B.J. here with a special…

TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you…

It’s October. Time for sweater weather (some of you already have sweater weather), pumpkin seeds for roasting and munching (my favorite part of carving), ghosts and goblins hanging from the trees (they’re already here and scare the dickens out of Charlie Bear on our walks).

How was your summer? Do you remember the Summer Challenge?


  1. PLAN –
    Dream in Clouds
    Pick 3 things to accomplish.
  1. PREPARE –
    Things to Do
    Gather the materials you need ahead of your work time.
  1. PERFORM –
    Energizer Bunny
    Get busy when a window of time opportunity opens.

How did your Summer goals go? Did you hit the target bulls eye every time or were you just a bit off the mark?

target with many arrows

Here were my goals and how I did this summer:

  1. Chicken Soup entries. My goal was to submit two stories. Done. Did that.
  2. Blog Posts. My goal was to write them in advance and have a few in the pipeline for when I was super busy. Done, but not to the extent I wanted. I still struggle with time management and sometimes I’m ahead on my blog posts and sometimes I’m behind.
  3. Outline upcoming book. I’m about halfway there. I have the structure, chapter headings, some chapters written, the forward, and I’m working on more each week. So I’d say my goal was halfway met.

How about you? Did you achieve all your goals? Some of them? Reply back to me and let me know how your summer challenge shook out. And if you want to, let me know your fourth-quarter goals. Mine? Sort of the same, with a little twist.

goals people

Sweater Weather Goals:

  1. Chicken Soup entries—submit two by the end of December.
  2. Blog Posts—write at least four in advance of needing them.
  3. Write complete P MS to a T book by the end of December.

I’m not afraid to say I didn’t quite make a goal. The key for me is to regroup, restructure my writing time, and rethink what is important. As the holidays approach, family is most important so I’m going to work on achieving my three goals WAY before a fun December. How about you?

Hugs and love, and blessings on your work.

Follow your dreams…

What’s Going On:

Northwest Christian Writers Renewal I was just asked by the conference director for a description of the classes I like to teach and I had two responses: Writing for the Guideposts Contest or Making $$$ Selling Inspirational Short Stories. The conference director was going to pick one. He emailed and asked if I’d teach both. I said YES! Do you want to be there? Start saving now. www.nwchristianwriters.org/renewal May 15-16, 2015 in Redmond Washington (near Seattle).

Orange County Christian Writers Conference This was a great conference in 2014 with new directors and people in charge of the event. It ran smoothly and met the needs of writers looking to enhance their writing and their writing career. The 2015 conference will be held on Friday, April 24 (5:30–9:30), and Saturday, April 25 (8:00–5:00). Location: Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana, California. Come on down!

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A review of Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me About Life, Love, and Second Chances (Kindle Edition)

Beautifully Written!

By Gloria J. Field “V-Star girl”

Definitely worth reading. Beautiful story, well written. Buying copies for friends to enjoy this Christmas. Highly recommended for you, too.

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Want to hear Charlie Bear’s “voice”? www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com.

Here’s his photo shoot for the Guideposts story:

He’s also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/charliebearwigglesandwoofs
on Twitter: @CharlieBearY2K.

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B.J. Taylor







Sweater Weather and You…
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6 thoughts on “Sweater Weather and You…

  • October 2, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Good sweater weather and also for finishing your ‘To Do List’ for summer; you say you did not meet some but finished some others ahead of pace; well in my book that evens out to a good finish with all. It is not sweater weather here in deep South GA. yet; still In 70’s & low 80’s. Still swimming weather here for those that can, me & BEaugie we sort of lazed around most of the entire summer. Well enjoy all your plans and give CB a great big hug for me & Beaugie.. Also try to be “Very Good To Yourself And Family.”

    Woofs & Waggles,
    Beaugie & Alice..

    • October 3, 2014 at 7:38 am

      Alice and Beaugie,
      We plan on having a wonderful fall. Crispness in the air in the mornings and evenings and a warmness during the day. Perfect, right? Good for me to walk Charlie Bear when it is cooler too.
      Enjoy your moments,
      Hugs from B.J.
      Wiggles to Beaugie from Charlie Bear

  • October 1, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Not quite sweater weather here, CB, but I think it’s supposed to cool down on Saturday! And tell your Mom Peep, I’m so proud of her! She’s so good at cheering the rest of us on. And my goal to finish my huge rewrite by today–well, I’m close…. Very Close. xo

    • October 1, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      I’m so proud of you for working diligently on your WIP. The huge rewrite will finish when it is meant to finish … and not before, right? You will know when the time is correct to press “end” and “send.” Hugs,

  • October 1, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Great reminders. Happy sweater weather!

    • October 1, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks for the comment and the encouragement. Happy bulk cable knit to you!


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