Happy New Year!

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Can you believe the first decade of the new century is now over?  Yes, I know my age is showing, but just ten years ago we were all worried about the Millennium Bug, now we’re more concerned with the Millennium Trilogy.  My how time flies!

It’s only minutes away from midnight here in California, so it’s time to make those dreaded New Year’s resolutions.  I’m not one who usually formalizes such things – especially when I know I probably won’t keep most of my promises to myself, but maybe with your nagging prodding support I’ll do better this year. Don’t worry, this list won’t be long.

1. a classic: eat better and exercise more. This is an annual tradition, but, darn it, I’m going to do better this year!  I need to get back to playing golf with my dear hubby!

2. read more. A couple years ago I managed to read 50 books in one year – basically one a week.  Reading is fun, entertaining, and in the end makes me a better writer, so I’m pledging to read more.  To help me on this goal, I’ve joined the Romance Readers Reading Challenges group on goodreads.com.  They’ve got all kinds of challenges to help motivate and keep my reading list fresh.  You’ll be seeing posts about my progress as I go.  The challenges I’ve entered so far are the 2011 A-Z Book Challenge (read one book that starts with each letter of the alphabet), the A-Z Author Challenge (Read an author who’s first or last name starts with each letter of the alphabet) and the Winter Challenge – Italian version (read books whose titles or author names start with I-N-V-E-R-N-O). Books can be used in more than one challenge.  To get started, here’s my list for the Winter Challenge:

Read-the-Season Winter Challenge
Duration: December 21, 2010 – March 19, 2011

0/8 Completed

I: How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown Does this count? If not, I might read Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong
N: Tribute by Nora Roberts
V: The Wedding Bargain by Victoria Alexander
E: Something by Janet Evanovich I think I’m on 7
R: The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry
N: No One Heard Her Scream by Jordan Dane
O: Shades of Atlantis by Carol Oates

Italian Bonus: Inferno by Dante Alighieri

If you’d be interested in joining the group, check out Romance Readers Reading Challenges on goodreads.com

3. and this won’t be a surprise: write more. I have plans to work on at least one book in 2011, but I’m in an ambitious mood and will resolve to get two full manuscripts completed by the end of the year.  Please hold my hand (or kick me in the butt) to help me along this path.  I already have been invited to a yearly writing challenge – and plan on scoping that out tomorrow.

There’s a few more boring resolutions I’m making, but those are the top three.  What are you hoping for in 2011?  I hope the coming year brings you happiness and success!

Happy New Year!


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