Thursday, March 30, 2017

I may be a goal addict...

I've always done best when setting goals for myself. I find it's a way to overcome my attention issues at least to a certain degree. It's not just about setting some big seemingly unreachable goal. Nope, its about breaking that down into manageable steps, that will steadily progress toward that goal. It's a process that I honestly love.

Every year I buy a daily planner, one that has both days and month sections. I write my big goals in the note section so that I can check them often and stay focused. Then I break those down to monthly chunks, and yes write those in too. After than then divide it out by day. Not counting chores I can't get out of, I make five or more goals for every day. They aren't big things at all. But in no time at all they add up and change my world.

One of my bigger goals is to finish the championship on two of my Cocker girls this year. The small steps for that is something like...

weekly: brush Ari, bathe Ari, trim Ari.

That is three small goals that I can check off in less than an hour, usually. 35 of these goals a week really add up. And yes, I do offer myself rewards for a job well done. If I get more than 35 goals complete in  a week, then I buy myself an iTunes song. I'm pretty cheap so I'm not willing to make my reward very expensive, but even I can spend a buck here or there. As a bonus, I often play my hard won songs while working on the next goals. :)

This week's goals are mostly focused on the house. I must be working up to spring cleaning. Oh! And I've been working on a cafepress site with a bunch of possible designs.

And I'm working on writing too, Amethyst  is my focus. I'm not going to let my writer attention wander until I can finish up the Amethyst trilogy. For those who didn't know, Amethyst 2  has been finished for a loooonnnng time. When submitted to Carina, it was turned down, massively revised and still turned down.  So it has been sitting on the sidelines (holding my broken heart) until now. I'm slowly working up to a whole new version for book two, even a new name. So if there is anyone still thinking about Toni, Ben and Amethyst, hang in there. This time if it won't work at Carina, I'll find some other way to get it out there to the readers.

Until next time,
Shannon

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Beyond the Bio

I promised to talk more about the real me, so now, where to start?

Well my bio talks about my dogs and dog showing. I've been breeding and showing AKC Cocker Spaniels for nearly 35 years. I started showing with my parents when I was around eight. (Don't do the math!) I love my dogs. Each and every one that I've had has been special in their own way regardless if they were a winner or a rescue. You can learn about me and my life with dogs on our website www.barrelvalley.com.

I probably should have started with my name. *grin* Goes to show how important my dogs are to me.  The name L. Shannon is not exactly my real name. As is common for writers I decided from the beginning to use a pen name. I have a degree in teaching special education and just in case I ever decided to use it again I wanted  to keep the two worlds separate. My real name is Shannon. Married name McCracken. So there you have it, its fine to just keep calling me Shannon. :)

Another amusing tidbit, I have a day job as a sales associate at Tractor Supply. *laugh* They have taken plenty of my money over the years so 5 years back I decided to take some of theirs too. It was my first job in retail and in the beginning I found it a bit difficult. But now I usually enjoy it more than is fair for a "job".

Until next time,
Shannon

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I may be a goal addict.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

I'm still alive.

In case anyone reads this.... I'm still alive.

It has been a long while since my last post and I'm sorry to have been missing so long. I feel bad for abandoning my readers and characters but I had my own story line that I had to follow through to the end.

I don't usually talk about my personal life very much but I'm  going to try to change that bad habit and learn to share a bit more about me and my life.

For the past two years, my husband and I were trying to expand our family. Unfortunately, even with specialist help, pregnancy isn't going to happen and once I faced that reality I found it to be a rather crushing blow. Getting past that is proving difficult even as we are considering our options, including adoption.

Now that children are looking to be less possible, my friends, family and even my characters are even more precious. With that in mind, I am planning to stay in touch better. If I disappear again, feel free to give a yell at me.

Until next time,
Shannon


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I'm coming out of my writer closet... More about me beyond the bio.