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Welcome to a fresh new year


*waves* I’m back! Didya miss me? (don’t answer that 😉 )

Another year stretches before us. So many of my fellow bloggers have done the “New Year’s Resolutions” post. They are all great posts. I especially like Hank Phillippi Ryan’s post on the Career Authors site.

Instead of resolving to do or not do things over the next year, I’m going to try intentions. Maybe by intending to do something I’ll be less likely to brush it off.

Hey, can’t hurt to try 😀

And I’ll keep my list short. Another way to trick me into keeping my intentions going. Oh, and telling you all. Cuz we all know how much we hate having to say “Er, yeah, about that. Haven’t done that for weeks.”

In 2019, I intend to:

Create a dedicated writing space. My husband has already warned our son (not that we haven’t warned him before) he should probably sort through and box up his stuff so I can start taking over. Oh, it’ll still serve as his bedroom when he comes home, but now that he’s finishing his junior year at college, I suspect he’ll be coming home much less often. Especially if he gets an internship for the summer.

Finish and polish Book 2. If you’ve been following this blog for the past few months, ’nuff said.

Write every day. I can’t accomplish the previous intention without this one. I got back into the habit during NaNo, then the holidays and all the family stuff, and doing all the stuff to prep for when my book comes out (website, teasers, newsletter, etc), I’ve strayed yet again. Another self-imposed NaNo? Perhaps.

Nurture connections with other writers. There is something energizing about connecting with others who are as passionate about writing as we are. Not only can we encourage each other, but we can work with each other as critique partners, beta readers, even network with each other regarding agents, editors, and publishers. First and foremost on my list of writerly connections is my treasured Writing Sisters. I continue to feel blessed to know such awesome women. I have many other connections to incredible writers; I don’t think I could list them all. We as a writing community encourage and support each other, and that helps all of us.

I think that’s enough for now. It is a manageable list, and I think I’m going to have plenty to work on.

What are your intentions for this shiny new year?


Author: Julie Holmes, author

A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for a decade, I have been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. My debut novel, "Murder in Plane Sight", has been released by Camel Press (an imprint of Coffeetown Press/Epicenter Press). In real life, I am a technical writer and empty-nester with a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, seven chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

23 thoughts on “Welcome to a fresh new year

  1. I like that idea of creating intentions, Julie. It’s a much more positive way to look at starting a new year. Yours make a lot of sense, too, and it sounds as though your plan is to really focus on that book. And, yes, I did miss you. 🙂

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  2. I stopped making resolutions a long time ago. Instead, I set goals (or intentions). They seem to work better for me. And if I dont’ meet a goal, I don’t agonize over it, I just plunge ahead. Wishing you the best for the upcoming year.

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    • Thanks, Joan! I think it’s easier to work toward some target than to just say you will try to do something this year (or try to not do something). A target at least gives some semblance of solid success when you hit it.

      May your new year be filled with accomplished goals!

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  3. Hi Julie. To answer your question:
    I missed you!


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  4. That is a manageable collection, and everyone admirable. Go get ’em!

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  5. I like intentions over resolutions:) You have a great and doable list. My focus is improving my skills and writing more while balancing my life into that. So a heathly balance is my intention. Glad to see you back Julie. Hope 2019 is everything you have intended!

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  6. These sound like good ones, Julie, and I like the idea of “intentions.” That’s half the battle. I’m doing mini-nanos this year too. One right now and another in March, hoping to get a trilogy drafted that I kicked off in November. This year your first book should be coming out, right? Yippee. Make sure you add lots of celebration to your list of intentions. You deserve it! ❤

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  7. I did miss you! My ‘intention’ for 2019 is to set some ‘intentions.’ I don’t know when I’m going to do it since I’m retired now and trying to adjust to this new state of being. Just the thought of a deadline right now gives me chest pain. I’ll get there, though. Maybe you could send your muse over for a visit?

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    • Thanks, Molly! It was a nice little break, but now I’m back –mwahahahaha! I understand about the new state of being after having a routine for so many years. Over the holidays, with so many days off work, my routine faded as well. Add in the college kids home over break, and I had trouble getting my mind prepped and taking action.

      Er, you sure you want me to send him over? Cuz, be careful what you wish for. Seriously. He’s been giving me the stink eye for the past week. Then again, maybe I should send him your way, and he point that stink eye in your direction ….

      Have a great weekend, Molly! It’s good to be back 🙂

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  8. Wishing you much success with your intentions. Happy New Year!

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  9. I resolve to see more cat pics on here! 😉
    Actually, I’m hoping to really dig into the fiction writing this year. I wrote just a tiny dialog scene for book 3, (I know. I know.) and it was so thrilling! Gosh, I miss that!

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    • Okay, okay. More cat pics. 😀 I need to dig back in; the holidays and the college break have really done a number on my routine, and my writing. Ugh. With my revamped (AGAIN) plot, I’m anxious to get back into it.

      Have a wonderful writing new year!

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  10. Such a shiny list of intentions. Eventually, I’ll get to spelling out a few of mine with a post out on my blog. I still have a Christmas message there–how pathetic is that–but I’m under crunch time wrapping up my WIP to meet a deadline.
    My first intention of the new year is to write a new post, LOL.
    Happy 2019, Julie, and wishes for much success.

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  11. Hope you’re having a great start to the New Year, Julie and that your intentions are going well. How did your son react about his room being co-opted as your study? Any boxes packed yet? Lots of different intentions this year for me … more about these with time! Have a great time writing/editing … an exciting year for you and not long until the book launch!! 😀

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    • Heh. I’ve been telling my son for the past few years I was going to turn his room into a writing office after he went off to school. I haven’t looked into his room yet since he went back to school; I’ll have to bring some boxes with me just in case 🙂 Still waiting (impatiently, I admit) for a final cover. Acccording to my publisher, the cover is finished. Sigh. I’m really hoping I can start sharing more about it soon!

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