2019 Goals - Week 2
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2019 Goals Recap – Week #2

Saturday was eaten up by traveling and lots of family time when we visited my parents, so I went for something pretty simple today — Baked brie with a grape chutney. I found the recipe in a Costco magazine we get delivered and said, “Hey, that looks good.” And then I said, “Oh, and I’ve never baked brie.” Perfect.

2019 Goals - Week #1
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2019 Goals Recap – Week #1

This Week’s Key Lesson — Read the directions, re-read the directions, and then re-re-read them. You probably missed a thing. Or three. So here’s how it was supposed to look: And here’s how it came out: What did I miss? Chocolate Ganache – I should have let the melted chocolate cool for a minute before adding the cream. It became …

2019 Goals

TLDR: Writing. Lots of writing. Then publishing. Lots of publishing. Oh, and some cooking. Before I get to 2019, I should probably briefly swing back to the last half of 2018 since I’ve been conspicuously absent from the blog this last quarter. My biggest accomplishment this year? I wrapped up my 52 Stories in 52 Weeks challenge and wrangled three books …

I’ve Lived a Good Life

Nearly seven years ago, my aunt spoke those words from a hospital bed, surrounded by her husband, my wife, and me. What started as breast cancer had spread nearly everywhere in her body and a woman I loved more than words can paint had accepted reality while this nephew still foolishly held out for a miracle. She was looking forward …

Believe It or Not, You Have a Choice

Life gives us many choices. Sometimes they may not appear to be there, but they are. Sometimes they are pretty tough, but that doesn’t eliminate their existence. These days, we have more opportunity than ever to achieve our goals and twice that amount of opportunity to distract ourselves. “The cost is too high,” you say. The cost of failure. Of embarrassment. …

Weekly Recap – June 26th, 2015

Wow, what a week. I worked a lot, I read a lot, I wrote a lot, I exercised a lot. You could say…I did a lot. Despite some long hours in the office, I finished my first reading of 1Q84. Letting this one marinate as I put together my usual book notes. It’s not easy to summarize a 1,150-page book, but …

Weekly Recap – June 19th, 2015

Last week, Angus was eating mom’s phone. This week, he managed to take his first selfie. Though he’s still a cutie, we’ll have to break it to him that there are certain angles which may be more flattering. Guys and girls! Thank you so much for your feedback on my “Writing Into the Dark” experiment. Overall, I’m having a blast …

Know Thyself

A new year arrives on Thursday and I find myself at a crossroads. Now, I don’t mean to trivialize problems far greater than mine that others are facing. For me, life is generally good. I mean, come on…look at that cutie on the left (obviously Angus, not me). But in some seriousness, I’m wondering what is becoming of this ‘writing career’ I’ve …

Weekly Recap – January 17th, 2014

Goals, goals, goals for this year. A little late to be hopping on that wagon, I know, but I think there’s a saying floating around that mentions it’s better to be late than to never… be? Close enough. Anyway, these aren’t in any specific order: Complete a couple of blog series’ that are gathering cobwebs: Techniques of the Selling Writer …