...Hello 2015!

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2015! My wish for all of you is that 2015 is YOUR year and that it delivers everything your heart desires!!

2014 was a Roller Coaster of a year and 2015 promises to be much the same. A new baby will be making her appearance sometime this month and I have at least one (but I hope two!) books to publish this year.

As I did last year, I'm posting here on my blog - in black and white - my goals and resolutions for the year 2015, with the hopes that it will help me stay accountable and reach for the stars I see in my eyes. So without further ado, in no particular order, here are my goals and resolutions for this brand new year!

2015 Goals/Resolutions

1. Blog More Often: If you're an avid reader of my blog, I'm sure you've been disappointed on more than one occasion when I've fallen off the wagon and left my blog to wither in the dust. My number one problem is that I have no idea what to say on a regular basis. Do you really want to hear about how the kidtivities have interfered with my writing time? Or how pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel and sciatica issues are making it hard for me to write for longer than ten or fifteen minutes at a time? Maybe you do, maybe you don't - but either way, when I sit down to blog I draw a blank. Other than the major events (NaNo, end of the year, beginning of the year, cover reveals and book reviews), I have no idea what to write. My goal for the year is to blog more often, but now I feel like that is too vague for a goal...so my goal is to write at least two blog posts a month.

2. Finish/Publish Emily's Choice: Many of you know that I originally wrote Emily's Choice twenty years ago during my senior year of high school. And it's been sitting on a shelf, collecting dust and drafts, ever since. I believe I'm up to Draft 9, counting the new draft I wrote during NaNoWriMo back in November. My goal last year was to finish it and publish it by Halloween...obviously that didn't happen. So, with only a couple chapters left to write, I hope to have it published in the spring.

3. Post Overdue Indie Reviews: I started last year off with a bang when it came to Indie Reviews, but somewhere around summer I completely slacked off. I read the books, but neglected to do the reviews on my blog. At the top of my to-do list this year is to write up and post those overdue reviews and be better this year about writing up the reviews as soon as I'm finished reading the books.

4. Write a Book a Season: Now this is a lofty goal, and one that I probably won't accomplish, but it's worth putting down. As I figured out during NaNoWriMo, if a person writes 2500 words a day for a month, they come out of that month with a 75,000 word novel! As I have several ideas stewing away in my mind (and some of them half written already), this could be something "easily" done with some motivation and self-discipline. However, I must caveat this with, I have a new baby arriving soon, so having the time, energy, fortitude, etc to actually pull this off might be a little more than I can handle this year.

5. Continue Growing My Online Relationships: This is a no-brainer. Over the past two years I've met some amazingly talented authors, bloggers and editors. I'm pretty shy and it's extremely difficult for me to break into conversations and cliques - but it's something I must learn to do, and must do, to keep these relationships strong.

6. Finish The Heart Between Short Stories: These are the short stories I started to grow Mary from the little girl to the woman you'll meet in Dreaming of Love. I believe I only have two or three stories out there and there is much to be written before she's ready to dream of anything!

7. Write/Publish Dreaming of Love: The sequel to To Love Twice has been brewing in my mind for over a year, but I didn't want to start on it before all my other projects were finished, or the short stories to grow her up.

8. Find an Artist or Program to Illustrate Children's Books: I have a set of children's books that I've written intermittently over the years and I've been trying to find either an illustrator or an illustrator program to help me finish these books. I'd love to see them published this year (as would my littles!) so this item is pretty high on my list to accomplish.

9. Continue to Create a Writing/Family/Life Balance: This is something I struggle with. When I'm in the writing groove, I don't want to be pulled out for anything. But I also don't want to miss anything important when it comes to my family. You see my dilemma? As a stay-at-home Mom, my main "job" is to take care of the house and kids and hubby - which sometimes doesn't leave a lot of time for writing, unless I burn the midnight oil and stay up late...but then that turns into a double-edged sword when I'm tired and cranky the next day due to little sleep. During November and the NaNoWriMo event, I have pretty good luck with scheduling in my writing time and sticking to it. But when it's outside of that month, that schedule is hard to follow. Especially when I add social media, networking, marketing, etc. to the long list of things that need to be done during the day - along with the writing. This is another top priority for me this year!

10. Create a New Organization System: I'm typically a very organized person, but when it comes to my writing and the things that need to be done for it, it's complete chaos. I need to find a new system (or create one) to help me keep track of everything from scheduling signings to organizing a virtual book tour for Emily's Choice to keeping track of sales to everything else on my list. My written list isn't working and especially with a new baby coming, something drastic has to happen!

Whew! There they are...10 resolutions and goals that I hope, on January 1, 2016, I can honestly say I succeeded in accomplishing. What are your resolutions and/or goals? Please share them with me in the comments!

Happiest of New Years to you all!

xoxo
~Heather

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