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Posted: December 17, 2017 by Rachel

3 Things From The Past Week

  1 I work from home and sometimes things can be a little too quiet. I used to listen to music, but have, over the past few months, started leaving the television on. Usually, I just let a show like Friends or Felicity run in the background, but around the time that the calendar changed over to December I started playing Christmas movies. I love Christmas movies, the cheesier the better. Except for Love, Actually. I don’t know what it is about that one, but I just don’t like it. But turn on The Holiday and I’ll watch it over…

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Posted: November 12, 2017

  1 I disappointed my boss on Tuesday. It’s a new feeling, and not one I like. I knew I disappointed him because I could feel him watching me, wanting me to do something, but I couldn’t. I didn’t want to. We were at PubCon, sitting at a table in the exhibit hall when a woman came up to us and asked us if any of us would like to be interviewed on camera talking about digital marketing. Right away, my boss volunteered me, but I shook my head. I was angry. He knows I’m terrified of speaking in front of…

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Posted: November 5, 2017

  1 Two things that I really wanted to happen this week didn’t happen. 1–I didn’t sit down and outline my next novel and 2–I didn’t take part in day in the life. The fact that both these things didn’t happen won’t kill me but it does disappoint me. A girlfriend recently told me that I’m “military-like” — meaning, I set a deadline, a goal, etc, and I complete it. I laughed when she said that because, honestly, I’m the queen of setting deadlines and sitting back as they whoosh on by. But I know what she was referring to…

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Posted: October 22, 2017

  1 Whole30 really isn’t all that difficult as long as you plan ahead. For example, I pretty much always have plenty of these on hand for emergency snacks (only the compliant ones, of course) and stock the fridge with these and these for lunches. I made this for dinner on Wednesday night and it was delicious. 2 I don’t know how it all happened this way but my goodness I’ve been reading some incredible books over the past couple weeks, with more coming up. Let’s review. First, I got an ARC of A Little Too Late—devoured. Then, I finished…

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Posted: October 15, 2017

  1 As I sit down to write this week, I can’t help but notice how completely different things feel. It could have something to do with the fact that, one week into my Whole30, I’ve got more energy during the day than ever. But I’m guessing that it has more to do with the fact that on Wednesday night, four days before my deadline, I finished my Someone In The Way draft. If you don’t know, I first had the idea to re-write Finding Lily back in March. Towards the end of April, I sat down and got to…

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Posted: October 8, 2017

1 How do I say anything, really, when a terrifying thing happened in town this week. You all know the story by now: a 64-year-old man hammered out two windows on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay and opened fire into a concert crowd below. He killed almost 60 people and injured well over 500. I am so fortunate to not know anyone who was hurt, and my heart goes out to all those who have. I can’t imagine the pain they must be experiencing. How do I say anything, really, about how much writing I got done this…

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Posted: October 1, 2017

  1 It never fails that I feel completely out of control on Monday’s. There’s always too much to do and not enough time. But Tuesday’s… on Tuesday’s I kick ass. On Tuesday’s I work diligently, find time to write, spend time with my boys, and manage, even, to cook a mean eggplant parmesan for dinner. 2 Self-care matters. I never feel quite so like myself when my nails are freshly trimmed and painted black. 3 My son is smack in the middle of that age where they’re old enough to know when they’re doing something wrong, but not quite old…

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Posted: September 24, 2017

  1 I was invited somewhere recently—a big event on a holiday I’m not so much a fan of. I thought about coming up with an excuse not to go, but then I realized how silly that would be. So I told my friend the truth. I told her it’s not my kind of thing and we’d rather stay close to home and keep things simple. My friend replied, “I knew you were going to say that.” At first, I laughed. But then, slowly, it came to me: am I really that predictable?

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Posted: September 17, 2017

  1 I came back from Brian Head feeling like a whole new person. The time away from the city, the fresh air, the feeling that comes along with writing 10,100 words in just over two days—I can’t put a price on it. It was just what I needed.

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Posted: September 10, 2017

  1 Even though I woke up too early—and with a headache from drinking too much wine and not enough water the night before—I can feel it. The drive. The urge. I know even before I open my laptop that I’m going to kill my word count today. I feel good (again, despite the headache). I feel more and more like myself as the words flow. I’m smiling as I write. It feels like so long since I’ve felt this way.  I could do this, I think. Really do this. Everything feels different when you’re up in the mountains. The…