Monday, January 11, 2016

Making Progress...

A week and a half into 2016, and I've already made some great progress on some of my new years' resolutions. I'll be blogging about this as the month and year go on, as a way to hold myself accountable.



My first resolution was to GET ORGANIZED. I'm totally going to toot my own horn (toot, toot!) and say that I've made major headway in this regard. I've gone through the cabinets in my kitchen, took my old TV to the recycler, and made headway in my closet.

But I'm still not done! There's much left to do. I haven't even touched my desk yet! Eep!

I've had to change my approach to organizing: rather than tackling one project at a time, I've decided to devote a certain amount of time to organizing each day.

Part of getting my life organized includes getting better about time management.



My second resolution was to HIT THE GYM. I can happily report that I have upped my gym attendance, although not the three times a week that I had said I would. It's a new week, and I am re-pledging my effort. In fact, I'm going to go four times this week to make up for what I missed last week.

I'm not going to get down on myself for what I haven't accomplished. Negativity will only breed more negativity. If I let myself get discouraged, then I'd just give up. Nope. Not this time.

I spent 44 minutes on the treadmill today, and I'm feeling great! Next gym day this week is Wednesday. I can say I'm looking forward to it.




I'm not much closer to my goal of PUBLISHING THREE NOVELS in 2016 (my third resolution), but that's a marathon, not a sprint. I'm working on Breakout Play, and I have a lot more to write before I can begin to think about the publication phase. I hope I can still meet my February deadline, but I may have to push that back. I'm not worried about that yet; I'm just gonna keep on writing.

I'm adopting the same method here: instead of focusing on getting X amount of words done a day or so many chapters per week, I'm going to devote an hour a day to writing. From nine to ten pm today, I'm turning off the TV, closing Facebook, and putting my phone on Do Not Disturb. And writing.



That's my detailed progress of the past eleven days.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Hockey New Year 2016

Happy January, my lovely readers, and happy hockey new year! Hard to believe it's 2016 already!

Part of me realizes that January 1st is an arbitrary date, in the scheme of things. How is it any different than February 1st? Or the first day of a new season?

A new year means a brand new calendar, a brand new planner, and a blank page.

It also means making New Year's Resolutions.


There are plenty of things that I need to be better about doing. I need to get better about planning meals ahead of time so I eat less junk food, especially since I've been focusing on eating a mostly paleo diet. Also, I need to make sure I'm getting enough sleep every night. But there are more important things on my mind.

I'm making my resolutions public so I'll be held accountable for achieving these very realistic goals.



First, I resolve to:
Not only in my author life, but in my personal life. I will go through my closet and get rid of the clothes I don't wear anymore. And I will organize my desk so I can sit and write without getting distracted. And I've got to go through my kitchen cabinets and get them sorted.

I'm starting this today! So don't be surprised if you see progress pictures popping up on Facebook and Twitter.

And once I'm organized, I'm going to stay organized. This may be the hardest part of the resolution, but I'll work at it every day.




Second, it's time to:
I am publicly vowing to go to my gym AT LEAST three times a week. Since I'm spending today organizing, I'll be going to the gym tomorrow to begin my new and improved fitness regimen.




Third, and lastly, I will

Yup, you heard it here first. I've been planning future books in the Dallas Comets series. As it stands, I want to have Breakout Play (Comets book #3) available this February or March and False Start (Comets book #4) out in the fall. This summer, I hope to finally get The Back Up published. I've been working on that manuscript, off and on, for a long time now—and it's time to let it out into the world.



So, there you have it, folks. Those are my big resolutions for 2016. Now it's your turn. What are you hoping to achieve in the new year? Sound off in the comments here, or on social media, and let the world know!