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Welcome to 2018!

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018!!!  Eights have always been lucky for me, so I’m hoping this is a sign of an amazing year to come.  I can’t wait for the Olympics, I’m pumped about the Ruby Writing Festival (starting in less than two weeks!!!), and I’m busting with optimism for a GREAT year for all of us.  

Last week, RWA asked on twitter what our writing goals were for 2018 and I said mine were to:

  1. Write all the words.
  2. Read more.
  3. Enjoy the moment I’m in.

I’m hoping I can achieve each of those!  (And maybe also be better about getting to the gym than I have been during the holidays – those cookies are adding up.)  

What are your goals for 2018?

You can see one of my goals is to read more.  I haven’t managed to carve out nearly enough time this year to refill the well and in 2018 that is gonna have to change.  And I can’t wait!  So many books to read!

What books are you looking forward to in 2018?  

Are there other things you are excited about in the coming year?  The Olympics?  Will you be heading to RWA in Denver?  Other writing conferences?  Joining us in the Winter Writing Festival chat room?  

If so, please share!  Let’s ring in the new year looking forward with a great big anticipatory grin.  🙂

17 responses to “Welcome to 2018!”

  1. Eighteen has always been my favorite number, so I’m especially excited about this year.

    I made my 2018 bucket-list yesterday and you and I have similar goals. I hope to read more and finish another book and hopefully a novella. Most importantly, to enjoy both activities. I want to fall in love with reading again, so if anyone has suggestions for great reads, please pass them on.

    Happy New Year!

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    • So many suggestions! I have been binge reading some of my slam-dunk LOVE SO HARD authors. Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series blows me away – if you like historical she is a must for me. Nalini Singh’s books slay me – especially the PSI/Changeling series & the Guild Hunter series. And I’ve also been sucked into the Bookkeeper’s Apprentice series by Laurie R. King – which is a “what if Sherlock Holmes had a young apprentice after he retired to the country to keep bees?” premise that is so brilliantly done. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

      HAPPY 2018, Autumn! May it be a year of big things! 🙂

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  2. joan ramirez says:

    Do you promote author’s books on your site?
    Would love to send you mine.
    Joan Ramirez

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    • Hi Joan – We are not a review site. We are a site by authors for authors. Writers are readers, so we often talk about books we loved, but we don’t promote in the sense I think you mean. Thanks and happy new year! 🙂

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  3. I am going to try to read more books for pleasure and just enjoy each day. Happy New Year to all!

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  4. Addison Fox says:

    Vivi

    Wonderful post and happy new year!!! Welcome 2018!

    I’m looking forward to a new year full of words and books. I’ve been reading Kerri Carpenter’s Bayside Blogger series for Harlequin Special Edition (the third just came out) and have loved the first two books so am super excited for the third. I’ve also been devouring Nicole Helm’s Colorado-set series and am about to dive into the third there. And last but certainly not least, have been loving K.M. Jackson’s Unconventional Brides series and am about to dive into #3 there as well (I do love a trilogy!)

    I’m also looking forward to doing some re-reading this year as well. Nora Roberts’s Bride Quartet is a perennial favorite as is anything Jayne Anne Krentz has written (I’ve been re-reading some of her older Amanda Quick’s and happily rediscovering why I loved them so much the first time).

    Happy New Year!!
    Addison

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  5. Cynthia Huscroft says:

    Similar goals here, too, as in the “live in the moment”. I sometimes spend too much time anticipating/reviewing all the possible scenarios/outcomes that I miss the actual…the “real of the moment”. &, guess what, 9 times out of 10, all that additional stress I put on myself is usually for naught!

    Read more – YES!And I mean truly read…read the story…enjoy it…get lost in it.

    WWF…another YES! Been planning my writing goals…*grins in anticipation*!

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  6. Michelle Parkins says:

    I fell very short of my reading goal last year so reading more well written books is definitely on the list. I was so busy writing I forgot the most important tool, reading!
    I also need to finish the two urban fantasies I’ve been working on and I have a short story for an anthology which will hopefully be picked.
    I start my advanced editing course on Thursday which I’m so excited about I can hardly sit still and on a personal level there are big changes coming, good ones because I’ve dealt with the horrid bits.

    Wishing you all a superb year ahead

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  7. Tamara Hogan says:

    Happy New Year, Vivi!

    Though I managed to release my first book in four years in October, 2017 was a tough year for me creatively; I’ve been reading more than writing lately. While my goal this first week of the year is to reacquaint myself with my woefully neglected WIP, I’m continuing my Susan Elizabeth Phillips backlist binge. I’ve been reading primarily for pleasure/escape, but as I hoped would happen, I feel my writer’s brain rubbing its bleary eyes, waking up from its long winter nap. SEP’s “Chicago Stars” series is a master class in how to introduce secondary characters who later become romantic leads (which I do in my Underbelly Chronicles series) and I’m studying her dialogue structure with a gd microscope.

    2018 books I’m looking forward to… Right now I’d have to say Sarah MacLean’s June 2018 historical romance, “Wicked and the Wallflower,” is at the top of the list. Also, anything/everything by Tessa Dare, Kit Rocha, and Nalini Singh.

    Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, creatively fulfilling 2018!!

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    • I’ve only read the first of the Chicago Stars series, but the rest are on my TBR waiting for me. I might have to move them up the list, now that you’ve reminded me of them! 🙂 And OH MY GOODNESS YES, I freaking love Sarah MacLean. SO AMAZEBALLS. (And that’s the technical term.) 😉

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  8. Darynda Jones says:

    What a great post, Vivi! And Happy New Year! I, too, am insanely excited for 2018. 2017 was not what I’d hoped. Nobody’s fault but mine. Still, I have set new (attainable) goals this year. I tend to set my goals far too high with little to no hope of actually achieving them. This year, I thunked ahead. Maybe, just maybe, these here goals should be something I can actually accomplish. Hmmmm…

    Yeah, I’m a little slow sometimes. My goals are about both writing and health. Oh, and reading! So here’s to what will be a stellar year!

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