New year’s goals

2019 stole in very quietly for me. I was asleep at 10P.M. after doing a lot of editing on my WIP yesterday. Mr Fox says there were a lot of crackers and fireworks at midnight but I didn’t hear a thing; I am lucky like that.

I do not make resolutions as those are made to be broken. I do, however, like to have measurable goals and these are mine for 2019:

  1. Finish my new book, Through the Nethergate, for publication in early September. It will be ready for developmental editing this month but I anticipate some re-writing. This is a much longer book for me and will be approximately 70 000 words. It is aimed at the YA market and is a supernatural/horror book.
  2. Publish my new Sir Chocolate book, Sir Chocolate and the Fondant Five story and cookbook. I have finished all the artwork and editing. I just need to include one more recipe which I will do this week. It will be ready to send to my publisher by mid-January.
  3. This year I plan to publish a themed Sir Chocolate book. One of Charli Mills’ weekly prompts inspired a new Christmas story, Sir Chocolate and the graffiti artist story and cookbook which I plan to publish in late October this year. I have done some of the artwork over this Christmas period. It will include five lovely Christmas recipes.
  4. I had a very horrible dream while we were on holiday. The down side was I woke up in a panic. The upside was I wrote it down and it has given me a great idea for my next horror book. Writing a 70 000 word book takes me some time so that one will be for next year.
  5. I will be doing a monthly post on Writing to be Read hosted by Kaye Lynne Booth. You can read more about Kaye’s interesting blog here: Writing to be read
  6. I am very pleased with the success of the poetry readathon and plan to host another readathon next year over the same period. It really does inspire me to read more and, of course, the more you read the more you learn.
  7. I am going to learn how to make a bun in my own hair.

Looking over the above, it looks like a very achievable list to me. I will let you all know how it is going over the course of the year.

Thank you for sharing my dreaming, writing and baking journey with me. Wishing you all a happy new year!

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      1. I will get a little retirement money. I’m not old enough for Social Security, not quite yet — I will be able to get a little from SS in a few years. Adding SS to work retirement, I will be okay. Living is cheap where I’m going — I wouldn’t be able to live in DC at all. You’re so kind — I’m more than old enough to retire from government work… However, I’ve only been with them 10 years, so I won’t be getting much money for my work-retirement (not enough). I will be looking for a part-time job. I’ve talked to the state university campus in the town and might be able to get something as an adjunct professor once I get there. It will be good.

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  1. Hi Robbie – you have some good, solid goals for 2019. I bet you reach them all. It’s great that you got your dream down on paper, even if it was disturbing. I had a dystopian dream a couple nights ago and when I woke up in the night I thought it was very interesting, yet when I got up in the morning, I had already forgotten the details!

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  2. Looks like some great goals… Good uck with them!

    We didn’t stay up to see in the new year either. We were asleep by 10:30. We did get woken briefly during the explosion of fireworks around midnight. Calmed the dog and rodents down, said, “I guess it’s midnight… Happy New Year,” to each other, and then went back to sleep.

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    1. P.S. It didn’t take much to calm them down, in case you’re wondering… The dog and rodent gang don’t usually mind fireworks, but that really was some explosion of fireworks… Then again, it would have had to be to wake hubby. So just a moment of petting while being told, “It’s OK, it’s only fireworks,” was enough to have everyone settled back down.

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      1. Thank you, Tori. You are lucky your pets calm down so easily. I believe some animals get quite frantic. My dad has two cats who both sleep with him. He can calm them fairly easily too. All the best for 2019.


      1. That was very clever, Robbie. Youโ€™ll have to post a photo of your bun if you do learn how to do your hair. ๐Ÿ™‚ I canโ€™t imagine not reading all you write. Best to you.

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  3. A very Happy New Year to you, Robbie! ๐Ÿ˜€ I too have given up on resolutions but I am so impressed with your goals for the year! Your energy and readiness to start working is palpable. I had to smile at number seven … how is the bun making going for your hair? ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. I love it when someone takes time to think about what they are doing and commit it to measurable goals. You have a productive year ahead of you and somehow I think you’ll need to knock out #7 as soon as possible because twisting one’s hair into a bun is the most efficient of hairstyles for a writer! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m also thrilled to see that you are taking your prompt-inspired Sir Chocolate to book form. I feel like it’s something we got to witness from first thought. Cheers to a robust 2019!

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  5. Hi Robbie, I like your achievable goals. That was something I did for 25 years in education. Your new Sir Chocolate series would be very good. I heard you and Michael talking about that idea. Making hair bun!! I remember doing that. It would be a fun thing for you to do and make sure take photos and post them.

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