For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a “Who Moved My Cheese” kind of person. I have to have a goal, something that I’m working toward. As we all know, the beginning of a new year is a perfect time to set knew goals and to really think about what we want to accomplish this year. I have a few that I’ve been bouncing around in my mind.
I feel like I am in a constant battle with the things in my life. You read that right. I have so much stuff. I feel like every couple of months or so I have a few bags full of clothes and knick-knacks to donate, but somehow if never feels like I make that much of a difference. I still live in clutter. How is that? Why is that? Why, as human beings, do we need so much stuff? Here’s an answer. We don’t! We don’t need it. Yet somehow, it accumulates. I want to do a purge, a thorough cleansing of my house and all my stuff that I’ve held onto for years and years.
Another goal I have is to read more. I’m off to a pretty good start. I think I’ve already read about three or four books in 2016. Yes, I am a freakishly fast reader. My sister is too. We’re both hoping to read more this year, especially independent books! That’s another goal. I want to help all those awesome indie authors out there go mainstream. Lord knows they (we) work hard enough.
That leads me to my work goals for this year. I have two books that I’m absolutely, 100%, for sure going to release this year. Of course, I’m talking about the third book in the Boy Band series and the fourth book in the Cemetery Tours series.
Of course, I went ahead and designed the covers before actually finishing either book. But you know, I like having the covers. They help me visualize what my manuscripts will be when they become actual books. While these are both pretty close to the final designs that I want for each book, I might end up tweaking each one just a little before publication. As for when that will be, I’m hoping for a spring release for Worldwide and another autumn release for Lost Souls. But I’m not setting myself any actual deadlines until I get further into each manuscript. I’m done setting deadlines for a while. They’re stressful! Though they do make you work, so…
As for the books themselves, I can’t tell you too much about Worldwide without giving away spoilers from the second book, which I definitely want you to read. I can tell you that we will finally see The Kind of September on tour. I can also promise you that Mel will never find herself in the center of a love triangle. I don’t have anything against love triangles. I’ve dabbled with them before in my writing. But that’s just Mel’s story. For her, there is only Sam. I had one reviewer mention that they really liked that about the Boy Band series and it totally made my day. I really love that about Mel. If it were up to her, life would be so simple. She loves Sam and he loves her and that’s it. Worldwide is going to be a whole new world for her, that’s for sure.
As for Lost Souls, Book Four in the Cemetery Tours series, Michael, Kate, Luke, and Brink are going to my favorite country in the world, Scotland. I’m so excited because Michael is finally reaching a point in his life where he’s more confident and willing to take chances on new experiences. Luke isn’t having to drag him around anymore. He’s going to Scotland willingly. He’s still got that dry, cynical sense of humor, but he appreciates life so much more now, and I love that. I’m also just really excited to revisit Scotland, even if it is (for now) only in my mind.
I’m thinking I want to write one more book this year. I have several in mind. The last I counted, I had at least fifteen ideas for new novels and series. I just don’t know which one it will be yet. There are a few that I know have to wait for one reason or another. But I don’t want to forget any of these ideas. I don’t think I will. Some, I’ve had inside my head for years and they’re still developing and evolving. I guess time will tell.
What are your goals for 2016?
Those are neat and unique book covers. I like them both. But, my favorite one is the Lost Souls one, because it looks frightening, and scary. I really like the idea of the characters for them to go to Scotland. It will be a challenging read, but adventurous. My goals for 2016 is to finish with the two online writing advance pro classes starting this March. In 2017, and 2018 I will take online writing publishing classes. I am thinking of taking three of them. I will read both your novels once they are available . There’s a Barnes and Noble near my home. I love books just as you do. I am a book nerd, but am a cool person. No doubt! Your both new book covers are attracting and interesting. 🙂
Thank you so much, Raul! I wish you luck in your classes! I so admire you for that! Three of my best friends are going back to school this year! I am so proud of all of you! Let me know how it goes! 🙂
I am beyond thrilled that Lost Souls will be in the works even though I am WAY behind on that series! I love the cover!
I am hoping to work more on my novel this year. I realized I spend too much time on Facebook so I am trying to limit my time on there as well.
Aw! Thank you so much! Is it your first novel? If you need any help or guidance, don’t hesitate to ask! ❤
Yes, it is my first novel and I have been working on it for YEARS. Haha! I want 2016 to be the year to finally be done with it. And, I might have to take your help offer sometime. Ha! 😉
You should! 2016 is going to be a great year! I can feel it! And yes, anytime you need to reach me. My email address is JackieSmith114@gmail.com. 🙂
Did someone say Scotland? I definitely have to get my hands on those now.