What I Ate in a Month – Intentional Eating – Love Yourself Lean Program

For four weeks I ate intentionally and according to a specific nutrition plan from the Love Yourself Lean Program. “Our 4-Week Coaching Program combines an online course, live group coaching, and 1-on-1 support to help you predictably boost fat loss, energy levels, and mental focus.” I’m a fan of charts and challenges and had fun documenting everything I ate in the last month along with my activity level and workouts. I’m always fascinated to look at the details and specifics of what people eat and enjoy the “what I eat in a day” videos on Youtube. I like seeing how the food is prepared and the portion sizes so I decided to take pictures of meals and snacks as much as possible. At the beginning of this program my partner and I did a Bodyscan and I was surprised that even though the scale tells me I am the same weight that I was two years ago, I’ve gained 3% bodyfat in the last 1.5 years. After we finish our P90X workout program we plan to do another Bodyscan and I’ll be able to truly see the effects of continuing with the Love Yourself Lean nutrition program.

Goals for the month:

Goal

Explanation/Comments

Cook 99% of meals (84 meals not including snacks)

I prepared 82/84 of my meals = 98%

Eat more veggies

So many veggies!

No added sugars

Kombucha with low sugar, dark chocolate, milk chocolate bar, juneberry homemade jam with small amount of white sugar

No cheese or dairy

Jalapeno cheese in the hot dog I ate, ricotta cheese in the GF pasta I made, Haggis (sheep’s milk cheese) = 4 meals out of 84 with dairy in them

64oz water/day (28 days total)

17/28 days drank >64oz water = 61%, 1744oz total or 62oz average per day

No gluten

Chicken wings, Where Ya Matt beignet and bites of prepared foods for 2/84 of the meals

No alcohol

Low sugar can of hard cider over two meals and two days near the end of the four weeks

 

From the Love Yourself Lean Program: Avoid as much as possible:

  • GLUTEN GRAINS
  • DAIRY
  • Soy
  • Artificial ingredients
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Sugar
  • Corn
  • Legumes
  • Vegetable Oils

My daily meals, snacks, water intake, activities, steps from my Oura ring counter, mile walking equivalency from my Oura ring, total burn in calories from my Oura ring, weight every morning, and any significant feelings or issues are detailed below. I noticed that the first week I craved corn chips. I could eat corn chips for every meal every day that whole week. I slowly adopted more of the nutritional guidelines into my meals after the first week while focusing on my 7 main goals.

Adventures in Veganism/Vegetarianism – One Week Vegetarian

Look ma, no meat!

I did it again… but this time instead of eliminating animal products I prioritized fruits and vegetables. What does it mean to eat vegan or vegetarian? Privilege. I can find, purchase, prepare, and consume hearty vegetables and supplement my diet with vitamins. I didn’t eat rice and beans for a week. I spent my time, effort, and money to micromanage my diet for 6 days – two of which were vegan days.

I did not plan to eat ‘vegan’ per se, because my partner wanted to try out the ‘fruit diet’ for a week. Fruits happen to be vegan! I decided that I wanted to balance my diet and prioritize vegetables instead of fruit. Because veggies! Because why not! Because macros and balance!

Here are a few of my takeaways from this round of vegan/vegetarian eating (see my previous challenge here: http://rachelbarnardvegan.blogspot.com/)

  • Planning became essential
    • Going out and picking the fruits and vegetables was essential
    • Food prep took quite a bit of time measuring, chopping, etc. Weighing foods takes so much time!
    • I created a spreadsheet with all the veggies, nuts, and fruit I bought with 1oz serving sizes and then puzzled out how to attain a good balance of fat, sugar, carb, and protein from there
    • Basic google research told me that I should be eating around 1,367 calories per day of which 40% would be protein (137g), 30% would be carbohydrates (103g), and 30% would be fats (46g). No mention of sugar… hm. I attempted to cap my sugar intake at 25g (hahaha that didn’t happen. Did you know that fruits have quite a bit of sugar? Did you know that vegetables have carbs?
  • Fresh foods take up a lot of space in the fridge (yeah, I know canned and frozen foods exist, but again privilege)
  • You can stock certain products to add balance and protein to your diet.
    • Hemp seeds/hearts are high in protein and fat and very low in sugar
    • Chia seeds have no sugar
    • Chlorella is gross and will overpower your smoothie but it is pure protein
    • Flax milk seems to be the highest of the non-dairy milks in protein with very little carbs and no sugar that I could find at our local Safeway. I don’t recommend drinking it plain but it makes a great addition to smoothies and coffee. It even tastes creamy
    • Nutritional yeast is a great protein additive for topping salads, mixing into smoothies, and hiding in a stir fry but it will also start to overpower the flavor of your food and to me it doesn’t taste at all like cheese
    • Coconut milk is a great fat and delicious for making chia pudding
  • You can eat a great volume of vegetables without consuming that many calories (not true for all vegetables). Sometimes my salads were too big for my appetite and they were less than 400 calories.
  • You don’t need to eat as many nuts as you think… if you eat them intentionally they will satisfy you and I quite like the taste of all the nuts I got (the order of my favorites that I ate would be cashews, walnuts, almonds, pecans)
  • When I cut out processed foods and sugars I didn’t experience my daily crazy hungry/bored eating/food fascination that seems to occur daily between 2pm-5pm
  • I felt more satisfied and full from my snacks/meals even though I was consuming less calories overall
  • My bowel movements changed, becoming less frequent (only once daily) and more dense and very green! The same green as if I’d consumed that black cherry Icee at the movies
  • After two days I came to the conclusion that a vegetarian is simply a vegan who eats cheese. Cheese is delicious.
  • Did I miss meat? No, I was too busy enjoying delicious fruits and veggies.

Here is my calorie consumption chart for the week (I didn’t weigh my food for Saturday)

Budget  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Calories 1300 903 928.3 1279 1313.9 1108.8
Protein 137 40.4 36.94 57.2 48.7 38.51
Carbs 103 142 118.95 160.69 132.15 145.66
Sugar 25 42.3 30.58 34.37 58.2 99.92
Fats 46 41.82 41.25 63.74 129.24 55.92

Pictured below are a few meals I ate:

Left: Portabello mushroom with cheese and egg on a bed of spinach surrounded by strawberries

Middle: Watermelon salad with feta, tomatoes, cucumbers, and lemon next to lemon sauteed asparagus (can you still call it a saute if you saute in water?)

Right: a picnic we brought to the park -to eat in our car- apples, watermelon, plums, Oreo, feta, mixed nuts, dried and salted beans

More detailed breakdown of consumption for days 1-5:

Day 1:

calories Protein Carbs Sugar fats
Smoothie 212 17.2 42.9 15.3 13.4
Snacks (1 fruit and nuts) 369 4.4 7.38 1.62 14.75
Lunch 213.8 8.54 20.22 5.11 12.9
Dinner 133.5 6.8 48.45 8.55 0.2

Day 2:

calories Protein Carbs Sugar fats
Smoothie 212 17.2 42.9 15.3 13.4
Snacks (1 fruit and nuts) 320 6.2 43.2 28.3 15.02
Lunch 236 9.5 54.6 7.6 0.7
Dinner 213.8 8.54 20.22 5.11 12.9

Day 3:

calories Protein Carbs Sugar fats
Smoothie 190 14.91 27.15 10.91 3.54
Snacks 540 12.7 66.2 14.8 30.84
Lunch 413.4 14.09 37.215 6.03 28.63
Dinner 136 15.5 30.12 2.63 0.73
1279 57.2 160.69 34.37 63.74

Day 4:

calories Protein Carbs Sugar fats
Breakfast: watermelon and feta 100.5 3.4 14.6 14.6 3
Breakfast: Nuts 211 5.6 7.1 1.5 22.44
Lunch salad: 567.4 36.3 53.4 11.8 86.7
Snack: watermelon rind salad 320 2.35 28.25 2 17
Snack: 1/2 plum 15 .25 4 3.5 .1
Snack: Candied watermelon 100 0.8 24.8 24.8 0
1313.9 48.7 132.15 58.2 129.24

Day 5:

calories Protein Carbs Sugar fats
Breakfast Smoothie 190 14.91 27.15 10.91 3.54
Snack: candied watermelon 200 1.6 49.6 49.6 0
Lunch watermelon salad 133 5.68 14.65 11.87 6.16
Snack: nuts 211 5.6 7.1 1.5 22.44
Lunch: Asparagus 99 4.9 9.0 3.9 7.2
Snack: 1/2 apple 78 .4 21 15 .3
Dinner: Salad 179.8 5.02 12.86 4.5 14.48
Dessert: Strawberry 18 .4 4.3 2.64 1.8
1108.8 38.51 145.66 99.92 55.92

 

Goals and Accomplishments from 2019 and Future Goals for 2020

Goals list of 2014
Goals list of 2015
Goals list of 2016
Goals list of 2017
Goals list of 2018


2020 Goals!!!

2020 Describe yourself in 3 words: Anxious, Quick, Analytic
2019 Describe yourself in 3 words: Driven, Efficient, Restless

2020 Describe what you want more of in 3 words: Patience, Deliberate, Calm
2019 Describe what you want more of in 3 words: Calm, Accomplished, Considerate

Theme for 2020: Hygge (2019: Minimize)

 

2019 Goals:

  1. Nail the Divine intermediate inversions combo – I ran out of classes and decided to use my remaining passes to take daytime Boudouir classes because my body was ready for a slower-paced class. I really enjoyed Missy’s classes. 
  2. Learn hand balancing moves (specifically a hand stand) – I worry about overtaxing my wrists and haven’t worked specifically on accomplishing this goal this year. I did take a handstand workshop and a one-on-one class.
  3. Take more acro yoga classes – I took a few acro yoga classes at the beginning of the year but after crossing over the initial learning curve, the classes didn’t interest me as much as pole classes. 
  4. Learn to make fluffy gluten free bread – I have been exploring cooking more this year but have only made GF bread a few times. I would like to eventually learn all the secrets to a perfect loaf but may not put this specific goal back on my list.
  5. Finish my scrapbook – I’ve decided that I don’t need a scrapbook anymore and will continue to keep my electronic records.
  6. Finish my health book through 2018 – I have my complete health records up to this year and plan to make a short version to place in my Will vault prior to my birthday in January.
  7. Management/Kanban training – Sadly the training I was signed up for to start in January of 2020 was not funded. I will wait to see if the next session in the fall will be funded and continue to look for more training opportunities.
  8. Learn massage techniques – My SO bought me an all-day workshop at a local massage school and I loved it! 
  9. Dog sit/walk a corgi – I was able to walk two corgis this year.
  10. Goat/cat yoga – I didn’t get around to signing up for this class and probably won’t unless with my dance group due to the high price of the class.
  11. Volunteer at Thrill the World and perform for the 5th year! I knew I was going to check this off the list… 
  12. Learn Turkish (get through the 12 modules on my Rosetta Stone app) – I’m proud of this accomplishment. I have stuck with my casual and slow learning of Turkish all year. Am I fluent? Not even close. I will continue to work on my vocabulary and grammar next year.

 

Of my 12 goals for 2019, I can officially cross off 5 of them. As the year progressed my priorities changed. I no longer wish to work on some of these goals at all and I no longer wish to prioritize others. For my travel dreams (Corgi Con, Pole expo, Blind Café, Herb Farm or a Michelin-starred restaurant) I didn’t do any of them. One of these years Corgi Con won’t also fall on the same weekend as something else I plan to do. Pole expo is quite expensive and I would only go with one of my pole sisters. If my SO and I travel to another city with a Blind Cafe we might check it out. Herb Farm or Michelin-starred restaurant will wait until I have much more cash to throw away on an extravagantly-priced meal or if we happen to be close by and can snag a reservation to one of the infamous Michelin restaurants. 

 

2020 Goals:

Each month I have written an accountability and check in post
January 2019
February 2019
March 2019
April 2019
May 2019
June 2019
July 2019
August 2019
September 2019
October 2019
November 2019

I have broken out my goals into the following categories:

Fitness

I want to try out some small lifestyle change style challenges. I wanted to spend each month focusing on a different aspect of health and fitness. Here are my ideas so far: stretching every morning, increasing my water intake, cooking all my own food, reading more self-growth books, eating more veggies, biking/running, reducing my sugar intake. I very much enjoy the Blogilates challenges and may continue to use those challenges and/or the monthly calendar.

Finances

  1. Max out my Roth IRA, 401k and HSA contributions
  2. Build up my emergency savings to 6 months
  3. Save 50% of my income

Writing

  1. Deplete my physical book inventory
  2. Break even on Ataxia and At One’s Beast
  3. Revamp my website
  4. Write 4 short stories
  5. Send out 4 newsletters
  6. Publish a new coloring book

For January here are my specific goals:

Financial: Sign/notarize my will, finish adding beneficiaries to all my banking/investing accounts, choose and purchase disability insurance, finalize my automatic money flow, finish updating my death binder, connect all my sources of side income to my new business banking account, and go through my budget and spending for 2019 and work on my 2020 budget.

Fitness: 10 minutes of stretching every morning (splits stretching for beginners), work through the Blogilates January calendar to get more exercise daily

Writing: Run a book giveaway, send out a birthday wish to buy my print inventory (at a discount), pull At One’s Beast and Ataxia from everything but Amazon and then enroll in KDP select, add a purchasing print book option to my website, author tea date with two local authors, send out queries to previous reviewed authors for free print book, send newsletter as 2019 wrap up and 2020 look ahead, research possible new coloring book and cost, research writer’s conferences and costs for 2020, create Donuts Books marketing plan for 2020 in June, review at least one Indie book

Goals and Accomplishments from 2018 and Future Goals for 2019

Goals list of 2014
Goals list of 2015
Goals list of 2016
Goals list of 2017

Goals list of 2018:

Writing:

  • Finish one novel writing project – I stopped writing this year and haven’t finished any other writing-related projects.
  • Plan and execute my children’s picture book I’ve put on hold for years – Again, haven’t worked on any writing-related projects
  • Submit to the PNWA contest – I did and I won second place in the short story contest!
  • Send Flora’s Last Chance for Magic to 20 publishers/agents/editors – I didn’t do this, but I did send it to one agent I know
  • Create Rachel’s guide to donuts in and around Seattle – haha not

Physical:

  • Handspring to Ayesha – I can do this with a spot
  • Create a demo reel – never got around to this
  • Learn a breakdance party move – I still want to do this!
  • Level up inversions at Divine – I never went consistently enough for this to happen

2019 Goals!!!

Describe yourself in 3 words: Driven, Efficient, Restless

Describe what you want more of in 3 words: Calm, Accomplished, Considerate

Theme for 2019: Minimize

 

2019 Goals:

  1. Nail the Divine intermediate inversions combo
  2. Learn hand balancing moves (specifically a hand stand)
  3. Take more acro yoga classes
  4. Learn to make fluffy gluten free bread
  5. Finish my scrapbook
  6. Finish my health book through 2018
  7. Management/Kanban training
  8. Learn massage techniques
  9. Dog sit/walk a corgi
  10. Goat/cat yoga
  11. Volunteer at Thrill the World and perform for the 5th year!
  12. Learn Turkish (get through the 12 modules on my Rosetta Stone app)

 

Travel Dreams:

  1. Corgi Con
  2. Pole expo
  3. Blind Café
  4. Herb Farm or a Michelin-starred restaurant

Author Goals and Accomplishments from 2017 and Future Goals for 2018

Goals list of 2014

Goals list of 2015

Goals list of 2016

Goals list of 2017:

  1. Publish Seize the Donut (for the Love of Donuts Book 2) on National Donut Day – June 2nd, 2017
    1. Nailed it! 
  2. Edit my short stories – Celebrity Dreamscapes, Smart Fraud, The Man Who Never Slept
    1. I submitted these stories to Norwescon’s Fairwood Writer’s Workshops and then only actually edited one of them…
  3. Send out my short stories for publication!
    1. Nope. Not at all
  4. Version 2 of At One’s Beast (edit, revise, re-release)
    1. Didn’t even look at this
  5. Find an agent for Flora’s Last Chance for Magic
    1. I sent Flora out to three agents… And all of them said no.
  6. Find a publisher or artist for my children’s picture book
    1. Nope.
  7. Write and art for children’s picture book about pole dance
    1. This was an idea I had?
  8. Write a children’s picture book about dad catch phrases or dad puns
    1. You can see where this is going… Nope.
  9. Revise Aster & Tilde
    1. I want to collaborate with someone on this (hey sister!)
  10. Write Aster & Tilde book 2 and plan out the series
    1. Nope.
  11. Review 1 Indie book a week
    1. Almost! I reviewed 49 books this year 🙂
  12. Go to Emerald City Writer’s Conference again
    1. I decided to save my money for a vacation outside the country instead.
  13. Start editing Dollars to Donuts (for the Love of Donuts book 3)
    1. I decided that I might not even publish this book and focus on my romance series instead
  14. Publish Nichole’s Book of Awesome Things (for the Love of Donuts accompaniment 2) for release with Seize the Donut
    1. Yes! And it was done. Practically Done.
  15. Create a coloring book of donuts (for the Love of Donuts accompaniment 3) for release in the winter
    1. Woohoo I did this too!
  16. Create an audio book of my poetry book
    1. Nope. Didn’t even try.
  17. YouTube video 1x/month
    1. Yeah… I don’t care for video editing – but I am posting on social media more.
  18. Get 500 Instagram followers
    1. Nope.
  19. Reach 250 Facebook likes on author page
    1. I’m at 189 likes
  20. Reach 250 Facebook friends
    1. I did this!
  21. Mile in 10 minutes
    1. Fastest mile time was 9:26
  22. 50 push-ups in one go
    1. Yes!
  23. Inversions other side solid
    1. Done!
  24. Shoulder mount
    1. Oh yeah!
  25. Level up inversions at Divine
    1. I’m now in intermediate inversions and almost ready to pass to advanced inversions
  26. Dance performance
    1. I performed three times!
  27. 200 pole classes lifetime
    1. I’m up to 279 pole classes lifteime
  28. 10 pull ups
    1. I never tested this, but I’m probably only able to do 5-7 on a good day

2018 Goals!!! Writing and Beyond:

Writing:

  • Finish one novel writing project
  • Plan and execute my children’s picture book I’ve put on hold for years
  • Submit to the PNWA contest
  • Send Flora’s Last Chance for Magic to 20 publishers/agents/editors
  • Create Rachel’s guide to donuts in and around Seattle

Physical:

  • Handspring to Ayesha
  • Create a demo reel
  • Learn a breakdance party move
  • Level up inversions at Divine

Author Goals and Accomplishments from 2016 and Future Goals for 2017

Goals list of 2014

Goals list of 2015

 

Goals list of 2016:

  1. At One’s Beast available in King County Libraries
    1. I didn’t submit this book to the library becuase I decided to revise and republish version 2!
  2. Donuts in an Empty Field (For the Love of Donuts Book 1) published
    1. Yes!!! Check it out HERE
  3. Start my retirement fund
    1. Yes! I started an IRA and put money in it!
  4. Create a food/board game
    1. No, totally forgot about this one….
  5. Watch a roller derby
    1. Yess!! I even got to dress up, see it here
  6. Finish Flora’s Last Chance for Magic and submit to publishers
    1. Yes and no. I finished writing, editing, proofing, and getting a cover, but I’ve only submitted the book to one agent
  7. Re-revise My Dad the Prepper and send it out to new publishers
    1. Yes! I revised this book and sent it out to new publishers and I’ve already received several rejections (I’m up to 11 so far on this project)
  8. Make a box set case for upcoming series For the Love of Donuts using this website
    1. Forgot about this one too because I only have one book so far in the series!
  9. Publish the anthology “Stories from Seattle” with all proceeds to go to my favorite goat rescue PSGR
    1. Tabled this because nobody knew about submissions, but I did submit to a Hot MC biker chick anthology 😉
  10. Finish my brother’s recipe book so he can publish it
    1. Tabled this one as he lost interest in completing this project
  11. Publish Cafe Connections (Aster & Tilde book 1) on 10/31/16
    1. HA ha ha. I have so far to go on editing for this! I want Aster & Tilde books 1 and 2 (editing and rewrites) to be my project for Nano 2017
  12. Get professional author photos
    1. Nope. I have enough amateur photos for now…
  13. Learn a special dance or solo
    1. Sigh. Tabled. But I did choose the perfect song to learn once I get around to it!
  14. Bask in a sea of donuts
    1. No. Tabled this one as well because I haven’t sourced these donuts yet.

2017 Goals!!! Writing and Beyond:

Writing:

  • Publish Seize the Donut (for the Love of Donuts Book 2) on National Donut Day – June 2nd, 2017
  • Edit my short stories – Celebrity Dreamscapes, Smart Fraud, The Man Who Never Slept
  • Send out my short stories for publication!
  • Version 2 of At One’s Beast (edit, revise, re-release)
  • Find an agent for Flora’s Last Chance for Magic
  • Find a publisher or artist for my children’s picture book
  • Write and art for children’s picture book about pole dance
  • Write a children’s picture book about dad catch phrases or dad puns
  • Revise Aster & Tilde
  • Write Aster & Tilde book 2 and plan out the series
  • Review 1 Indie book a week
  • Go to Emerald City Writer’s Conference again
  • Start editing Dollars to Donuts (for the Love of Donuts book 3)
  • Publish Nichole’s Book of Awesome Things (for the Love of Donuts accompaniment 2) for release with Seize the Donut
  • Create a coloring book of donuts (for the Love of Donuts accompaniment 3) for release in the winter
  • Create an audio book of my poetry book
  • YouTube video 1x/month
  • Get 500 Instagram followers
  • Reach 250 Facebook likes on author page
  • Reach 250 Facebook friends
  • Reach 250 Twitter followers
  • Get to 2000 newsletter subscribers

Physical:

  • Mile in 10 minutes
  • 50 push-ups in one go
  • Inversions other side solid
  • Shoulder mount
  • Level up inversions at Divine
  • Dance performance
  • 200 pole classes lifetime
  • 10 pull ups

 

 

All About the Donuts: Donuts in an Empty Field (For the Love of Donuts Book 1) Publication Day June 3rd!

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You don’t have to wait until June 3rd to experience donuts and challenges. You can get your copy of Vanessa’s Book of Awesome Things by Rachel Barnard right now!

This little accompaniment book to Donuts in an Empty Field (For the Love of Donuts Book 1) has a lot of super cool (awesome) things in it.

This book has: The Food Challenge, Tips to Help You Win a Food Challenge, 10 Challenges at 10, Facts About Corgis, 20 Challenges at 20, The Secret of Tree Beach, Fat Boy Run, 30 Challenges at 30, Your Local Hangout, 40 Challenges at 40, Reasons to Bask in a Sea of Puppies, 50 Challenges at 50, Kale is Not a Curse Word, Doughnuts Recipe, Object Scavenger Hunt, Photo Scavenger Hunt, To Do with Donuts, Yes or No?, Top Ten Worst Donut Flavors, Top Ten Donuts You Have to Try, For the Love of Donuts Books, Donuts in an Empty Field Chapter One, About the Author

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From Vanessa’s Book of Awesome Things – 20 Challenges at 20:

How many have you done?

1 Gallop on a horse  Yes
2 Fast for a day  Yes
3 Donate blood  Yes
4 Swim with dolphins  Not yet
5 Ride a Segway  Yes
6 Ride in a limo  Not yet
7 Stay awake for 48 hours straight  Not Sure
8 Participate in a headphone dance party  Yes
9 Spend 3 hours in a Walmart  Yes
10 Go night swimming  Yes
11 Wrestle a friend in the sand  Yes
12 Attempt a world challenge  Not officially
13 Make up your own lyrics to a popular song  Yes
14 Participate in a zombie walk  Yes
15 Hide a geocache  Yes
16 Learn a magic trick  Yes
17 Take your parents on a date and pay for everything  Yes
18 Dress up and go out on any day but Halloween  Yes
19 Write a positive note and leave it in a library book  Not yet
20 Dumpster dive  Yes

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Donuts in an Empty Field (For the Love of Donuts Book 1)

Letting go of anger is life’s greatest challenge.

Vanessa Smith hasn’t been the same since her father’s death. A hero until the end, he died saving a restaurant owner’s wife and son from a burning building. Nessa has always blamed the boy, Ben, for her loss, and her thoughts are consumed with ways to make him as miserable as she is.

Nichole Adams knows Nessa can never heal until she learns to let go of her hatred, but bringing back her best friend is proving more difficult than she could’ve imagined. In a last ditch effort to break Nessa’s obsession, Nichole hopes signing up for the local food challenge is just the thing to bust her out of her shell.

A single choice defines the road ahead for Nessa. Doing the right thing isn’t easy, but living with the consequences of doing nothing might be worse.

Author Goals and Accomplishments from 2015 and Future Goals for 2016

Remember this post back in 2014?

2015 Writing Goals:

  1. Create audiobook version of poetry book, Wandering Imagination
  2. Write manuscript for book 1 of Fantasy trilogy
  3. Send Children’s Book to Publishers
  4. Write manuscript of The Geocache Killer
  5. Get At One’s Beast 15 reviews (Currently have: Goodreads -13, Amazon -11)
  6. Get Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams 20 reviews (Currently have: Goodreads -9, Amazon -9)
  7. Finished and Published audiobook copy of At One’s Beast
  8. Submit some short stories to contests/publications
  9. Finish YA manuscript Donuts in an Empty Field

How did I do?

I didn’t create the audiobook for my poetry book yet but I futzed with Paul’s recording equipment and think I’m ready to get this one done next year in preparation for narrating my own audiobook for Donuts in an Empty Field (For the Love of Donuts Book 1).

I’ve decided not to write that fantasy trilogy I talked about, yet that is because I started a different sort of trilogy and it took off with my imagination. I’m set to publish Cafe Connections (Aster & Tilde Book 1) Halloween of 2016 unless it is picked up by a traditional publisher. Stay tuned for more information on that book.

I didn’t send any manuscripts to publishers or agents this year as I was busy writing more books! I have more plans to submit other books to publishers though 🙂

I decided I’m still not ready to write The Geocache Killer, but when I’ve got a handle on thriller/mystery as a genre, I will totally pick this one back up and write it.

At One’s Beast has 26 Goodreads reivews and 18 Amazon reviews, so I’m calling this one done.

Ataxia has 15 Goodreads reviews and 15 Amazon reviews which I think is good enough to check this one off the list

At One’s Beast is available as an audiobook, since early 2015 in fact!

I have been submitting to the Writer’s of the Future of this year and will be submitting to anthologies and other publication opportunities next year.

I haven’t finished Donuts in an Empty Field yet but I’m working on the third draft as we speak for publication June 3rd, 2016.


 

Goals for 2016

  1. At One’s Beast available in King County Libraries
  2. Donuts in an Empty Field (For the Love of Donuts Book 1) published
  3. Start my retirement fund
  4. Create a food/board game
  5. Watch a roller derby
  6. Finish Flora’s Last Chance for Magic and submit to publishers
  7. Re-revise My Dad the Prepper and send it out to new publishers
  8. Make a box set case for upcoming series For the Love of Donuts using this website
  9. Publish the anthology “Stories from Seattle” with all proceeds to go to my favorite goat rescue PSGR
  10. Finish my brother’s recipe book so he can publish it
  11. Publish Cafe Connections (Aster & Tilde book 1) on 10/31/16
  12. Get professional author photos
  13. Learn a special dance or solo
  14. Bask in a sea of donuts

First Draft Complete at 40k: Flora’s Last Chance for Magic

How do you celebrate finishing a first draft?

Challenge (4)

I like to do it with cake….

Flora finished fanfare: from Vanessa’s Book of Awesome Things – Challenge from 30 at 30, number 18: “pie/cake in the face”

Challenge (7)

Challenge (6)  Challenge (8)

When I started the first draft: 4/13/15
When I finished the first draft: 8/8/15
Total days to completion: 117 days or 3 months, 26 days

What I did differently in writing this novel: after writing the first chapter and the summary I wrote a complete outline

The first chapter: I rewrote several times

Fun fact: This novel is based on the short story Magicas Quotient I wrote in May of 2014 and submitted to WOTF second quarter in 2015. I was inspired to write it into a middle grade fantasy novel after reading Sara Supernatural by the local author Tiffany Belcher.
Total number of words in Flora’s Last Chance for Magic draft one: 40,283

The last two sentences of the manuscript:

Challenge (3)

The aftermath of the celebration:

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Check out the video from the event!

Thanks to Paul for taking video and cake to the face.