Goodbye 2018

I don’t know about you, but the day after Christmas and the week before New Year’s Eve is always a little depressing for me. The cheerful “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” greetings end, most of the romantic or hopeful holiday shows cease to be shown, and the major networks are consumed with highlighting the past year, with all of its ups and downs, or reminding us of how many well-known (or barely known) personalities have died.

Next Wednesday, I and many others, will be blogging about goals. I actually like that. In my case it makes me think forward. Maybe I won’t reach those goals, but I have hope. So, for the next seven days, I’ll be thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2019.

Meanwhile, I want to thank all who commented, both on my site and personally, on last week’s blog. It was interesting to read the diverse opinions on writing using the present tense. All of the arguments, for and against, were good ones, and it took me a while, but I finally decided to stick with first person past tense for this fourth P.J. Benson Mystery.

Thank goodness I wasn’t too far into the story, still it took me half a day (with interruptions) to change all of the present tense verbs to past, along with any other changes that involved. Now, I simply have to move forward with this story. (You know, the usual “Sit your butt in a chair and write” mantra.)


  • First goal for 2019—write and finish 4th P.J. Benson Mystery.
  • Second goal—come up with a title (which includes the word “Crow”) for the book.

Now I need to work on additional goals, but while I do…

Wishing all of you a wonderful last week of 2018 and a


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17 Responses to Goodbye 2018

  1. Diana Stout says:

    Happy New Year & may all of your goals be fulfilled this coming year!

  2. I know how you feel about the post-Christmas letdown, Maris. I hate to see all that good will evaporate. But like you I’m going to focus on finishing another novel and looking to the future. Good luck with your book.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Thanks, Susan. Today the shredded wrapping paper gets tossed, the last of the pumpkin pie eaten, and bills paid. Tomorrow I’ll get back to writing. Wishing you a healthy and prosperous 2019.

  3. Lucy Kubash says:

    I’ve watched more Hallmark movies this year than ever, and although I did get a little oversaturated, I find myself missing them already. I think the let-down thing is common, mostly because the previous month has been so hectic in so many ways. But I’m looking forward to 2019 and the release of my new book. I’m glad you’re writing another Crow book. I really like that series. Happy New Year and wishing you success with all your goals!

  4. Wishing you a great 2019! Wow, that sounds weird. How did it get here so fast???? So glad you decided in first person past tense! Present tense drives me batty. lol

    • Maris Soule says:

      I agree, Patricia. Time seems to go by way too fast. And I love your comment about the present tense driving you batty. Glad I won’t be responsible for that. Have a great 2019.

  5. Tom Geisler says:

    Uncertain lies the head that wears the crow.

  6. Diane Burton says:

    I’m looking forward to reading your new PJ Benson book. Glad you made a decision you’re happy with. The days after Christmas don’t bother me too much. It’s February with no holidays, gray skies, and miserable weather that leads to let-down for me. I like making goals so I have something to work towards. Wishing you much success in 2019.

  7. Something to Crow About?

    • Maris Soule says:

      I have that one on my list, Jane Ann, and I like it, but my hesitation is there are already 23 books listed on Amazon with that title. Would anyone find mine?

      • Good point. Can you change it up a bit? Nothing to Crow About? One Last Thing to Crow About?

        • Maris Soule says:

          Jane Ann, you’re ahead of me. (But stay tuned.) I hope to run a contest later this year (2019) for a title. At the moment getting the book written is my priority. Also, for the contest, I’ll give a bit of information about the plot which might help with title decisions.

          See you soon.