I couldn’t sleep the other night. Instead of tossing and turning, I crept to my office and pulled my old hymnal off the shelf. As I paged through book, my favorite hymns kept popping up. Just reading the titles took me on a trip down memory lane.
I’m a plotter. You probably know that by now. Over the past few months I’ve been gathering story ideas for a new series I want to write for Love Inspired. I feel really good about the second, third and fourth books’ plots. But book one? The story I spent the most time plotting? I got too cutesy.
I’m big on setting goals. By listing them and breaking them down into manageable chunks, I accomplish more than I think possible. My process is to set monthly goals, then at the beginning of each week, I create daily goals that will work within my current schedule.
Each month I share how I did the previous month as well as my new goals. Let’s get to it!
The Cowboy’s Secret, book 2 in the Wyoming Sweethearts series will be in stores on March 17, 2020, and I’m hosting a pre-launch sweepstakes to celebrate! I found the cutest lemon dishtowels and a matching note set with a journal to plan meals. The lemons made me think of spring. Since I love chocolate, there’s a box of Merci chocolates for the winner, too. And I threw in two more books, including Her Cowboy Till Christmas, the first book in the series. Yeehaw!
I am NOT a morning person. For every piece of advice I read that says to write first thing in the morning, I want to growl. The only thing I can do first thing in the morning is brew a pot of coffee. Even that can challenge me at times.
Winter can be rough in these parts. Day after day of gray skies take their toll. I’m sure if you live somewhere that’s always sunny, the brightness could take a toll, too. I wouldn’t know since I’ve always lived in states that have all four seasons. Unfortunately, winter just happens to be the longest season around here.
One year ago, the RESORT TO ROMANCE series kicked off, and several of the authors, including me, are holding a sale! Today through Sunday, you can get the Kindle version of A Meddled Match for only 99 cents! Woohoo!!
In December we had several unseasonably warm days, and I took advantage of them by walking at a local park. I even took a long walk on a seasonably cold day–it was 19 degrees out! Every time I was out, I breathed in the cool air and noticed the bare branches. My mind kept circling around something I didn’t want to deal with, but finally, I admitted it. I’d been neglecting my inner care.
Christmas is almost here–yay! I’m enjoying the season. It’s been flying by! A few years ago I pared down my Christmas prep and festivities, and it’s been good for me. So far this December I’ve watched a few Christmas movies, read a few holiday novels, baked some cookies, wrapped some presents, and stared at twinkle lights.
I’ve been reflecting on 2019 and looking forward to 2020. I’m making a “20 for 2020” list of things I want to do. In the meantime, check out my fun stuff of 2019 video below!
I’m taking a blog break until January 8. I plan on continuing our monthly goals. Mine are never glamorous, often repetitive, but that’s what progress is–consistent steps. Thanks for keeping me accountable.
Have a very merry Christmas! What “fun stuff” from 2019 makes you smile?