My amazing critique partner, KT Hanna, has another month of goals for us. If you’d also like to sign up, just go here.

I am trying again, which means I haven’t been beat. Picking ourselves up is the important part of life, which Nat “King” Cole has expressed so well in his song, “Pick Yourself Up.”

So here are my goals for November.

1) Win NaNoWriMo!

2) Blog once every week on my progress.

3) Read four books.

Good luck to all of you other #WriteMotivation buddies out there!

And thank you, for the wonderful music.nat king cole


The False Prince by Jennifer A. Neilson

The False Prince was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. From page one, I loved the main character, Sage. He’s clever, strong, everything a hero should be. The twist at the end wasn’t wholly unexpected, but felt like another prank Sage had played–on me.

From the Jacketflap:

In this first book in a remarkable trilogy, an orphan is forced into a twisted game with deadly stakes.

Choose to lie…or choose to die.

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

About the Author:

New York Times Bestselling author, Jennifer Nielsen, was born and raised in northern Utah, where she still lives today with her husband, three children, and a dog that won’t play fetch. She is the author of The Ascendance trilogy, beginning with THE FALSE PRINCE; of The Underworld Chronicles, beginning with ELLIOT AND THE GOBLIN WAR; the forthcoming PRAETOR WAR series, and will write the sixth book of the Infinity Ring series (BEHIND ENEMY LINES). She loves chocolate, old books, and lazy days in the mountains.


One thing I learned from Mrs. Neilsen’s blog was that you should never give up. She set a goal to be published before age 17. Though she didn’t make that goal, she kept trying. She wrote four books before getting her fifth published, and is now a great success!

Happy Birthday Julia Child

It is her birthday, 101 years today. This is the Julia Child I remember.


She said something as a cook that I can relate to as an author:

I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.

And I echo her statement. I was 34 when I started writing novels; up until then, I just read. I’ve never appreciated the written word more than now, after I’ve written several novels, rewritten, edited, cried, fought, torn them up, and then started over with a blank page. There have also been the times when I read what I wrote and then reread it because it sounded so good to me, I couldn’t believe it was mine.  I doubt many people appreciated food as much as Julia Child did. Hopefully, someday, I might attain a fragment of her talent and accomplishments.

#WriteMotivation Update

1) Finish 100% my final edit of THE PANDORA REVERSAL: SHIFTER.

On page 183 of 324. Kids are back in school, and I’m going strong. I can make it.

2) Blog once a week.

So far, I’ve done this.

3) Go visit at least 5 other blogs per week.

Done this, and I’ve loved hearing about all of you!

4) Submit PR:S to at least 5 agents.

Not yet. Giving my list to a writer friend who will give me the skinny on all the agents on my list.

5) Go on a date with my man.

Dinner at the Outback and a movie (Ironman 3). Lots of talking, kissing, etc. Woot!

6) Take my oldest kid to college. I’m so excited for her, and I know she’s ready to go. (But this is the one I dread most. *small tear*)

We’re packing, on track to fit in the car.

I feel good about things so far!

August Goals and WriteMotivation

When thinking about goals, I tend to look back on the things I didn’t do rather than focus on the things I did. I’m the one laying flat on my face being kicked when I’m down. What’s kicking my butt? Work, laundry (which I tried to avoid until I had no underwear left), moving, registering my kids for school (the school lost one of them and can’t seem to get him back), yadda, yadda, you know the drill. So I’m pulling myself back on my feet and changing my perspective. The people in WriteMotivation seem to be doing so much, blogging all the time, reading five books a month, and it makes me want to do more.

There’s something incredibly satisfying about the strikethrough. It’s like punching my goals into oblivion. I get to strike through all of the completed tasks and it gives me such a sense of what I’ve accomplished. So here’s to my next bout in the WriteMotivation ring.

1) Finish 100% my final edit of THE PANDORA REVERSAL: SHIFTER.

2) Blog once a week.

3) Go visit at least 5 other blogs per week.

4) Submit PR:S to at least 5 agents.

5) Go on a date with my man.

6) Take my oldest kid to college. I’m so excited for her, and I know she’s ready to go. (But this is the one I dread most. *small tear*)

Thanks to everyone who’s been so supportive. You make me better!

WriteMotivation Round-Up

Things are going. Having my mom, sister-in-law, and niece here derailed the writing train, but I wouldn’t trade the time I had with them for anything. As far as goals go, here’s how I did.

1) One blog post per week.

End: If I average, I did one post per week. Does that count for something? I know I didn’t report my progress, but getting the site up and running was a huge hurtle for me, so I don’t feel too bad about it.

2) Visit twitter three times per week.

End:  Done. Accomplished!

3) Eat some cookies.

End: This was tough, but I did it. The success tasted sweet!

4) Finish my final edits for WIP, THE PANDORA REVERSAL: SHIFTER.

End: Some previous CPs contacted me to join a new group. It has proved a good thing, and when they looked at my work, they spotted some no-nos like passive verbs and such that have caused me to go back and make some changes. They are way better. Just proof that we can always improve. Thanks SW, KH, and BJ! Thought it wasn’t completing my previous goal, I did make the WIP better with a lot of editing and feel good about what I did.


I did okay. Looking forward to August!

Goal Check for #WriteMotivation

So far, so good.

1) One blog post per week.

Week 1: I’ve posted two posts.

2) Visit twitter three times per week.

Week 1: I’ve visited every day, not always commented but still saw what was going on.

3) Eat some cookies.

Still not done. But my kids did make home-made ice cream with Monster and strawberries. Yummy.

4) Finish my final edits for WIP, THE PANDORA REVERSAL: SHIFTER.

Week 1: I’m 1/3 through the MS, so on track.

its working