Did You Succeed?

In a few more days we will once again be tempted to make New Year’s Resolutions. But what about the ones you made last year? Did they all fall by the wayside or did you follow through and succeed?

I don’t remember what resolutions I made last New Year’s Day. Oh, I’m sure the usual one was on the list.

1. Lose weight.

I actually wrote my weight in my weekly/monthly planner on Jan. 1, 2017 . I’m pleased to say, I weighed myself this morning and I have lost 5 pounds; however, I have 5 days until Jan. 1, 2018, and the way I’ve been eating (and drinking), that may not be true by then.

I believe I “resolved” to get 2 of my previously published romances reformatted and released as e-books. I failed there, although I do have one of those books close to being released.

Last year I knew I had my thriller, ECHOES OF TERROR, coming out the end of March. I planned on doing a lot of promotion for that book, and I did. Back on 1/1/2017 I didn’t know I was going to enter the book in the Florida Writers’ Associations Royal Palm Literary Competition, but I’m sure glad I did. As most of you know, the book won first place in the thriller or suspense category. Last week I finally received the physical award. (Since I couldn’t attend the awards banquet, I had to have someone pick the award up for me.)

The award is actually clear and will stand on its own. I placed it on my bedspread so the writing would show up.

This year my resolutions will again include losing weight ( that’s an on-going battle). They will also include staying physically active (my dog helps with that one), and getting some of my early romances out as e-books. And I’m sure the list will include working on another suspense (with a bit of romance included).

Of course there’s more to life than just writing. Every year I resolve to keep in touch with family and friends, and I really do try. In 2018 I’m going to try harder. (In 2017 two friends and three relatives died. With two of those people I kept saying, “One of these days I’m going to…” I wish I had called or gone to see them. Now it’s too late.)

This year I’m going to write my resolutions (goals) in my 2018 weekly/monthly planner (Do you use one?) so next New Year’s Day I can look back and see if I accomplished any of them.  Here are my first five.

  1. Lose weight
  2. Keep in touch with friends and family.
  3. Publish 2 of my early romances as e-books
  4. Be more considerate when critiquing other writers’ works
  5. Finish a draft of a new suspense


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17 Responses to Did You Succeed?

  1. Melissa Keir says:

    I’m not good with setting resolutions. I’ve vowed to get in shape which like most Americans ended with March and not visiting the gym anymore. So now I set shorter goals. I use my daily calendar to set out the goals I need to accomplish each day/week/month and set to get them done.

    Congrats on your award. What a beautiful piece!

  2. Sharon Ervin says:

    I have not made resolutions in years, but this week I want to get the clutter out of my life, accumulations that distract me from other efforts. Your #1, losing weight, is a perpetual declared desire for me, but I ignore it most of the time. I recently realized that I’ve gained two (2) pounds a year in my years of marriage, which seems reasonable. The problem is, it’s been 54 years. Argh! I resolve to lose the same each year in the next 54.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Sharon, I wish you success with the 2 pounds a year for the next 54. And congratulations on 54 years of marriage. My hubby and I are approaching 50. What I heard was writers gain 5 pounds per book. Thank goodness I haven’t gained that much, but for a while I was pushing that number. Happy New Year.

  3. An admirable list, Maris. I too lost relatives and friends this past year and vow to stay in touch with those I care about. You’ve inspired me to look back at my resolutions from last year, to see how I’ve done. Good luck with those pounds.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Thanks, Susan. Since I have back problems, I need to get the weight down if I want to keep writing. Do stay in touch with those you care about. We never know when we’ll lose them. Here’s to a great 2018.

  4. paula says:

    I’m glad you posted the photo of your award. Thanks.

    You may remember that I keep a goal sheet for the year in the back of my calendar for reference. I look at it periodically to see where I stand with goals I’ve set for myself to accomplish for the year. While I came through with some in 2017, with others, I only made it part of the way to the target. (Can an arrow hang mid-air? lol)

    I enjoy keeping in touch with family members and friends through cards and letters and am usually good about getting birthday and anniversary cards in the mail. This year, I put it on the goal sheet with places to check them off so I’d know I did it.

    My goals tend toward self-improvement, but only so far as it simplifies my life. For example, I cancelled a number of magazine subscriptions not long ago because it was silly to think I could keep up with the reading. Besides, the library subscribes to most of the ones I enjoy browsing through.

    Thanks for a good look at resolutions and for sharing your award with us.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Paula, you put me to shame, especially with those birthday reminders. I really should do that with/for a few of my friends (who always remember my b-day). I’ve also dropped magazine subscriptions. I wasn’t keeping up with them, and the stack of TBR kept growing. The self improvement goal is a good one for the list. Here’s to success in 2018, for both of us.

  5. Diane Burton says:

    Your award is lovely. Congrats. Good luck with your goals for 2018. I didn’t write down goals for this year. So much changed so quickly it’s a good thing. I do need to write down my goals and keep them visible. Too easy to forget. Best wishes for a great new year.

    • Maris Soule says:

      You certainly did go through a year of change. I admire how well you coped, Diane. I have a feeling those grandbabies are going to keep you busy in 2018. Enjoy.

  6. Congrats on the award. I won one of those in the historical fiction category, a few years before it was published. They are pretty nice.
    Good luck with the weight – I struggle with that, too.
    All my books are up on Amazon as ebooks- that’s where I make my money. You should really get on that one. We’ll be in Venice for 2 weeks if you want to get together and chat about it. Happy to help if I can. You have my email.

  7. Pat Stoltey says:

    Hi Maris — Your post is so much like mine will be (if I get it written) that we could be virtual cousins! The part about staying in touch with family and friends is so important. I’m doing phone calls and letters this week to touch base with those who live far away.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Pat, I’m a person who hates to talk on the phone. I think it’s probably for selfish reasons. With an email or text message I can control when I send it, when I respond, and how long I keep responding. But I’ve been making more phone calls lately. I guess I’ve come to realize the person to person contact is important.

      • Pat Stoltey says:

        Some of my old friends have gone dark as far as computers are concerned. They’ve left me with nothing but the phone and snail mail to make contact. 😀

  8. Carole Price says:

    What a beautiful award, Maris. Congratulations! I must read Echoes of Terror.