Actually, resolutions can get you into trouble.
In SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER, Mad Rob MacLaren resolved to visit revenge on the man he blamed for his wife's death. He never dreamed his plan would start a war between not just two, but three clans. He also never expected to find that he still had a heart to lose.
When I first read my next guest's post, I laughed out loud. It made the DH look up from his paper and ask if I was sitting on a feather. You're in for a treat from Sara Taney Humphreys!
Sara Taney Humphreys: Happy New Year! Like many of you, I’ve got a list of things I want tackle at the dawn of a new year and there are some that seem to land on my list every year without fail. This year, however, I decided to own up to the fact that there are certain things I will not be able to do consistently. So this year, I decided to write a little list of things that I am no longer putting on my resolutions list.
1. Lose (insert number here) pounds: I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. I exercise and, on occasion, will be careful about my eating habits. However, the truth is that no matter what I weigh or what size I wear, I’m never satisfied. My weight problem is mostly in my head and the battle is mental more than physical. At the end of the day, I like myself and I have to give up the ghost. Be healthy and don’t diet. Lifestyle over a momentary fix is where it’s at.
2. No Swearing: I know…it’s not ladylike…but it is cathartic. A well-placed Damn it can be very satisfying. Every year, I resolve not to swear anymore and every year I fail. Damn! See. I will keep it to a minimum but it’s just not realistic to never let a colorful metaphor slip.
3. In Bed by Ten every night: This one is just laughable, especially with deadlines looming. I do most of my writing at night, so it’s not at all feasible. However, I will try to keep my super-late nights to a minimum. Maybe at least 2 nights a week I can be in bed by ten….Nah.
4. Be up by 5 am every morning to exercise: See #1 and #3.
At the end of the day, I think it’s all about moderation. There are no absolutes. Life is far too unpredictable to say never because the truth is that no one knows what surprises may lurk around that bend in the road.
So how about you? What resolution are you resolving to give up? Leave your comment here and I’ll select one winner at the end of the day to win a signed copy of UNLEASHED-- Best Book of 2011 at Grave Tells Reader’s Choice Awards!
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Mia: Thanks for sharing, Sara. Now I don't feel so bad about my extremely modest resolution for this year. (It's to keep my legs shaved as if it's summer year round! How's that for aiming low?)
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