On the writing front, I planned to self-publish my three-book series, submit another completed book and proposed series to a publisher, start a new project, and perhaps continue with a series I began a while ago and got stuck on. I’m not doing too badly. I released my self-published series, Love at Solace Lake, in March. Yay! And I did make a submission to a publisher (note to self: they’ve had that submission for a while. Maybe it’s time to check in with them.) I have started a new project, though the writing’s been going pretty slowly. I haven’t had a chance to get back to that series that’s been stuck in a rut, however. Someday, I’m going to have to make that series a priority.
|Love at Solace Lake|
Something else I didn’t count on in January was that three of my novellas with The Wild Rose Press would be made into audiobooks and all be released around the same time as my series. A good problem to have but promoting and requesting reviews for six books is exhausting!
|Burning Love at Audible|
|Chill Out at Audible|
|Flawless at Audible|
While I’m almost on track with my writing, my personal goals are not looking so good. I wanted to get to the gym more often. Well…I’m no better at getting to the gym than I was in 2017. Or 2016. And as for taking off a few pounds… (hangs head in shame). I made a vow in January, promising myself that I would give away clothes I’ve been hanging on to if they don’t fit me by January 1, 2019. At this rate, I’m going to have a very empty closet next year. It's not that they're such great clothes; it's the idea of giving up and admitting defeat.
In my head I know that exercising and keeping my weight down would mean I’d have more energy to do all the many things I’d like to do, like write more books. But somehow, I can’t put what my head knows is the right thing to do (step away from the carbs!) into practice. I really don’t want to have to throw out all those clothes!
One last check-in: I’m way behind in my reading. Half-way through the year and I’ve only read a measly 18 books. Maybe if I’d gone to the gym more often I would have listened to a lot more audiobooks!
But all is not lost. My 2018 word is determination, after all. I can still turn it around. So, my fellow Word Wranglers and readers, what do you do to defeat a bad habit (eating too many carbs) and replace it with a good habit (going to the gym more often)? Any suggestions gratefully accepted!