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January into February… (Contest)
Monday, January 31st, 2022

UPDATE: The winner is…Kathleen Bylsma!


I had a very busy January. Big goals and I hit them all.

Eli (Montana Bounty Hunters: Dead Horse, MT Book 6)

Some were work-related:

  1. Revise and publish my Dark Realm-related short story, “After Dark“. check
  2. Write and publish my fifth Montana Bounty Hunter: Dead Horse, MT, Eli: check
  3. Complete two editing jobs, one of them a whopper 87,000 words: check

Some health-related:

  1. Annual physical: check
  2. Start weight loss program (Weight Watchers): check & lost 12 pounds!

Some home-related:

  1. Repaint my bedroom, which is 3/4 done (lots of large furniture to work around): check

All of these accomplishments were part of my 2022 Goals/Resolutions, and since I’m following the plan, so far, I’m feeling pretty good. Maybe it’s the 12 pounds I’ve lost so far, or the terrific sleep I’m getting, I don’t know. I played with insomnia for years, but since I started using a CPAP, I get very deep, natural sleep. And I’ve moved my going to bed time earlier and earlier, from midnight to about 9 p.m. so those 4 or 5 a.m. wakeups simply allow me to get so much more done before the rest of the house wakes up—I consider that a huge win.

Yes, I’m happier, getting healthier, and I hope that will be my 2022 trend!

Hate me yet? 🙂


I’m going to put it out there and see what happens.

No Tender Mercy

For work-related, I plan:

  1. To publish my short story from the Cowboys anthology as a single short story release, “Hunk of Burning Love.” I’ll have it in Kindle Unlimited sometime next week and offer it FREE for download on this website from the 11th to the 14th—my Valentine’s Day gift to you.
  2. To write and publish the next Texas Vampires novella, No Tender Mercy. (Have you pre-ordered your copy?!)
  3. To complete 5 editing projects in February!

For health-related:

  1. I’ll continue with Weight Watchers and hope to lose another 5 pounds. I’m not pushing it, because I like how I feel. Slow is good!
  2. I’ll begin some low-impact aerobics, which will include a video workout for old people (I’m not old, and my joints aren’t effed, but I like the low-impact part!), plus, I’ll add some outdoor activities, like pool maintenance and blowing the patio—counting the things I should already be doing to get ready for pool season. All of them burn calories and build muscle. Guess I should count housework, too. Blech.

For happiness-related: 

  1. I’m going to work on getting my art room better organized, because…
  2. I’ll be working on the #100DayProject art challenge beginning February 13th! My third year in a row. Can’t wait! The puzzle I have to work out is how I’m going to fit in daily art with everything else I’m doing!


Comment on anything you’ve read in this post. Give me suggestions. Tell me what you’re doing to make yourself happier and healthier. Tell me what you plan to read… Like I said, comment on anything for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card!

15 comments to “January into February… (Contest)”

  1. Alison Rush
    · January 31st, 2022 at 10:00 am · Link

    Had back surgery in December
    Still trying to get myself going.
    Small steps.
    Love reading your books

  2. Laura
    · January 31st, 2022 at 10:05 am · Link

    Congratulations on your weight loss. Keep up the great work. I loved Eli and look forward to Fig’s story.

    I’m impressed with you and accomplishing the goals you set for January. I have not been very goal oriented.

    If you are working on things book related your Delta Fire books are all in paperback except Book 1 Five Ways ‘til Sunday (Delta Blue Book 1). If you could add it to your things to do and put this in paperback please I would love. Then I can order the entire series in paperback and read them. It’s a series I haven’t read year.

  3. Dana Zamora
    · January 31st, 2022 at 11:38 am · Link

    Baby steps, that’s the way to get it accomplished, I know I need to lose weight, and eat healthier, congratulations to you

  4. Beverly Blank
    · January 31st, 2022 at 11:49 am · Link

    You’ve been so very busy….and have accomplished much in just this one month. Congratulations on your weight loss…I know from experience it’s not an easy thing to do. I loved reading Eli…he’s a man after my own heart…I’d take him in a heartbeat. Looking forward to the next Bounty Hunter. Just keep up the good work but take some time for you too.

  5. Kathleen Bylsma
    · January 31st, 2022 at 12:47 pm · Link

    You’ll have fun in water aerobics! And find out you’ve worked out far more than you think you are! 😉
    So looking forward to reading these!

  6. Colleen C.
    · January 31st, 2022 at 1:07 pm · Link

    Congrats on hitting your goals! Bit by bit I am getting some things accomplished! 😀

  7. bn100
    · January 31st, 2022 at 2:41 pm · Link


  8. ButtonsMom2003
    · January 31st, 2022 at 4:22 pm · Link

    You are one busy lady! Congrats on the weight loss. I started an alternate fasting program about 18 months ago and so far so good. The weight loss is slower than anything I’ve ever tried before but at least I’m not gaining! LOL

  9. Mary Preston
    · January 31st, 2022 at 4:30 pm · Link

    I know what you mean about housework. It’s never ending.

  10. Carol Cox
    · January 31st, 2022 at 6:45 pm · Link

    I’m trying to take a few hours each day to de stress. Otherwise my stress level hits the roof.

  11. Debra Guyette
    · February 1st, 2022 at 5:45 am · Link

    I am impressed. I am starting some projects this month as well.

  12. Delaine McLafferty
    · February 1st, 2022 at 9:22 am · Link

    I noticed you said Weight Watchers, I’m glad it works for you, it didn’t for me. I also am going to do video excerises but using

  13. Jennifer Beyer
    · February 1st, 2022 at 7:31 pm · Link

    I was so excited when I heard you had finished Eli! I have cleaning out my craft room, too. It is going to be a major task!

  14. flchen1
    · February 3rd, 2022 at 12:43 am · Link

    Hugs, Delilah! You go! I’m aiming to fit in getting to dance class regularly, and trying to take advantage of good weather to walk.

  15. Delilah
    · February 8th, 2022 at 7:26 am · Link

    I loved hearing what your plans are and the encouragement you offered to me!

    The winner of the Amazon gift card is…Kathleen Bylsma!

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