Happy New year, everybody. I always think of New Year’s Day as the start of a new book, with every day being a blank page. 2017 has 365 pages. What will you write on those pages? My hope for you is that this time next year, when you look back over those pages, there will be more joyful ones filled with love than there will be bad ones
Having a brand-new year isn’t the only reason to celebrate. Today is also our pal Nancy Kissack’s birthday. When Miss Terry and I count the treasures in our lives, Nancy is certainly one of them. Happy birthday, sweet lady. I hope you are feeling better and you have a good day, Nancy.
Today is also my author friend Ken Rossignol’s birthday. Among Ken’s many books is Pirate Trials, which is the prize in this week’s Free Drawing. Ken is always very generous in giving us audiobooks for our drawings. Have a great day Ken!
And as if that wasn’t enough, I have yet another reason to celebrate today. We took it right down to the wire, and it was only because Terry and my cousin Beverly really worked hard to get it edited and proofed in record time, but my newest book, Big Lake Celebration, went live on Amazon yesterday afternoon. Poor Beverly is sick with a bad cold, and I told her to rest and not worry about the book until she was back on her feet, but she knew I had a goal of getting it out by the end of the year, so she jumped right on it and made it happen.
Last year about this time I said that I had two goals for the year. One was to write a minimum of 1,000 words per day in my books, not counting my daily blog, which runs anywhere between 500 and 1,000, and the six issues of the Gypsy Journal. My other goal was to release at least four books in 2016, and I really hoped to get five out.
I am happy to say I met both of those goals. My total word count for my books for the year was 374,201 words. And in August, I accomplished the four book goal with the release of Stillborn Armadillos, the first book in my new John Lee Quarrels series. Yesterday’s release of Big Lake Celebration made it five books for the year.
Unfortunately, those were my professional goals. On a personal level, I didn’t reach every goal I set for myself. One of my goals was to lose 20 pounds during 2016. As it turns out, I missed the target by just over 25 pounds. I guess you can’t win them all.
Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of my friend Ken Rossignol’s Pirate Trials: Famous Murderous Pirates Book Series: THE LIVES AND ADVENTURES of FAMOUS and SUNDRY PIRATES. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening.
Thought For The Day – The only thing we have to decide is what to do with the time we are allotted.