I can't even begin to tell you how much I wanted to get into a new year. Wow, did 2012 suck for the most part. There were some good times, but the amount of stress so vastly outweighed everything.
Okay...so there were some very good times.
We took the kids to Disneyland. I wrote a few books I'm really proud of. I won third place in Mystery Times Nine anthology which is available now: Mystery Times Nine 2012 I grew closer to a few friends that I plan to keep for the rest of my life. My husband and I went on a 15th anniversary trip to New Orleans--which was on my bucket list for the U.S. (Florida Keys is the last remaining on that list.) I spent time with family and friends. There was just so much stress--including a lot of medical stress that is going to spill over to this year.
Anyway, we're into a new year, and it's prime and odd. Thirteen isn't actually unlucky in my book. It's actually very, very lucky. Prime. Odd. And it's rare to see thirteen stories, Fridays, or anything because of other people being superstitious and, of course, the calendar on the Friday thing--so I see that as positive--like a blue moon. On the whole, many with OCD are extremely superstitious. Not because we believe but because we HAVE to cover our bases and we have to place blame when things go wrong. I don't walk under ladders, open umbrellas inside, and I don't step on crack if I'm paying attention. *knocks on wood* *throws salt over shoulder* On the other hand, my love affair with odd, prime numbers outweighs the number thirteen superstition by a landslide.
So, in this very lucky new year, I'm going to set some goals.
1. Read at least 13 Sci-fi/Fantasy, Classics, Mystery, Contemporary, Suspense/Horror, Historical, Paranormal, Non-fiction, Non-fiction (writing), MG, YA, PB, and general/other fiction. 13x13 = at least 169 titles.
2. Revise Honor Among Thieves, Sentinel's Run, Dream a Little Dream, Secrets of Skin and Stone, and Curse Me a Story.
3. Keep my house cleaner and quit using my abhorrence as an excuse.
4. Write three novels (including finishing one I've started.)
5. Have Sarah sub three novels.
6. Write at least 13 Amazon reviews.
7. Average at least 13 blog posts per month. (I know...I've been horrible about that lately--I was burnt out and depressed.)
I'd planned on starting the year by walking away from publishing...because the stress from all of that contributed to how bad last year was. On the other hand, this is my lucky year...if I can't swing things in my favor this year, I can assume nothing will help. ; ) Plus, I have a difficult time walking away with something unfinished--so maybe "planned" was a pipe-dream/empty threat anyway. I'm a writer to my soul--a storyteller--so the natural progression is to publish. Last year just sucked so bad. I just want to punch it in the face despite all the good times.
So, that's it.
I'm starting off the year with a head cold so I'm going back to bed now that I've done this.
Happy New Year, everyone!!!