Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Year That Wasn't (2017 Goal Recap)

Hi everyone! Hope you all had (or are having) a wonderful holiday season.

We've reached that point in the year where I take a look back at the goals I set for myself back on January 1st and see how well I did.

(Spoiler alert...not great.)

Here we go...

The Writing Goal: Publish Second Nature

Yeah. This didn't happen. Which probably surprises no one. I'm starting to suspect this book is simply just cursed and will never be published, regardless of what I do, because the delays that keep popping up are somehow more ridiculous each and every time. The biggest delay was back in September. I lost a month and a half, and I was never able to make it up. But I'm totally cool with it. Totally.

The Reading Goal: Read 40 Books 

I did manage to hit that magic number. Not exceed it, by any means, but I did manage to read 40 books. The best book I read this year was (by far!) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

The Fitness Goal: Walk, run, or bike at least 3 miles a day

Though I didn't hit the 3 mile mark every day, I still hit the miles. If I did the math right, 3 miles a day comes out to 1095 miles total for the year. As of this post, I've logged 1190 miles, so I feel pretty confidant in saying that I'll get to 1095 by the end of the year...

The Decluttering Goal: Clean out the house of stuff I don't need or use

I think I can give myself only partial credit on this one. I started off strong (strong-ish), but fizzled out partway through the house. I only made it through a couple of closets, but I did go through my books and pass a lot of titles onto my nieces. I could probably cull a few more titles, too, but let's not get crazy. And I know this Baby Groot gif has nothing to do with anything, but I just watched Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2 yesterday, and my love for this gif was renewed.

But enough about me. Let's talk about you. Did you set goals for 2017? How'd you do?

Also, I'll likely be off for the rest of the year (because multiple posts in the same week are apparently too difficult for me to pull off these days), but check back on January 1st when I reveal my goals for 2018. Not that you can't already guess what #1 will be.

Have a happy and safe New Years, everyone. See you next year...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Will Anyone Like It? (An IWSG Post)

Hello, all! It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group.

(I'm assuming that by now you're all well versed in the way of the IWSG, but for anyone looking for more information, or a complete list of participants, click on the above link!)

This month's awesome co-hosts are: Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner.

So, I'm totally stuck in the editing doldrums (from which I fear I shall never escape), and the depths of my insecurities are reaching fun new lows each and every day. Yay! Fortunately, amazing author Tara Tyler has agreed to take over My Pet Blog today to talk about some post-publication worries instead.

Take it away, Tara!

IWSG - Will anyone like it?

I love the Insecure Writers Support Group. Where we get to whine and complain about our writing woes - or help others get through theirs.

Getting published is hard. Once you get there, it's an awesome feeling. But then the real hardships and worries begin. When you've put your baby out there, you are judged, and reviews and sales are your jury. Even after five books, I still worry if anyone will like it and more importantly, like it enough to buy it.

So here are some bits of advice to help you get through the low times, when feedback is scarce and you're feeling insecure...

  • Keep writing - readers love to read and you will find your niche of fans
  • Keep writing - more books mean more sales
  • Keep writing - the more you write, the better you get
  • Keep writing - it keeps you from checking sales!
  • and lastly, Go to book events - (bet you thought I was going to say... ha!) 
    • My best sales are at book events.
    • Readers love to interact with authors.
    • Other authors can give you more tips on how to be more successful.
    • You are your best salesperson! (whether to an agent or to an audience)

I wish you luck in your writing journey. We're all in this together!

Thank you, MJ for hosting me today. It's so great to visit your Pet Blog! Still waiting on the next novel! And looking forward to hosting your next book release at my place.

DISPOSAL by Tara Tyler
Pop Travel, Book Three

Cooper and Geri are finally in a good place, but their bliss is short-lived when Cooper's rebellious nephew Jimmy moves in with them for a summer internship. He hits the town hard and thinks he's found the girl of his dreams in an fiery, exotic beauty. Against all words of warning, he pursues her and ends up getting kidnapped by her powerful Drug Lord father. Geri tracks him down, but gets herself kidnapped as well.

Now it's up to Cooper to use all his resources to save them, including the hot homicide detective Geri secretly despises, and the latest sketchy gadgets his genius friend Hasan offers him to field-test. Sure, why not? Cooper will do anything to get his family back.
About the Author:
Tara Tyler is a math teacher who writes to share her passion for reading with others. She loves dogs, coffee, and is the lazy housewife, living in a world of boys with three sons and a coach husband. Join her for an adventure!

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