Took Mother’s Day Off? Back To the Grind, Ya’ll!


Last week was a ridiculous week. This week is an opportunity for redemption. I took the weekend off from writing (but not brainstorming! I have some great ideas!), so there are no excuses for this week!

Let’s go to the task list:

1. Aside from the 3 progress report posts, write 2 blog posts about my writing and who I am writing for.

2. Write a 1000 word Flash Fiction for this week’s challenge. My rolls: Weird Western and Haunted House. I have such a great idea for this!  Post fiction by noon on Friday.

3. Work on Escort Mission and start another work, 6:45. 

4. Polish current edit in progress: Never a Day Quiet. Already got some great critiques for this.

5. Work on Haley, a secondary character in my novel, A Terrible Thing to Waste. Post excerpts (along with the other excerpts from previous weeks) on Sunday.

6. Critique at least 3 other short stories in the forums of my two writing communities this week.


My goodness. Why do I already feel like I’ve bitten off more than I can chew?

Aim for the stars, land on the moon. But really go for the stars. Let’s see how much we can do this week!

Happy Monday and Happy Writing, friends!

Blech. What a week.

I don’t even want to LOOK at my task list. But I must. So here we go…ctrl-v!

  1. Beyond the usual check in blog posts, write 2 additional posts: One regarding why I write and who I am writing for, the other regarding where I draw my inspiration from and how my sons work into my inspirational moments.

…oy yoy yoy….I pray I can get one done today and maybe one done tomorrow. Or maybe tomorrow and Friday…

  1. Work on my third protagonist, who I am considering to be a 2nd tier character, Urban. Post an excerpt on this page.

Work has been done! I don’t know if I’ll have an excerpt ready, but work has been done. WOO HOO!

  1. Receive notes and incorporate them into two short stories: Never a Day Quiet and Missed Opportunity in preparation to submit them for publication.

I received notes on Missed Opportunity that were somewhat helpful. It is going to take a bit of time to complete the edits. I haven’t received notes from Never a Day, but I’m about to submit it to my writing group for critique.

  1. Finish Escort Mission in a real way, seek  readers for content editing.

…..oy yoy yoy….this story is killing me.

  1. Finish Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction Challenge (1000 words!). Basically, rewrite it. Post it here and link it on his blog.

……you’d think that 1000 words wouldn’t be that difficult. KILLING ME!

  1. Find some sort of inspiration for Short Story Saturday. Mother’s Day edition, maybe?

I’ve got too many short stories to think about any more!

In summary, I’m in EPIC FAIL MODE! Gotta turn this puppy around somehow…


I hope that your week is going better than mine!

An accomplished Week!


Happy Friday fellow writers and potential readers! How did you fare this week? I’m feeling pretty accomplished this week! Let’s observe the task list:


  1. 3 blog posts this week

Alright, this was a cheat. Clearly I’m going to write three posts a week. Won’t put this on my task lists anymore. 🙂 It feels good to cross one off, though!

  1. Finish a first draft of Escort Mission and post excerpts by Friday.

Ok, only half crossing off this one. I really like this story and I’m about half-way through. There is a lot of potential here, but I’m noooottt quuuiiiittteee finished. I have posted an excerpt on my here, so I’m partially done, but I can’t totally take this one off of the list.

  1. Work on my second character for A Terrible Thing to Waste:. Post excerpt of first-person interview by Friday.

I done the work for my character this week, but I’ve decided that I have is a little too raw for publishing on the internet. So I’m going to write a publishable “Character Introduction” for him to post on the web. Something to entice without giving stuff away! Hope to have this done by the end of the weekend.

  1. Seek feedback for current edit-in-progress project, Never a Day Quiet. Post small excerpt (I’m polishing this for submission, so I don’t want to publish too much here).

Feedback sought but not received. Hopefully I’ll get the notes that i need next week. I DID, however, post an excerpt here.

  1. Find some inspiration for this week’s Short Story Saturday (a sequel to Escort Missionperhaps?) Post teaser/inspiration sentence by Friday.

I THOUGHT that I was going to draw inspiration from Escort Mission, and while I’m inspired, I am not fully inspired to write a sequel for it yet (because it’s not finished! Duh!!). The Good news is that Chuck Wendig, on his fantastic blog, has posted a Flash Fiction challenge that looks awesome. The sentence that I’m choosing: “When does the family document the thunder?” 


Another week is done, and many words have been written. I’ve taken a few more steps toward my goals and I’m feeling really great about it!

I hope that you, too, are feeling accomplished and hopeful on this Friday! I look forward to starting another week with you again on Monday!