Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Normally I set goals for the New Year, not this year. Last year I wanted to belong to the book-a-month club. I did. Not so much writing a book a month, but I had a new release at least once a month. Some months saw two and one month saw three.
I felt like I was pressuring myself to reach unattainable goals. Obviously they weren’t unreachable because I did it. I just didn’t like the stress that came along with it. I was also writing through grief. For almost six months I buried myself in my writing, but guess what? As my heart started to heal I lost the writing frenzy, almost to the point I couldn’t write anything.
This year I’ve decided not to set any goals, but things I’d like to happen. I’d like to see a novel length book published in 2011. I’d like to land an agent or into a larger publishing house, but they’re not the end all be all. I’d like to see more of my non-fiction articles get published. Last year I put that on hold because I was writing so much fiction.
I’ve scheduled two agent/editor appointments for 2011, so I’m headed in the right direction. This year will be about writing growth, personal growth. If none of these things happen I won’t stress myself, because I’ll know I gave it my all at the time.
Happy New Year!
See ya next year.


  1. Amber, I commend you for not putting unreasonable stress on yourself. I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year!

  2. The writing was appropriate in a time of grief and carried you through a very hard time. You know your stories brought joy to others-so it was a two-way street.
    Now allow your talent to carry you to a new level of satisfaction. I know it was difficult but this past year was also a gift, a whole other layer has crept into your writing and made it wonderful.
    Aim high in 2011, you've got it all Amber, and you can do it!
    XXOO Kat

  3. Thanks Tessie. I hope you and your family have a Happy New Year!

    Kat, thank you for your kind words. I'm glad I've touch someone with my stories. 2010 was difficult, but 2011 will be much better. I know it! :)

  4. Amber, you muddled through and survived. I'm so proud of you. Keep us informed of your progress with writing, agents, the novel...I want to hear!

  5. LOL Thanks Julia. I'll keep everyone informed. :)


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