Wednesday, December 24, 2014
2014 has been a life changing and productive year…just not as much so for my writing. I moved into a new home, bought a new car, visited the great state of Alaska, and worked hard on transforming my health. Overall a lot to be proud of.
My biggest personal transformation was my health focus I began during the first quarter of the year. I hadn’t done much in the way of exercising over the past ten years due to chronic injuries. In March I became inspired to try yoga, and have been doing it 2-3 times a week ever since. It has allowed me to gain some strength that I couldn’t do with weightlifting anymore. To accompany my new exercise regime, I worked hard at transforming my diet. I went through several phases throughout the year as I read several recommended books on nutrition. Out of everything I read, my new optimal diet can be summed up simply as a whole food plant based diet. Now I’m not 100% (especially with the holidays in full swing), but I try to maintain 80-90%. I’m still caffeine free and my alcohol consumption has been greatly reduced, along with all junk food. My results for the year have been losing 30 pounds, knocking 60 points off my total cholesterol, while maintaining ideal numbers on the rest of my blood work results. I feel good and I know I’ll feel better in the long run, so I’m committed to keep this up for life.
My writing has not fared so well this year, but I still made some progress with my young adult series. My writing New Year’s goals for this past year were to finish Book 3 and the 1st draft of Book 4. Well, I finished Book 3, but I’m only about 1/4 of the way through my first draft of Book 4. I had hoped to get much of it written over the past two months, but the holidays have really pushed back my schedule. Since I’m writing both books back to back, I now plan on releasing them at or about the same time, hopefully by early summer 2015. I’ll also be rereleasing the first two books with new covers and fresh edits. I’ve already received the new covers for Provex City and SUSY Asylum, and I absolutely love them. For 2015, I plan to have the entire Lorne family Vault released and release one new novel, along with becoming more consistent with my blog and online presence. It's going to be a busy year, but I'm determined to continue moving forward. It's time to reignite the fire for writing.
What are your goals for the new year? What are your plans for the holidays? Have a very merry Christmas and safe New Year. Each new year brings fresh opportunities and I’m excited to see what 2015 offers up.