A New Dawn

I'm up early, trying to follow one of my New Year's traditions: putting in some work on my next book. It's a chance to start as I mean to go on. The only light on is my desk lamp and the monitor screen. The sun is coming up, but there will be peace for a while longer. Even the cats haven’t started to demand food. Yet. That will probably come soon. In the quiet, there is an air of expectation, of something waiting to start with the promise of a new day.

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Thanksgiving

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Conference’s Edge

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Early Morning Sights

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365

I hit a milestone yesterday. According to my Bullet Journal, I’ve written for 365 days in a row. Think about that. Three hundred and sixty-five days. One year. A big part of doing anything is sticking with it. Last year, I watched the Rita and Golden Heart Finalists be announced, looked at my own writing output…and got very depressed.

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40 Days

But what I started doing instead was making these forty days not a time to deprive myself of something, but to add to my life. Make this season a positive instead of “How long before I can have a Snickers again without feeling guilty?”

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 19: Possibilities

You took this on because this is important to you. Maybe it’s a life goal, maybe it’s a need to get yourself back on track. If you’re struggling, tell yourself that you’re doing good by sitting down in front of that keyboard. You’re building a habit that will see you through this month and beyond.

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Preparation

I spent the weekend planning. Most of it was for NaNoWriMo, which is now only 22 days away. I'm still figuring out the plot for "Home and the Heartland", which is this year’s story, and the third book in the Henry’s Mills series, contemporary romances set in a fictional small town in Connecticut. Yes, I like Gilmore Girls. Except…

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Out With the Old, In With the New

For the past year, I've been keeping a Bullet Journal. It's been tremendously helpful in keeping myself on track, especially since 2016 has not been particularly calm. If you're looking for a journaling system, I highly recommend giving it a try.

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