Thursday, February 6, 2014

Baby Steps

This has been an extremely busy week for me. I really don’t mind—I’m happier when I’m busy. I love having something to look forward to in my day. BUT, I hate to drive on bad roads, and this has been an exceptionally bad winter for driving, especially last month. Last Saturday was my youngest granddaughter’s birthday party, and what should have been a twenty-five minute drive to her house took almost an hour. But once that was done, things improved tremendously and I was able to come and go with no problem.
Being busy has another drawback. When I’m gone, I can’t get a lot of my projects done. I’ve got a story that should have been completed and submitted long ago, but it’s still in the “tying it all together” stage. And my sewing output has really slowed, in part because I had to take my serger in to the shop. It’s skipping stitches, and I’d prefer that my projects stay in one piece!
Still, I’m plugging along. I’m making progress, although it seems like it’s baby steps all the time. I at least look at my writing project every day and try to edit at least a paragraph or two, or figure out what the scene needs to be more complete, or flow better from the previous one. I have my next sewing project planned and the fabric is all cut and laid out, ready to put together as soon as I get my machine back. And the book I’m trying to finish reading is patiently waiting on my devices (thank goodness the kindle app on my phone knows where I left off on my ipad!). I try to read at least a chapter a night, although there have been a few days when I got through only a paragraph or two. But it’s farther than I was when I started!
So like last week, I’m not going to dwell on what didn’t get done. Instead, I’ll rejoice that I got SOME things done. And I’ll plan on making more progress next week, and the week after, and the week after that.
And eventually, some of these projects will be finished.

This week's goals:
            Sewing: My serger is still in the shop. I did get one quilt top made during our Tuesday morning Quilt Guild workshop at church. BUT I'm happy to announce the release of Love and Diamonds, an anthology of love stories by fifteen Astraea Press authors – including me! Operation Rhombus was a fun story to write. And if
 you come back next week you'll have a chance to win a bunch of free books and other stuff because I'm participating in a special Scavenger Hunt. Watch for more details! In the meantime, you can purchase the anthology HERE.

            Reading: Still working on The Smuggler Wore Silk.  This is way too good a story to read in tiny increments. I'm going to have to finish writing my Jersey Shore book and get into reading Alyssa Marble's regency, because it's wonderful – according to my Kindle app I'm about 33 percent finished.


  1. I always love to see the quilts you make. Lovely!

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