Hello, 2019!

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Here we are – 2019! Looking back at my Hello, 2018 post, I said that 2019 will be here “tomorrow.” I don’t think I’ve ever made a truer statement.

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Every single new year I always tell myself, “This will be the year.” The year of what, though? I’m not really sure. I have plenty of ideas and goals to keep my occupied and focused for the next 12 months. Whether something comes of those ideas, I have no idea.

If there’s one thing I know about myself, it’s that I’m a hard worker. I always have been and I definitely know I can be a bit of a control freak and while I collab a lot (I mean, I run an entire blog with my sister) I like doing a lot of things myself and on my own time. I enjoy being my own “boss,” if you will.

I quit my job in June 2017 and decided to pursue this whole writing and blogging thing. Since then, I’ve had my ups and downs. Ideas have come to fruition, others haven’t. Some deadlines were met, some are still collecting dust or were deleted all together.

When I don’t meet deadlines or complete a task, it could be for a number of reasons.

  • I took on too much and ran out of time
  • I took on too much and ran out of steam
  • Something came up in life – friends or family, good or bad – and I put them first

Improvements

One thing I’d like to improve about myself this 2019 is to stop being so hard on myself. If I run out of time, I stay up later or wake up earlier in an attempt to get hours back. If I don’t, I lie awake in bed all night thinking about it.

Same thing if I run out of steam. I need to accept that I’m human. I need breaks and rest and definitely need to schedule that into daily routine or stop working at a certain time for the day.

Family and friends will always come first, however there have been a few times where my work at suffered for no reason. I won’t explain in detail, but for two weeks straight I was helping a friend and it turned into the same problem each and every day. Sometimes people seem to think that because I’m home I have a lot of free time because I’m “my own boss” and I could always do my work “later.” But there will be times where it’s okay if I put my work first.

In other words, I need to stop feeling bad if I don’t get back to my friend right away or if I decide to put my work to the side for the time being.

So, What’s Up For The Blog?

With all that said, I’m changing some of the content on this blog. I’ve talked about this before, but I’ll say it again.

Instead of the blog being strictly writing and reading, I’ll be sprinkling in some personal posts here and there. This blog originally started off with writing posts and personal posts and I’d like to bring that back. There are only so many posts I can write about “dialogue.” Those posts won’t go away though! They’ll just be a little less with some other happenings going on. The schedule will, however, be the same daily posts.

  • Sunday – Short Story Story – A new flash story or poem from me.
  • Monday – Free for all – This will typically be home to any Guest Posts or Interviews along with a new feature that will appear once a month.
  • Tuesday – Free for all – Book reviews will appear on this day during July and August.
  • Wednesday – Free for all – Once a month will be a WIP Wednesday post.
  • Thursday – Free for all – I don’t think I ever really have anything special going on this day.
  • Friday – Time to Write – A creative writing prompt that everyone is welcome to participate in and share their stories in the comments.
  • Saturday – Book Reviews – A new book review will be posted.

In addition to new personal posts, I’ll be starting two new features. Both will appear once a month – Healthy Writer and Mental Health Monday. I’m looking forward to sharing those posts with you guys!

What Else?

On my Goodreads, I had pledged to read 52 books again. I think that will be a breeze for me with the way the past couple of years have worked out. I got a lot of gift cards to Barnes & Noble for Christmas, so I’m planning on buying myself one new book a week – because I totally need more books.

I do have quite a lot of writing goals, but I’ll be talking about that in a separate post tomorrow.

I have so many other things planned for 2019 as well – one should be made public in early March while the other will probably be closer to the end of the year. Plus there’s many more!

I’ve always been thinking of better ways to utilize my Patreon and make things more engaging for my Patrons. If you have anything in mind, let me know and please join my writing journey on there. A lot of cool new things will be coming in 2019 and my patrons will be the first to know about it.

Happy 2019!

I believe that’s it for now. I’ll be back tomorrow with an update on my writing goals for the year. Here’s hoping 2019 is filled with a lot of kindness and positive vibes all around. Thank you all for being here!

Do you have any plans for 2019? Are you looking forward to the new year? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Hello, 2017!

Oh, gosh… And another year begins! I can’t believe we’re already into 2017.

2016 came and went in a blink of an eye, it seems like. It was a weird year, but I think 2017 is going to be bigger and better with more positivity and success.

Hello 2017

Did I complete my resolutions for 2016?

Yes and no. At the end of 2015 I wrote a list of things I wanted to accomplish in my journal, some I knew were a big unrealistic for the coming year, but I wrote them down anyway so I wouldn’t forget them. There were 30 things on that list and I completed 10 of them.

Not bad, right?

I’m not going to mention any specifics. If any of those accomplishments had anything to do with writing or blogging, I’m sure it was mentioned on here once it was completed. A lot of the goals were more personal.

What are my resolutions for 2017?

They’re more or less the same from last year, with a few add-ons. Again, it’s private in my journal so I won’t be sharing too many of those goals on here. If I accomplish them and it’s a big feat, then I’ll probably mention something on here. But my main goal is to check off a few items from that list.

Reading

I’m pledging to read 52 books again this year. I managed 59 books in 2016 whereas I pledged 52, but attempted to aim for 60. If I didn’t get sick that last week of the year I definitely would have been able to do it. The books are on my desk waiting to be read.

So maybe this year will be the year I read 60, but I’m still only pledging 52, one book a week, to be on the safe side.

Writing

I think my main goal is to have The Lost Girl and the George Florence series planned out as well as the first book completely done. If I could finish two novels this year, that would be incredible.

I also want to write plenty of short stories and such for contests and magazines. I submitted a lot last year, not as much as I had planned, but more than usual.

What’s up for the blog in 2017?

I have a lot of plans for this blog in 2017… Too many for me to keep track of, actually. My posting schedule is more or less the same:

Weekly

Sunday: Short Story Sunday (flash fiction, poetry, and now “Dear Diary” non-fiction pieces)
Monday-Thursday: anything about writing, reading, or blogging
Friday: Time to Write (writing prompts; I’ve added picture prompts this year!)
Saturday: Book review

Monthly

Guest Bloggers: Still twice a month on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pretty much all of 2017 is wide open, so if you would like to be a guest on my blog, go here to my Be a Guest Blogger page.

Interviews: I’ll be interviewing authors on my blog once a month now! For more information on that, check out my Interviews page.

June: Our third Mystery Month. It will be new and improved this year with a special event… The event is still up in the air at this point as it’s too early to tell whether I’ll actually be able to do it or not.

July and August: Bookish events will happen during these two months. I’ll attempt to read two books a week, plus do some fun book tags, book bingo, readathons, and more.

Overall

Book reviews: I’m still accepting book reviews from authors, publishers, or just recommendations from anyone. For more information on that, check out my Book Review Policy page.

Newsletter: I started a monthly newsletter back in November. A few subscriber only happenings will begin once I get settled into 2017. So, if you enjoy this blog, sign up for more exclusive content and some goodies for you at my Newsletter here! Or, if you want to know more about my newsletter, check out my Newsletter page here.

There’s a lot of other stuff I’m planning for 2017 both within the blog and outside of the blog, but I’m not going to reveal all of my secrets here.

Overall, this year is going to be filled with fun blog happenings, lots of writing, and great books!

I wish you all the best in 2017.

What are your resolutions for 2017? Let me know in the comments below!

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Hello 2015!

 

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2015 is officially here! It’s time to look ahead confidently and make this year really count.

Did I complete my resolutions for 2014?

Eh… yes and no. One resolution was to read more. I made a Goodreads challenge to read 20 books in 2014 and I read 24 books. I think I could have read more, but 24 was an overachievement.

Another resolution was to write more. I kept up pretty well with my Short Story Sundays on here (I think). I won two out of three NaNo challenged in 2014, and I also got pretty far in writing/editing my Detective Florence series.

What are my resolutions for 2015?

My resolutions are more or less the same as last year… I want to read more than last year. For the 2015 Goodreads Reading Challenge, I’m going to pledge to read 52 books. That’s one book a week. We’ll see how well I can keep up with that.

For writing, I’m going to focus more on my Detective Florence series. By the end of 2015 I want to have the first novel ready for publication so I can start querying.

On a side note, I want to start eating healthier. I give myself until the end of the first week, but it’ll be good to try.

What’s up for the blog in 2015?

I’m going to start posting regularly. There will still be plenty of “personal” posts on here. However, I’m going to have a few posts already written to make sure I can keep up with the blog. Also, the topics will be more about reading and writing in general as well as my own writing.

–Sunday: Short Story Sunday will continue. Each Sunday I will post a short story or poem or some other type of my own writing.
–Wednesday: I will post advice and tips about writing. I will also links to outside articles and blog posts about the same subject.
–Friday: Something short and simple, I’ll post a writing quote or picture. I think it’ll be a great source of inspiration/motivation.
–Saturday: I’ll post what book I read that past week and let you all know what I think about it.
–Every “first” of the month: I’ll post either a character spotlight on the characters in my novels or a WIP summary of my current novel. I’m hoping that will be interesting for all.
–Every “sixth” of the month: I will post six six-word stories. This challenge is brought to you by Adam Ickes. I found his challenge a long time ago and decided it would be something to try for 2015.

Depending on what days the dates fall, some posts will be modified as such. For example, if the sixth falls on a Friday I’ll either post the six six-word stories or the quote or maybe both.

There you have it. My new and improved blog for a brand new year. I hope you all enjoy the ride.

I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2015!