Things I loved in 2018

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It’s been a hell of a year, but I thought I’d share a few things that made me happy in 2018.

  • Nailed It! on  Netflix. Best cooking show. Ever. EVER.
  • New Amsterdam
  • JetPens (a new shop I discovered, it’s not new, but new to me)
  • Finishing WIPs
  • Winter Olympics (Adam Rippon and Chloe Kim in particular)
  • Sara Bareilles new song Armor
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyessy

What are some of the things you loved in 2018?

Find Your Joy.

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Can I be honest?

2018 has been a bit of a trash fire of a year, hasn’t it?

Stepping away from the chaotic whirlwind of bad news has been a struggle. Being creating in 2018 has been even more difficult. It’s important to write, even in the middle of the muck.

I think, more than any other time, it’s also important to find happy moments and pursue them.

For me?

This weekend, that meant baking, reading, and video games.

Baking? That went brilliantly. I made Mary Berry’s recipe for profiteroles, photo evidence above. They tasted AMAZING. They also didn’t last the weekend lol. Yum.

Reading? I finally got around to reading Alison Weir’s Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen, which I enjoyed immensely. I love a good historical fiction. And this one was definitely half fact and half fiction. Brilliantly done though.

Video games? I’ve gotten completely obsessed with the latest Assassin’s Creed game, Odyssey. Epic, brilliant, amazing. Love it so much.

Now, I’m back to writing on my new work in progress–an urban fantasy. Should be great fun.

How about you? What moments of joy are you finding for yourself this year?

My Year of No.

Several friends of mine tend to have a ‘word of the year’ that seems to sum up how they intend to approach a new year. I usually don’t. For 2018, I had one word on my mind – No.

No.

No.

No.

This is my year of No.

One thing I’ve noticed about myself (and other autistics) is we loathe confrontation so much that we end up saying yes when we’d rather say no. We get roped into doing more and more if only to get out of a conversation or argument. Being afraid to hurt someone’s feelings is also part of it.

Last year felt like a year of yes. It was completely unintentionally. And by the end of 2017, I felt exhausted physically, emotionally, and every other way you can. I’d pushed myself to do more and more and more. And had less and less and less as a result, if that makes any sense at all.

So this year is my year of no.

I’m not saying yes to getting involved in things (whatever they may be) when I’m honestly not interested or if it pushes me beyond what’s healthy for me.

I’d actually started doing it in November of last year and ended up writing the best novel I’ve ever written to date.

If life is all about balance, a bit of no sometimes helps keeps you from tipping over.

(That made no sense.)

How about you?

Do you struggle with saying no to opportunities even when you should?

Do you have a word for the year?

 

 

Happy New Year.

Here’s to 2018. Let’s hope it’s a far better year than 2017 turned out to be.

Happy New Year!

My publishing and writing year are stacking up to be quite busy, which makes me scared and happy at the same time.

As it stands, I hope to write:

  • a cozy/cottage mystery gay romance novella trilogy
  • a holiday standalone novel
  • start a new gay romance series featuring EMT

And what’s on schedule to be published through Hot Tree this year?

  • The Lion Tamer (Sin Bin Novel)
  • The Blacksmith (Novella)
  • Haka Ever After (Sin Bin Short – the last of the series)
  • One Last Heist (Standalone Novel)
  • Three as yet untitled novellas. Series title: Grasmere Cottage Mystery Trilogy

What are your goals for this year?

If you’re a writer, do you have word count goals or just goals for the novels you want to pen?

If you’re a reader, do you have a certain number of books you’d like to have read by the end of the year?