Happy New Year

January 4, 2020


Happy New Year friends. I hope your holidays were safe and festive. For myself, the holiday season was quiet. Though I enjoy the season, I don't participate in the activities. Holiday season is behind us now, except Chinese New Year which doesn't occur until later this month. 

Time to catch up. I abandoned my blogging for the past two weeks. It's amazing how once you get out of your routine, it's hard to restart. Today is the first day of beginning my weekly blog again. 

I don't make new year's resolutions. Not only do I believe they are useless, but they usually lead to disappointment - and guilt. Instead, I like to continually re-evaluate my life choices. Reconsider my goals and purpose. That said, what are my plans for the new year? Much the same.

I am enjoying my new job with the state. I've made some great friends. Intelligent, warm and supportive, I believe I can be successful in this new career supported by these friends.

And old friends. My friends are awesome! They've been supportive of my goals. My changing career, and more importantly, my goal of being a published author.

They are my beta readers. They love me, but are honest about my writing - which is necessary. No one needs false praise, and I definitely don't want it. They use their valuable personal time to help me, and I appreciate it. So, thank you friends. Thank you for helping me toward my goal.

Presently, I'm working on my mystery manuscript. Because of Kellye Garrett and Mia Manansala, I've been completing revisions. The working title for my manuscript is Write Club. I hope to have it finished by March. I haven't decided whether I'll participate in the next #PitMad. I may just go forward with soliciting agents.

After #PitchWars, I dove into my thriller, Family, Monsters and Zaubers. I've already decided to change the title, and some of the character names. I gave it to my beta readers last week. Awaiting their reply.

I've planned an entire week off from work to devote to writing. I hope to complete the revisions on the mystery manuscript at that time. 

I'm toying with the idea of using an editor before submitting my manuscripts to agents. It's expensive though. Not sure if it's necessary. Using an editor is an investment. I have to assess my return on investment.

There is already good news ahead for this year. Crime writers of Color have a new website. Check it out, and join us.

Capitol Crimes will be hosting an author at our January 18th meeting. Author Kevin J Anderson will be out guest. A prolific writer, I'm sure he'll have some wonder insights to share. All are welcome.

On January 18th, California Writers Club will host Navigating Editor Services at our monthly meeting.

That is only a small part of the writing activities scheduled for the upcoming year. I wish you all a productive new year. May all your dreams come true, and your writing goals reach fruition.