75 pages to get into it. If I find myself wanting to read one more page to see what happens, it’s a winner. If I’m okay with setting it down but know I’ll pick it up again soon, it’s still a winner. If I feel completely ambivalent or even hostile to a book, I give up on it.

Sometimes I’m initially engaged with a story but at some point, I’m just no longer connecting with it. That’s when I start skimming.

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May 2022 Goals

May 2022 Goals. Writer Productivity by Jill Kemerer

My writer productivity skyrockets when I set monthly goals. At the beginning of each week I break them down into daily tasks that will work within my current schedule. Do you know how great it is to finish projects? Of course you do! For me, setting monthly goals makes it all possible.

Every month I share how I did the previous month as well as my new goals. Let’s get to it!

How Did I Do? Jill’s April 2022 Goals

  • Writing
  • Fully plot each book in my next series. CHECK!
  • Draft the proposal for next series. NO CHECK. I switched gears to revise and polish a proposal due at the end of May instead. So, I’m happy–I made progress!
  • Start setting up promotion for Wyoming Ranchers book 3–Guarding His Secret. CHECK!
  • Work on my nonfiction project for 30 minutes/day, 2 days/week (I have multiple commitments every week of this month, so I’m only working on this for 2 days as opposed to 4 days/week. CHECK!
  • Health
  • Exercise 5 days/week (Alternating between the two 12-week programs). CHECK!
  • Two raw veggies/weekday (I’m cutting myself some slack on the weekends). CHECK!
  • Other
  • Read 15 minutes of fiction every weekday. CHECK!
  • Enjoy all the friend/family “dates” on my calendar. CHECK!

April was cold and busy. Over Easter weekend, we finally were able to celebrate Christmas with my side of the family. Yay! I made a lot of progress on my writing goals, and I embraced my healthy eating habits for the most part. Best of all, I was able to catch up with several friends whom I don’t see all that often. I’m declaring the month a win!

Jill’s May 2022 Goals

  • Writing
  • Write, revise and polish the proposal for the next series.
  • Celebrate and promote my upcoming release of Wyoming Ranchers book 3–Guarding His Secret. (On store shelves May 24, 2022 through the month of June.)
  • Work on my nonfiction project for 30 minutes/day, 3 days/week
  • Health
  • Exercise 5 days/week (Alternating between the two 12-week programs. I only have two weeks left of one of the programs. It’s hard to believe!)
  • Two raw veggies/weekday (I’m cutting myself some slack on the weekends)
  • Other
  • Read 15 minutes of fiction every weekday
  • Try out the food dehydrator I borrowed from my mom

This month is jam-packed with writing and a few much-anticipated outings with writer friends. My weight crept up five pounds since Christmas, and I’m working on creeping it back down. It’s always easier putting on weight than taking it off. Bummer. :)

What were your April goals? Did you meet them?

What are your May 2022 goals?

Thank you for sharing with me! If you haven’t entered my monthlong giveaway to celebrate my upcoming release, go to Guarding His Secret Giveaway (US only)!

Guarding His Secret Giveaway!

Guarding His Secret Giveaway by Jill Kemerer

Guess what? There’s only one month until GUARDING HIS SECRET releases! I’m celebrating by hosting a month-long giveaway. Woohoo!

Here’s what you need to know about the book. It’s part of not one, but two series–Book 3 in my Wyoming Ranchers series and the June installment of Love Inspired’s K-9 Companion series. I’m honored to be a part of it. All of the books have been so good and unique!

GUARDING HIS SECRET

Telling the truth could set him free

He’s hiding something…

Can a special K-9 encourage him to reveal all?

When a family crisis leaves rancher Randy Watkins caring for a surprise baby nephew, he turns to longtime friend Hannah Carr for help. But Randy has a heart condition—a secret he’s determined to hide…until Hannah’s clever retired service dog threatens to expose it. As friendship turns to something more, can Randy trust Hannah with the truth?

Want to preorder GUARDING HIS SECRET? Click HERE for purchase links and more!

So what’s in the giveaway?

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April 2022 Goals

Writer Productivity. April 2022 Goals by Jill Kemerer

My writer productivity skyrockets when I set monthly goals. At the beginning of each week I break them down into daily tasks that will work within my current schedule. Do you know how great it is to finish projects? Of course you do! For me, setting monthly goals makes it all possible.

Every month I share how I did the previous month as well as my new goals. Let’s get to it!

How Did I Do? Jill’s March 2022 Goals

  • Writing
  • Revise and polish Wyoming Ranchers Book 5. CHECK!
  • Work on my nonfiction project for 30 minutes/day, 4 days/week. CHECK!
  • Continue plotting new cowboy series. CHECK!
  • Health
  • Exercise 5 days/week (Alternating between the two 12-week programs). CHECK!
  • Two raw veggies/weekday (I’m cutting myself some slack on the weekends). CHECK!
  • Drink minimum of 72 ounces of water every day. MAYBE CHECK. I haven’t been tracking. Whoops!
  • Other
  • Read 15 minutes of fiction every weekday. CHECK!
  • Work on a craft, jigsaw puzzle, research project or anything to get me out of my boring winter routine. CHECK!

The dregs of winter are good for keeping me inside and focused. I met all my goals, but I have to admit, March is always a bummer for me. I’m ready for longer days, T-shirts outside, regular walks and sitting on my deck. It’s pouring rain right now, but at least it isn’t snow!

Writing is on track. I ended up getting final edits for a book, so I squeezed those in, and I drafted the first fifty pages of my next book. It was a very productive month. Health? Well, the exercise and veggies is on track, but my portions keep increasing and I’ve been eating too many sweets. I’m no longer tracking my water intake–I always drink a lot of water. As for Other, I’m happy. I’ve read several good books lately, did a jigsaw puzzle, broke out the old crochet project (for one night, but still!), and experimented with pressure canning.

Jill’s April 2022 Goals

  • Writing
  • Fully plot each book in my next series.
  • Draft the proposal for next series
  • Start setting up promotion for Wyoming Ranchers book 3–Guarding His Secret.
  • Work on my nonfiction project for 30 minutes/day, 2 days/week (I have multiple commitments every week of this month, so I’m only working on this for 2 days as opposed to 4 days/week.
  • Health
  • Exercise 5 days/week (Alternating between the two 12-week programs)
  • Two raw veggies/weekday (I’m cutting myself some slack on the weekends)
  • Other
  • Read 15 minutes of fiction every weekday
  • Enjoy all the friend/family “dates” on my calendar.

April is shaping up to be BUSY! I’m okay with that! I’m looking forward to seeing friends and family I haven’t seen in quite a while. My writing goals are ambitious, and I’m fully aware I might not meet them. That’s okay. I still want to list them all, just in case.

What were your March goals? Did you meet them? What helped you this month? What held you back?

What are your April 2022 goals?

Thank you for sharing with me!

The Unsatisfying Days

The Unsatisfying Days, Jill Kemerer blog

As I write this, I’m pushing through another Monday. I’ll be honest. The second I woke up this morning I knew it was going to be one of those unsatisfying days. Why?

  • Well, Monday. That probably says it all.
  • I didn’t sleep well.
  • It’s the end of March and STILL snowing.
  • I needed to get groceries this morning.
  • I had almost no clean clothes (which meant in addition to the general Monday-ness and groceries, I’d be doing laundry as well).
  • I’m pretty sure I gained ten pounds overnight.
  • The workout plan I’m doing this week features LONG workouts. The thought of 45-50 minutes of difficult exercise this morning made me gag.
  • My original plan for my writing this week has to be adjusted because I received copyedits for a book on Friday (this wasn’t unexpected, but I still have to figure out how I want to approach the week).
  • I just wasn’t in the mood. For anything.

I’d love to tell you that as the day wore on my mood improved and I thought, Yeah, Monday, you and me–we got this! Alas, no.

I took extra time over my coffee. I’m very glad I did.

I got groceries, and they took longer than normal because the store is resetting its layout. Also, they were out of half and half, which threw me. Like, I’m taken aback in a bad way. I can handle no bread on the shelf. But no half and half? Mind. Blown.

Since meat was on sale, I spent 30 minutes trimming fat, cutting it up and repackaging it for the freezer. Dealing with raw meat is not my favorite activity. At one point I seriously gagged.

All that laundry? Still doing it. Still folding it. Still putting it away.

The workout? Sweaty.

My writing plan? Still unsettled.

Look, I know I’m a whiner. And I know, I know, I can hear that chirpy friend in my ear, “You should be thankful the store has food. You should be thankful you have money to buy the food. You have your health. You have a working washing machine. You have the luxury of working from home and making your own schedule. At least you had your coffee, right?

That chirpy friend (who is non-existent and probably just a fragment of my personality) is correct. I am very blessed. And most of the time I’m grateful for every little thing.

Not today, though, my friends.

I’m not going to pretend I had a 180 in attitude from morning to now. I didn’t. I’m also not going to spout off about what a great day it was and how much I got done. Admittedly, I did get a lot done. But it was the core stuff, the behind-the-scenes stuff, the not-fun-stuff that allows me to spend the rest of my time working on things that DO satisfy me.

I guess those unsatisfying days lead to the satisfying ones. Maybe they make them sweeter. Who knows?

I’m off for another cup of coffee…

Do you have unsatisfying days? How do you deal with them?

Enjoy your week!

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