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In Review

It’s that time of year – the time for top ten lists, and “year in review” posts, and the dreaded New Year’s resolutions…

On the resolution front, I keep promising myself to be kind to myself and to not “over-resolve.”  I make this promise every year, and every year I still put way too many expectations on myself.  This year, though, I’m hoping everyone holds me to my plan to be kind to myself – so much so that I’ve posted over on Indie Jane about the dangers of “over-resolving.”

I also tend to feel really unaccomplished at the end of the year.  There’s something about realizing an entire twelve months has flown by that makes you panic and think “I’m not doing enough!”  So I think it is important to take a breather and recognize the good things that have been accomplished this year.  Here’s some of mine.

2013 Books Image

1.  I published two novels and a short story collection this year.  That’s pretty awesome.

2.  I wrote aforementioned short story collection.  It was a really hard, long, and personal process for me to write those four stories.

3.  I was able to get all three of my novels converted to audiobook.

4.  I took a trip by myself!  My first time spending the night away from my kids. And we all survived.

5.  I took a trip with kids by myself!  Traveling with two kids isn’t always easy, but we had a fabulous time driving to CO to visit my parents for a week.

6.  I was able to beta read for several author friends.

7.  I’ve completely changed my work out habits – from never working out to working out several times a week and doing things I never thought I’d be able to accomplish.  As a result my body has really changed and gotten a lot stronger.

I’m not going to lie, 2013 was a really hard year for me personally.  It feels good to be able to list these off and see tangible proof that things were accomplished and improved.

What are some of your accomplishments this year?





2012 – The Year of Win

2012 – The Year of Win.  This might be the worst title of a blog post ever.  I’m just going to go ahead and apologize for it right off that bat.  But I am not going to change it because a) I am too lazy and b) okay, really it’s just that I’m too lazy.  I’d like to pretend I have a second reason, but I don’t.


I hate New Year’s resolutions, mainly because I don’t keep them.  However, for some unknown reason I did make a 2012 Goals List which I’ve posted (and commented on in rather too much detail) over on Indie Jane today.  I thought about just copying and pasting it over here, but that would be like cheating, right?


So here is my second New Years post of the day.  For a girl who doesn’t love the whole resolving process, this is kind of shocking.  And tiring.  I might have to go to bed now, thinking ahead really takes it out of me.


Just so we are clear: this is not a goal post.  Or a resolution post.


Instead, here are the things I am most looking forward to in 2012.


1.  My flying car and the transparent plastic bubble the government is coming out to install on my house.  Oh wait. We don’t have those?  Fail.  I’ve been sold a bill of goods by sci-fi movies.


2.  The world ending.  The exciting part about the Mayan calendar ending is that it stops on my 11th wedding anniversary.  Awesome.


3.  Awake: A Fairytale coming out.  Thrilled doesn’t begin to cover this one.


4.  Going to the Jane Austen Society of North America’s Annual General Meeting in New York and meeting some of the fabulous Indie Jane ladies.  I plan to not sleep much.  I plan to eat too much and enjoy adult beverages at a “girls night.”  I’m just warning you all.


5.  Finishing Attempting Elizabeth and getting it out.  I really love the whole editing and prep phase and I can’t wait to get to it with AE.


6.  Working more on my Beauty and the Beast redux.  I miss it.  I haven’t worked on it since September!


7.  Getting my sewing machine fixed.


8.  Being a mommy to a big girl four year old (omg, what?) and a big boy three year old!


There’s my list.  What’s on yours?