The weather is getting colder, but not by a lot. The Weather Channel indicates we’ll be in the 70’s well into October and I’m just fine with that. I’m ready for colder, darker days. I know, call me crazy. But there’s something comforting about watching Food Network holiday programming while snuggled under a blanket on a dark evening. Add a hot cup of coffee and you can’t beat it.

Speaking of Food Network, they’ve changed the format of my favorite Halloween show, Halloween Wars. I’m not sure why they decided to fix something that isn’t broken. It’s like the Price Is Right. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it! Clearly, they didn’t ask my opinion. Perhaps ratings were down. Who am I to judge?

As usual, I’m writing this on a Sunday, and as usual, I have not accomplished much today. Our only real plan is to watch the NASCAR Cup race, which is currently on rain delay. (My favorite driver is Kyle Larson, and I loosely based the appearance of a character in my current WIP on him.) So, while they are drying the track at Talladega and wasting time interviewing drivers, I’m typing away on my Dell laptop.

By the way, my office is done! I started working out there on Monday. I can’t even describe how excited I was. I couldn’t sleep Sunday night. Is that silly? But it’s the first “me” space I’ve had since college. Ever since getting married, my spaces have all been shared, but my office is mine. All mine. I’ll give you a tour next week.

It was great working in a new space. I spent from around 5:00 am to 6:00 pm out there Monday through Friday. That’s a long stretch. But that’s my life. I’m able to log a big chunk of words before my full-time job starts, and squeeze in some more words after my official workday is complete. Last week, I logged 8.5K-words. That brings my total to 31K. I’m targeting 90K-words for my current story.

From next week forward, my goal is 10K a week. Yesterday, I created a schedule for the rest of the year and into 2022 based on that output. God willing, I will be able to release three novels and two novellas in my series before the end of 2022. I’m still new at taking writing seriously, so these goals are subject to change, but I at least have a plan.

I decided I will announce release dates only after the first draft of a story is complete. My current work in progress is set to be done in six weeks, so I will give you more details then. (I can’t wait to give you details!)

Before I close, I’ll share a fail I experienced this week. We had hail damage on our garage, which, because we are conducting business out of it, is insured by a different provider than our house. The insurance is listed under Common Oddities LLC, and our insurance check was made out to the same. So, I traipsed to the bank where our business account is located and tried to deposit it.

They couldn’t find my account. Turns out, it was closed with a zero balance in 2017. 2017! Apparently, the account had a monthly fee on it, which I didn’t realize. I didn’t pay attention to the account, nor was Amazon depositing any profits from book sales (because I don’t really sell much right now, heh), so it zeroed out. Oops. Business owner fail.

Oh well. We opened another account this week with a different bank because I was mad at the other bank, and it’s all good. It just goes to show you how much I have not been paying attention to my writing business. And I plan for that to change!

It also goes to show you how much having kids can derail your best laid plans. My kids were born between 2007 and 2015, smack dab in the Kindle goldrush. I didn’t have any time to dig for gold. (That’s an understatement.) I was too busy having kids, feeding kids, picking up after kids. Heck, I still am, but life has died down quite a bit. They still want me to do everything for them, but now I can tell them they have their own working set of legs.

Anyway, that was my excitement for the week. I’ll leave you to enjoy the weather!