Happy New Year

Happy new year, everyone and big congrats to Carolyn on her release this week!

This was quite a week for me as I finished both my second Jane as a vamp book (no title yet) and revisions for my Harlequin Spice contemporary, Tell Me More (August 2011). I found Jane 2 an incredibly difficult book to write and it weighed me down like a millstone around my neck that I couldn’t move forward on it–I had one major false start so I got off to a late start. I have been absolutely euphoric ever since Sunday night, when I sent it in, and pretty happy about the revisions that I sent in Tuesday.

So having spent the last few months in a state of whiny self pity squeezing out Jane 2 and Mr. Bishop and the Actress (Little Black Dress, next month!) and not allowing myself to do things because I had to write (I wasn’t very productive but I spent a lot of energy agonizing), I really feel this new year is a fresh start.

I don’t make resolutions, but this is what I hope to do in 2011:

  • Go to things–the Smithsonian is on my doorstep (more or less)
  • Hang out with friends
  • Write at a reasonable pace
  • Go to the library
  • Update my website and try and develop a more cheerful, giggly and milk-chocolatey online persona
  • Give back–judge a few contests. Also if you’re considering entering WRW’s Marlene contest and win the historical, you’ll get a critique from me!
  • Come up with brilliant ideas for next books and make huge amounts of $
  • Exercise, watch what I eat, clean the house, get the ivy up in the front yard and do something about the back blah blah blah
  • Paint stairwell I put undercoat on at least ten years ago and make my house a lurrrve nest

Sounds all fairly doable, right? But right now I’m going to take a nap. Happy new year, dear Risky friends. What are you up to today?

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6 Responses to Happy New Year

  1. Susan/DC says:

    Your first resolution is very much like one a friend of mine made with her husband — to go to a museum a month. They too live in the Washington DC area, and there is so much to see and do that it is a shame not to take advantage of all the area has to offer. So much of it is free, and there are things to see and do that appeal to all ages and interests. Definitely go for it!

  2. I’m so sorry you had a problem child book, and congrats on getting it out the door at last! I would be pretty shocked if you suddenly turned giggly and chocolately, though :))

  3. Diane Gaston says:

    I love that Museum a Month idea, Susan/DC!

    Janet, it is awful to struggle over a book and have it suck the joy out of writing. May it never happen again!

  4. Elena Greene says:

    Congrats on finishing! Problem children books can turn out the most interesting.

  5. librarypat says:

    Yea they are all doable, most resolutions are.It is just difficult to change the way you have been living your life.
    Congratulations on finishing Jane 2 sorry it turned into such a pain.
    Hope 2011 is kind to you and you enjoy it.

  6. Sorry that book 2 was a problem, BUT you conquered it so good for you! I wish I lived closer to DC as the idea of visiting museums more often definitely appeals to me.

    Right now my New Year’s goals are just to write, write, write!

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