This is what I title a post when there are just too many things going on to limit to one topic. That’s the way life is right now.
Our church did get moved, and we had our first service in the temporary building, a former church. Our minister hit it right on when he said, “It feels weird.” When I thought about going to a meeting at church this week, I pictured going to our former building. I didn’t even realize it at first. So yeah, it’s going to be weird for a while. The public garage sale is next week, and boy is that a giant task to organize. Fortunately, it’s not me doing this, but others. This is one of our temporary signs.
This week, I hit 50,000 words on ACT OF SURVIVAL, Book 4 in the Second Chances Series. I may actually get this book published the first of next year. No cover yet. The writing has been different since I’m mostly pantsing the book, well not from the beginning, but now more so than not. You know what happens when you do that? You end up with a dead body in your heroine’s bed. Who knew that could happen? Then, of course, you must do something with it. I left the body there for several days trying to figure out where to go next, but finally forced myself to sit down at the computer and see what would happen next. You’ll have to read the book when it’s released to find out. 😊
I’ve written here about my struggles with weight. Well, the pounds have crept back, not all the way, but high enough, that I finally realized I had to do something. I’ve been successful with Nutrisystem and the Whole 30, losing almost 30 lbs on the first over 6 months and almost 15 on the second in a month. But then, of course, with any diet, you have to go back to the real world. You go off the diet.
So, this time, I’m not doing a set plan. Or at least it’s my own and hopefully, one I can stay on forever. I’m not expecting a fast loss of weight, which is really a bummer, because stepping on the scale and seeing a pound gone every day is really inspiring. But to eat the way I must to make that happen—well, I can’t sustain that. Unhealthy eating in New Orleans.
So, what am I doing? I’ve cut out sugar. Which is just a real bummer. But I have kept wine on the menu. Otherwise, it’s no added sugar (Thank heavens for fruit!) (Once the pounds are gone, I will allow myself maybe one sweet a month, unless that’s too much. Will have to see.) Veggies, and chicken, and fish are all okay. Just not fried. No bread or chips. And the only snacking is on fruit or cheese or nuts. I almost didn’t write about this, because it’s so embarrassing when you fall off the wagon, so to speak. But every weight loss/healthy eating thing I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a ton of them), have encouraged going public. I also have posted a picture on my refrigerator of what I looked like when I was in my late 30’s as an inspiration.
Healthy meal of salmon, asparagus, & rice.
I don’t expect to look like that again, but I know I can look and feel healthier. As I’ve done before, I’ll post here weekly the progress I’m making.
Last exciting news is that I FINALLY got VERMONT ESCAPE up on iTunes. I have such a greater appreciation for formatters now than ever before. While on my Word document, everything looked great, when I uploaded it to Draft 2 Digital, there were odd spacings and extra lines that shouldn’t have been there. It took going through that book at least twenty or more times to get it to look okay on the Draft 2 Digital website—the folks who actually put up the book on iTunes. You have to have a MAC to do that and more skills than I possess.
Anyway, more about VERMONT ESCAPE in my NEWSLETTER next week. For now here’s the link:
So, if you’re an author, are you a pantser or a plotter? Have you ever had something pop up while you were writing that you didn’t expect? How are you doing with your health? Have you found something that really works for you? And isn’t that what it’s all about? What works for us—as an author or in health issues. Love to hear from you.
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