Out with the old, in with the new…

How are all you fine people doing this evening? I hope you had an amazing holiday. We had a pretty low key Christmas around the Michelau household. Both sides of our family decided that early celebrations would work better for us and to be honest it was nice to be done before the big rush happened. Unfortunately, my daughter was sick for a full two weeks which made for a pretty tired and grumpy girl. Thankfully, she’s on the mend and returning to her easy going and fun loving self.

So, are you guys counting down the days until 2016 hits the dusty trail? Because we definitely are in my household. Fingers crossed 2017 doesn’t hit us like the freight train 2016 was.

So, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve last posted here but honestly it’s been a pretty slow few months. Nothing too exciting has been happening on the author front but with the new year rolling in, I’m determined to double down on my writing.

I’m not a fan of making New Years Resolutions but I feel like my quarterly goals are a perfect way to keep me motivated.

So, without further ado… here is my last massively failed round of goals.

  1. Complete 10 Harry Potter Project of Doom Blocks (Minimum)
  2. Set up author talk in Camrose
  3. Finish cleaning and setting up workout room
  4. Make book posters
  5. Write another 15K words on Unbearable (total 30K)
  6. Mortgage renewal
  7. Winterize trailer
  8. Clean up yard before winter
  9. Declutter around wood stove
  10. Outline novella (Izek)
  11. Organize and file documents
  12. Declutter office closet
  13. Purge V’s toys
  14. Set up Xmas decorations
  15. Finish sewing minky blankets
  16. Purge kitchen and pantry cupboards
  17. Deep clean kitchen
  18. Reorganize filing cabinet
  19. Make vet appointments for Fat Cat and Shesh
  20. Hang art in office.
  21. Participate in NaNoWriMo

6/21…So honestly I could definitely done much better, like they always say, you win some, you lose some. I’m not going to make any excuses, just accept it and move on.

** But I’d like to add that I did get a bunch of canning done and my husband and I put new flooring in our porch. So it wasn’t a complete loss if I add that. **

Quarterly Goals (Jan-Feb-Mar)

  1. Write another 15K words on Unbearable (total 30K)
  2. Complete 5 Harry Potter quilt blocks
  3. Finish cleaning and setting up workout room
  4. Outline novella (Izek)
  5. Put away Christmas decorations
  6. Clean barn
  7. Organize paperwork
  8. Hang art in office
  9. Market book related content at least 3 times a week
  10. Add books to Kobo, iTunes, B&N
  11. Contact Vic about cover art and editing
  12. Find advertising
  13. Plan garden

So for this round I decided to take it easy with the amount of items I listed. I wanted to make sure I caught up and finished as many as possible. How do you stay focused and on track with your goals?

So what are you guys looking forward to the most in the new year? Are you planning a trip? New job? Moving?

Anyways, I will end this post by wishing you all the best in the new year and I will begin posting regularly again come January.

If you’re interested in checking out either of my books my buy links are below.




Jess Baker thought being a leopard shifter in the small town of Blackford was the most exciting thing that was ever going to happen in her life. She wandered through life blissfully unaware of the dangers that lurked behind the seemingly peaceful façade of her hometown.

Her world is flipped upside down when the mysterious Caleb Marsh waltzes into her family’s diner. Little does she know that the intriguing stranger will be the key to her survival.

Caleb Marsh is a man on a mission. He’s been charged with the job of finding the men responsible in the deaths of shifters throughout the country. When he stumbles upon a local shifter willing to assist in any way she can he can’t help but be compelled to see where the path leads. The lines between duty and love begin to blur and Caleb must do what he does best to protect not only her but the shifter community as well. Will their bond be severed or strengthened?





Cherry Newman hasn’t been home in years, her successful career with Keystone has kept her away from her family. A panicked phone call from her mother has her rushing home to help in any way she can. Little does she know that what she thought would be a simple investigation turns into much more. Her brothers mysteriously disappear and she can’t help but suspect the worse. She recruits the devilishly handsome Jericho Trewes to help her with her with her mission.

Jericho Trewes had been looking for a pack to call his own ever since the tragic death of his parents. He thought he’d found it with the Moore’s but his whole world comes crashing down once again when the enticing Cherry Newman saunters into his life. Her questions leave him doubting everything he’d been told. She makes him believe he could have a family of his own but at what cost?



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