By Cari Lynn Webb and Beth Carpenter
With a fresh new calendar in front of us, January is the time of possibilities and new beginnings. It’s a special year for us, because we both have our first full-length Heartwarming books coming out in 2017. So, we thought we’d share some of our dreams and goals for this year.
My daughters accuse me of being a “mean” driver. I don’t consider myself to be mean, I just have certain expectations of other drivers: turn your bright lights off when a car is coming toward you, signal your intent (everyone has blinkers) and don’t tailgate (my car is big and takes a while to stop). While I don’t ever use my horn (unless it’s to get my oldest daughter to move faster in the morning), I might not always keep my thoughts inside my head while I’m driving. So my goal this year is to be a “nice” driver and keep my commentary inside my car upbeat and positive (no more “mean mom” driver for me).
And keeping with the positive and upbeat theme for the year I’m extending that attitude to my writing life as well. It’s easy to get caught up in comparing ourselves with our writers: AuthorSuzie writes 50 perfect pages a day, AuthorTina completes a 100-page outline for every book, AuthorSally has 10,000 followers and 20,000 likes, AuthorMary got a 12-book contract and the list goes on. Before we know it, the comparisons have overwhelmed our personal success and defeated us. This year my goal is to stay in my own writing lane, celebrate my writing successes as well as the successes of my fellow writers and remember we all have our own journey as writers and we need to enjoy the ride.
And enjoying the ride applies to every part of my life, especially as my oldest daughter informed me this weekend that she has less than 9 months until she gets her driver’s permit. Welcome to 2017 everyone ~ it’s going to be a fun ride, I promise.
Now over to Beth who I’m really excited to be blogging with this year ….
I’m thrilled to join Cari here today on the Heartwarming blog. It’s a dream come true to be part of the group of authors who’ve written so many of my favorite stories. I have two books coming out later this year, but in the meantime, I’m writing more stories. So, my first goal is to establish a regular time each day when I can write, uninterrupted. Which brings me to my second goal, training my family about writing time.
I also want to establish a quarterly newsletter. I love it when those emails pop into my box now and then to tell me the news about my favorite writers and their new books.
Of course, getting organized and establishing routines means it’s easy to get caught up in activity and forget to stop and enjoy the moment. That’s my last goal – to experience beauty in every day.
|Frosted tree in Anchorage earlier this month|
THE CHARM OFFENSIVE by Cari Lynn Webb will be out in July.
THE ALASKAN CATCH by Beth Carpenter follows in August.
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Hope your January is going well, and that 2017 is a special year for you, too. What’s driving you this new year?