Wednesday, January 3, 2018

ISWG - 2018 & Goals







This month’s Question is - What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

My answer: I’m always working on a plan. Setting goals are and always has been an essential part of my life. The first thing I did this New Year’s Day was to write out a definite set of goals and a plan to achieve them.

Now it’s time to get to work!



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Now that the news has been shared
I can shout it to the world!
My story
Cypress, Like the Tree
Placed in the IWSG Anthology!

I am THRILLED!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WRITERS WHO PLACED!

Such an exciting way to start the New Year!



Don’t forget the awesome co-hosts Tyrean Martinson, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Jennifer Lane, and Rachna Chhabria! Be sure to visit and comment.



This year was a wild one, but in the end, several goals were achieved. A book was published, and we are now living on the coast with a lovely view of the ocean. A dream come true. The journey here was a bit crazy, but not all paths run straight. Still, we are blessed!

          While I was absent most of the time from blogging and social media, I did manage a few posts, and I did my best to keep up with friends. I know I’ve missed some critical changes in many lives, but I hope to catch up and will try my best to be more active this year.

          I feel that it’s important to acknowledge several of the folks that never lost faith in me this last year. Most significant is Denise Covey, my partner in crime at the WEP. I may be speaking out of turn, but the relationship that we’ve developed over the years proved invaluable this year with all the emergencies, travel plans & moves, and all the chaos that filled 2017.

          Thank you, my friend! I love you dearly!

And I value the creativity and artistic input of Nilanjana Bose and Olga Godim. We are now an unbeatable team! Thank you, Denise, Nila, and Olga! I am so proud to be part of such a unique writing team!

To that end, I’m happy to announce that the


 The End is the Beginning were announced today!

Please stop by and congratulate the winners!

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          I also need to thank Susan Swiderski, Michael Di Gesu, Chrys Fey. Without them, The Snowman would not have been released in 2017. But more important than just support for the writing these amazing individuals were there when the personal got to be too much! Thank you!

          Thank you all for always being there when I needed input, editing, and hand holding!

           A special Thank You for all those who've read and commented on my blog posts. Your support has inspired my faith and keeps me striving for the possible!
May the New Year help you reach the goals you've set!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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HAPPY READING & WRITING


IN


2018


76 comments:

  1. The move to the coast seems like it was a good start for the new year. Now you shall be ready for any challenge. And good friends make life so much easier :)

    Thanks for the beautiful email you sent. I hope all your goals are achieved and you make many many awesome memories.

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    1. Thanks, Donna!
      You are so right. Good friends make all the difference!

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  2. Sounds like you have accomplished a lot in moving and continuing to write. Sometimes like gets busy and we just can't blog as much. I do see you commenting a lot. A huge congrats on being an anthology winner. That's really awesome!

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    1. Hi, Natalie:
      Blogging does take a back seat to writing and daily life, but it's also key to the many friendships I'd be lost without! I'm thrilled to have placed. It's made the start of the New Year wonderful and exciting!

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  3. A view of the ocean sounds great!
    Transitions means some things fall by the wayside, but that's all right.

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    1. It's lovely, Alex. And so inspiring! We are so blessed for the opportunity!

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  4. Oo, a view of the ocean. Sounds amazing. And congrats on getting into another IWSG anthology!

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    1. I love it, watching the sunrise is the only way to start the day. The anthology is like the icing on the cake for the New Year!

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  5. Sounds like a productive year. Congratulations on getting into the anthology!

    IWSG post: Taking Chances

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    1. I had my doubts, but we signed the papers on Dec. 8th. Proves anything is possible!
      Thanks, Megan!

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  6. Congrats on the anthology :-) It's wonderful to read about all of the support you've gotten from fellow writers. It's such a great community of folks. All the best for the New Year!

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    1. This community makes all the difference!
      Thanks, Cynical!

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  7. Congratulations on your winning story for the anthology, Yolanda! What a great start to the New Year and How awesome to have a view of the ocean!!!

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    1. We / I am blessed! It is a wonderful beginning!
      Thanks, Cathrina!

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  8. Congrats on the anthology!

    I grew up next to the ocean, so I don't seem to appreciate it as much as most people. Everyone else travels great distance to ooh and aah over crashing waves and dramatic coastlines, but to me it just looks like my parents' backyard. :-) But I am pleased for you for meeting one of your dreams - that is AWESOME!

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    1. We do take it for granted sometimes. I assume you love the mountains? I do too, but right now I'm loving the beach! Thanks, C.D.!

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  9. Congratulations on another win, Yolanda - I can't wait to read it!

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    1. I'm thrilled Sylvia! Thanks! I can't wait to read all of them!

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  10. Congrats on your story and on a successful year! Hoping 2018 is good to you and yours :)

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  11. Congrats to your success. I hope many more follow. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. So do I, emaginette! May it be successful for all of us!

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  12. Congratulations on making the anthology! Sounds like you've been doing plenty over the past year and I suspect you'll be pushing just as hard this year. May 2018 find you happy.

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    1. Pushing forward is the only direction I know, mistakes and all. LOL
      Happy New Year, Ken!

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  13. Congratulations on getting into the anthology! Moving to the ocean... sweet. May 2018 bring you more success!

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    1. Thanks, Bish!
      It's a wonderful start to the New Year!

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  14. Congratulations on the anthology! It's an amazing start to the year. And I love your new banner.

    And I also love what you and Denise, and we, do at WEP. While you've been quieter on the SM circuit, you've achieved plenty in 2017 and got through some difficult transitions. I know you will achieve everything you've put down on that plan and more this year. Wish you every success!

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    1. Thanks, Nila!
      Purple seemed to be the color this year! Success! I wish the same for you!

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  15. Goal setting is a central part of my life, too. :)

    A view of the ocean. *sigh* That sounds marvelous.

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    1. Goals are the only way to go for me, thanks, Chrys!

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  16. Congratulations!!! That is an exciting way to start the year.
    All the best for you in 2018.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G

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  17. Now we're neighbors! Plus we get to work on another anthology together.

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    1. And I am so looking forward to it! Thanks, Diane!

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  18. Congrats on the win. Having a good team around is always grand in any land.

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    1. The team makes all the difference. Thanks, Pat!

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  19. Congratulations on your anthology story, Renee. Thanks for you kind words - it is good to have friends.

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    1. Thanks, Olga!
      Friends make all the difference and a great team, too!

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  20. CONGRATULATIONS, kiddo! May this year be your best yet. (It's off to a great start!)

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    1. Thanks, Susan!

      Couldn't have done it without you!

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  21. Happy New Year, and congrats on your story making the anthology!

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  22. Yolanda, Happy New Year! It has always been my dream to live on the beach so that's wonderful you've made that happen. Congratulations on earning a spot in the anthology!

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    1. I love the mountains, and I love the sea! So wonderful be here now! Thanks, Jennifer!

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  23. Congratulations Renee on getting your story and book published.

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    1. Thanks, Deborah, it has been a good year!

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  24. Congratulations on your winning entry, Renee! How exciting! Can't wait to see the whole anthology! And that's what friends are for. It's been my pleasure to keep in touch and do my best to motivate you through a difficult year. I know you'd do the same for me, my friend.
    For now, soak up that sea view. Soon you can soak up the sun as well. I look forward to working together in 2018! Love our WEP team. It's an awesome combo!

    Love ya
    Denise x

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    1. Thanks, Denise!

      It's been quite a year. Couldn't have done it without you!

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  25. Congratulations, Yolanda! I can't wait to read your story in the anthology :)

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    1. Thanks, Gwen:
      I'm looking forward to reading yours too! Love the title!

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  26. Way to go, Yolanda! Two years in a row! I can't wait to read this year's story!

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    1. Two years, but not consecutive. Still, what an honor! Thank you, Fundy!

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  27. Yolanda, Congrats on your story and now living by the ocean!! 2017 was a crazy year, but it sounds like you are settled in and have a great plan instilled for the fresh start of a wonderful 2018!
    Cheers, to you!

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    1. Oh, Ella, so good to see you back! I hope you're settled too! A perfect year for the two of us!! One can hope!

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  28. Hi Yolanda, congratulations on getting your story into the IWSG anthology. I'm eager to read all the stories.

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna's Scriptorium

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  29. Congratulations on your story being selected for the anthology. I am excited to share those pages with you and to read all the other stories. What a great way to start the new year!
    Mary at Play off the Page

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    1. Thank you Mary, I agree, so excited and the most wonderful way to start a New Year!

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  30. Good luck with your goals! Congrats on your story being selected for the anthology!

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  31. Great post--and what a great way to end the old year/start the new year! Congratulations, and I can't wait to read your story :)

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  32. Hi Renee - so pleased things have worked out and you're loving your ocean view - I hope that still applies as I think you're now on the east coast. Still tempestuous weather will give you some creative ideas for new stories. Congratulations on being accepted for the anthology - I will be reading. The WEP challenge - challenges me to think things differently ... perhaps I'll get more stories going this coming year. All the very best to you and here's to a successful 2018 - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hi, Hilary:
      Yes, East Coast. Supposed to be a warm place, but that cold spell hit us hard too. Still so beautiful though! Can't beat it! Cheers!

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  33. Hey Yolanda,

    Warm congratulations on all that you've accomplished, my dear friend. You've stayed remarkable, determined and oh so resilient.

    And now the beach is within your reach. A magical place where the sea and the sky embrace.

    All the very best for 2018, Yolanda.

    Gary 😀

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    1. Hi, Gary & Penny!
      You're so right, LOL, resilient, such a good word! Trying to stay resilient, always! Thanks, friend, for you too, all the VERY best!

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  34. Yolanda, Congrats! on Cypress, Like the Tree being on in the IWSG Anthology! Very cool and a great way to start off 2018.

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    1. Thanks, Stephen:
      I was shocked. Honestly thought the title would eliminate it, but it's fits the story. Had to go with it. LOL

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  35. Congratulations and a very happy new year to everyone!

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  36. Congratulations! It's going to be a fantastic anthology. Here's to great 2018 for all of us. :)

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  37. Yolanda, congrats on your story acceptance into the IWSG anthology, as well as the published book and your newly-acquired ocean view life along the coast!
    Such awesome news and a GREAT way to start the new year.
    I really loved Cypress, Like the Tree... a great story!
    Happy Writing!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle!
      I can't wait to introduce Detective Cypress!

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  38. Woo-hoo congratulations on your story for the anthology!! Can't wait to read it. Yay!!
    And I love your header so much - it makes me feel calm just to look at it. I am glad you've been able to move to the ocean and I hope 2018 is a peaceful and happy one for you!

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    1. Hi, Julie:
      I love the ocean. It's calming, inspiring, and beyond beautiful!

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