Farewell, 2017

The departure of yet another year seems almost hallucinatory. Where did the time go? It slipped so quickly from my grasp, like water through my fingers.

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2017 was filled with a lot of challenges in my personal life. Every family has it’s cross to bear, and sometimes it feels like ours has a shit ton of weight to carry. Among those heavy bags are mental illness (of which many of us suffer from) and disabilities (mine and the boys). But we manage, because we love each other, even if it isn’t always easy.

In August of this year, my father suffered a heart attack. Nearly losing him was terrifying. I honestly don’t know what I would do without him. He’s taught us all so much, and he’s always been there. Thankfully, my father recovered and is doing much better now. But that scare only made me realize just how fleeting life is. You never know when your last tomorrow will be, or the last tomorrow of someone you love. It taught me to appreciate the now a little more.

Everything else that was not-so-good in 2017 pales in comparison to that experience, and I can honestly say that while the sucky parts sucked, the rest of it was pretty remarkable. I’ll take the bad, and I’ll handle it for the good, and I’ll appreciate the time I get to spend with my loved ones.

Looking back at my goals for 2017

I didn’t published 3.5 books like I’d set out to do, but Rebel Songthe third book in my Rebel series, released on September 18th. To date, it was the hardest book to write, mostly because of the themes but also due in part to life getting in the way.

did do two signing events–Romancing The Falls and Ignite Your Soul. I had a blast at both venues, and I got to interact with a lot of my wonderful readers and meet new ones, as well as meeting many new author friends.

Unfortunately, I didn’t do another Chapters signing, as our particular store was under renovation for the better part of the year, and I was a little busy with the personal life stuff. I also didn’t write for more websites and blog more frequently, like I’d intended on doing.

That being said, I focused on writing. I completed a novella and started two new projects, which makes me really excited for 2018!

I wrote a novella just shy of 50k words, The Key to 19B releasing next month as a part of An Unexpected Romance Anthology. I think a lot of my readers will be able to relate to Wade and AJ’s story–especially to AJ herself.

The main project I’m working on right now is a contemporary romance that just might be funny enough to be considered a romantic comedy. I’ll leave that decision up to my writing critique partners, since I could very well just be amusing myself with this story. 😉

Another one of the projects I’ve got on the go is a 1950s themed novel following a very special couple, Edwin and Alice, throughout their sixty-five years of marriage. It’s different from anything I’ve ever written before, but I love that about it. It’s a timeless story of endurance and love in an era where it wasn’t exactly common for men to express their feelings verbally, which makes it all the more magical to read the couple’s interactions. Even without the blatant declarations, their love for one another is apparent.

Between these two projects and the novella I finished, I wrote a total of 124,919 words in 2017. More, if I were to count finishing Rebel Song, so I’m really happy with that.

My overall goal for 2018 is let the chips fall where they may and do my best. I’m going to keep writing, keep chasing my dreams, but I’m also not going to stress when life calls me away to deal with it’s abundance of crap. I think they call that finding balance, maybe? Or attempting to, anyway. 😉

Work Goals for 2018:

  • Publish two full-length novels. Considering I’m halfway through two full-length novels right now, I feel that this is a more realistic goal for me. I aim to finish the contemporary romance by February, and the 1950s themed novel by June.
  • Publish one novella. I’ve already plotted it out, and it’s a small little treat for you Rebel fans. I’ll be releasing this novella in October, likely as a newsletter special for my readers.
  • Do at least one signing event. There’s Ignite Your Soul in September again, and maybe I’ll see about another bookstore signing.

Publication Goals for 2018:

  • The Key to 19B (An Unexpected Romance Anthology)–releasing February 14th, 2018 (Book bloggers, click here to sign up to help with the release).
  • Untitled Welder Contemporary Romance–to be published in June of 2018.
  • 1950s Romance–to be published in August of 2018.
  • Rebel Novella–to be published in October of 2018.

Personal Goals for 2018:

  • Be more present. I can’t be the only person in the world who has trouble turning off that valve of worries and anxieties, but I need to actively work on doing just that. When I’m focusing on the anxieties and the negatives, I’m missing the good stuff and I don’t want to miss the good stuff.
  • Keep paying off debts and saving. We’re nowhere closer to buying a house, but we’ve paid off a great deal of debt and are in the process of repairing credit.
  • Go on more adventures. This particular personal goal of mine didn’t exactly pan out last year. It’s a little challenging to go on adventures without a vehicle, and my husband needed ours to work. Since 2017 ended with a very beautiful Christmas gift of a new (to me) car, I think I’ll have better luck with this goal this year. 😉 There are plenty of local-ish ghost towns that I want, nay, need to check out.
  • Spend more time with family and friends. Host more dinners and game nights, attend more events, fill my time with people who feed the soul, not feed from it.
  • Read more. I was thirty books shy of reading 100 books in 2017. This year, I’ll make more time for reading. I’m kicking off this year with Rose Madder by Stephen King, because another goal of mine is to return my friend’s books she loaned me and I need to read them first. 😉
  • Drink more water. I did really good with this last year so it shouldn’t be too much of a challenge!

What are your goals for 2018?

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