The 40 Challenge: Day 2


Wow! That was an interesting day.


Some might say that I’ve bitten off a little more than I can chew with this 40 Challenge and well, those some would be right.


Today started early. Around 2:30 am the Man-child woke up on fire with fever. The rest of the early morning was spent administering medicine and checking to see if the fever had broken. At 6:00 am the alarm rang. Himself turned it off. Twenty minutes later a large French torpedo shot out of bed. Apparently Himself had an early morning call with Australia, thus the panic. By 6:20 am, I was drinking a cup of coffee, waving good-bye to Himself as the Man-child shouted for breakfast. The rest of the day got crazier from there.


But enough about that and on to the important stuff:


The Stats for Day 2:


Reading: 40 minutes and then some. I finished the ARC of ELSEWHERE by Jacqueline West. The book won’t hit the shelves until this summer but reserve your copies now! It’s brilliant. Sort of The PENDERWICKS meet CORALINE. I loved it and so will you.



Writing: 40 minutes writing a critique of ELSEWHERE during the Little Woman’s karate class.


Exercise: 26 minutes of yoga during the Man-Child’s nap.

                 2 minutes of sprinting out to the curb after forgetting to put out the garbage.

                 2 minutes of sprinting out to the curb after forgetting to put out the recycling.

                10 minutes running up and down the stairs as the kids brushed their teeth.



In conclusion, I did reach my 40 Challenge today – just barely. I have high hopes that the Man-Child is now feeling better thus allowing me tomorrow to go to the gym and get so real exercise. I’d also like to get some work done on my WIP and start a new book.


Hope you all had a wonderful day. Here’s to a brand new start tomorrow. I’m off to scrounge up some chocolate. Good Night!


The 40 Challenge: Day 1

Well, one day down – 39 more to go! I reached my goals today through luck, tenacity and triple dosing on the chocolate. I ran for 40 minutes, started a major rewrite of my WIP and then rounded out my hat trick with reading ELSEWHERE by Jacqueline West. (I’m not finished with the book yet but so far I adore it! The author’s voice is witty, clever and never talks down to the reader. I love books that make the reader feel smart.)

I have to admit I’m already worried about this weekend. Weekends are difficult anyway for me writing-wise. With the man-child, woman-child, himself and their various activities, play dates and birthday parties the schedule is always a little crazy.

This weekend will reach new levels of insanity since I will be gone all Saturday at the SCBWI Conference here in Houston. I’m super excited to meet all the editors, agents and authors attending. BUT HOW AM I GOING TO EXERCISE? AND WRITE? AND READ? Things I should have thought about before I started the 40 Challenge, hmm?

Well, to paraphrase Scarlett, I’ll worry about all that tomorrow. Right now I’m off to drink my mint tea and curl up with a book. Wishing you all a good night and a sunny tomorrow!