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Wednesday, December 29, 2010


With the kids on break, I find that I stay up into the wee hours, sleep later & stress less. It's weird. I am not a night owl at any other time - even during the summer. I don't like to sleep in because I feel that I won't get everything done. The stress less part is actually great because 'Worry' is my middle name. I can examine the bejupiters out of any situation, plan 15 steps ahead & wonder how it all went awry without missing a beat.

So, whilst placid in my bed, I thought on my goals for this next year. Of course, there are the obvious ones within my control - write novel, revise novel, submit novel, repeat. Then there are those in the hands of someone else & being  a control freak are hard to let over - write query, submit query, pray for partials & fulls, receive offer from splendiferous agent. And then, there are the ones that have nothing to do with writing & everything to do with writing. Because, let's face it, the last defines the first & therefore supersedes. So here goes...

10. play more, worry less
  9. let go, let God
  8. trust that all is as it should be
  7. plant more seeds - literal & figurative
  6. read more for fun than study
  5. don't take myself too seriously
  4. focus on that which makes me happy
  3. breathe through rather than around the issues
  2. focus on love, compassion & understanding
  1. remember why I made the choices that have brought me to this place & rejoice in them

And that's it. Simple enough, right? Not so much. But these are the things that I believe & try to remember every day. When I get cut off at a light, when someone blocks the aisle at the grocery store, when I feel that I have failed; all of these come back to the list. Wisdom is knowing your truth; Courage is acting on it; Serenity is living with it.

What resolutions are you making for this next year?

Happy Writing,



  1. Writing book two, learning to use speech to text, not throwing my computer out the window when speech to text keeps writing 'and' as 'end', working on getting the buzz out about book one, creating the website for the trilogy, reading books for fun (stole that idea ;p but its a goody) oh and probably a few more.. but I forget ;p

    The Arrival, book one of the BirthRight Trilogy, available on Amazon 1.1.2011

  2. Nicole,
    That's quite a list. Keep me posted on the text thing - sounds interesting. I do hope we both find the time for fun reading!! Here's hoping. Thanks for sharing.

  3. these are great goals to have for the new year. I'm still working on mine.

    Have a great day!

  4. Thanks Summer. Good luck with that list of your own. I found the compilation quite liberating; as to the execution, only time will tell.

  5. Lovely...I like the way you put them.

    My blog tour is full. I can't find your email, if you want a free copy to review on Amazon please send me your email. Thanks a bunch.
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

  6. Resolution #1 ... makes a great philosophy of life.

    Enjoy the coming year.

  7. Kay,
    Thank you. It is one I try very, very hard to remember, but sometimes life sneaks in, bites my ankle & I forget. I endeavor to remember it more in the coming year. I'll be talking to you soon.