Prepare for Launch!

Yes, you read that right.

Prepare for launch!

For several years, I struggled to find planner peace. What’s that?

Well, you know you have found planner peace when you find a planner system that works well for you and you like to use it.

I tried making my own. Then I found the Bullet Journal system developed by Ryder Carroll. Then I started melding my own ideas with that system. Now, while I use a few elements of that, I use mostly my own.

And I wrote a book about creating your own planner system.

Create Your Own DIY Planner.

It launches on Wednesday, which is, not coincidentally, also my birthday. Wednesday evening, I will have a launch party on Facebook where I will give away an e-copy. Print copies will be available in mid-June.

Watch this space for more updates about the book, launch party details, and more!

Revitalization & a Recap

black and white photo of a porch light ona rock wallEvery year at this time, the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. (OWFI) has a conference. This year, for various reasons that I will not get into, I had decided not to go. I kept my resolve through reading updates on Facebook and Twitter about the pre-conference session.

That sure sounded like something I could have benefited from!

I kept my resolve through most of Friday. OK. That’s a lie. On Friday, my resolve wavered. A lot. I could have benefited from a lot of the sessions I saw highlights posted about. My mother (who is often my driver since I cannot drive) kept suggesting I call the hotel, see if they had a room, and go to the conference on Saturday instead of just going up to visit (which was the original plan).

At 5:00, I finally did. They put me on hold. I waited a long time, convinced they would come back and say the hotel was fully booked and they had no rooms.


They did! I gave them the payment information, threw some clothes in a bag, gathered other things I would need, and we left. It was worth it!

I went to listen to a talk by Rhonda Penders of the Wild Rose Press (and relearned something I had known about them but forgot), listened to The Publicity Hound Joan Stewart, skipped the next session, had lunch, took a nap the next session (I was getting over bronchitis), listened to Joan Stewart again, and ended the day listening to Amy Collins of

I got information I desperately needed about blogging, marketing, and newsletters. I got some great ideas about book promotion and getting into stores that aren’t bookstores. I reconnected with old friends and met some new ones. I listened to live music in the hotel bar after the awards banquet.

I reconnected with me.

That last line is more important than you realize and goes back to some of the reasons that I’m not talking about here yet.

Prior to the conference, I had been debating my blog. I knew I needed to start blogging again, but I couldn’t decide if I should scrap this one and start over or continue on here. Since you’re reading this post on this same blog, I obviously decided to keep this one. After all, I’ve put a lot of work into it.

I am not going to commit to a set schedule, but I am going to post things about what I’m writing, what I’m making (knit/crochet), reviews, and other things that are going on and coming up. I hope you stick around, enjoy it, and perhaps even contribute sometimes.

The End Is Near

notebookandscreenNo, I’m not a doom-and-gloom nay-sayer I’m stating a simple fact. The end is near.

And I’m glad for it.

I’m talking about my current manuscript. I’m almost finished with the first draft. Although I missed my goal for finishing the draft in August, it’s going to happen in September.

In fact, it might happen as soon as next week.

My working title is Bullet Journal Basics. If you ever wanted to learn more about the bullet journal system, this book will help. I do not claim it will answer all of your questions. No book can do that. I do think, though, it will help you get a good start.

Since I hope to finish the draft next week, it’s possible the book will be ready for Kindle by Thanksgiving at the latest.

Almost Oops

I had an opportunity to spend a few days at a house where I used to live. I loved that house. I still do. So I jumped at the opportunity. I didn’t consider not having any reliable Internet except on my phone.

I grabbed at the chance that I could get a lot of writing done on a current manuscript that I wanted to finish in August. That didn’t happen, so I’m hoping for a September finish. It’s definitely possible.

And today I got a lot done on it.

There were a few things I needed to research, though. I used my phone. No big deal. It’s doable. Not ideal, but doable.

Tonight, I decided to sit down at play a game on the computer. It was then I noticed I had an Internet connection. Not just one bar from the coffee shop next door that I’ve had on my Kindle off & on all day, but FULL bars. Full signal. From the coffee shop. It’s not fast, but it’s letting me post.

That’s why this post was almost an oops. It almost didn’t get posted and that would have been okay because it had to be. Since it’s not, you get this short little rambling post about how my unobservant day almost missed this deadline.

3 Things to Do When Your Motivation Is Low

Photo of reporter's notebook by grafixtek on Flickr and used here with Creative Commons license.
Photo of reporter’s notebook by grafixtek on Flickr and used here with Creative Commons license.

I’m struggling with motivation today. Its a case of so much to do and too little time to do it. I decided in order to get at least one of the things done (this blog post), I would make a short list of three things to do when your motivation is low.

Here they are:

  1. Make a list of things to do. These can be things you need to do or things you want to do. Make a list. Get that forward momentum going again to help you build your motivation. (If you’re a bullet journal-er like I am, you do this anyway.)
  2. Already make to-do lists but leave things off? It’s not wasted if you do something that’s not on your list. Add them to it and mark them as done. It’s not cheating. it can honestly help you see that you are getting things done and building your motivation back up.
  3. Take a break. You’re not Superman or Supergirl. Nor do you want to be. (Trust me. The world would expect way too much of you.) Tell yourself it’s OK to rest, to take a break. If you don’t get everything done, the world won’t end. You can start again tomorrow.

So here’s one more thing I can mark done on my to-do list. Now if someone would write a query letter for me, I’d be set.

A Quote from Willie Wonka

It is safe to say that one of my favorite movies of all time is Charlie & the Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder as the incomparable Willie Wonka.

Since he passed away a couple days ago, I thought it would be appropriate to share a quote from that movie today.

“We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams.” – Willie Wonka