Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Here You Have It - My New Year's Resolutions

I don’t typically set New Years resolutions since I know I’ll forget what they are within a few days. But this year, I’m going to try harder (maybe that should be my first resolution - to remember what my resolutions are). So, because I want 2014 to be “my” year and finally make something of myself, I give you the goals I want all y’all to badger me about accomplishing.

1) Exercise more. Not to lose weight, but to gain a little more muscle mass, actually have some strength to me. At one point in high school I was rockin' the muscle, even maxing out benching at 125 (top bencher of my weight class, baby). Alas, I had to drop out of the team due to knee and wrist issues (don’t want to be doing squats with a bum knee that gives out for no damn reason at all), and then I got sick and lost all my muscle, since it was all I had left halfway through recovery.

And now? I really, really hate working out. It is the worst thing ever. EVER.

But, I do enjoy yoga. Not the peaceful, calming yoga. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I like the Jillian Michaels yoga DVD. I haven’t done it in a while and I’m absolutely terrible at it, but it is kinda fun. Plus, bonus, I can watch the DVD on my laptop as a guide AND still get to watch TV. Laziness combined with exercise!

2) Be successful with my books and editing services. I don't have set parameters for what defines that success, just a point where I can feel like I can say I've done a good job. I work hard and love what I do, but I want to do better, be better. I can always grow as a writer and editor, whether by branching out of my comfort zone, meeting new authors, taking chances with my career, etc. There are so many opportunities opening up to me in 2014, and I can’t wait to take advantage of them.

3) Be happy with what successes I do earn. I have high expectations for myself and often set unrealistic goals, so it can be hard for me to be happy where I am. My mind is never still and is always reeling with ideas and plans and thoughts of “you need to do this or that to be better than what you are.” I need to improve at accepting small successes as they happen rather than telling myself that it's nothing worth commending and that I can and should be rising above the highest of expectations.

4) Get better at writing things down. My memory is shit unless it's a book I'm writing/editing. Call you later? Sure thing! Email you some pics from last weekend’s get-together? Of course! Take a shower? Pretty sure I did that last night …

Point being, my mind is so consumed with what I’m writing and which book I’m editing that literally everything else falls by the wayside. And that needs to stop. I need to organize my days better and be able to remember the little details. The first step to this is likely to better organize my house. It’s no secret that I have A LOT of stuff. I love clutter. Big, open spaces freak me out. So, I surround myself with stuff. Fluffy couch blankets, candles, knickknacks, kittens … and all the things on my to-do list seem to mix and mingle with the stuff until it’s all but forgotten.

But, no more! In 2014, I shall become The Rememberer of Things.

5) Take more time for myself. All I do is work and it's getting to be too much. Work all day in an office, come home and edit until 11 or midnight, write on the weekends. Free time has become a thing of the past. In a way, I hate to complain because I do it by choice. I want to work and I want to be successful. But, not at the expense of my life.

I need to take time away just for me, and just for me and my husband. Even if it’s just dinner and a movie or a Breaking Bad marathon, time away from work must be made. Neither one of us are good at not working, but we’ll find a way.

So, there you have it. My resolutions that I may or may not remember. Hey, at least I have a blog post to remind me! Happy New Year!

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Monday, December 23, 2013

"The Never" has a new look!

I've been bad about posting lately, so I'm happy to be back with an awesome book cover to show y'all!

The Never has a brand-new look, bringing viewers a touch of fantasy and mystery while adding in a few special touches that allude to what you'll enjoy amongst the pages. Those of you who have read The Never, I'm sure you'll see what I'm talking about :).

Check out the new cover below, which was designed by the ever-talented Sharp Cover Design.