2019: A Year in Review, and 2020: A Look Forward

Merry Christmas (or happy Hanukkah, Festivus, Saturnalia, or whatever you celebrate)! It’s Christmas Day, and even though I know most of us have far more important things to do today, I still wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past year and look forward to 2020.

2019 was a year that saw an equal share of accomplishments and disappointments. Just like last year, I didn’t do everything I set out to do (such as finish the rough draft of A Holiday Gift, which is now also known as The Book That Will Never Be Written, or start a sustainable exercise routine), but I did do a few other things. My books all got bright and sparkly new covers, and in that same vein, I am preparing to go public with my book design company – more below! I also launched my author newsletter, for which you can sign up here. You’ll get a free Silver Bells short story when you sign up, and if you opt to provide your birthday, you’ll get a gift from me every year!

I have more in the pipeline for 2020, which I’ll reveal over the coming months. In the meantime, here’s a look back on 2019. Happy New Year!


Writing

As I mentioned above, and something you’ve all heard many, many times – A Holiday Gift is not done. It is literally Murphy’s Law in book form. Every time I think I have it, something goes awry. Is it even worth mentioning that I’ve set myself another deadline to complete the draft (February 25, my birthday)? Probably not, but I have, so we’ll see what happens.

At least it has a bright and shiny new cover! Which brings me to my next subject…

 

 


Designing

Last year I mentioned that I’d partnered with Sheila and Swede in designing covers for their books. Well, the end of 2019 saw the release of the first one – Leap of Faith, by Lili Grouse. Yes, that’s my cover on there! And not only that, but it’s such a good story. If you like second chance romances about the one that got away, set in a charming small town, you will want to read this book.

In addition, I’m in the process of setting up my own design company – The Magenta Quill – which will be open for business within the next few months! I’ve been so excited for this, and if you’re an author of romance, historical fiction or women’s fiction and would like to see a sneak preview of my ever-growing portfolio, visit my website at www.themagentaquill.com! It’s still a work-in-progress, as I’m still developing certain aspects of the business, but if you’d like to get in touch you can reach me through the website or at themagentaquill@gmail.com.


Wellness

Chalk this one up to another miserable failure. They’re not kidding when they say bad habits are hard to break. I started off with the best of intentions, but my determination to eat better, exercise, indulge in mindfulness and self-care and all of those other things fell by the wayside oh, around mid-February. I vow to do better this year. I’m not getting younger, and a few health scares in the past couple of years have shown me that I need to do better. Maybe my mistake was trying to do it all at once. Maybe if I start introducing healthier habits one at a time, bit by bit, I’ll be more likely to maintain. We shall see! In the meantime, Amazon has just shipped my first 30-day supply of powdered supergreens, and we’ll take it from there.


Did you achieve any of the goals you set out for in 2019? What are you most looking forward to in 2020? Let me know in the comments below! Happy New Year!

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