Get it, keep it, read it when you can!


I am running a 2-day FREE book promotion for my novel, At the Corner of Main & Crazy: a novel.  Much to my surprise, there were over ONE THOUSAND downloads in one day!  I had to keep rubbing my eyes, sending a screenshot to a friend to make sure I was seeing clearly. I am overwhelmed by the interest!

While the topic of mental illness is intense, the feedback is it’s an easy read with a lot of humor. Sounds like a perfect holiday read to me!

If you don’t have time to dive in now, go ahead and download it today, tuck it away, and read it when you can!

“30 me mins” – I didn’t go back to watching cat videos!

This is working for me! I’ve completed my first week of trying “30 me mins,” where I spend 30 total minutes on 3 of my hobbies each workday: drumming, German language and writing my 2nd novel. Read my previous post here.

Granted, 10 minutes on each of these a day doesn’t feel like enough time. But what I have found is that my brain now tends to think about them throughout the day: new ideas for my novel, conjugating a verb in German, drumming a paradiddle on my desk at work.

It’s given me the motivation I needed to progress in each of these hobbies, and I found I look forward to this 30 minutes everyday. Spending time on them no longer intimidates me, because I’ve time boxed them (set a specific amount of time to each).

If I feel I didn’t have enough time on any one thing, I simply make a note to work on it the next day. And maybe during the weekend I will have the time to dig in deeper on something and dedicate more time to it if I want to.

Give it a try, I recommend it!

“30 me mins” – finding time to progress your non-paying goals

Like most people, I have varied interests, and have been lacking the initiative to progress with any of them. Specifically, I want to improve my foreign language skills (German), drumming and begin my next novel. My 2 biggest concerns are lack of motivation, and being able to still give some time to my husband everyday.


As those in the work force know, having a full time job can feel just like that: full time.  After work, errands, chores, family & other commitments, it’s sometimes hard to find the energy for hobbies that don’t pay the bills. Yet it can be those very hobbies that enrich our lives!


To give myself motivation, and to respect the time for my husband, I decided I would try something I call “30 me minutes” – dedicating a short amount of time to these 3 goals. Every week day I will dedicate 30 minutes as follows:


– 10 mins language (German)
– 10 mins drums
– 10 mins writing


The order may change and the exact time may vary. The point is this will allow me to form a healthy habit. And at ten short minutes each, it’s not a daunting task to accomplish every day.


But yet, I’m still skeptical I will be able to keep to this. Will I really have 30 minutes to focus on these things every work day? Well, It’s worth a try! I will record my thoughts each day, and we will see if this truly helps me progress in my hobbies, or if it motivates me right back to lying on the couch, watching Facebook cat videos!