Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Let's Start 2015 Right


Happy New Year! 

It's not only the first Wednesday of the month, but it's the first Wednesday of a new year, and I predict 2015 is going to be great for all of us. Today, I'm combining my Insecure Writer's Support Group post with some simple goals. If you're not familiar with IWSG, it's pretty amazing. You can learn more about the group by clicking here.  As always, I'd like to thank Alex Cavanaugh and this month's hosts.

I hope you enjoyed the holidays. Mine were very nice, and my husband and I even managed to get our four boys together for Christmas. (Something that doesn't happen often with them being older.) It was a lot of fun to have them all here at the same time. But, with the holidays past, it's time to get back into good routines.

I checked my goals for 2014. I met my networking goals, exceeded my reading goals, and sort of met my writing goals. I finished revising the MG novel I mentioned, although I haven't done much to shop it around. I completed the first draft of my contemporary YA, but it's far from ready to be seen by my agent. And I never get to the NA novel I want to write. I did, however, write and sell book three in my Embrace series. While that's not exactly what I had written in my 2014 goals, I'm happy with what I did accomplish.

My goals this year:
  • Continue to visit as many blogs as I can.
  • Read at least two books a month.
  • Launch Entwined, the third book in my series.
  • Polish my contemporary YA.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Visit somewhere new.

This list is a work in progress. :)  

As far as insecurities. I'd like to say I'm all good. It's always nice to start the year off that way, but I just finished the first round of revisions on Entwined and I will admit there's a chapter I'm not so sure about. I'm hoping my doubts are because I reread the chapter several times while working on revisions. So, to keep myself from making changes that I may regret later, I sent my revisions back to my editor with a note about my concerns to get her thoughts. In a few weeks, when the scene isn't fresh in my head, I'll revisit it. Fingers crossed it flows good.

How are you doing this month? Any insecurities? Did you meet your goals for 2014? Do you set new year's resolutions?

P.S.: I must have missed the request for IWSG members to introduce ourselves. So I'm adding it here...

By day, I'm a senior technical support technician. That's a fancy way of saying I work in IT. By night, and really anytime I'm not working at my day job, I enjoy being with family, hanging with friends, and writing young adult fiction. I have three paranormal romance/thrillers out: Embrace, Hold Tight and Challenging Destiny. The first two are part of a series with the third book coming out this April. I've been writing for almost ten years. My husband is the one who coaxed me into writing my first novel, which is not one of my published works. At the time, I wasn't thinking of publication, but I enjoyed writing so much I kept going. I'm also an active member of SCBWI.

22 comments:

  1. I didn't meet my goals, but that's nothing new. Glad you were so productive this year.

    Good idea to hold off revising a chapter until after you get someone else's take on it. Usually I find it hard to send a chapter to my crit partner until I'm totally satisfied with it, which means I end up wasting a lot of time fixing the wrong problems.

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    1. I think we are our worst critiques. Thanks goodness for CPs and editors!

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  2. I love making lists/setting goals. It helps to see what you are aiming for! It does help to put some time/distance between you and the piece of writing you are insecure about.

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    1. I'll admit, I'm a bit OCD about lists, which is good in a way. It keeps me focused and it's rewarding to cross items off when they are completed.

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  3. I was a few books short with the reading goals last year, but it was fun. I've read self-published ones and traditionally published novels, and had a blast.

    Great to know you've done your goals last year. Lots of luck to you for the rest of 2015. A wonderful new year to you!

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    1. I read a variety of books as well and had fun with it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. =)

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  4. How fun to have all the boys there for Christmas! I really need to get brave enough to actually write my goals down. You did an excellent job completing 2014.

    Good luck on finishing up edits. It's so hard to be objective when you've been reading and rereading soemthing.

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    1. Sometimes I miss the boys being small. But alas, they had to grow up.

      I'm looking forward to the next round of revisions, and hearing what my editor thinks of the one chapter. Let will help me to know if I need to cut something.

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  5. When does Entwined come out? Will help promote it!

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    1. It comes out in April, but I don't have the exact date yet. I'll keep you posted. =)

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  6. Nice goals! I'm also trying to exercise regularly. I wish you all the best with your goals for 2015!

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    1. Thanks, Chrys. Hope you meet yours as well.

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  7. I think that's excellent progress on your goals--well done! That's wonderful your 4 boys made it home. You must spend LOTS of time on the computer. :-)

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    1. I'd be lost if someone hid my computer. :-)

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  8. Those are great goals. You have to visit somewhere new every year. You owe it to yourself. Good luck with Entwined.

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    1. That's my goal. When I get good at going to one new place, I'll up it to two. =)

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  9. I forgot to introduce myself too!! Great Goals!! I need to set some myself!!!

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    1. It's fun to set goals and then to check back later to see how you're doing on the list.

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  10. Great goals. I'm hoping to get out and about a bit more this year, as the last few years my anxiety disorder has kept me in quite a bit. It's time to get braver.

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    1. Thanks, and I hope you get out more. :)

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  11. When it comes to my reading and networking goals, I never seem to have a problem. I met my Goodreads goal last year and the networking was awesomel!
    Need to work on the writing goals.
    Thanks for visiting my place on IWSG day!

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    1. That's great that you did so well with some of your goals. Writing can take more energy and after a long day it can be hard to be creative.

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