Welcome to my first blog! I’m so excited to join the Casa ladies. Since signing with Sourcebooks last spring, I’ve been a regular visitor and sometimes commenter on the blog. So, I feel like I know a little bit about everyone already.
This year will be a year of firsts for me. First editorial notes, first marketing plan, first blog tour, first book…well, you get the picture. Although some of my firsts make my knees clang together just thinking about them, I’m looking forward to every minute of this year’s journey. And next year’s and the next.
In an effort to start off 2011 right and to stay organized, I pinned my annual writing goals next to my desk, so that they’re forever in my line of sight. I also published them on my website for accountability purposes. Not so easy to ignore them now! In my day job, I’ve established annual goals for years, so it was easy to transfer that habit over to my writing. Annual goals act as a road map. I’ve found they keep me on target throughout the year (I’m easily distracted!).
I’m also a member of a goals loop where we commit to writing 100 words every day for 100 consecutive days. The great thing about this program is that you generally write more, far more than a 100 words. But, on those days when you don’t think you have five words in you, the 100 word goal forces you to work through it. This group keeps me motivated and energized.
I also started the year off by adopting a Doberman pup from a local rescue shelter. He’s three months old, has long legs and ginormous feet. Feet he’ll eventually grow into. Yikes! Meet Ryder (aka Red Ryder). He’s the sweetest thing, but he hates Chicago’s weather. So do I, so we’re a good match.
That’s it for my first blog. I’m really looking forward to spending time with the Casa ladies and all the readers who stop by to see us!
Now it's your turn! Did you set any professional or personal goals? How about pets? Did you get a precious bundle in your stocking?