Inspiration

A bit of cuteness

After the day I had a bit of cuteness was in order.

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Submissions

Might As Well Jump

The biggest risk that I would like to take is pitching my series to a major publisher. This month I have the opportunity to do just that. Harlequin has an imprint for erotica and they are holding an open submissions call until the end of the month. My plan is to finally take that risk and go for it.

I’m not going to lie… I’m nervous as hell to pitch it.

I have wanted to do something like this for years and it’s finally time to shit or get off the pot when it comes to doing it. I have the story outlined. I have the rough drafts sitting in my writing software. Now I just have to simply follow the instructions on how to submit. Right? Right. So why is it still so nerve-wracking?

As an author, I spend a lot of time in my own head. It’s where my characters live and I like it there. Unfortunately, it’s also where my fears live. Those fears butt in often when I am thinking about stepping out of my comfort zone. 2018 is the year that I attempt to hold them at bay and live the life that I deserve when it comes to my writing.

I have until April 29 to get off my ass and do this. I’ll keep everyone posted about how it goes.

While I came close to having this ready to go, I didn’t quite make the deadline. I was bummed and then realized that if I’m going to pitch something it needs to be ready should they accept.

If you are an author that has pitched to a major publisher before, let me know in the comments. I would love to hear about fellow authors experiences.

 

 

General

Back on Medium!

For those of you who are also over on Medium, I am in the process of resurrecting my blog over there as well. The content will be the same for the most part. With all the different issues going on in the online world these days I figured that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a backup outlet for the blog.

If you would like to follow me over there as well please click on the image below.

 

reflection

The Daily Review

Review Your Day on a Daily Basis

Our lives are full of scheduled check-ups. You see the dentist every six months (if you follow the rules). If you are a female you get a mammogram every year past 40. You get your car tuned up every 3,000 miles or so. And you should review your day every 24 hours.

Why so frequently? After all, you could do this once a week or month, or even once a quarter. Well, you should review your progress at different time frames, but there are several reasons to review your activity daily:

4 Reasons To Review Your Day – Daily

1. Because you’re looking for a big breakthrough. And if you wait too long between assessments, you can find you’ve let weeks or even months go by when you could have been making consistent, positive movement towards your goals.

2. Because it’s easier to correct a minor slip-up. An inch off-target now becomes a mile or more when extrapolated over time. Make the fix now and you won’t have to deal with the big problems later.

3. Because it’s less intimidating. Sitting down for an hour or two to review a month’s worth of activity can be downright off-putting, but taking five minutes at the end of the day can become a relaxing bedtime ritual.

4. Because your actions are fresh in your mind. You’ll forget lots of details if you wait too long to go over your schedule and activities. It’s hard enough at the end of the day; don’t wait a week or more.

6 Questions To Ask Yourself At The End Of The Day

  1. What did I do today that I was proud of?
  2. What one item on my to-do list made the most difference in the achievement of my goal?
  3. What one item on my to-do list is left over, but I should have done it?
  4. What took longer than I anticipated?
  5. What took less time than I anticipated?
  6. What did I enjoy doing the most?

You can easily go through these questions in five to ten minutes. You might even consider writing the answers down; it will take a bit longer, but having a longitudinal view of your answers can be invaluable to figuring out where you’re wasting time, what your highest-value activities are, and what you can change.

You might find that just by paying attention to what’s going on in your life, and where you’re spending your time, you will naturally make adjustments that put your schedule more in line with your goals.

Shop Local

Hometown Haunt

I live in a small town called Florence, AZ. We are very close to another unincorporated town called San Tan Valley and many of the places that we frequent are in San Tan. Today is an “errand” day. We had to drop off a car that we sold to the buyer and decided to go eat afterwards, so off to San Tan we went.

There is a small hole in the wall place called Just Breakfast that is a hidden gem. One of my favorite things to eat when my grandmother was still alive was biscuits and gravy. Just Breakfast has THE BEST biscuits and gravy I have had besides my grandmothers. The serving sizes are generous, the atmosphere is fantastic, and the waitress that we get every time we go in is a doll. She always remembers that my husband is law enforcement as well (there’s a discount).

If you are able to request your waitress, ask for Jayme! She is AWESOME SAUCE!

I usually have my iPad with me and today is no different. I love the fact that I can sit and eat while writing. No judgment, no looking at me like I’m crazy for being involved in what I am doing. I can take in the music playing, and people watch.

Today my husband is with me, and he had the Eggs Benedict.

I had, you guessed it, biscuits and gravy!

 

If you are ever in San Tan check them out. Great food, great people, great experience.

Check out their Facebook page HERE.

Familly

Time for a Family Road Trip

Deciding on a family road trip can be a daunting challenge, not to mention an exercise in patience. However if you prepare ahead of time, the trip can be one of the most memorable experiences of your family’s life.

Here are some quick and easy tips for making your family road trip a fun and safe one.

First, prepare a checklist of items you will need. This will include first aid kit, food, snacks, drinks, and lots of toys, coloring books, paper and crayons, a portable DVD player so your kids can watch their favorite movies; and a cooler. A good idea is to ask the kids what games they would like to take, within limits of course.

Ensure that the snacks are healthy in nature. Too many sugar snacks can have the kids bouncing off the car seats. Remember, this is a relaxing family vacation and you want to avoid the kids getting bored or repeatedly asking you when you are going to arrive.

Check online to print out games for the road that you and the kids can play along the way. There are an assortment of puzzles and riddles as well.
In addition, if you have very young children you will need to take the diaper bag and wipes for the occasional spills, blankets and pillows if applicable and a favorite item or stuffed animal for the young ones is a good idea as well.
Second, decide on the destination and then contact AAA for a trip ticket. Ask for the scenic route, one that is much more calming and pleasing to the eye, especially the driver!

Third, as you check out the planned route you may want to check online to find gas stations along the way that offer the cheapest gas. Also if there are any points of interest along the route mark them on the map and plan to stop at these sites.

Fourth, while on the road ensure that you make pit stops regularly. This will allow the kids to run around and let off some steam, while allowing the adults to stretch and reenergize. Bring along a football or soccer ball so that the entire family can have some fun while exercising at the same time.

Finally, it is very important that safety concerns are met. This includes having the car checked at your local mechanic or gas station. Ensure that the oil and filter are changed; the tires are well inflated (don’t forget the spare tire, too); the windshield wipers are replaced (if needed); and the car is in great condition before you head out.

In addition, you may want to place the following items in your trunk: a lawn chair, extra blanket, emergency road kit, umbrellas, water, flashlight and batteries, a battery-powered radio, and windshield wiper cleaner. In the glove compartment include a first aid kit and cell phone charger. Keep all medications in a Ziploc bag in the glove compartment as well.

Another good idea is to take a list of telephone numbers including the hotel or motel where you are staying as well as those of family and friends you may need to contact.

If you enjoy scrapbooking, this road trip may be a perfect opportunity to add new treasures to the book. As you make stops at some scenic sites, ask the kids to find an item they would like to include in the scrapbook. Or if the kids point out something along the way that they find fascinating, take a picture of it to include in the scrapbook as well.

Engage the kids in the decision making, age appropriate, and allow them to decide what they would like to bring. Have them pack their clothes (check the suitcases afterwards) so they feel part of the overall experience. Planning ahead of time for a family road trip will save you time, stress, and money. And the kids will enjoy this adventure, too!