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2019 Goals!

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Happy new year, everyone! And, like everyone else, I have a bunch of shit I’d like to get done this year:

  1. Complete my stash busting. I’ve done good so far and sold things in my shop so, I’ll keep that up.
  2. Finally run that 10k.
  3. Become debt free.
  4. Publish unfinished stories.
  5. Actually wear the make up I have.

Doing all of these seem feasible. If I publish more and use up my yarn, I can make more side money to pay off my debts. Also, more frequent updates may help me get more patrons over at Patreon. This year will be all about ensuring a more positive financial future!

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Lenni Reviews: “Pisces Hooks Taurus” by Anyta Sunday

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*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

Zane believes in love at first sight and he’s hunting for it so he can get married before his visa runs out and he has to return to New Zealand. Beckett prefers slowly getting to know someone; feeling hesitant after divorcing from his cheating spouse. When Zane needs a place to stay and Beckett offers up his spare room, they both feel a connection neither can resist but will love blossom before Zane must leave the country?

As a book nerd myself, I adored the banter between English professor Beckett and Zane, who isn’t familiar with literature and gets his words confused. I empathize with Beckett’s understanding and patience that not everyone knows what he’s talking about; which keeps Beckett from becoming unlikable and pretentious. This pairs well with Zane’s eagerness to learn so seeing them come together is believable and heartwarming. I really enjoy this series and look forward to the next one! 4 out of 5.

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My only run this week: Goodbye…

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This run was just to see how my speed was faring and while a struggle, it is much easier for me to get up to speed and stay there longer. I may not finish the c210k before the end of the year but I haven’t given up on it.

However, a farewell must be made:

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Another pair of running pants has finally hit retirement age. RIP running pants…

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Lenni Reviews: “The Unmentionables” by Megan McFerren & Val Prozorova

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*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

James and Henry have tried to keep their relationship secret not only from their wives but from the scrutiny of the FBI; as the organization will happily blacklist a homosexual man as a deviant. But their secret is exposed and James is thrown into a psychiatric facility where they attempt aversion therapy to cure him. Henry risks his job and reputation to save his lover or whatever may be left of him.

This is hardly a feel-good read, but it is uplifting to see Henry and James do whatever it takes to be with each other in the 1950’s when it was much more dangerous to even try. Touching, heartbreaking, and unflinchingly real, this is an incredible read. 4.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Black Bull of Norroway” by Cat Seaton & Kit Seaton

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Sibylla is given a prophecy as a young girl that she will marry a monster named The Black Bull and despite dreaming of a life of adventure, she goes willingly when the beast appears at her door years later. They embark on a quest to break his curse but no one will tell Sibylla why this curse exists or if it should be worth her life to end it.

This is an impressive and interesting start to a young adult series with very strong characterization for such a short volume. Sibylla is a strong woman obviously out of her depth with all the mystical things suddenly surrounding her but she strives to learn as much as she can. I enjoyed following her through this journey and I look forward to the next one! 3.9 out of 5.

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Writing Update: Bad News/Good News

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I was reading through some reviews on my books – which I tend to do when I feel blocked or like I suck – and looking at the reviews on Go Away Girls: The Mirror, I decided to check and see where I left off with the novel I’m working on in that same universe. I plug in the flash drive, I double click the file and get a happy little message that the file is corrupted and can’t be repaired. I check my Google Drive? No backup. I had backups of every story BUT that one.

Then I think “Well, that’s fine. I’ll just get the notebook I wrote it in. I’m sure there’s a printed copy in there.” I spent the next 20 minutes tearing through things to locate it thinking I’d lost that too.

But the good news is, I did find it. I’m glad the worst thing about all that drama is the fact I have to retype the whole thing. Not a big deal at all. I have lost stories before (mostly because I’d trusted someone to give me the damn disk back and of course they lost it) and it’s devastating.

I’ll be adding that book into my rotation.

Right now, Emma’s story is up to 6375 words and I see plenty of potential in it now that I’ve spent the weekend editing it. I did consider scrapping the project thinking it would just going to be too short but I changed my mind.

That’s all I have to report for this week!

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Today’s Run: Another race in the books!

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Today I did two complete 15-minute intervals and felt completely ok to keep going. I think the practice is paying off! Not only that:

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I completed Yes.Fit’s The Raven race! It took over a month but I did it! Another medal for the rack. I should take a picture of that soon but I have a couple more virtual races to finish and hang the medals for those. I’d like a wall full of bling!

Every time I finish a run, I remember when I would joke that I would only run if something was chasing me only to take up running with an app that tells a story about things chasing me.

I’m just happy my knees cooperated today!

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Today’s Run? Not so much…

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It’s not that I wasn’t feeling today, but right when I started to get into a groove, my knee decided that it wasn’t going to be a run day but more of a “power limp” day. Good thing I’d planned to do a short workout today anyway…

It’s hard not to feel like a complete failure but I absolutely know it’s not weakness, it’s hormones. Your period can affect how your joints feel. Where normally I’d be fine, all of a sudden my knees are made of ground glass and I can’t run as long as usual.

But I’m not going to take a day off. I’ll just try again tomorrow.

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Lenni Reviews: “Submit” by Bailey Bradford

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*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

Larry keeps his desires as a sub in the BDSM community strictly separate from the rest of his life. But when he meets Bo, Larry finds himself tempted to have more than scenes with this charismatic, dom. But a life ridden with betrayal keeps Larry from taking that risky leap.

Let me sum this up: They meet, they have a scene, they talk about their issues, then they’re fine. I honestly expected more given the premise but even with it being so short, the blew by so fast, I didn’t feel any tension or suspense. I respect the depiction of BDSM in this book, though. 3 out of 5.

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Today’s Run? Two Intervals Down…

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In my continuing efforts to complete week 10 of c210k, I have completed another run of two 15 minute intervals without feeling like I’m going to die. And this is day 2 of me attempting to run every day for a week and see if I get an achievement.

Because I’m an achievement hog… No shame here.

Also, with this run, I’m only one episode away from finishing season 2 of Castlevania! Yay!

I use my treadmill time to catch up on TV. If I could write on the treadmill, I’d finish a book a week.

The next run will have to be a little longer because I have some virtual races to complete. I should also be doing at least two longer runs every week if I’m ever going to get to the 10k mark.

Tomorrow is another day!

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