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December goal setting: How the %&$# do you actually accomplish anything?!

This article is part 2 in a 2-part series. Click here to read part one on how to create goals for the new year. On Monday, I left you with a bit of a cliffhanger. Imagine you've made a list of goals for 2018. Now, how in the holy Hellmann's mayonnaise do you actually accomplish those goals?! An excellent question. But fret no more: I have answers! Here's the deal: Goals need to be SMART, Continue Reading...

A writer’s holiday wishlist for 2017

Remember when you used to write up your wishlist for Santa as a kid? I used to go through the Sears Wish Book (which they've brought back online for 2017), highlighting the stuff I most wanted and then distilling it into a list that fit onto one piece of paper (recycled from my dad's office). Usually it'd be a list of toys and clothes, but sometimes there were some oddball requests. Like the rock Continue Reading...

December goal setting: An annual tradition

It's December at last! Can you believe we've finally made it to the end of this year? It doesn't feel real to me yet. But I'm working on that. That's because it's time for setting my December goals, taking stock of my year, and figuring out four key pieces that will help guide my new year: [author_list style="heart"] Accomplishments Incompletes Things to STOP Doing Goals to Continue Reading...

Laura + NaNoWriMo featured in Alpine Neighbors Magazine

Better late than never... I just received a copy of the November issue of Alpine Neighbors, where the interview about my NaNoWriMo write-in sessions appears! I'm not sure if this article is available elsewhere online (I haven't been able to find it so far), so here is a scan of the two pages for your reading pleasure. Thank you to Joe Cabaniss for the interview and the spotlight on Continue Reading...

NaNoWriMo 2017, Week 2 progress report

It's Day 15 of NaNoWriMo, and we're already into the second full week of the challenge! So, how's your word count? Mine has been terrible since Saturday, so I'm getting nervous about my chances of winning this year. I've had nothing but big fat zeros so far this week, and need to course correct, STAT! Here's a quick roundup of my daily word counts, to see where I've gone Continue Reading...