January 1st marks a new beginning and a fresh start. Yesterday, New Year’s Eve, I was feeling somewhat nostalgic. It was my mother’s birthday which we always celebrated with ice cream cake. In our family no birthday was complete without an ice cream cake. Although my parents are long deceased, I have good memories of those times. I finished reading a novel by Robyn Carr entitled THE LIFE SHE WANTS. Nothing like a good book to cheer flagging spirits!
Today I begin planning what I intend to do during the new year. A fresh start?
First, as always, comes family needs and concerns.
Second, seeing to health matters.
After that I resolve to continue my writing. This I do faithfully beginning early each morning.
I will also continue to send my work out to various publishers and publications regardless of acceptances. Most writers meet with a lot more rejection than acceptance. In that respect, I am typical. But if writing is something you feel compelled to do—like me—than you work at it regardless.
One of my continuing resolutions is striving to improve the quality of my work. With that in mind, I pay attention to editorial and reader comments. The year 2016 was a relatively good one for work. Two of my novels were published: THE KILLING LAND by Five Star/Cengage, a hardcover Western romantic thriller, and
THE INHERITANCE by Intrigue Publishing, a romantic mystery. There were also quite a few short stories published in a variety of genres.
I also intend to continue reading diverse books and writing reviews of those I truly enjoy.
I resolve to do more landscape painting.
I confess housework comes dead last—but it does and will get done, as does shopping and cooking. All life’s necessities.
I would like to do some traveling as well in this new year, go places I have never been before.
What are some of your plans or resolutions for the year ahead?