What’s up?

I know, I know. It’s been way too long since I last updated everyone on what I’ve been up to, but better late than never, right?

I’ve been working on Unbearable, the third instalment of my Keystone series, over the past few months and I’m happy to announce that I’m almost done! Over the next month I’ll be sending it out to my beta’s for their once over and then off to my editor! The end is in sight and I can’t wait for you all to read Tucker and Kelsey’s story! (To be honest, Tucker is my favourite by far!)

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Summer tends to be one of the more spontaneous times in the Michelau household. Mr. Michelau works shift so he gets random weekdays off so that’s when we make our trips to the city, go to the movies, and generally hangout. Camping is also one of our favourite summertime activities and we were lucky enough to get out for a few trips. It’s a great time for us to catch up with some close friends and get some much needed relaxation in.  Not to mention, reading. Lots and lots of reading.

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I’ve been doing accountability posts on Facebook with a couple of my author friends and it’s been really helping me keep up with my writing schedule. (If you are looking for some new reading material then be sure to check out Sheri Velarde and Leona Bushman.)

So, I wil promise to not only share new releases from some amazing authors, but I will also keep you updated on my progress on a regular basis.

So, I will call it a night for now. Hope you all have a good one.

 

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It’s been a hell of a few days in the Michelau household. It started with my husband starting his two weeks off. We had big plans. Yard work, catch up on some housework, and a lot of studying for him. We had great intentions but unfortunately fate had different plans.

We decided to take a quick trip to the city for a fun family day. A definite spur of the moment trip. We spent the day at the mall, allowing my daughter to browse Toys R Us for wish list ideas, I got to go to Michaels for some much needed crafty inspiration and we also stopped at our favourite coffee shops for some much needed caffeine. It was getting dark when we finally decided to head home. It takes about two hours to get home from the city and knew it was going to be around 9pm when we got home. We even promised our daughter a Harry Potter movie night when we got home, a special treat because it was the weekend.

Well, we were about a half an hour from the city when out of no where a massive bull moose launches itself out of the steep ditch. If it weren’t for my husband’s cat like reflexes, I wouldn’t be here writing this blog post. I hate to even imagine what would have happened and it makes me sick to my stomach to think of how my daughter felt in those brief moments. Luckily, we were all unharmed but I can’t say the same for the moose.

I was covered in shattered glass, it was everywhere. It was in my mouth, ears, pants, and shoes. I swear I’m still picking it out of my hair. Thankfully, I took the brunt of it. The moose’s antlers came through my side of the windshield and it continued down the entire right side of the truck.

Here are a few photos of the damage to the truck. I’m just so happy we decided to take the truck rather than the minivan. Again, this could have turned out completely different. So other than being a tad shaken up, having to deal with the RCMP, and figuring out insurance, we ended up on top.

Fingers crossed, Big Red will be fixed up good as new and very soon.

Then on top of that our feral female cat, who was pregnant had her babies yesterday. Unfortunately, I didn’t find them until this morning and one passed away. I was able to get the surviving kitten inside and coax Sophie inside to take care of the cute little fart. It’s still a pretty tense situation when I go into the room to check on them, she doesn’t know whether she wants to run away or stay with her baby.

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Is she not the cutest little thing ever!

I stocked up on some bottle feeding supplies just incase things go south and I have to take over but so far so good.

So, that’s what my week has been like. I haven’t gotten much writing done but I’m hoping to dig in and work on Unbearable within the next month or so. The colder months sure do encourage more writing time, for me anyways.

Also, since I really enjoyed sharing my quarterly goals with all of you a couple months ago I figured I would continue to do so. It helped keep accountable. I will post the list at the beginning of the quarter and I will repost the list with the tasks I accomplished at the end of the quarter.

Quarterly Goals (Oct-Nov-Dec)

  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?

As you can see there is a lot of non writing tasks on there but this is a really busy time for my husband and I around our acreage. But I feel like the writing goals of my list are a great start and if I even get half of them done I’ll be happy.

Anyways, I’ve definitely ‘talked’ your ‘ear’ off with this post and hope I haven’t lost you! Have a good week and here’s to a better week for my household!

Oh and for my Canadian fans… Happy early Thanksgiving!