Looking Forward To The New Year

Our Christmas TreeI just wanted to belatedly wish you a merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, or however else you may enjoy the holidays! My family and I had a great time, and I hope you and yours did, too. Looking back over 2017, it’s been a whirlwind of change for us: selling the house in Sarasota and moving into an apartment, living apart from my wife and the boys for several months after I had to move north to go back to my old job while my wife made sure our younger boy finished high school (“Just graduate! Arghhh!”) in Sarasota, then getting her and the rest of our household goods moved, and lots of other things.

As you can imagine, things have been a bit on the mind-bending side. Being back at work has been rejuvenating in many ways, as I love what I do there, and I’ve picked up a passion for cooking that continues to grow (especially when it comes to the Instant Pot!). Unfortunately, my writing and other author-related aspirations have really taken a beating this year, and I’ve only made crawling progress on IN HER NAME: RED LEGION, and almost no progress at all on the audiobook front. I know that’s been very disappointing to some, but it’s been really difficult for me to whip myself into writing mode, particularly after a hard day at work (I love it, but it’s very taxing). Of course, it used to be that I didn’t have force myself to the keyboard to write: I was pulled toward it like a tractor beam. It’s not that I have writer’s block or suffer a lack of ideas, I just need to figure out where the “on” button for the tractor beam is and punch it.

That’s one of my primary goals for next year: get my ass into writing mode again, get RED LEGION finished, then start on the next in the pile of story ideas I have sitting here. On top of that I plan to change my (and my wife’s) eating habits to live a healthier life, and run a half marathon this spring; the last one we did was in Sarasota a couple years ago.

I know we’re technically not at the New Year’s resolution point yet, but those are mine, and I figure I need to get them out of the way because my wife and I are planning to hop in the RV and head to the Big Apple this coming Saturday for the New Year’s Eve celebration.

So what are your plans for the coming year?

4 thoughts on “Looking Forward To The New Year

  1. Happy New Year. Seems like you have a great plan for you and the family. It will be an adventure and will work out. Write when get the bug, lot going on. Your fans will wait for another good book. Stay strong!!!!

  2. I will turn 65 this year and have been an avid reader for more than 55 years and usually read 3-4 books a week. I hope you will find the balance you are searching for. Your books are some of the most well written and entertaining in my library. Your “In Her Name Series and Vulcan’s Fury” have become one of my favorite series…I hope there will be many more in the next few years. You are an exceptionally good story teller. Thanks for the work so far!

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