It’s the first day of camp!

Today is the first day of July's Camp NaNoWriMo and I'm pretty pumped. Although I'm focusing on writing a nonfiction project this month, I saw this prompt in the 10 Minute Novelists Facebook group and couldn't resist... [caption id="attachment_17462" align="aligncenter" width="800"] For more prompts like this, check out TheFakeRedhead.com.[/caption] The only rule? 100 words, no more, no Continue Reading...

Try the “Sit Down and Write” Challenge, June 15-July 15

I haven't been writing as regularly as I should be, and it's getting on my nerves. So, what do I do when I need to get fired up? I join a challenge! I'll be participating in the Sit Down and Write Challenge, starting today. The challenge runs from June 15 to July 15, and it's hosted by Stories Inside. I'm working on finishing up a new book in a new series that I'll be publishing under a Continue Reading...

30 Days to My Best Me Challenge: Top 10 Takeaways

Today is the last day in the Day Designer "30 Days To Your Best You" Challenge. I've been checking in with notes on how I've been doing, each week, and now it's time to explore what I've learned. Here are my Top 10 Takeaways from this challenge! But first... the full 30 days' worth of tips: 10 – Water water everywhere [caption id="attachment_17215" align="aligncenter" Continue Reading...

30 Days to My Best Me Challenge, week 3

It's the end of the third week in the Day Designer "30 Days To Your Best You" Challenge, so I'm checking in with more notes on how I've been doing. Day 15: Review your finances [caption id="attachment_17339" align="aligncenter" width="500"] "Financial Independence" (photo credit: InvestmentZen)[/caption] This is something I already tend to do on a daily basis, because every penny counts. Continue Reading...

30 Days to My Best Me Challenge, week 2

It's the end of the second week in the Day Designer "30 Days To Your Best You" Challenge, so I'm checking in with more notes on how I've been doing. Day 8: Do a 10-minute tidy Aha! I'm ahead of the curve today, as I just did a quick tidy-up on the kitchen table yesterday. I don't know why, but our kitchen table quickly turns into the catch-all for whatever junk or projects my husband and I Continue Reading...

30 Days to My Best Me Challenge, week 1

It's the end of the first week in the Day Designer "30 Days To Your Best You" Challenge, and I thought I'd check in with some notes on how I've been doing. First of all, let me just say that I wasn't entirely sure what this challenge was going to be about, aside from trying to make some new habits. So I've been a little surprised by some of the habits they are encouraging people to take up Continue Reading...

Another 30-day challenge?! Why I’m taking the Day Designer May Challenge

As long-time readers of this blog may have already guessed, I'm a sucker for a good challenge. 30-day challenges are my biggest motivator in life, for whatever reason, so when I saw that Day Designer was offering a free "30 Days To Your Best You" Challenge, I knew I had to sign up. The goal of this challenge is to focus on daily habits. Having recently read Gretchen Rubin's Better Than Before, Continue Reading...

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon: Hour 12 – Halfway There!

I'm at hour 12 of Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon, and they're running a Mid-Event Survey, so here are their questions and my answers. 1. What are you reading right now? Glitter by Aprilynne Pike. It's set in a retro-futuristic recreation of the palace of Versailles. Trippy! 2. How many books have you read so far? Two so far. (Glitter and A Study in Scarlet.) But, to be fair, I've also Continue Reading...

Prepping for Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon

Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon is happening this Saturday, April 29! Will you be reading? First things first... What's a READATHON?! Answer: A reading challenge! It's like a marathon for readers. Dewey's is a 24-hour challenge, which means you can drop in during the 24-hour time period, or try to read for 24 hours straight through. With naps, of course. And snack breaks. And lots and lots of Continue Reading...

A to Z Challenge: Week 3 Roundup

Week 3 of the A to Z Challenge is almost through, so here's another round-up of all the items I've written at my new blog, World's Coolest Jobs! In case you missed them, here are posts M through R: [author_list style="star"] Melodic, Multi-Talented and Magnificent Jobs Nifty, Neato, Noticed Jobs Original, Outstanding, Obtainable Jobs Philosophically and Potentially Perfect Continue Reading...