Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year! Goals for 2010

Another year has come and gone and my muse, Juliet, has been as feisty as ever. Mind you, keeping up with Juliet is like trying to tame a blizzard. I just go along for the ride and drink a lot of coffee.

Last year, Juliet and I sat down and came up with some realistic goals, so I thought I’d review them to see how I did before establishing goals for 2010.

Um, Julie, what’s with the ream of paper…?

Goals for 2009:

#1 – Realize my limitations. I’m a working mom with two kids who are six and two. My hands are full. I can write at my job, but finding time to get on the computer, well, that’s a challenge. I need to accept it and go from there without stressing myself out.

STEPH: I did really well with this. It helped to keep my stress level low and I completed several projects. I also managed to do NaNoWriMo this year.

JULIET: She was a stress case. You should have seen her during NaNoWriMo. I’ve never seen a girl drink so much coffee.

#2 Do well in the 78th Writer’s Digest Competition.

STEPH: I thought I entered several good, strong stories, but I didn’t even get an honorable mention.

JULIET: I don’t know why she didn’t. Steph’s stories rocked. After all, I was whispering in her ear.

#3 – Continue to work and edit my novel, “The Hungarian.”

STEPH: Great news! Desert Breeze is going to publish “The Hungarian” in May 2010. I’m thrilled that all my hard work and editing paid off.

JULIET: Like it was all her? I deserve a little credit here.

#4 – Read more. Read different styles. Get inspired by a few good books.

STEPH: Oh, I got out and read. I discovered the Wild Rose Press which I adore. I definitely broadened my reading horizons.

JULIET: Steph and I are hooked on Keena Kincaid’s “Druids of Duncaroch” series.

#5 – Get more social on writing websites.

STEPH: I joined a bunch of groups – Classic Romance Revival, Long and Short Reviews, Lindsay’s Romantics, the Book Spa, Romance Writers of America, and EPIC. I’ve made some great friends.

JULIET: I told her to smile a lot.


If you ask me, I thought I did a good job with my goals, 4 out of 5 wasn’t bad. Plus, I sold a children’s story, “The Giving Meadow” to 4RV Publishing which will be coming out in the spring of 2010. That was a nice, unexpected surprise. I also was a NaNoWriMo winner at 50.2 K words. Having accomplished all that, here are my writing goals for 2010:

#1 – Continue to work within my limitations. I was very excited to participate in NaNoWriMo and finish the project, but we’ll see if I enter in 2010. It’s very demanding and the conditions have to be right. I want to grow as a writer like I did in 2009, but without undue pressure on myself or unrealistic expectations.

#2 – My sequel to “The Hungarian” is titled “The Count’s Lair.” I want to finish and edit the project, having it to Desert Breeze by April 2010.

#3 – I want to become a Wild Rose Press author. I love the Wild Rose Press and would be honored to be an author with them.

#4 – Finish my novella, “The White Rose” about Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. Right now it’s ½ done.

#5 – Finish my novel, “Twilight Over Moldavia,” and submit it to publishers. I would consider it a paranormal romantic suspense.

#6 – Do well in the 79th Writer’s Digest Competition and the Popular Fiction Contest.

#7 – Continue to read and grow as a writer.

#8 – Continue to be social on the writing groups, websites, and blogs. Now that I’ve got some momentum, I’d like to keep it.

#9 – Write more one more novel length romance this year.

#10 – Meet Chad Pennington, the football player. Juliet thinks he’s cute and he’s a comeback kid.

Visit me at:
Classic Romance Revival

Adventures in Moldavia

The Desert Breeze Blog

Lindsay’s Romantics

and drop me a line on all four blogs by 3 JAN at midnight PST and be entered to win a GC for Desert Breeze Publishing. I’ll announce the winner on 4 Jan.


  1. Oh, I enjoyed this post!

    Referring to post #4, I, too, branched out my reading genre in 2009. I tried fantasie and western romances. Sheesh, was I missing out on a lot of great books!

    Tracey D

  2. Wow. You're way ahead of me. I just started thinking about my goals this morning. Good luck with all of that!

  3. Hi Steph! Good luck to you and your muse with your goals! Kudos and congratulations to you with that you have already achieved!

  4. Steph, I very much enjoyed the back and forth banter between you and Juliet. Congratulations on doing so well with meeting your goals of 2009. With your mindset and creativity, I'm sure you'll do well with your 2010 goals too.

    I've now made the rounds of your 4 New Year's blogs. You really put a lot into this. I'm going to encourage you to file all this away and sub it to a magazine or a site like First Turning Point for New Years 2011. I know you can get a very nice publication credit for all this research.

    Peace, health, and prosperity to you!


  5. Hi all! Tracey, I read some great western romances that I wouldn't have normally read, and I enjoyed them very much. I really like Cheryl Pierson's western writings that I've read so far.

    Lianna and Lindsay, it's great to see you pop in.

    Maggie, thanks for popping in and the encouragment. I'll see what I can do and definately check out 1st turning point!


  6. Hi Steph and Julie

    What an enjoyable post! You are both amazing and great achievers. Two small children, a day job, reading, writing, AND Nano write WOW.
    You are a bullet of energy. Don't waste too much time on so many loops and don't get burned. Happy New Year.

  7. Steph,

    Good luck on all your endeavors You will go far so keep it up.

    The Great Spirit will guide you and walk with you every day

    Walk in harmony,


  8. I think you did great with your goals! Best of luck with this year's. :-)

  9. Mona, great advice! It was so nice to see you pop in. Melinda and Loraine, thanks for popping in. I'll be announcing a winner shortly.


  10. Congrats to Liana Laverentz, winner of the GC to Desert Breeze Publishing!