Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018 - Another Fresh Start

As another year is in the taillights and we look forward to a brand spanking new 365 days, I'm excited.  My life is good, my life right now is happy, and I'm satisfied with the way everything is.

That's not to say I don't have some goals.  (Not resolutions, just goals.)

* I want to read more.  I started this late in 2017 and hope to continue.  I used to read while my       hubby watched TV.  These days, I watch TV too.   I want more quiet time, reading.  I want to find new authors to love and continue reading my favs.

* I want to continue to find joy in my writing.  Last year, I hit my 50 books published milestone and I'm not going to lie.  Some of those books were easier and more enjoyable to write than others.  Not that the others were bad, they just were hard to write.  Difficult, mostly due to the fact that I remain more of a panster than a plotter.  I'd like to try to plot more thoroughly, though I've been saying that for 20 years now.

*  I got the rights back to 9 of my old Silhouette/Harlequin books.  For 2018, I hope to re-release one per month, with new covers and ISBN numbers.  Hopefully starting in Feb or March.  It's been a long time since I've self-published anything (since I got my old Dorchester books back,) so it will be a learning curve again for me.

* Like everyone else, fitness needs to become a priority.  I'd started a workout program in June 2017 and to my surprise, I was loving it.  I made it six weeks of working out to it every day.  Then I broke my ankle.  And ate whatever I wanted.  Now I'm at my heaviest weight since 1980 (Yikes!) when I was pregnant with my daughter.  That's not going to work.  My joints hurt and my body isn't happy.  So, despite the lingering ankle issues, like everyone else, I'm going to work out.  At home, though.  I'm going to restart that program I was doing in June.

* Ditto above on better eating.  While it stinks, I have to accept that I cannot just eat whatever I want.  I mainly do eat healthy, but need better portion control.  And on the times that I don't eat healthy, I need to cut the meal in half and save part of it for later.

Nothing earth-shattering in these goals.  Probably 99.9% of the population makes fitness and diet goals.  The last time I did, in 2016, I lost 15 pounds.  Now, I've gained them back, plus some.  It's a never ending battle.  But the writing and self-publishing more back-list, in addition to continuing to write new books for Harlequin, is unique to me (and a few other writers!)

I had a book out in December and have another out this month, January.  It will be one of my last books for Harlequin Nocturne (the final one of mine for the line comes out in June.)  I love the cover and I finally got to write my Mermaid!



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6 comments:

  1. I love fresh starts. Great post, Karen! I too want to read more and watch more television. In a nutshell that boils down to allowing myself more "me" time in the new year. I'm looking forward to it. Thanks for sharing your goals!

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  2. I have loved the fresh feeling of starting a new year for a long time. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I don't make resolutions either, but it is a good time size up and define what I want.

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  3. Agree with everyone. January is the perfect time to take stock and change what isn't working as much as we are able.

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  4. I love fresh starts, too, and one of the things I like about being...er, mature, is that I realize we can use all of them we need.

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  5. Gosh, Karen, I was nodding to every single thing you want to do in the coming year. I remember all those years when I had a day job and wrote at night, forcing my husband to watch TV alone. Since I write full time, I've forced myself to watch TV with him every night, and I'd much rather be reading. I think I'll try to do more of that. The only thing different between us us that I do make time to go to the gym or do some workout every day (fortunately no broken ankle!). And I weigh more than I did when I was pregnant! (And that was a lo-o-o-ng time ago.)

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  6. Happy New Year, Karen! I think everyone can identify with your post. *g*

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