My 2016 Word

Dear Morgan,

I can’t believe 2016 is not only here, but is a little over a week old. One thing I really don’t like about getting older is the time warp phenomenon. Morgan, I know you know what I mean. I have a lot to do this year so let me get right to the point.

Most years I pick a word that summarizes where and how I want to focus my attention for the next twelve months. I didn’t bother for the last two years. One of my favorite authors published a post after Christmas about her word for 2016. Inspired by her story, I decided to choose a word.


Yep, that’s my word and it’s perfect for me.

Back in 2012, I started researching and planning for my first novel, The Fire-Pit. I wasn’t thinking small either. This would be the first book in a series with at least four books. Continue reading “My 2016 Word”

Change is Good

I wiped my sweaty palms on my purple corduroy pants. The clock read 9:45. A perky pop song filled the car. From the moment I parked, I’d been unsuccessfully talking myself into opening the door and walking to the large old building. In fifteen minutes, the snow had covered the windows and the temperature inside the car had dropped. I shivered. Now or never, I thought.

Grabbing my messenger bag I hurried across the parking lot through the deepening snow. My hand shook as I punched the extension number into the phone hanging on the wall in the otherwise empty vestibule. The phone rang and rang and rang. My stomach cramped; had I written the number down wrong? Why did I make such stupid mistakes? The door opened and closed behind me, I turned, hoping whoever it was could help me.

“Are you Jill?” the snow-covered woman asked me. Continue reading “Change is Good”

Are Your Goals Overwhelming You?

It’s the middle of July. I didn’t think much of it until I ran across two channels that were indulging in Christmas in July weekends. Christmas. Didn’t we just have Christmas and the Super Bowl a few weeks ago?

The realization that we are in the last half of 2013 got me to thinking about my goals for the year. I didn’t write an official list, but in my head I had a totally doable plan.

The List

  1. Finish my first novel and publish it by November 1.
  2. Start an author blog.
  3. Start social media accounts to support my marketing efforts.
  4. Attend Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July – plan my second novel.
  5. Attend November’s NaNoWriMo – write the rough draft of the second book.

Five little things. It seemed manageable.

Lack of Planning = Collapse

What I hadn’t planned for each goal having its own to-do list and those items having their own to-do list, etc, etc. This is when that overwhelming feeling crept in and stomped on me. My mind spun. How was I going to complete everything?

I look at the authors I follow and asked myself how they accomplished so much? They take care of their families, write several books each year, run a blog and social media campaigns, publish multiple books each year, host podcasts, teach courses, host webinars, and attend conferences.

They make it look easy.

I don’t do half of what they do, even though I want to. I’ve reached the point where the spinning of my head is preventing all coherent and creative thought! I need help, I decided, as I flew off the tilt-a-whirl and sailed through the air. This is going to hurt, I just know it!

The Incredible Hulk

My daily to-do list is growing like the Incredible Hulk! Where am I going to find time to work on all these extra things? Continue reading “Are Your Goals Overwhelming You?”