writing the end, sickies, and sandcastles: february goals


I reached my January goal of finishing my latest manuscript’s first draft! Hooray! My goal was to make it to 72K with the knowledge that I still needed a few scenes to fill in some gaps, and I usually add about 10K of “muscle” in later drafts anyway. I made it to 74K!


So for the first few days of February, I’ve been taking it easy. Allowing myself to unwind so I can approach editing with fresh eyes. After I finish this post, I’m going to spend the rest of naptime diving into edits.

My top priority today has been taking care of this little sickie (pictured here with her tenderhearted giant guard dog).


And helping me make this all happen is this treat:


Major props to Whole Foods for carrying my favorite brand of chai in the world! Everything’s better in this magical, magical land. I found out it was going to snow (again) and ran to the store on my way home from the gym. Normally, I’m armed with a meal plan and grocery list, so this was a new experience for me. But never fear, I came out with three cases of LaCroix, some thai soup, chicken, naan, and this chai. Weirdest snow grocery haul ever!

Okay, focus, Laurie. Didn’t this post have a point?

My goals in January were to finish the remaining 25K of my draft and translate the remaining 30K of my book that was still in first person. Done!

In February, I’ll be focusing on:

  • Completing the second draft to send to critique partners.
  • Writing my proposal for this book–well, to be more specific, my synopsis. (Ugh.)
  • Being more consistent with blogging.

What are your goals for this month? Don’t mind me. I’ll just be building sandcastles 🙂


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  • Congrats on meeting your goal! I’d love to see you blog more. And it’s true, Oregon Chai is the best chair there is. =)

    • Nike! I haven’t seen you in forever! How are you? I will try to post more often, especially now that the book is finished!

      • I know! Laura just recently told me you had an author blog and Facebook. So excited to read your book! We’re doing great – have an 8 month old girl who is so much fun and enjoying country living.

  • Congrats on making the goal, and then some! I love chai, too, and the very first cup I had ever (when I was 20 or 21), was Oregon Chai. I’m cutting back on caffeine so I use Tazo decaffeinated now, but still, chai rocks! 🙂 I look forward to reading your stories soon as published books.

    • Thank you for the encouragement! I will have to try the Tazo, too. I love the Oregon Chai, but I am an equal-opportunity chai sampler 🙂 The little one felt much better when her daddy got home after a day of cuddling, drinking vitamin C “juice”, and watching movies. Hoping when she wakes up tomorrow, she’ll have turned the corner!

  • Congratulations on meeting your goal, Laurie! That’s awesome. 🙂