Working & Hancrafting

With the start of haying season, my productivity has gone way down. At least where handcrafting personal projects is invovled.

I still have many projects in various stages of completion that I put on the back burner while I worked on orders and packaging.

This month I was able to get the 5 Birthday Bookmarks I still have left and the Cat’s Eyes Bookmarks packaged.

All the bookmarks packaged in their own envelopes.

I’m still working on making the other 7 months of the Birthday Bookmarks again. But they are a lower priority to actual orders.

I added a Custom Order Listing to my shop this month and have already had some takers on it.

I have just finished a series of 4 custom order tea towels that I can’t reveal at this time, but that I show glimpses of the stitching on my Facebook page. I finished the last one this morning and decided to wash them along with several other sets of tea towels that all need to be pressed, photographed, and packaged to head off to their new homes when the time comes.

My next projects over the course of the next couple of weeks will be a custom ordered shirt, a few sets of crochet placemats, 2 embroidered linen placemats, and some crochet wash cloths.

If it was okay with the customers, I will show some pictures of the projects in the coming weeks.

Wishing you all the best this summer,

Hey Sweet Pea!

Life is full of all the little things we love and I wanted a blog where I could share my love of reading, handcrafted creation and design, fiction writing and publishing, and graphic design. It’s still a work in progress, but isn’t that how life is?

Quick Announcements: As the flower bed is weeded now, I have no excuse not to work through my website / blog to-do list. Over the next few weeks I will be cleaning everything up, implement some new things, and possibly dropping other things as I set up my online shop and narrow down my focus.

Wishing you all the best,

Stephannie Beman

July 2019 Check-In & My August Goals

Hey, Sweet Peas! I’m back for another check-in and goal post with my blog friends, fellow readers, writers, and crafting enthusiast. And now my brain just went to American football. LOL

Anywhoo, I hope you are all have a wonderful Summer and if you are at the opposite side of the world from me, a mellow winter. It’s been a month and a lot of stuff has changed on some fronts and very little on others.

Allergies & my Tonsils

I stayed inside most of July because the pollen was so bad that it started a domino effect of runny noses, sneezing, watery eyes, and some days it actually set off my asthma if I even walked out the door. Mowing the lawn was miserable, weeding the flower bed impossible. Luckily it calmed down about mid-July and the roses were happy be rid of the weeds and get their fertilizer, not that they really needed them.

Thankfully my swollen tonsils seem to be going down thanks to some natural remedies. The antibiotics that they gave me in May did very little to help. But gargling salt water and taking Emergen-C seems to be helping.

Little Miss T’s Afghan

I finally finished this afghan for my little Miss T this month. I was so glad to get it out of my travel bag before it got too hot, because that is one very warm blanket. She has been so excited to be using it and the color scheme turned out better than I thought it would. 😀

How my July 2019 Goals went & what my August Goals will be

There are several things that I hope to accomplish in July and set up for August, but there were also things that I didn’t take into account when I made the goals and until I was ready to do them I didn’t realize the problem.

Personal Goals

Take the kids to the pool, library, or the water park at least once a week until School starts again: We only managed to make it twice this month. There was too much going on in our personal lives.

Get back into the habit of walking once to twice a day: I failed to do this, but mostly because of my allergies wouldn’t allow it. Now that allergy season seems to be winding down for me, I’m working to make walking a habit.

Handcrafted Items for my Shop

Most of what I need to do include taking photos, writing descriptions, figuring out pricing and shipping prices, and listing several finished items that I’ve taken from my stash. If anyone is interested in purchasing any of the items below from me rather than Etsy, please email me and let me know.

Listing my Woodland Hoods: I didn’t do this and that was more for seasonal reasons that I didn’t think of at the time that I made this goal. I pushed this back a month. The Woodland Hoods will be $25 for small kids and $40 adults.

Listing Made to Order Place Mats: Initially I was going to make seasonal placemats only, but after making a trip to my local store (about 2 hours away) to look for cotton yarn, I realized that their choices were shit. So I hopped onto one of my favorite online stores to check out their color choices. I couldn’t choose just a few or if I should use just Cotton yarn or the cotton-polyester blend, so I made 2 listing of Made to Order Placemats with a huge selection of yarn colors you can choose from.

I ended up having to change my initial price for these. The 100% Cotton Placemats will be $35.95 and the Cotton-Polyester Blend Placemats will be $32.95. The difference in price is due to the cost of materials used. 100% cotton costs more than the blend.

List various dish towels from my stash: I love these dish/tea towels and I’m looking forward to them getting to a great home but I waited on listing these because I decided to do something different. I started by factoring in the cost of buying the 32″ x 36″ Premium Quality Flour Sack Dish Towels that I hand stitch these on, and I realized that I needed to sell them for more to cover my costs. I tried buying 2 other brands of tea towels at a lower price to see if I could lower the cost but the quality of cloth wasn’t the best so I’m going back to my original towels.

Due to the quality of the cloth and size of the towels, they will be sold for $20.95 each or save $13.70 and buy a set for $139.95. I will be offering small sized towels later on and possible the best of the 2 brands I bought for a lower price for those who want the old style look of hand embroidered tea towels but not the price tag.

Finish the lettering on a set of dish towels and prep them for listing next month: I stalled on this project but only because I wasn’t sure if I want to make the floral towels a set or sale them as individuals. I decided to make these a set for $139.95.

Listing two cross-stitch projects on Etsy: I got pictures taken of the professional framed project and the unframed project, but I’m waiting on listing these until later this year. There were several projects that were smaller and easier to list that will give me a better idea of what I need for shipping these items. This is still a learning curve for me.

Finish the Border of the Full-Sized Octagon Afghan: This took up far too much of my time this month because I decided that I didn’t like how it looked and ended up pulling the afghan apart. I decided to make this a hexagon shaped afghan rather than rectangle and picked a different joining method and border. I love this so much better now. So this is something I will continue to work on.

Sketching out Owl transfers for dish towels: I finished this and sent it off to the lady who is having me stitch these. Once she approves the designs I will start stitching these towels. If anyone has suggestions for designs for dish towel, let me know below.

Writing Goals

I wrote an entire blog post about my goals to Finish editing the Goddess of Love & Writing The Lost Heir Series that you can read here. I have no plans to write in August unless I feel the need to put pen to paper.

Website & Blog

Continue adding listings to my Etsy shop: Despite some issues happening over at Etsy at the moment that I’m not the happiest about and that are reminiscent of author-related issues that happened at Amazon a few years back, I decided that I would keep my Etsy shop open. The idea is to add 1 new product every few days to every week until I have everything in my extensive stash of items listed.

My Website Shop: Since opening my Etsy shop in April, and with the changes that Etsy is making, I need to have my own shop open here on my website. Due to the lack of funds at the moment, I can buy an eCommerce website package, so I have to make due with what I have. This means lots of research and work behind the scenes to set up the back end. This all takes time away from me making new items or listing new items. It’s a slower process then I like, but eventually I will have everything listed on this website too. Until then anyone who wants to purchase a product will have to contact me directly or buy from my Etsy shop.


Now that you know what’s going on in my life and my goals for August, what about you guys? What’s happening with you guys? What goals do you have this month?

Wishing you the best,

Stephannie Beman

June 2019 Check-In & My July Goals

Hey, Sweet Peas! How’s it all going with you guys? I hope you all are having a great Summer, although in my neck of the woods I’n debating calling this weather Spring.

Since it has been awhile since I’ve been around the webverse, I decided it was probably time for a check in with my blog friends, fellow readers, writers, and crafting enthusiast.  So here is the quick and dirty version of the last two months. *Please beware, this is a long post. If you want to know just what my July goals are? Just click here. *

What Happened in my Life in May & June

Our usually busy May turned into crazy busy when my dad got sick around Mid-May.  Since we don’t live too close by, it was a lot of driving time to their house and back. And  with the kids still in school and having their end of school programs and awards, it was a scheduling nightmare. Shortly after my dad was diagnosed with a brain tumor, he passed away. I’m still trying to process it all nearly a month after the funeral.

Because the bad weather in May carried into June *It snowed about mid-June. Yikes!*, I had to keep the tomato plants that a friend gave us inside. About mid-June, I finally broke down and planted them into pots so I could take them outside in the day and bring them in each night until better weather allowed me to keep them out all the time. I also decided to do a little companion planting and added some bean plants to one tomato pot and lettuce to another. We’ll see how they do. I’m not much of a gardener. Keeping houseplants and established outside plants alive aren’t a problem, planting things from seed and I usually kill them.

My view from the tractor while dragging the meadow.

We also fell behind with the Ranch work because of the weather and ended up having to push it to stay on schedule. And because Ranch work comes before almost everything else, my poor flower beds are being neglected and in serious need of a good weeding. But with all the pollen floating around in June because of the late start in the season, my allergies are making me miserable. Add swollen tonsils and it’s not happening for awhile. *The Doctor told me that if we can’t get the swollen tonsils down, I might have to have them removed.  At my age, that would suck a monkey’s poopy butt.*

Anyhoo, after school ended, I was surprised with a Summer Band Camp for the kids in band which I needed to take my Little Miss K to as she will be playing her dad’s clarinet next year. That lasted for the first two weeks of June. And since we live so far from town, it meant spending most of the day there and getting little done. Well, that’s not completely true, I added more color rows to the afghan my daughter has been bugging me to finish for her. She choose the pattern and the colors for it.

Not only was I able to finish up some small crochet projects, but I was also able to solidify and tweak my plans for my blog, my shop, my writing, and my crafting. In April, my blogging plans was to gear my posts more towards all the different areas in my life and my shop plans were to release a product every week to two weeks until I had everything in stock listed.

Now, while most of those plans haven’t changed too drastically, a reassessment of my goals and planned tasks helped me see some of the problems that I would face,  figure out what I might be wasting time with, and what I could do differently before I jump straight back into work. In years past, I would have stressed over getting back on track with everything, but I’ve decided not to worry this time around.

It would be too much of a push to catch up with three months of missing work and still get what I planned out as well. Since I’m not working for anyone, except myself, and other than one client job, I don’t have anyone relying on me to get stuff done for them, I have time to work at my own pace. Plus, I don’t need the headache of unneeded stress. 😀

So the plan is to start working from the point I’m at going forward at the same pace I had decided would be sustainable and would make me happy. Which leads me to my working on my slightly neglected Etsy Shop at the end of June. I was able to finish the  pattern for the Crocheted Light Woodland Shawl that I started in May. I listed it on Etsy during the last week of June.

Light Woodland Shawl Pattern (Printable PDF) $4.95

If anyone is interested in buying the pattern or a finished shawl from me instead of buying it on Etsy, please email me.

The writing bug bit me in the ass the last week of June and I’ve been itching to tackle the Lost Heir Series. The only reason I put the story aside in the first place is that it wanted to be told a certain way and I doubted my ability to do it at the time.

Recently, I feel confident enough to work on it again. So for the last last few days I’ve been working on updating my Series Binder, tracking the  various story threads and character arcs through the series of books, and writing scenes that inspired me. We’ll see how it is going in about two weeks when I post a update about my writing.

The months without writing have put a few things into perspective for me, like as much as I love writing and being a writer, I don’t like the business side of things. So when I indie publish my stories, it’s for me and those who like my stories. I will not be announcing them anywhere else expect here and on my Facebook Page for those interested.

My Goals for July 2019

There are several things that I hope to accomplish in July and set up for August.

Personal Goals

Take the kids to the pool, library, or the water park at least once a week until School starts again: This isn’t always possible, but I try to take the kids to one of these three places each week. This gives them time to play with other kids and hang out somewhere that isn’t home, with each other, or the temptation of electronic devices.

Get back into the habit of walking once to twice a day: Last year, I had gotten into the habit of going on a walk twice a day. Once the snow started flying, the lane became too dangerous for me to walk down and exercise moved indoors. So far this year, my exercise routine hasn’t moved outside yet and I’m missing it.

Handmade Work Goals

Most of what I need to do include taking photos, writing descriptions, figuring out pricing and shipping prices, and listing several finished items that I’ve taken from my stash. If anyone is interested in purchasing any of the items below from me rather than Etsy, please email me and let me know.

List my Woodland Hoods: I finished several Woodland Hoods for adults and small children, using the yarn in the bowl to the right of the adult size Woodland Hood on my paper mache head below. There are 6 adults and 6 children hoods.

Woodland Hoods: small kids – $25 & adults – $40

Listing Seasonal Place Mats: I’m also going to be adding a listing for the table place mats that I created a pattern for and have had a few requests for them. I want to pick out a few seasonal colors and even sizes to choose from. The prices will vary depending on the size, but the 17” x 12” place mats will be $25 each.

List various dish towels from my stash on Etsy: I love these dish/tea towels and I’m looking forward to them getting to a great home. These hand embroidered towels are stitched on Premium Quality Flour Sack Dish Towels and are larger then the normal at around 32″ x 36″. The Farm Inspired towels that I stitched last year cost $10.97 each while the Frogs that I entered into the County Fair are $70.

   

Listing two cross-stitch projects on Etsy: One is a professional framed project and the other was finished at the beginning of the year and still needs to be framed. I still need to take pictures of them.

Finish the lettering on a set of dish towels and prep them for listing next month: I finally picked out a color for the lettering on the 7 floral dish towels I finished hand embroidering in June.  Thank you everyone who left a comment what they thought the color choice should be on my Facebook Page.

Weekly Flower Dish Towels – $70

Finish the Border of the Full-Sized Octagon Afghan: This is a scrap yarn afghan that I’ve been working on for several years, and started put together last year. It just needs two octagons attached and a border crocheted on. I probably won’t list it until next month.

Sketching out Owl transfers for dish towels: I had a request for a set of owl dish towels that I’m sketching out and looking forward to creating once my towels arrive. If anyone has suggestions for designs for dish towel, let me know below.

I want to finish setting up my Online Shop but…: Since opening my Etsy shop in April, I knew I wanted to create an online shop here on my website too. The process ended up taking more time then I planned and mostly because I’m having a hard time finding a reliable, seamless payment process system that doesn’t cost an arm, a leg, and my first born child. At the moment, I’m not making enough to pay the price they are asking.

Before anyone tells me about the various ecommerce websites or that I can upload a plugin. My website isn’t hosted on a place that accepts plugins with the plan I have. If I want that, I need to pay more and like I mentioned above, I don’t have the money to do that at the moment and make a sustainable business. So I’ll stick with an online shop links to each item’s page and have people to contact me to buy something or buy from Etsy. It wouldn’t be much different from the book cover designing I do.

Writing Goals

Finish editing the Goddess of Love: This book needed editing and I really want to finish it so that I can send it to a better editor then the first one I paid to do it. I’m not sure when this will come back out, but I really want to put it back on the market in August.

Writing The Lost Heir Series: Finish updating my Series Binder, tracking the  various story threads and character arcs through the series of books, and plan out each book so that I know what happens and can utilize the over 186k words already written. Then, if I have time I can start filling in the scenes I need to finish each book and move on.


Now that you know what’s going on in my life and my goals for July, what about you guys? What’s happening with you guys? What goals do you have this month?

Wishing you the best,

Stephannie Beman

PS: Next week’s blog will be all about what books I’ve read (and enjoyed) and what am currently reading.

20…um, 24 Things About Me

Today is my Birthday and I decided to celebrate by telling you 20 things about me. Kinda like the meeting-and-greet stages of dating, only without the dating, free drinks, dinner, or a movie.

  1. I like to sing, but I really shouldn’t. Not even in the shower. Not ever. More often than not, I’m off-key.
  2. Writing got me in trouble with teachers a few times throughout my school years. Sadly, they started catching on that I wasn’t writing notes through their whole lecture, but taking notes in one notebook while writing a story in a second notebook.
  3. I was bald for the first 3 years of my life. When my hair finally grew, I refused to cut it and it has been long ever since, except for the one time I had to cut it. For me, short hair looks really, really bad.
  4. I refused to take the SATs for two reasons: 1) I can’t take tests worth shit, and 2) I had no intentions of ever going to college. Regardless of what people thought about that decision, I haven’t regretted my choices in life.
  5. The first night I stayed up late to read a book was when I was three. My grandma finally told me to turn off the light and go to bed. It was 1 AM. Strangely, I didn’t know how to read at the time, I just knew the stories by heart so I could look at the pictures and tell myself the story.
  6. If I start a book, I have to finish it that same day. I will stay up to read the whole thing and live on 2 hours sleep the next day. Unless it’s a non-fiction, then I can read it a little bit at a time for a month.
  7. My idea of a good time is staying home to read a book, write, or watch a movie while doing either of the first two or one of my craft projects.
  8. When I go on vacation I hate visiting the big cities or even small cities. Since I am the navigator, I usually put us on the scenic roads and stick to small towns and the outdoors. I love forests, ghost towns, and mostly empty beaches along the Oregon and Washington coast in the US, and the coastline in British Columbia, Canada. Although, one day I will make it further East and possibly see the Atlantic Ocean.
  9. I wrote my first stories in 2nd grade. One was about a poor girl who wanted a doll, the other was about a man meeting Christ. I realized years later that the story first story was based on a story about a kid without shoes and the second story was based on of Ben-Hur. See how fiction forms the young mind.
  10. Every year I read the 1st two books in Lisa Ann Norman’s Sholan Series, Turning Point and Wheel of Fortune. I might even continue reading the next six books, but not always. (Note: I just learned that another book in the series is being released this year. Guess I’ll have to add it to my Wishlist.)
  11. Lisa Ann Norman, Anne MacCaffery, Laurall K. Hamiliton, Anne Rice, and Alice Borchardt are among the writers who first inspired me to write my own stories as a teenager. The list has only increased with age.
  12. I’ve had several jobs in my life. The worst was data-entry for a University during tuition time when the Online payment gateway refused to work and I had to call just about every country you can think of to ask people if they meant to pay five times, being a nanny to brats comes in as a close second, and “Sandwich Artist” last, and just so you know there is no art involved in making a sandwich unless you’re doing it for a photo shoot. I preferred being a janitor and cleaning offices and schools to the above three jobs. My favorite jobs have been custom craft work, writer, and book cover designer.
  13. I love my job as an indie author and publisher. I would love to make a full-time income at writing, but at the moment that isn’t an option. Maybe one day.
  14. I’m Irish-German with a hint of Viking in my blood. I love to laugh, play, drink, screw, and fight (usually in that order). Although most of my drinking these days is reserved to apple cider and coffee, although a few shots of whiskey isn’t unheard when the occasion arises.
  15. I don’t have pets. This doesn’t mean that I hate or mistreat animals, I actually love them, but I’m aware that I would make a really bad pet owner based on the fact that I might forget to feed them when writing my next book and I don’t keep them company. They seem to be very aware that I don’t want them around and plot to make me like them.
  16. Rather than pets I have a ton of wild birds who eat my vegetable/fruit scraps, a handful of barn cats to keep the rodent population at bay, a roaming watch dog to warn me when anyone comes down the road, and some cows to keep my hubby occupied with a hobby. I don’t consider them pets.
  17. I’m not much for social interaction or social media. It’s not that I’m anti-social or an extreme introvert, I just don’t know what to say. Or you could say that what I say will result in the “Brennen Effect”. If you’ve seen Bones you’ll understand. Only I don’t sound so technical and smart. LOL
  18. I worried my mom in the 6th grade when I wrote a story about a girl going to her aunt’s house to live after the death of her parents. After a few obstacles, it ended with the girl finding her own grave and learning she too had died in the car accident with her parents. After that I wasn’t allowed to watch scary movies. No more The Last Unicorn or Ghost for me. Now that my age is the equivalent of an adult, I watch all the scary movies I can, which sometimes makes it hard to sleep at night.
  19. I loved the first three seasons of The Walking Dead and my kids believe they are experts on what it would take to survive the zombie apocalypse. I’ve even caught them playing The Walking Dead in the yard. I’m very aware that if the zombie apocalypse ever happened, I would probably die within the first few days. Most likely trying to save my girls from the zombies they believe they could kill.
  20. I don’t do subtle. If you want something from me, don’t hint at it, ask me. Otherwise I’ll miss it and not realize that you were asking me for something. Just be aware that I have no problem saying “yes” or “no” to requests.
  21. I prefer to read romance or stories with a romantic subplot to reading most other genres. This means that most my stories will have a romantic subplot in them. You’ve been warned.
  22. Despite my book reading preferences, I don’t like to watch romantic movies. I like fast-paced action flicks, supernatural horror, police procedural, science fiction, and paranormal. If it has magic, aliens, violence, and mystery in it, then I’ll probably want to watch it.
  23. I like to cook, I preferred cooking on my wood stove to my electric range. Somehow cooking on a wood stove seemed to be a more intuitive way to cook, and I burned less food. I’m having more trouble burning food on the electric range but I’m getting back into the swing of how it works.
  24. I hate cleaning. I will find any way to get out of it that I can. It doesn’t mean my house is a mess. I just try to clean only what has to be done and leave the rest for another day.

Ok, so my list turned out to be 24 things instead of 20. But it is still a damn good list.

Your turn: I love getting to know new people and would love to know more about you.  Tell me a little about yourself?


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In Which I Contemplate the Future

Wow! I didn’t realize that I had been absent from here so long until I jumped on the computer this morning to check my emails before starting book #3 in a series of book cover designs for an author friend and found a shout out linked to my blog.  Thank you, Ondeane Lourens, for your kind words, I was glad to help!

I couldn’t believe that my last post was almost two months ago. Sadly, this is also how long it’s been since I wrote anything more than an to-do list, email, letter, or shopping list.

Little writer, child typing

I’m not sure what it is about the Summer months that make all my well made plans swirl down the crapper within the first few days, but it seems to happen every year. The kids get out of school and the beautiful days cause my focus in life to shift. Add all the increased ranch work and the housework from more people being here during the day, and my days change to a different kind of busy.  I guess an added benefit is my days become almost electronic-free as I’m no longer glued to my computer for four or more hours a day to write and I really have no interest in social media.

Yeah, I know I’m living in the dark ages by not having my cell phone glued to my hand or posting what I’m doing all the time, but neither of them has ever held any appeal to me. I only have the cell phone for when I’m working around the ranch by myself or emergencies while away from the house. I believe my daughters spend more time texting on it this past summer then I have. Actually, if my phone or social media disappeared today, I wouldn’t miss them one bit. But that is neither here nor there, or even the point of this post.

This year has been a stranger year of contemplation and realizations, but the ones I want to talk about is the writing aspect of my life. Unlike in years past, I didn’t spend any time feeling the guilty or berating myself for not writing or working on my writing business since sometime in May. I thought I would try to go with the flow and see what happened.

Five years back, when this first started happening, I thought maybe it was a seasonal thing, but as time passed it was harder and harder for me to return to. Three years ago I thought that maybe I was burned out. I started writing 22 years ago and except for a few little breaks, I really hadn’t stopped. So I took break that lasted almost a year before the writing bug hit and I returned to writing. But that break didn’t seem to help.

Now, with each passing year, I’ve started to wonder if it was time to quitting this writing gig and just write for myself when the bug bites. The passion I’ve held for writing has been fading over the years and I’ve started to wonder if writing has served it’s purpose in my life. Or if I’m going about it all wrong for who I am.

Maybe it is time for me to move on to other things. Maybe it’s time to set up that handmade shop I’ve been dreaming of since last year. Or maybe it’s time for me to put all business related things aside and do something else…

Stephannie Beman

What I’m Doing in June 2018

Living on a ranch is so very different from living in a city. It’s more than just the wide open meadow, the forest of trees around me, the herd of cows I help care for, or the fact that the nearest neighbor isn’t able to look out their windows into mine. It has more to do with every schedule or routine that I create to keep me sane changes from season to season and sometimes even day to day depending on the weather.

With Spring finally making its appearance in May, it means the more labor intensive ranch work is about to start. Now, it can be a slow build up depending on the weather, but by June it will be more consistent work and it will ultimately mean less time to write. 😦 But I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Now before we get into my very short list of what I’m working on in June, let me tell you what I accomplished of my to-do list in May.

  1. Designing The Warrior’s Rebellion – Done! My plan is to post the cover reveal and excerpt for The Warrior’s Rebellion this next month with the announcement for the pre-order of the book.
  2. Editing Love is Blind – Done!  Finished this around the end of the month, also renamed it to Blind Love. This will be going on pre-order sometime this year when I’m more certain of publishing dates.
  3. My Lord HadesDeath’s Lover in Paperback – Done! I finished this around the first few weeks of May. I was hoping that the reviews for the paperback of My Lord Hades would link up with the eBook, but no such luck. That leaves My Lord Hades with a pathetic star rating that I can’t change. 😦

So that is what I finished, let’s move on to June’s to-do list!


Finish Writing The Dark God

At least this is my goal.  Sorry to say it, but I’m still working on The Dark God, book #2 in the Children of Khaos: The Rebellion Series because I hit a major snag in the story that took me a while and two other people to help me work through it. I ended up tossing nearly 20,000 words into my deleted scenes folder. I might find a use for them someday, or I might not.

As of writing this, I was nearly back to 45,000 words in the manuscript and if nothing else happens and I work hard, I should have this done soon and start working on The Iron Queen. But until I finish this book, I’ve told myself that I won’t be focusing on any other writing projects.

Setting Up Summer Learning Time

Every May for the past 5 years I’ve spend most of May working on a summer learning schedule for our daughters, Miss T and Miss K, that works with my work schedule. I do this in the hopes that the girls will continue to learn throughout the summer months and not lose too much of what they learned throughout the School year, but still have fun that doesn’t include technology to entertain them.

Each year, the girls have more and more learning they can do without me and I learn more about what I do and don’t want to do for next year. This year I found a Math packet for each of them that reviews the math that they did in their respective grades and what they will be learning in the grades they will be heading into. They will also be required to read daily and write a book report on the books that they finished, and by their request, I’ve also added story writing, music practice, more advanced life skills lessons that our girls have dubbed Arts & Crafts, and harder chores for them to do around the ranch to their summer schedules.

Now I’m not going to list all the websites where I’ve gotten my information from, but for those interested, much of what I’ve done each year can be found on my Pinterest board.


So that is my plan for the rest May in June. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my girls this Summer.

Wishing you all the best,

Stephannie Beman