Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Starting the New Year Right 2020

January symbolically marks a new beginning and a fresh start. With that in mind, I am planning what I intend to do during the new year. However, my resolutions have only slightly changed since 2019.

First come family needs and concerns. This very much includes seeing to health matters.

After that I resolve to continue my writing. This I do faithfully beginning early each morning. At this time, I’m hard at work on a new novel.

The fifth Kim Reynolds mystery in the series, entitled
BLOOD FAMILY, will be published in 2020 by Encircle. I believe it’s the best one yet. Kim has evolved as a very real character.

I will also continue to send my work out, short stories in particular, 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 2019 brought publication of my historical romance novel, SINFUL SEDUCTION, for adult readers. Building a readership is not easy. I hope to increase mine. I also intend to continue reading diverse books and writing reviews of those I truly enjoy.

I resolve to do more landscape painting. I’ve let that go of late.

I confess housework comes last—but it does and will get done, as does shopping and cooking. All of life’s necessities.

What are some of your plans or resolutions for the year ahead? Are they the same as last year or have they changed?


  1. Hi Jacqueline,
    You'll find my writing-specific resolutions on my blog too. I'm a bit stingy about sharing the other ones.
    As you may know, I've been binge-reading several mystery series lately. With your #5, it seems like I should do that with your series too.
    Good luck with all your writing and many successes in 2020.

  2. Hi Steven,

    You always write an interesting blog that I enjoy reading.

  3. I love your writing spirit, Jacqueline. Nothing's gonna stop you now! Best of luck to you in 2020 and beyond.

  4. Thanks, Saralyn, I admire your spirit and writing efforts as well.

  5. Like you, Jacqueline, most of my goals are writing goals. And marketing my writing. I also try each year to do better with exercise. I hate to exercise! But I know it helps, so I've got it on the list again. Finally, about two years ago, we hired a pair of cleaners to keep the place cleaner than I can now. What a boon! I have my little routines to keep dirt and clutter under control every day, and the place is always "guests ready." Take care, and have a wonderful new year.

  6. Jan,
    We have similar goals. Looking forward to hosting you.

  7. Happy New Year to you. I'll look forward to your latest Kim Reynolds release. My goal is to start a new series which seems a bit overwhelming right now and finally have a much dreaded colonoscopy. I keep telling myself it's one way to lose weight!

    1. Cynthia,

      I don't know if you'll come back to read this, but I've had two colonoscopies and it's the prep that is difficult, not the actual procedure. I hope this year is a better one for you.

  8. My goals are similar to yours, Jacquie. Cleaning is always last and family concerns are always first, but the writing seems to fill every corner of my life. Let's hope 2020 is a good year for all of us.

  9. Susan,

    I sincerely hope our writing meets with recognition this year.

  10. Great post Jacquie and wonderful goals. I plan to do my best to eat healthier, write consistently and implement more self-care activities. Good luck and God's blessings in the New Year!

  11. Hi Pam,

    Eating healthier sounds like a goal we can share.