Good-bye 2019! Hello 2020. New Year, New Decade.
Na Na Na Na Hey, Hey-ey Goodbye!
Da fuq! It’s really almost 2020? Zoinks! Jinkies! (If and when you have children and they are Scooby Doo lovers, you will understand).
Here’s the family:
Hubby, Moi, and Our Darling Three Sons.
A few days ago I enjoyed getting my hair done at a beauty salon almost 30 miles from my home. Why 30 miles away? Because this place is the best that I know of. I rarely pamper myself, but when your husband tells you to leave him with the tiny tots, you don’t say no — you simply go, go, go!
And go I did. While chilling and relaxing under the dryer as I read a book, I overheard one of the other hair salon clients gushing about this upcoming New Year. “Can you believe it? In in just a few days, it’ll be January! And it’s going to be a new year and a new decade.” I mumbled to myself, “Well, uh yes. It goes without saying, doesn’t it?”
At the time, I didn’t think much of it. Perhaps it’s because age and life experience has eroded away my childlike innocence, wonder, and the ability to look at everything as shiny and new. Call me jaded? Ha, ha, ha. Thank you. Dame Disillusioned is one of my many nicknames.
But now that I’ve had time to sit back and reflect on the fullness of what she said, I’m inclined to believe that this is kind of a big deal. When I was a kid, I didn’t completely grasp the reality of me reaching and eventually surpassing 40. I didn’t realize the idea or the substantial weight of raising children, marriage, sending my firstborn kiddo to college, teaching full-time for almost twenty years, traveling abroad, writing my stories, and daring to swallow that giant lump of fear and trepidation, by FINALLY submitting my literary darlings and subjecting them to a stranger’s scrutiny. . . then actually selling something.
Even though I didn’t sell as much as I would’ve liked this year, I’m proud of myself that I submitted a lot of content to various markets.
I also sold a decent amount of paperback copies of Moonstruck to schools in the county where I live. 🙂 That was sweet!
The sales motivated me to start drafting a Literacy Circle or Curriculum Guide for sale. I’m thinking about posting it on Teachers Pay Teachers and other such venues. I hope that more classrooms will buy more copies. #SupportLocalAuthors #SupportHybridAuthors
Here are some things I’d like to rectify for the year 2020:
- I’d like to write more.
- I’d like to add more content on this blog. Currently, I have 20 draft blog posts that I have yet to finish. 😐
- I’d like to actually create and/or revamp my YouTube channel.
These aren’t necessarily New Year’s Resolutions. They’re just some of the things I’d like to be more consistent with. I do have some resolutions, but I’ll keep them to Me, Myself, and I. Well, for now at least.
Here are some other things I joyfully glance back at before gazing forward to 2020:
- I sold “Bondye Bon” to Dimension Uchronie 3.
It was first sold to Fiyah Literary Magazine in 2017.
- I had created a binder tabbed with each month so I could keep OCD-over-9000 level track of what I did, when I did it, and the who, whats, and hows of the outcomes. 🙂 I’ll be creating another binder for 2020.
- I attended a lot of conventions, book signings, and participated on author panels. Here are some photos of moi in all of my short-statured glory!
Like John Wick, “Weird Tales” is back and better than ever! I won an autographed copy from Jonathan Maberry, V-Wars creator. 🙂
Looking back at it, I think 2019 was pretty darn decent! I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of new people, reconnecting with old writer friends, and I’m looking forward to maintaining and experiencing more adventures in 2020! 😀