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I always do resolutions. I've been doing this "new year, new you," thing since high school. As I've gotten older, I've come to terms with the fact that resolutions - at least in my case - are unattainable. I stopped doing them altogether when I had children. This mama doesn't need one more thing to add to her pile.
Life does happen even as we plan. However, the only way to help this organized chaos for this anxious mama is to sit down and come up with some semblance of a plan. A few small things that I'd like to accomplish.
In 2017, I only set out to write one book. I didn't plan for it to be a memoir, let alone one riddled with poems. I didn't even plan on being involved in anthologies, but three published my poetry and one is set to publish my novelette.
I don't know if I can even follow up or top this year, but 2018 is looking promising. I've been fortunate to live in a city where the super bowl was hosted, a world series happened right after a hurricane changed our landscapes and leveled neighborhoods. And a few days ago, a winter wonderland to remind us of how random and beautiful life can be.
So my writing friends, what will 2018 look like for you?
In this coming year,
1.) I will do some querying for my upcoming (and work in progress) poetry collection. the Token Asian writes will find a home somewhere.
2.) Submit articles to the Mighty, the Huffington Post, Blessed is She and inCourage.
3.) Submit poems to 12 different publications - 1 poem or 1 publication per month.
4.) Continue to promote and market books; do 2 different things for marketing once a month.
5.) Continue to learn, to engage, to participate in the writers' community:
So as we reach the end of the year, I'd like to thank you friends who have helped shaped my 2017. Get to writing.
And in case I don't have time to write again, have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family. I'll see ya next year!
Do you remember that poetry half marathon I did back in August?? Once the marathon ended, those who "won" the marathon, full or half, could submit their poetry to be included in an anthology. So excited to announce that my poem, "Rainbows," written in hour 10 of the half marathon is published here among talented poets. Get your copy here:
Well, I "only" had two November goals and I failed them both. *sigh.
1.) NaNoWriMo - 100 poems for my the Token Asian writes poetry collection. - ummm I wrote 10?
2.) be inspired and read poetry! I'll be reading through the poetry books that I bought and reviewing the authors that have inspired and supported me. - I'm down to three poetry books, so yay?!
I don't have a whole lot of things going on as far as writing goals this month. I will continue to read as much as I can and review those that I already have. Excited for next year, though! I enjoyed reading up on new authors and reviewing. I've been fortunate to have 2 different contributing blogger experiences that I'm thinking about taking 2018 into a freelance writing work. Who knows. But as we wind down for the year, I am thankful for you all who have kept up with me and my writing journey.
Stay on the course.
Stop dreaming and start striving.
Grateful to be a part of this group of authors for this #ThankfulAuthor2017 post. I have so much to be thankful for. My family, my friends, my mama tribe, my daughter and my son. So much to live for. Read my post here.
So I really don't know what that means, but I do know I had fun adding all the books I read this year and the ones that I've reread again, such as Penny Reid and JK Rowling.
My October Goals were:
1.) Read and Review the following:
- Lalibela's Wise Man by Matshona Dhliwayo - review to be posted on Oct. 5th.
- A Forest, a Flood and an Unlikely Star by J.A. Myhre - Litfuse Publicity tour and review on Oct. 10th.
- my awesome friend, Abigail Wilson, has a book out called The Day Between: a memoir of miracles that will be released on Oct. 10th!!! Can't wait to read it and add it somewhere on this calendar!
Okay, so I haven't read this book. I know, I'm a terrible friend. And I was thinking of the reasons about why I possibly wouldn't want to pick this up off my nightstand and get to reading. I thought maybe once I finished all the books I said I'd review, I'll get started. So I read all the others as fast as I could.
I thought maybe once I'm in a place where I can be "mentally ready," I'll read....
...the thing about grief is that, there isn't very much time to process and or mentally prepare yourself for the emotions that may come. I already know I'll be crying throughout this book. I already know where to pause and where to thank God that this woman who has supported and encouraged and prayed for me wrote this book. While there are behind the scenes to every grief that friends and family are not privy to, I know there will be some moments that will surprise me and make me weep even more for knowing Abigail's story and truly seeing how God has used her during this time.
So I'm not as ready to dive in as I thought as I was...but to my dear friend, I promise that your story will be read and reviewed and cried over and you and your family will continue to be prayed for. I am in awe and so grateful for you. ~
- A Small Book about a Big Problem by Edward T. Welch - Litfuse Publicity tour and review on Oct. 23rd.
- Scarlet Virgins by Rebecca Lemke - review to be posted on Oct. 27th.
2.) Post about my book signing experience! I will be at Ichigo-Con event in Pasadena, TX on Oct. 28th from 10 am - 1 pm. - gah!! Another thing I forgot to post about!!
3.) Get to brainstorming for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November! Do blog posts count towards something - ha!
Awww NOVEMBER. This is my absolute favorite month!! I only have 2 goals this month:
1.) NaNoWriMo - 100 poems for my the Token Asian writes poetry collection.
2.) be inspired and read poetry! I'll be reading through the poetry books that I bought and reviewing the authors that have inspired and supported me.
and although this is a goal, I'll be changing a few things on my blog, my website, my social media accounts. I'd like to "streamline" them into one and not have to worry about over posting or forgetting to post where. It's not something that I need or want a deadline to - it is holiday season, after all - but I'd like to take a few minutes and tweak a few things before the new year.
Dynamic Duo Anthologies are doing a giveaway in celebration of our first anthology (We Are Not Alone) being out almost a month (on the 28th of the month it will be)!
For this giveaway we are giving away two prizes; an Amazon Gift Certificate $25 and a signed copy of author C. L. Wilson’s The Winter King.
DATESThe giveaway runs from October 23rd, 2017 - November 30th, 2017 (it closes at midnight on the 30th).
Ways To Accumulate “Entries”
WINNERS - Winners will be selected at random by a randomizer. Two winners, one for each prize. You will be added into the randomizer as many times as you have “entries” so the more entries you, the more of a chance you have to win. No one can win both prizes, however.
About Our BookWe Are Not Alone is a collection of stories from Authors whose lives have been touched by mental illness in some way. Mental illness affects everyone who comes into contact with it. You or someone you love may face it on a daily basis. You might know someone who faces it and not be aware of their daily battle.
This anthology was gathered to affirm the wide range of emotions and experiences mental illness can create in our day to day existence. We hope as you read it you find comfort in knowing you are not alone in dealing with the challenges it brings to our individual and collective lives.
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We Are Not Alone is a collection of stories from authors whose lives have been touched by mental illness in some way. The collection includes poems, letters, and short stories.
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This past Sunday, I did something out of my comfort zone. I did a Skype interview with a fellow writer and she had it broadcasted live on her page. I'm not going to say it wasn't fun because it was. I learned a lot in that short amount of time chatting with her. I focused only on the fact that it was just two people chatting and no one else was watching us chat......Soooo without further ado, here is my interview with Megan LaFollett of StoryMaker Society.
I drink too much coffee, read too many books, and in between raising two miracle babies, I find time to write.
If you want to know what a "takeover event" is, click here.
Signing at East Texas Book Bash