Goals for Fall & Winter 2018~

25 September 2018

 

Hello, everyone!!! πŸ˜€

 

I am BACK!!! Back and ready to roll! πŸ™‚

 

Some of you may be wondering where I was for two months. Well, I had been busily studying away to get my insurance producer license. For a month and a half, I took classes and studied for four exams for Property & Casualty insurance – only one in which I passed on the first try. Monday of last week, I finally passed the final exam. Along that time, I had sacrificed every evening to studying. My life only consisted of church, work, and eating. Friday evenings were the only time I used to spend with my husband. Otherwise, I was studying away, and I learned a lot and it was so very worth it. But now, I am back, and so excited to discover what God has planned for our lives. I’m also so excited for evenings spent with my husband again, and free time to do chores around the house, hobbies such as writing, knitting, reading, and playing piano. I’m so excited to get back into the business of writing and editing again – Lord knows how much I missed it.

 

Therefore, below is a list of goals I hope to accomplish before the end of this year, 2018. Hope you all enjoy, and comment your two-cents worth as well. I also enjoy hearing from fellow followers.

 

  • Finish editing my completed manuscript, “The Dead Sister” and send back to my beta reader.
  • Complete my knitting project (round table decoration runner) and give as a gift to somebody this Christmas.
  • Play a couple piano songs that will influence me as a pianist, songs I’ve been waiting to complete for a long time.
  • Get 2-3 novels read before the end of the year, including the newest book from my favorite author, Kate Morton: “The Clockmaker’s Daughter” (so excited!).
  • Get more organized around the house and maybe do some planning about the kind of decorations I’d like in our new home next year.
  • Start learning to sew by beginning a sewing project with my mother.
  • Start writing a new book with a catching title and a beautiful, thrilling storyline.

 

Now, it’s your turn! If you wish to join in the fun, let’s get to know each other better, people πŸ™‚ Copy and paste the list below into your comments and complete it, or else send me a message if you prefer not to say. I’d love to get to know my followers better – whether you’re on WordPress only, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram πŸ™‚ Come, and let’s be friends!

 

Hope to talk to you soon! Below is the list:

 

  1. Your favorite fall activity is:
  2. Your favorite fall hobby:
  3. Such hobbies such as knitting and sewing are_____________.
  4. Who is your favorite author?
  5. Favorite book genre?
  6. Favorite past-time?
  7. Outdoor or indoor person?
  8. Coffee, tea, or neither?
  9. Preferred weekend activity?
  10. State or province you live in?
  11. What you’d like my page to show more of? (Be appropriate, please.) __________________
  12. Was this list a good idea? Yes or No?

 

Blessings always,

 

JMK~

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Being Patient as a Knit-Wit

Hello, everyone,

I’m sure we all have noticed the cool changes I’ve been making to my website lately πŸ™‚ I hope everyone is loving as much as I am. Dark green is the new “awesome,” don’t you all agree??

I’ve been thinking lately, as always (and no, the big announcement hasn’t come yet; see my website sidebar for more details), and I’ve come to the decision that instead of beginning my knitting projects in the fall like I usually do, I’ll start them this summer! Knitting is so much fun, so why put off one of my favorite hobbies for then when I can do it now?!

Today, my husband and in-laws and myself stopped at a cheap furniture place. They have the nicest stuff on sale for cheap. Like, a cedar chest that doesn’t have a single scratch on it is on sale for only $100. Really! Who knew such nice stuff could be on sale for so cheap. I am thankful for such places. After all, then we will not have to buy expensive items and virtually waste our money.

But anyway, we found an old spinning wheel when we were there, and I was like, “Wow!” You see such items mainly only in old movies. “Sleeping Beauty” was in a big rave about it, LOL. I had also seen it at a knitting studio in town, though, and was instantly curious. Why still use such an ancient contraption in today’s tech-savvy world? I want one.

Remember that scene in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” when Harry was studying the scarf of yarn being knitted magically by itself? Well, sometimes I wish I can have that happen for me. I get so impatient with knitting sometimes, mainly because I do not have the patience to sit through an entire ordeal of figuring out the situation of knit vs purl, different sized needles to use, etc. Well, I’ve decided that since I taught myself this hobby to begin with, I am just going to stick with it and learn new items and new knitting designs this summer! Yay!

I already have a ton of stuff I am busy with, folks. I have a husband and two cats, a home, a job, am of course a writer who devotes time daily to do it, play piano, teach Sunday school, construct the church bulletin, as well as extra projects as needed. I am one busy girl. I know this Big Surprise will make me much, much busier, too, which I am very certain I will love.

So I suppose I am writing this blog post to say, quite simply, expect much more exciting things coming from me soon! πŸ™‚ These things associated with knitting project fun, as opposed to only writing, although that is still fun, too. πŸ˜‰ Oh, and it’s my birthday on Monday. Not trying to brag or anything, though. Birthdays only come once a year, after all. It is just exciting. πŸ™‚

Have a good week, everyone. πŸ™‚

JMK~

The Mysterious Secrets of a Blank Mind ~

Hello everyone,

And yes, if you didn’t understand my title, I am a writer and I do have writer’s block. 😦 I’m struggling with my current novel (see Current Novel page),Β with my black cat Felix’s tail looping over my keyboard, and I am staring at a blank screen. I usually don’t enjoy donating plasma and writing in one day, since I’m often found drinking ten gallons of water, haha. But I decided to be a little more productive today.

While I was donating plasma, though, I was skimming through Pinterest and found a ton of writing pins that I liked quite a lot. They gave me a lot of great inspiration, too (as I slam yet another bottled water), and I decided to share some inspiration with you. So here are the top sixΒ ways to get over writer’s block and start writing like you should!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

1.) Write about what you love that won’t get published. Remember those writing exercises you did in creative writing classes in middle high school, high school, or college? Neither do I. But anyway, write about your favorite memory growing up, your favorite food, write about your pets, or just whatever you like. Let your mind explore the possibilities.

2.) Watch your favorite movie. This always inspires me, because after all, most movies are based off of books.

3.) Read your favorite novel, or just excerpts from it. Aside from the Bible, my favorite novel of all time is “The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton. The smallest or greatest word, beautifully sewn in intricately perfect font, is such passionate artwork to me. That really makes me want to write as great a story as a fantastic author.

4.) Outline your book on a separate sheet of paper, or in a notepad, or even on a Microsoft Word document sheet. This particular exercise helps me sometimes, but not all the time.

5.) Get away from the story for a while and let your mind wander. While you’re in the shower, or brushing your teeth in the morning or evening, imagine yourself in the character(s) shoes. Where would they go from here? What happens next and how can they go about it? This especially helps me whenever I am desperately craving a lot more passionate artwork in my own writing, like now, haha.

6.) Don’t be afraid of making the first draft a dud. That’s what editing and rewriting is for! Write out the scenes that are bugging your mind most. Get all of those good and ugly scenes out of your mind, and then polish them later. When I wrote my debut novel, “The Magic Suitcase,” this helped me a lot. When you don’t feel like writing this scene, or if you’re like me and its the only scene of the book left to write (I tend to skip around a lot when I write, which also helps me), just vomit it all out and worry about polishing it later. It’s only when we learn to like and enjoy that particular scene when it deserves the most effort and also when we give it the best effort. πŸ™‚

My surprise should be hopefully posted on my blog this week, so keep your eyes peeled for exciting news soon!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Have a blessed week πŸ™‚

JMK~

6 Dozen Cookies, Here We Go! :)

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HelloΒ everyone,

Let’s break away from books for today to give you all a fun recipe to try! Thank you for This Recipe Websitefor the fun recipe I tried for M & M Cookies! πŸ™‚

They came out huge though so make sure that when you spoon them out on your cookie sheet, they are in small dabs of dough from the teaspoons you use. Also, make sure your cookie sheets are well greased.

I made 6 dozen cookies for my church ladies class. That way, each lady in the class has 6 new dozen cookies to bring home! I encourage you to try this with your own church or even when hanging out with a group of friends. It’s fun! πŸ™‚

The only non-fun part was having a certain black cat of mine in the way, trying to sample my cookies! πŸ˜‰

Here are the ingredients:

2 1/2 c all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 c brown sugar
2 eggs
1 c butter, or 8 tbsp, softened
2 c whole M&Ms candies
3/4 c granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees, baking for 8-11 mins

***Beat butter and sugars until softened, then beat everything else together in the same large bowl. Should make a little over a dozen cookies, depending on how big you make the dabs of dough on the cookie sheet.

If you have any questions, please comment below! πŸ™‚ Also, like my
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Happy Baking! πŸ™‚

No M&Ms were harmed at the making of these treats.

JMK~ πŸ™‚