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May into June (Contest)
Wednesday, May 31st, 2023

UPDATE: The winner is…Beverly!

Here’s my end-of-month reckoning. It keeps me honest about my accomplishments and tells you what I should be working on (to shame me into doing the work)!


Silver Soldiers Cold, Hard Cash


  1. I completed my short story for Silver Soldiers and finished editing the entire book. It was published on May 9th!
  2. I, along with the other Silver Soldiers authors, finished posting “Getting to Know” blogs on the Collections website to get readers ready for the release of the book. Then we posted fun “In One Picture” posts to celebrate and “hook” readers to get their copies of the book that released on May 9th!
  3. I finished writing Cold Hard Cash and published it on May 23rd! Woot!
  4. I completed only 3 editing projects for other authors in May.


  1. I blew the diet—all month long. May was about LaLa’s graduation, and we had small celebrations, visitors from out of town, etc. I am afraid to step on the scale!
  2. The pool finally got just warm enough that I began swimming a week ago. What are few goosebumps when you can do your favorite exercise activity?!


  1. Again, the month was about LaLa’s graduation, which occurred on the 20th. After that, it was about the other kid’s award ceremonies, etc.
  2. I am still participating in the #the100dayproject online art challenge. As of today, I’m on Day 96. Here are a few of my May pieces…



For work-related, I plan:

  1. To revise and publish a story I published through Harlequin many moons ago…Warrior’s Touch.
  2. To publish a collection of first of series books in one volume.
  3. To begin writing Jackson, the next in my Montana Bounty Hunters: Dead Horse, MT series which releases on July 11th!
  4. To complete 4 editing projects in May!

For health related, I plan:

  1. To resume counting those points for my Weight Watchers diet and hopefully shed at least 5 pounds, remembering, as always: Slow is good!
  2. To continue to reduce salt, processed food, and incorporate foods good for blood pressure (spinach, broccoli, bananas, red wine).
  3. To swim at least once a day!
  4. To begin walking and counting my steps.
  5. I’ll make myself do more housework, too, because my art room is a disaster (although it’s getting better slowly). And cleaning is exercise, ahem.

For happiness-related, I plan: 

  1. To spend quality time with the family—movie nights, swim-time, making fun meals together!
  2. To complete #the100dayproject, and then work on “finishing” the art I produced (varnish, fixative, wrapping or framing).
  3. To re-open my Etsy store! I now have enough art to do so!


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

12 comments to “May into June (Contest)”

  1. Beverly
    · May 31st, 2023 at 8:28 am · Link

    I’m loving your artwork in your 100 day projects. These above ones are a few of my favorites. Love the multi colored flowers especially. It’s easy to get off tract when you’ve got something exciting going in & celebrations. But you’ll get back to it. Our weather has warmed up some over the past weekend and I’m hoping it stays around…then maybe I can get into the pool to do some swimming.

  2. Sara D
    · May 31st, 2023 at 8:42 am · Link

    You have accomplished much more than I have. I consider it an accomplishment when I manage to make myself go somewhere. I have become a house hermit and just don’t feel like going anywhere most of the time. A lot of it is because of medical issues that make it hard to move and I am just more comfortable at home.

  3. Debbie
    · May 31st, 2023 at 10:08 am · Link

    I am working out for my body, reading for my mind and praying for my soul. I just found you so I have plenty to read.

  4. Laura
    · May 31st, 2023 at 10:47 am · Link

    You are far more ambitious than I am. June is my birthday month. I’ll be celebrating June 9th. My sister wants to have me for dinner before or sometime after the date. My son is going to bring me a birthday supper of Chinese food, the only time I eat it, and my very specifically ordered birthday cake on the day. I’ve asked his best friend his girlfriend and her son to help me celebrate. I have already ordered my flowers to be delivered for the occasion. The next day I plan to have lunch with a friend and go Thrifting aka Treasure Shopping with her.

    I’m also reading a lot. Both for pleasure and business. I have read 158 books so far. I have reached my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 150 books. Now I am aiming to read a total of 365 so I can say I have read a book a day.

    I also read submissions for a publishing company and I beta read for authors. I am really enjoying do that.

    Other than those thing I am just enjoying life as it comes.

  5. Colleen C.
    · May 31st, 2023 at 12:08 pm · Link

    Your artwork makes me smile! Such bright and happy pieces!

  6. Mary Preston
    · May 31st, 2023 at 4:21 pm · Link

    Loving the artwork, especially the goat. Yes, housework is exercise but that does not mean I have to like it. I’m busy knitting, it’s now winter here.

  7. Jennifer Beyer
    · May 31st, 2023 at 7:45 pm · Link

    I love the goat! He made me smile.

  8. BN
    · May 31st, 2023 at 9:37 pm · Link

    pretty art

  9. flchen
    · May 31st, 2023 at 10:29 pm · Link

    Love your art, Delilah! Thanks for always giving us peeks! As for what I want to read next month, I don’t have a lot nailed down yet… but my TBR is HUGE, so I don’t imagine I won’t have enough choices, LOL!

  10. Debra Guyette
    · June 1st, 2023 at 6:05 am · Link

    I like the goat. thanks for sharing. For me, working on health issues but I keep getting called back to babysit for sick grandsons. I do enjoy it though

  11. Cindy
    · June 2nd, 2023 at 5:23 pm · Link

    I love the artwork. I never did a water color painting other than fast drybrush sketches of a moving model in HS. I want to learn. I have done acrylic and oil, but I have an idea in mind to do. I also want to turn bricks into novel covers to sprinkle in my yard. I want to get back to writing MY series. All in good time.

  12. Delilah
    · June 10th, 2023 at 6:59 am · Link

    Thanks for all the love for my artwork! And thanks for sharing what’s happening with you. Cindy, that idea of turning bricks into book covers in your yard?! Love it!

    The winner of the GC (chosen by a random number generator) is…#1—Beverly!

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