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A Look Ahead to 2015

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“A goal is nothing more than a dream with a deadline.” Napoleon Hill

Usually I take a moment to set goals for the upcoming year. However, after a grueling year of too much work and not enough play and too much stress and not enough relaxation, the last thing I want to do is endure another set of to-dos on top of the ones I already have outlined for me by others.

That doesn’t mean I don’t have any goals or dreams or New Year’s Resolutions. It means I don’t want to commit to the same structure I have been accustomed to using. No list on the back of the front door with each task clearly marked with a deadline. No dream boards floating above my keyboard. It’s already too much having a calendar clearly marked with essential items to complete, both professionally and personally, each day of the year.

But if I look at my overall goals, they boil down into two general categories: professional and personal. My professional goals can be further broken down into my different jobs and what I hope to accomplish from each this year. My personal goals can be broken down into my interpersonal relationships, my spiritual relationships, and my relationship with myself.

In my writing life, I would like to find an appropriate publisher for my sweet romance, Just Juliet, and I would like to have a successful launch for my memoir, Red Eggs and Good Luck. I’m not committing to any other writing projects at the moment, although I have plenty to tackle if I decide to change my mind.

In my personal life, I would like to express my appreciation through each interaction I have, no matter how brief or seemingly insignificant each encounter might be. I feel it’s imperative that I take each thought, action, and feeling both with the curiosity and joy of a newborn and the gravity and depth of someone near death for it is only through an awareness of the ephemeral that we may touch upon the eternal.

How are you approaching 2015? Click on the “Comment” next to the title and a box will appear for you to express your thoughts. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

2014, a Retrospective

As the end of the year winds down with the upcoming holidays, I’ve taken some time to reflect on the goals I had set for 2014.

Continue to write for national and international magazines
. Although I queried and submitted numerous articles and essays this year, none of them resulted in a sale.

Find an agent. My quest for an agent led to a request for a point-of-view rewrite of my crime novel. I am still struggling on how to restructure a 100,000 word story originally told from six rotating points of view into a coherent narrative told from the point-of-view of the antagonist. I have currently set the project aside after a couple of false starts to determine the direction I want to take to satisfy both the agent and the creative process.

Paint. I’ve successfully managed to complete a handful of new paintings this year. I entered the National Arts Program, but missed the deadline to submit entries to the Harvest Fair. Next year, I plan to continue painting and possibly pursue any additional opportunities related to the visual arts.

Dance. I did not manage to find a dance studio that met the times I was available to dance. I have, however, successfully completed my rehabilitation program with Dr. Caleb Ridgway and am scheduled to run several races in 2015.

Work less, play more. Unfortunately, I encountered several plot twists in my life that required I work much more and play much less. Since every time I plan a goal of finding a way to work only one job to support my family, it always seems to lead to working several jobs to keep up with just the regular bills, I’ve decided to dream big and wish for a windfall that will eliminate all financials worries. In the meantime, I’ll continue working as many jobs as I can to earn as much as my family needs.

Greatest surprise of 2014? Winning the Memoir Discovery Contest sponsored by She Writes Press and Serendipity Literary Agency.

Did you meet your goals for 2014? Do you have any goals set for 2015?

Looking for Love

Couple Holding Hands
Thirty-nine year old Kylie Smith’s Facebook status is in a relationship with Tyler Blake, a celebrity actor. But when her high flying boyfriend can’t make it to a function, Kylie calls upon her long-time friend, Greg Gibson, a kindergarten teacher. But when Kylie starts to fall for her backup boyfriend, she must decide what’s more important—having a famous boyfriend or a real relationship.

Please read the first chapter of The Backup Boyfriend. If you want to read the rest of the novel, please leave your comments on the site. The more comments, the more likely the novel will be published by Harlequin Special Edition. Your support is greatly appreciated!