Hello, fellow book junkies! Happy New Year! ‘Tis the season, so I’ll get this out there. In putting together my goals for 2017, I’ve kept things simple and focused on what will give me joy and peace of mind. Here are my:
Goals for 2017.
- Finish writing & polishing YA dark modern fantasy manuscript by May 1, 2017.
- Read more YA books featuring bi females and write a blog post about them.
- Spend time with people. Nurture relationships.
- Walk every day.
- Keep going on Saturday morning hikes.
- Read 96 books.
- Devote more time to keeping the house looking nice.
- Never, never, never, never give up.
Little me with the best dad ever.
As a child, who was your favorite relative?
My favorite relative was my dad. When he got home after a long day of work, he made time to talk to me, play board games and word games with me, start tickle fights, and make me feel unconditionally loved.
If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?
I’d be a big tree with wide branches overlooking the forest and seeing up into the sky. Woodland creatures would make their homes in me and be my friends.
What would be your preference, awake before dawn or awake before noon?
My preference would be to awake before dawn, though I rarely do this anymore. I love the quiet of early morning, running and cycling, getting lots of writing in before the day begins.
Would you like to sleep in a human size nest in a tree or be snuggled in a burrowed spot underground?
If it’s big, really comfortable, and not too high off the ground, I’d go for the human size nest in a tree.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful that I “woke up” and starting reaching out to friends and family. I realized I was sort of cocooning, but I’m reconnecting now and it feels good. Next week I’m looking forward to the relief of being done with a couple of major events that have been zapping my time and emotional energy.
This year I made two New Year’s resolutions:
#1 – Stop asking “why.”
#2 – Learn to love editing. Here’s what I had to say about that in a guest post for Melanie Noelle Bernard’s blog. . .
What if there were an apocalypse looming and the decision on which animals to save was all up to you? What if you only had time and space to save a few dozen species?
I admit, my first inclination would be a selfish one, to save dogs, horses, tigers, goats, wolves, whales, elephants, and wild birds because I enjoy them, plus cows and chickens because I like milk and eggs. But what about the survival of the planet and how animals would serve the new ecosystem? What justifies saving predators? Would we need to keep rodents and cockroaches around for some reason? Snakes? Spiders? Mosquitoes?