The last three weeks have been exhausting. I haven’t blogged because between changes at work, work at home, and two book signings, I’ve been too tired in the evenings to do much more than what I have to – usually that’s eat, clean, and go to bed. But all of that is about to change.
I’m taking the next two weeks off. Well, from Thomas Nelson anyway. I’m starting to catch up on a few things (I answered or filed 64 emails yesterday, prepared four packs of books for mailing, submitted three workshop proposals, and entered two contests – then I went Christmas shopping.)
I’m also going to use the time to look back, count the many blessings that have come my way this year, then look forward and plan 2009. And write. LOTS of writing.
Blogging resolution: I think part of my problem with blogging frequently is a lack of planning. I’m not big on just rambling on about my everyday life, so when things were calm or I was tired, I slacked off. But posting the devotionals gave me an idea, and not just about promoting the two books they’re from. I LIKE writing devotionals – always have. So here’s the plan for my blog in 2009.
Monday – a new devotional
Wednesday – a craft or promotional piece on my work
Friday – open to reflections, wanderings, inspirations
So if you’re looking for a new post, there you have it. My blog resolution. And it’s aided by one of my newest blessings: I’ve been invited to be a part of the group blog, CRAFTIE Ladies of Suspense. This is run by 15 writers of romantic suspense. More details on this later.
More career blessings . . . Reclaiming Daisy Doe won one contest and finaled in another (winner to be announced in March), and The Face of Deceit received 4 1/2 stars from Romantic Times and was a top pick for September. I finished The Taking of Carly Bradford (May 2009) and Steeple Hill offered me a contract on A Good Day for Murder (due March 1). I have three good stories waiting in the wings, and Revell is still hanging on to the proposal for Daisy. I took part in three group book signings locally, and mass signings at the RWA National and NJRWA Put Your Heart in a Book conferences. I spoke at four writers conferences in four states (NC, AL, FL, NJ), and start 2009 with a speaking engagement at the NOLAStars Written in the Stars conference (March).
Probably my greatest blessings, however, are my friends. I have friends who care for my child, encourage my career, and uplift my life. I couldn’t function without them. As I move into 2009, I want to make sure to hold them close and cherish each of them.
I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions because I’m lousy at keeping them. But a resolve to build my career with a steady plan and keep my friends close . . . this I think I can do.
What are the blessings in your life these days?