We are a week into the new year. It’s time to have your goals written. Over the last several weeks, I’ve pondered this. I really want to achieve a higher percentage of my goals this year. So, I will have fewer of them and more meaningful. As writers, we are all about goals. Word count, time spent, pages complete, deadlines. Here it is, my 2016 writing goal is to finish my book. That’s it. Just get it done. I’m close, very close and just need to commit to doing what it takes, the right word count, the right amount of time writing, the right formatting on the pages. I’m going to complete the manuscript and have it ready for a good editor before the year is up.

The goal is written and I’m sharing it with you so that you are now part of my accountability.

What will be fun in the journey to accomplish this will be to see what other work comes out of it. No doubt that as more writing is done and the completion of a project, I’m guessing another story will creep up and more characters will asked to be written.

What do you think? Are your goals written?



Sept. 16th

Dear Maggie,

Dad was thrilled to have all of us land at his cabin. As much as he likes living alone, he said it was fun for the weekend to have all the noise and activity around. I didn’t remember that Labor Day was the time that they learned of mom’s illness. He remembers all those key dates and he misses her.

Hope Jen had fun. Mark thought she was a scream! She is so opposite of him and his scientific mind. He’s still trying to try and figure out how she thinks. All the way home Mark talked about her and Steve just shook his head and told him to give up; he would never understand a woman’s mind, much less one like Jen’s.

Listen, have to close and run to class. I love you.


September 10th

Dear Dan,

Oh my, I feel like I got a full dose of time with you last weekend! The lake was a blast and I completely enjoyed meeting your roommates, Mark and Steve. You have my approval to live with them (I know you three were worried). Let them know that next time we will be ready to cream them in spades! Jen said to tell you all she had fun and thanks for the invite.

Tell your dad thanks for letting us “drop in” on him and his cabin.  Not sure his holiday was all that relaxing with the five of us there. Hopefully we didn’t scare all the fish awayJ. He has done some amazing work on the cabin, it is much more comfortable than the last time we were there.

Mom, of course wasn’t pleased with me for not coming home and going to grandmother’s with her. I’ll have to run home for a night next weekend; started my job at the mall so I’ll work part of the weekend.

Thank you for all of your encouragement about school and finishing. I will start getting my resume together and feelers out on jobs. It’d be great to walk out of graduation and into a job. As much as I would love to find something there, I’m going to look in both places to give me more options.

Off to do laundry and read a few hundred pages. I love you sweetie. You are never far from my heart or thoughts.



I write, therefore I am a writer.  However, I am most looking forward to being an author, published and paid.  My novel, The Parking Lot Cafe, is in the process of re-writes and edits.  Stay tuned, before their story begins, Maggie and Dan have several letters to share.

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