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It’s snowing! It’s very powdery, so I don’t know if it will stick to the roads or not. I’m keeping an eye on it so I’ll know if I need to leave work.

I’ve been very productive the last few days. After I finally faced the fact that my story wanted to be a novella instead of a novel made things easier for me. As I said on Facebook the other day, I’m tired of trying to force a story to be longer when it doesn’t want to be. So when my stories want to be novellas, they will be, and when they want to be novels, they will be. It feels so liberating!

I’ve also been dealing with sadness. My fifteen-year-old dog died yesterday. One day, he just walked into the garage, lay down, and didn’t get back up. We’ve been cleaning him up every day since he couldn’t walk anymore to go do his business, but he was eating okay. Then he stopped eating, but kept drinking water. Day before yesterday, he couldn’t even lift his head. He was very old, deaf, and arthritic. It was time for him to stop hurting. I’m going to miss him very much, but his misery is over.

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I’m sick again. This is the second time this year. I wish all this stuff going around would stop! I hope it’s not the flu. Anyway, I’ve been fairly productive the last two days. I have a word quota of 12,500 per month, which is 150,000 for the year. I think that’s pretty reasonable for someone with a full time job. I’m behind for February, partly because I was working on proofreading a couple of things. But my daily quota is fairly low, so I think I can catch up. I was a little over my January quota, so I think I’m mostly on track for the year. Having that yearly word count goal will make me have to be working on something almost all the time. I need to do that to be productive. The more books I publish a year, the better off I am, financially. I SO want to write full time.

Duke - 8 or 9 months old

Duke – 8 or 9 months old

Since Facebook no longer seems to pick up pictures from WordPress blogs unless it’s in that post, I thought I would provide a picture so it would show up. And what better picture than a happy dog, right? This was taken a couple of years ago, I think. The caption was already on there when I found it on my computer.

Where did January go???

There’s been progress. I got the manuscript written with my other pen name off to the publisher. I’m beta reading right now for a friend, and I have a couple of small things to proofread. I plan on picking back up on a mystery I started awhile back before I stopped to do this last novella. I should be able to get that done by the end of March. Then it’s on to a story for another anthology.

I have another Lauralynn book I need to get done before the end of the year. I’m probably going to write a sequel to Soul of a Vampire. It will revolve around a different character, the best friend of the “shero” in SoaV.

I’m really trying to be more productive this year. So far, it’s going well. I have a goal of 150,000 words this year. I made my January goal. I’m using my nifty Supernatural spreadsheet to keep up with my monthly and yearly words. :)

Well, look at me actually posting two check-ins in a row! Now I need to get back to blogging in between check-ins. :)

It looks like I’m going to make my deadline with my other pen name project. Which I have to, really, since Ruth and I are using a publisher. I don’t remember what my goal was for getting my mystery finished. LOL. I guess I need to go back and look to see what it was.

And you?

My name is Lauralynn Elliott, and it’s been 11 days since my last check-in….

I can’t believe I’ve missed that many check-ins! Well, two, I guess. I’m feeling a little overwhelmed by all the stuff on my plate right now, and when that happens, the blog is the first thing to be neglected. I need to do better.

Things are actually going pretty well. I finished the novella I’m doing with the other pen name. I’m going to be in another anthology with that pen name, and I have a mystery started that I decided to do under that pen name. I haven’t started the next book under Lauralynn, but I think I know the story I’m going to do. I have two more ideas for Lauralynn, but I don’t know how much I’m going to get done this year. We’ll see. For an actual goal, I only have one Lauralynn book planned, but I’ve been more productive this year, so you just never know. :)

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I’m in New Orleans on a business trip this week. This picture is the view standing in the doorway of the French doors of my hotel room. Win! I wanted to go out there to write, but it’s SO cold.

I still got almost 2000 words in this morning, so I’m right on track to get my project for my other pen name done by or before my deadline. When that’s wrapped up, I’m going on to finish my mystery, which I’ve decided to publish under the new pen name, so I’ll have at least two books for that name. Then, I’m still planning on a Lauralynn book this year. I think all my projects are still on track.

I’m going on a ghost tour tonight after our welcome reception. I did that last year in San Antonio, so NOLA should be even better, given the history of Voodoo and such in this area. I need to bundle up, though. The temps will be in the 40’s by then.

Happy writing to everyone!

Most of you know I’ve been VERY sick. Bleh. I feel like I’m on the mend, but I’m still not well. This means I haven’t been super productive lately.

However…yesterday, I wrote over 2000 words. I was really into the story. I think part of it was because I was in the middle of an action scene, and I really like doing those. I used to be afraid of them, but one time a reader told me they thought I wrote good action scenes, so now I’m not afraid. Isn’t it funny how just a little bit of encouragement can help us so much?

I had an early birthday celebration with my family last night since I’m going to be out of town for my actual birthday next week. I also had to go get a gift for my daughter-in-law’s birthday, so yesterday was a busy day. I decided I would write first and then do everything else later. That really works for me. Write first.

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