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Bye-Bye March. Here comes April! (Contest)
Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

UPDATE: The winner is…Mechelle!


March was… It’s hard to describe. Crazy busy, super annoying. Big happy wins and crotchety pain-in-ass (literally) setbacks.

On the health front… I started the month still recovering from a busted tailbone, but by the third week, I sat comfortably (with a donut, still). My hand (last September’s fall) is still wonky and I met with the ortho guy who said the continued tightness and swelling are all normal, and if I keep doing my hand exercises, I should, someday, be able to curl my fist again and open a damn jar. Good news on the medical front? I had my second COVID shot and my dd had her first! Now, we have the 16 and 17-year-olds scheduled, too. We’re slowly getting there, but still masking and distancing, and will continue to do so until they have vaccines for the little ones.

On the work front… I finished writing Hardman and published it! Woot! Thanks to everyone who read it and left a review. Reviews are so appreciated! I also completed 5 editing projects, two of which were loooonnng. They kicked my ass, but they are out the door! I got the rights back to some old books I published through some traditional houses a while ago, so I added them to my work schedule because they need a refurb, and one set of stories needs a readthrough because I want to write more in the series. To say the least, I’m super stoked.

On the art front… I am still slogging through the #100daychallenge, although I’m about ten days behind. Here are some of my favorites so far…


I completed my April calendar yesterday, and it already needs some fixes. I think April is going to be that kind of month—one where I have to be fluid and roll to evade the bombs and sinkholes. The big thing in April is that I have to write a book and publish it. Yeah, I haven’t written page one, but I generally do best when I’m running on adrenaline, and a hard deadline gooses me into creativity.

That book is Hot SEAL, In His Memory, and it’s going to be a hard one for me to write because it deals with the loss of a friend and a husband. If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy…

Hot SEAL, In His Memory

Pre-order your copy here!

As for editing gigs, I presently have two scheduled, but I had that many scheduled for March as well, and look what happened! So, I’m hoping I’ll have the first couple of weeks pretty free to dive into my new story.

On the homefront, I’ve begun work to get the green scum out of the pool. That’s always a weeks-long thing. I can’t wait to swim!!!!! And my dd is putting in a garden. We’re hoping it does well and that we have a summer full of lettuce, cucumbers, strawberries, blueberries, peppers, and more! I love admiring the “fruits” of her labor, but diggin’ in dirt is not my thing. I’ll maintain the pool, thank you very much.

And I plan to catch up on the art challenge, too. I’m getting better at it, I think. But the purpose is to connect with my creative center. Writing has become a job in my mind. I need to find that spark again.

So, I’d love to hear whether you had big wins in March and plans for April! Chime in for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card!

14 comments to “Bye-Bye March. Here comes April! (Contest)”

  1. Mechelle
    · March 31st, 2021 at 11:35 am · Link

    Life has been the same for me, mostly working remote. And buying all the things to get ready for my first grandchild, a sweet boy,due in July šŸ™‚

  2. Laura
    · March 31st, 2021 at 11:52 am · Link

    Well April and May will be big at my house. I have to prep the land for 940 trees that will be planted for wind break on the property lines to the east and west. I also want to prep the land to plant clover around the ponds I had dug last year on the lower 4 acres(river flats). I also want to be able to cut the grass between the 1200 trees planted on the river flats this year. Last year we let everything go wild to get the plants and trees established.

    I also have wild flowers to plant in 2 different gardens and on a 1/2 acre of my land for the bees I bought for hives this year.

    Once everything is planted it will be just a matter of maintaining it.

  3. Debbie Caswell
    · March 31st, 2021 at 3:17 pm · Link

    We are in Autumn heading towards winter so it will be fairly quite here. Just a bit of pruning of the plants that went rampant over early autumn when we got all that rain Luckily we have planted mainly natives so they are easy to maintain

  4. Colleen C.
    · March 31st, 2021 at 4:33 pm · Link

    My tomato plants have had a lot of tomatoes on them, but they have turned out to be the size of cherry tomatoes instead of large ones… still good in a salad! April… hoping to get my vaccine shots…

  5. Ann Ivey
    · March 31st, 2021 at 4:42 pm · Link

    March was pretty quiet around here. The biggest highlight was finding out my niece is having a baby girl (Aurelia Grace). She’ll be my sister’s first grandchild and my mom’s first great-grandchild.

  6. Mary Preston
    · March 31st, 2021 at 4:47 pm · Link

    My sister visited in March – so much fun. April is my birthday month, so YAY!!!

  7. Delaine McLafferty
    · March 31st, 2021 at 4:55 pm · Link

    March for me is tryng to find a new normal after my passed away in February. My old normal was taking care of her 24/7 and my new normal is taking the grandson to school and picking him up. Have had my vaccine since February but still wearing a mask and social distancing just in case. Finally said goodby to my mom on March 29th with a graveside service and good christian music, played and sang by my sister, brother-in-law, brother, sister-in-law and 2 nieces. We waited until March for warmer weather but the lord decided that Sunday the 28th would be 74 and Monday the 29th (funeral day) would be 48 with wind gusts to 40. Happy April everyone.

  8. bn100
    · March 31st, 2021 at 8:16 pm · Link

    not really

  9. Jennifer Beyer
    · March 31st, 2021 at 8:53 pm · Link

    My big win in March was realizing I was going about my job hunt the wrong way. I started retooling my search. Hopefully, it will pay off.

  10. Tara Q.
    · March 31st, 2021 at 9:53 pm · Link

    March was crazy but I managed to go on a first date and plan a second. I had my first COVID shot. I planned a solo camping/hiking trip for the first weekend of May, so that’s going to get me through April. I’ve enjoyed looking at your paintings. I worked on one of mine tonight.

  11. flchen1
    · April 1st, 2021 at 12:12 am · Link

    Hugs, Delilah! What a month! Finished several editing/proofreading projects–now I just need to remember to invoice for them! Clearly NOT my strong suit, LOL!

    I love seeing your paintings–thanks for continuing to share your art with us!

  12. Debra Guyette
    · April 1st, 2021 at 6:15 am · Link

    We are looking forward to the birth of our second grandchild

  13. AnnaMarie Melchiorre
    · April 3rd, 2021 at 4:04 pm · Link

    No big wins for March but in April I am having my grandkids for a sleepover. Iā€™m so excited.

  14. Delilah
    · April 9th, 2021 at 10:30 am · Link

    Thanks for sharing your March victories and your April hopes!

    The winner of the Amazon gift card is…Mechelle!

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