Goodbye August! Hello September!

Happy Friday!
I was away last week, so there was no post. Even though I only attempt to post once a week, I find it difficult. I am in awe of bloggers who post daily.

As I mentioned before, I tried to establish three good habits this month. The food one is going fairly well. I did go a bit adrift while traveling and with family events, but for the most part I’ve improved greatly in this arena.

The treadmill is still a struggle. I have to talk myself into it most days and on more than one occasion I’ve failed in that effort.

The third was writing 500 words a day. This was probably the easiest one for me. It doesn’t usually take that long to do and this month I was in a first draft stage so the writing is much looser. My one problem with it is there have been days when I know I would have written on if I wasn’t watching the word count so closely. I would hit my 500 words and quit. Yesterday, I decided to focus on writing a particular scene in the book and not worry about the word count until I was done. I wrote more than 2,000 words that way. I’m not sure I will stick with this though. I find during second and third drafts there are times when I need to let the pages rest and allow myself time to think. On the whole though, I think 500 words a day is a worthwhile goal.

As August comes to a close, I’m looking ahead to September. I’ll be doing school visits and a couple of public events. If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hello.

Saturday, September 20th – Barnes & Noble in Holmdel, NJ from 4-6 PM Along with me there will be several other NJ authors to visit with.

Saturday, September 27th – Morristown Festival of Books; The festival runs from 10 -4, but I’ll be speaking at 3 PM. There will be authors at 4 different venues in the festival at this hour. I’ll be at 65 South Street in Morristown. The other writers speaking at this time (each at a separate venue) include: 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning author Dan Fagin, NYT best-selling author Caroline Leavitt, and the very talented Celeste Ng. Considering the prior sentence, I’m sure there will be plenty of space at my venue for you to stretch out and get comfy.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend. It’s going to be so hard to say goodbye to summer this year!


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