Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Planet Brrr LOL

Jeff and I are hoping ice formations like this one above reappear on Lake Huron this winter. It was like visiting another planet when gazing over the surface of this icy artwork from the shoreline, with all the peaks and valleys and hues of white and blue sparkling in our eyes. This looked like a mountain of sugar coated candy. The ice had a dramatic appearance when combined with the beautiful sky. WOW! I soooo want to experience this sight again.

We now call this photo the 'Planet of Brr' because the piercing winds of winter test even the warmest of clothing when trying to snap photos like this. My fingers were frozen, my cheeks numb, my feet cold, but you should have seen my smile. :D

Happy Holidays, JJ

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Goals follow-up

On January 2nd I wrote the following goals on the blog:

1 Finish the novel for real. Close only counts in horseshoes.
2 Get my PRO pin.
3 Pitch the novel at the RWA conference in July.
4 Write more Trues to help fund my way to said conference.
5 Start another novel.
6 Get in shape. Really.

I'm delighted to say that I have completed 1 and 2. I will be presented with my pin at our RWA meeting on Saturday. This was my NaNoWriMo book and I'm just pleased as punch with myself.

#3 ain't gonna happen because I got the opportunity to pitch it on eHarlequin to Susan Litman of Silhouette Special Edition and she requested the full manuscript. It's printed out and ready for a last read-through tomorrow and on Friday my baby's going in the mail to the Big Apple.

#4 I'm teaching a class about writing for the Trues this week and next. I am working on an idea and maybe between answering questions and critiques I can at least start on it.

#5 I have one other book started (a chapter or two written) and I have a vague idea for a book featuring a secondary character from the book that was requested. I need to hunker down and really get a feel for her and what her story might be. She's a feisty gal with a take-no-prisoners attitude and she's going to need a strong alpha male as her hero.

#6 I've lost 12 pounds since the first of February. Yay me! It's been difficult to exercise because I also have bad plantar fasciitis in my right foot. But I'm getting there.

Anybody else making headway on their goals?

Friday, January 2, 2009

Gripe and Hope

Gripe: I despise the navigation for blogger. I guess this was why I chose not to use this particular tool. Ah well. Perhaps I neeeeeed to anyway, LOL!

Hope: I wrote through the holidays, though it was limited. I am now amping up the time spent on writing and finishing my studies for realtor.

Got Resolutions?

A few years ago a writing friend told me she writes her yearly goals in a piece of paper and puts them in a box on her desk. Then at the end of the year she pulls out the paper and studies her progress.

Last year I did that and here are my goals and results:

* Finish the novel. (I am really close)

* Get PRO pin. (once I finish the book, I can start down this path)

* Sell 6 Trues. (I sold 10)

* Get in shape. (well…)

I bought the pretty box in the photo for this year's goals. It caught my eye at a little gift shop and didn't cost much at all. I'm already regretting I didn't buy a few of them to use as gifts. I guess I could go back to the shop; it's about an hour away.

Anyway, here are my goals for 2009:

* Finish the novel for real. Close only counts in horseshoes.

* Get my PRO pin.

* Pitch the novel at the RWA conference in July.

* Write more Trues to help fund my way to said conference.

* Start another novel.

* Get in shape. Really.

Goals should be realistic and attainable, and I think mine meet that criteria. However, chapter 10 is being very stubborn at the moment and slowing my progress on the first goal. I just need to keep plugging away.

My sister gave me this paperweight for Christmas. She was my biggest cheerleader during NaNoWriMo. I think this will be my mantra for 2009 because the first novel sure was difficult and became easier as I went along.
Did you make resolutions for 2009? Set any goals for yourself?
P.S. I also made my first sale of 2009 today -- a short feature article to Writing for Dollars. It didn't pay a lot but it'll pay for more than half of my local RWA chapter dues.