Reflections and New Year Resolutions

Happy 2018! Another year has come and gone, and with it so many note-worthy moments. It seems the older I get, the more productive and interesting my years get. Life certainly was not this exciting (or busy) when I was a teenager or even in my early twenties. I suppose that is to be expected, though. With age should come more experience and wisdom.

As I look forward into 2018 (and beyond), I can’t help but think back on the events of 2017 that are leading to the upcoming events of 2018.

In 2017:
  • §  My husband and I welcomed our 2nd child (a baby girl) into the world, and our son became a big brother.
  • § I quit my full time teaching position as a college English professor in order to stay home with my kids. In the time my son was in daycare full time, I realized I no longer knew him the way I did his first year (when I worked only 2 days a week). With that came the fear that I would not know my daughter the way I wanted to and that my son and I grow apart. I did not want this, and I could no longer deny my desire to stay home full time instead of continuing in my career.
  • §  I published my first romance, Fate’s Arrangement.
  • §  I learned how to do marketing for my book. Being a newbie to marketing, I had to learn as I went, and, in the end, I caused myself more stress than I needed. It was quite a trick trying to balance revisions and edits with early promotion, finding advance copy reviewers, building my social media presence, networking, release day itself, and all the nitty-gritty details that go along with the marketing process. The good news is, I learned a lot, and I hope the next time I publish, the process will be less stressful, having learned what needs to be done and when.

With all that happened in 2017 (much of which is too personal to post), 2018 is going to be just as action-packed as 2017. One of the things my family and I have to look forward to is my husband going back to school to finish his engineering degree. With that coming our way, my husband is going to need my support more than ever, and after the enormous stress I put myself through this past year, I think 2018 is a good year to just write.

By the time release day for Fate’s Arrangement arrived, I was burned out emotionally and mentally. Every ounce of creativity had been zapped from my body, and all I found myself thinking was, “I just want to write. I don’t want to market.” Of course, marketing is necessary, and I will continue to do some in 2018, but on a much smaller, less aggressive scale than what I did October through December of 2017. So, 2018 will be a year for writing. My goal is to write three new novels (I have already gotten a good start on one) this year and begin revisions, at the very least. We will see how much work my kids let me do. I would also like to publish a free short story or two, but, of course, that will depend on how much my kids let me do. Nevertheless, this year will be a year to take it easy and support my husband’s endeavors in whatever way I can, even if that just means keeping the kids out of his hair so he can do homework.

I hope that you had a good 2017, and I hope you will have an even better 2018. I love to engage with my readers, so let me know what your 2018 goals are. Happy New Year!


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