My Quarantine Bucket List

Okay, my April is not going as I had hoped. I’ve been in some kind of funk – not a sad one – but a funk all the same. I’ve not wanted, nor had the energy, to do much at all. I realize I should be taking advantage of all this extra time, so I made a quarantine bucket list! Maybe it’ll help snap me back to life!

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It’s not a long list, but it’ll give me things to do while at home. Have you made a quarantine bucket list? If so, let me know in the comments what’s on it!

Besides making lists, I also love good quotes. We’re still dealing with this weird and unprecedented situation, so I wanted to share some uplifting quotes. I don’t know about you, but I sure can use them!

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Here’s to you and me making the most of the quarantine!

March Reading Wrap-Up

Another month has flown by, and it was a great reading month. I hope this streak continues!

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Here’s the snapshot of what I read. I wish I could say I enjoyed them all, but sadly, I didn’t. They can’t all be winners!

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Here’s the breakdown:

2 library books

6 from my TBR

1 nonfiction

Here’s my Goodreads rating for each book:

One Of Us Is Next, 4-stars

We Are Okay, 4-stars

A River In Darkness, 4-stars

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, 4-stars

My Name Is Lucy Barton, 2-stars

Fleishman Is In Trouble, 3-stars

Next Year In Havana, 4-stars

Kiss Me I’m Irish, 4-stars

The Party, 4-stars

People Like Us, 4-stars

Reconstructing Amelia, 4-stars

Dr. Vigilante, 4-stars

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And let me state for the record how grateful I am for books! Amid the COVID-19 lockdown, it’s terrific that we have such easy access to books – they are such great company!

Gearing Up For Camp NaNoWriMo

I hate to say it, but I’ve been in a funk. I’m sure many have with all that is going on in the world these days, but personally, I’m tired of the funk. I want to get back to some sort of normal, and one of the few areas of my life I can exert control over is my writing life, which has suffered since the COVID-19 outbreak. I wish I could say that I’ve taken advantage of the time off from my usual routine to concentrate more on writing, but I have not. The emotional toll and having my kids and husband at home have given me an excuse to throw everything, including writing, out the window.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel!

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Camp NaNoWriMo has always been an excellent motivator for me, so I made sure to sign up for April. I love writing the first draft of a manuscript in 30 days. It’s usually pretty ugly and messy, with plot holes and unintentional tense switches, but it’s a manuscript! And when the 30 days are over, I’ve got something tangible that can only improve.

So, starting in April, I’m going to actively work on my WIP, as well as dragging myself out of my funk! I hope it’s a good month, not just for me, but for you too!

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Find Your Happiness!

Things are weird out there, people! These are unprecedented times and I’ve already seen examples of tensions running high. So, here’s a reminder to find happiness wherever and however you can!

And while we’re finding our happiness, let’s also remember to be kind to ourselves and each other!