I’m taking on some stuff this year, that’s totally outside my comfort zone. I’m looking forward to it. I know there are things I could’ve done better, but overall, I’m proud of myself.
I’ve thought long and hard about my goals for the year ahead. I know 2017 is going to be an even more amazing year. What goals have you set for 2017?
A New Year’s resolution is a tradition for most. A person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something nice. I’ve given thought to my personal resolution for the New Year.
First of all, I’m going to focus on the enjoyment of life. Ed and I are not getting any younger. So, I want to spend more quality time with him. Travel and antique shopping, (hunting) is our favorite thing to do. We’re back in New Mexico and hope to revisit many New Mexico sites during the year.
I was just interrupted by the news that Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60. It brought back the memory of when I met her. I lived and worked in Midland, Michigan. I worked as the Public Relations person for the Center for Independent Living. She, (Carrie) performed at the Center for the Arts, and I had the chance to attend her performance.
Carrie Fisher’s death, due to heart failure opened my eyes to my own life. I was recently diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure with Unstable Angina. The sadness I felt for the loss of an icon, changed the way I thought about the rest of my life.
Ed and I returned to Roswell, New Mexico this past June. We moved back into the house we built in 2005, but this time, we decided the desert would become our forever home. The city has grown, yet it was familiar to us. We reconnected with some old friends. And others were now gone.
The following piece is a small excerpt of an article I wrote in 2015.
The Formula for Aging…
Dependent… in the beginning of life.
Middle of life… all the stuff that made me one of a kind.
Dependency… Equals The End.
Rewinding is going back toward the middle. The middle is where all the stuff that makes us unique and one of a kind is warehoused.
The aging process for someone with a chronic illness is like going back in time. It’s like rewinding from our adult independence and becoming infants once again. But what happens when the fittest become the frailest? And that self-reliance becomes a mandatory dependency?
Babies enter the world with only one power. The power to elicit the emotion of tenderness and a caring response to them from other humans. Babies’ depend on their caretakers and the society in which they develop. It is the stuff that makes us human.
* A baby may cry when he needs the help of someone.
* An infant cries because it’s their only way to communicate.
* Babies cry when they are hungry.
* Sometimes babies cry when they are in need of a diaper change.
* If a baby is tired and needs comforting, he may start to cry.
Help Me… I’m old
The aged are sometimes virtually immobile. They cannot creep, walk, or speak, and they are limited in the ability to act with purpose. At the end of life, the dependent aging of the world has only one power. The power to elicit the emotion of tenderness and a caring response to them from other humans.
Life can be overwhelming for aging adults. When the aged engage in behavior that is like a child, they can feel like their world is turning upside down. Although parenting an elderly person who becomes ill, dependency is a given. Society has to manage many disjointed feelings and identities. It’s strange how we all know we will get old, but nobody prepares oneself to handle the cascade of losses.
Why did I include the piece about aging? It brought to mind a bucket list of things I’ve not yet fulfilled. Lady Justice, and the balanced scale of life, has not yet balanced my life. I’ve accomplished a lot, and I’m thankful for each new day, but, there is still a lot that I’d like to finish.
This brings me to my professional life, and my New Year’s Resolutions.
Something I want to do is getting right to the point. I want to learn how to say what I need to say and move on.
I think that short eBooks are becoming a trend. People are busy–and getting busier by the days. They look for a quick read.
People like instant gratification–a short eBook can give them that. People are sick of “fluff”. Short E-books that make a point quickly. They get to the good stuff right away.
Amazon is catching on to this emerging trend. There are now a variety of “Short Reads.” Categories for books ranging from a few pages to under 100. My ‘Me Time short stories’ are a perfect example. I have some quick reads on Kindle E-books. They are less expensive too.
I don’t believe in setting a specific word count for a book. I think a book should be as long as it needs to be. Some books need more words and pages, and some need less. There’s no point in stuffing a book with extra words that don’t need to be there. I prefer to let the readers decide.
I sat down and began to write my goals as a writer for my New Year’s Resolutions.
*I plan to remind myself that I am a great fiction writer. Positive thinking is a good thing.
*Bad habits are hard to break. I have a lot of bad habits as a writer, but I’ll always study the craft of writing and try to improve what I write. I’m not likely to ever change.
*Regardless that I don’t… I’ll convince myself that I have millions of readers all over the world.
*Instead of saying that my plans are to be a best selling author. I will reinforce that I am a best selling author.
*I am creating my dream writing life.
My 2017 writing goals are:
- To write a WEEKLY BLOG
- TO PUBLISH A MONTHLY SHORT STORY E-BOOK
- TO GET MORE OF MY BOOKS ON THE BARNES & NOBLE BOOK SHELVES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
The following are titles, (subject to change) of books to publish in 2017
January: ‘Simply A Musing’, (A collection of stories I wrote through my inner Muse)
February: Love Stories (A collection of love stories written over several years)
March: Broken (The original book, ‘Overcoming’, rewritten)
April: The Traveling Dingleberries (Walter & Katy Shuster)
May: Poetry in Motion (Reissued)
June: adult coloring book (Reissued)
July: THEM (TerrAmouran Human Exceptional Many – alien theme)
August: Spog Collection (children’s book)
September: Apache Sheriff
October: Snuggles Bedtime Stories (collection of fairy tales)
November: My all time favorite 2017 Blogs
December: Cahlil (Novel of the year)
My fortune says that 2017 will be an amazing year. And that I have a wise head on my shoulders. It will be full of pleasant surprises and excellent memories. It will propel me towards the success that I’ve dreamt of. And it will help me fulfill my ambitions in ways I did not think possible. It will be a great year and for me, and it will be life changing.
Yes, I have been through a lot this year, and emerged stronger on the other side. These words reflect my inner strength. I believe the resolution for 2016 will reward me with much happiness in 2017.
My spiritual life is my guiding life. I have a lot on my plate, but I plan to complete my goals. Growth is good and I plan to succeed as God walks with me through the year ahead.
Thank you for reading blog about the ‘2017 year in the life of author, K. Lorraine’
HAPPY NEW YEAR… K. Lorraine