Second Quarter Goals (May Update)

I see people buying graduation decorations and then it finally hit me that it’s that time of year again. My youngest graduated two years ago, so keeping track of when school is out has escaped me. I will say though, this school year has gone by quickly. That translates to it’s almost time for our trip this year. I can’t wait!

Cooking for the Orishas, the tenth book in Mojo’s Wiccan Series, is now available for pre-order. With that now completed, I will begin my focus on this year’s Junowrimo



With my days seeming to blur, I have been working hard to keep up with the goals I have set for this quarter.

Write 15000 words a week.
I’m at roughly 2500 words a day. I’m hoping to one day get to 5000 a day. One day.

Complete one 25000 novella every six week.
This has been difficult. The only time I’ve been able to totally focus on one is when I have a day off and it’s a day my husband works. Lately it’s been one day a week instead of the three I got spoiled with. I am 50% through, but it should have been done two weeks ago. That’s what happens when life pops up.

Complete one nonfiction a month
This has always been an easy one. I have more to work on other writing once It’s complete.

3000 Facebook Likes
2487 right now. Still a month to go. I’ve got to push on this one.

2500 Twitter followers
Since I hit my goal of 1500, I decided to add 1000 more for the last two months. At 2264 right now. This is going to be a close one.

200 YouTube subscribers
190 at the present time. Slowly, but surely.

500 Instagram followers
439 and climbing. Starting to get the hang of it.

Purge old clothes
I was doing so well with this and then we had a sale on t-shirts. My weakness. Like I said, I love t-shirts! As I told my husband, I’m preparing for our trip.

Purge old files
I started this and what happened? Hard drive stopped working. Started to get hot. Neither my son or I was able to access it. Instant paperweight. Some things I was about to find since I didn’t finish deleted the duplicates, but some, gone forever. Next thing is to back up my music. Almost 70 gigs of music I would really hate to lose.

Organize pictures.
Divided them by children and grands. My husband just gave me some that were in in mom’s possession of when he was little growing up in Poland. He was so adorable. Scratch that, he still is!

Planning vacation
Itinerary completed. Now, who’s going to take care of our four cats and two dogs? I really think we should board them this time around. My children work many hours and doesn’t seem right to ask them. Besides, if Sammy has his way, he’d eat all day.

Until my next post…


Writing Your Outline


So, you’ve chosen your topic and your audience. You’ve come up with some ideas or even completed your first draft. Now, you’ll want to go through by rearranging your ideas into an arrangement that performs best to express your point.

Here are a few organizational outlines:

Cause and Effect

Explaining the influences involving an event and what caused it.  You can start off with a broad statement (either the cause or the effect) and then back up that statement with information that characterizes the other.


Writing convincingly or trying to make a point. You’ll first want to think through what works best. Is it hooking your reader with your main theme and then following up with helpful details? Or setting the reader up with the information to direct to your main point? Likewise, do you want to shift from your most to your least important point, other other way around?


Comparing two points or situations to each other. One is to focus on the separate items, expressing them in their extensiveness based on different characteristics that they have in common. A second form is to focus on the characteristics themselves, defining the items as they apply to those characteristics.


This is mainly beneficial when unfolding a story or relaying events chronologically. Just double-check that your events are written in the order in which they happened.

I hope you find these tips useful to your writing.


Finding What to Write


One of the first and most significant choices for each writer is deciding what to write about. Reaching this decision can feel overpowering time and again for the reason that long-held thinking we have about what it signify to be a writer. A lot of people think that authors merely have ideas that occur to them or, worse yet, that authors are so gifted that they are able to create something extraordinary that has never been seen or considered of before.

In truth, neither situation is totally accurate. For the most part, authors choose what to write about from observing their personal lives and concerns or by observing the work of other authors and creating parts of current material into something new and separate.

Writing on the subject of things you know and take an interest in is significant for numerous reasons. First, it typically makes writing much easier: if you are writing from your own capabilities, you can devote more resources on inserting imaginative surprises to a story that at the present time exists. Second, if you are writing about something you are concern about, you typically have an innate sense of the subject and will have more information from which to write. Picking issues or capabilities that you have a soft spot for will improve that which simply only you can create.

Several approaches for coming up with ideas for writing are:

1. Make a list of subjects or ideas that you are fascinated in.
2. Think of a strong emotion.
3. Go to a public place and watch the people around you.
3. Think about taking a course or connecting to a group to meet other writers.
4. Keep a personal journal.
5. Keep a dream journal.
6. Change the monsters from your bad dreams into disturbing antagonists for your short stories or novels
7. Pick up where the authors that you enjoy left off at or think of how the story could be retold from a different character’s standpoint.
8. Read, read, read.