Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016 Goals

As promised this blog post will lay out my goals for 2016. I thought this saying was apropos
because setting goals and not making a plan to accomplish them will not make them happen or move your writing career forward.

My method is to set yearly goals and then break them down into monthly goals. I also recap my monthly goals on the first of the new month so I can see what steps I need to take to move forward on meeting my yearly goals. Of course, my method might not work for you, but it is important that you find out what does work for you keeping in mind that goals are fluid. If you prepare a proposal and it's accepted, your yearly goals may change.

My goals for 2016 are:

1. Keep my blog up. Sounds simple, but this is hard for me to do if I'm under deadline since I work a full-time job.

2. Develop two speaking workshop/presentations, one for adults and one for children.

3. Revise and polish a children's chapter book that's been sitting on my computer.

4. Develop an inspirational romance proposal with older characters.

5. Have a completed cozy mystery book including the proposal by years end.

6. Develop a historical romance proposal.

My one word for 2016 is: Reinvigorate!

If you feel inclined, share one of your goals with me!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

2015 Goal Recap

It's that time of the year that I have to publicly reveal what goals I accomplished over the year. If you remember every January I publish my goals for the year. If you make them public, actually tell people, it makes you accountable.

As a reminder, here were my goals:

Keep up the blog
Develop speaking/workshop presentations both children and adults
Develop cozy mystery series idea
Work on revising children's chapter book
Develop proposal for Harlequin's American Romance line
Develop historical romance book
Develop contemporary romance series with older characters

I managed to complete three.

I kept up the blog.

I developed the proposal for the American Romance line

I developed a cozy mystery idea.

Not too shabby. I did submit my resume for a work for hire for children's short stories which results in three assignments of 39 stories total. I also auditioned for a work for hire book series, but didn't make the grade.

It's always important to keep your eye out for work for hire assignments. I actually had four this year, but one came from a publication that contacted me.

All in all, I think I hit the mark with my goals and accomplishments! Next week I'll post my goals for 2016. If you haven't set your goals yet, I urge you to do it now.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Saying Good-bye to 2015

Wow, another year has past! Well, almost. I'm not really trying to rush it or anything. Even though I had a few disappointments, 2015 was a good year for me.

Next week I will recap how my yearly goals matched up to my production. The following week, I'll share my goals for 2016!

To be honest, I am just now starting to think about my 2016 writing goals. Have you set your goals yet or are you like me, still mulling them over?

I have decided on my one word for my writing career for 2016. It's reinvigorate. I need too. I've been slacking off a little so I need to reinvigorate my enthusiasm towards my writing and the every changing market place.

Did you receive a Barnes and Noble or Amazon gift card for Christmas? If so, you might want to check out the Lassoed by Marriage novella collection!

Friday, December 25, 2015

A King is Born!

Merry Christmas!


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Here Comes Santa Claus, Here Comes Santa Claus

Don't forget about the magic of the season. Look to the night sky. If you don't see flying reindeer, you may just see a 'star'.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Movie Parade - Day Twenty Three

This is it. The end of this years series. Although I didn't post them in any particular order, I did save my favorite Christmas movie for last. I mean, Cary Grant, as an angel, it just doesn't get any better than that! Plus I always enjoyed Loretta Young and David Niven's acting too.

Of course this movie has a remake! The Preacher's Wife. A little of the plot is different, but I enjoy it too. Not as much as the original though. Which one of these movies do you prefer?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Movie Parade - Day Twenty Two

This is another great movie featuring Santa and believing in the magic at Christmas. My favorite part of this movie is when they prove in court that the 'crazy old man' is Santa. Seriously, it's an ingenious idea to deliver the children's letters to Santa. I know why this movie has staying power!

Do you like the original version of this movie or one of the remakes?