Goals for 2016

There are approximately 12 hours left until the year 2015 dies away with the bang of firecrackers and chanting, 5…4…3…2…1 – 2016 will be born in bright lights or, in many places, the dark contemplativeness of ancient stars and moon.

In honor of this yearly renewal, many people create resolutions and goals for their lives. Things like “I will exercise at the gym 5 days a week” or “This year I swear I’ll be nicer to my co-workers.” Last year I resolved to not resolve a thing…and that rings us here, to my goals for the new year.  These are all things that have been growing, pressing on my mind and heart more and more as 2015 fades to allow 2016’s entrance. I’ll list them for you here, and if you’d like to see the video I made for my Book Tube channel you can click the link at the bottom of the page.

May your New Year be blessed with love, inspiration, and enough resolve to get you through anything you have coming at you.

Goals for 2016:


1) Read with my daughter daily and work on letters/numbers etc for her pre-literacy love of words

2) Continue to eat healthy and get up/move around more

3) GET ORGANIZED!!! (For every aspect of my life!)



1) Participate in reading challenge(s):

a) PopSugar Challenge

b) Book Tuber Recommends Challenge

2) Read more Diversely

3) Read between 50-75 books (hopefully many, many more!)


1) Review more books for both Book Tube videos and Blogs!

2) Face my fear of failure and rejection and FIND AN AGENT!

3) Enter at least 1 contest a month (mostly short stories)

4) Promote books and TyreeTomes each month

5) Complete Works in Progress (WIPs)!

6) Stick to a schedule and really work on Blog and Book Tube videos. (3 videos and 4-5 blog posts a week prefereably)

7) Write! Write everyday, everywhere…and attend at least one writing retreat or lectureship etc this year (classes, retreat, bookcon…something!)

What are your resolves?


Writer’s Quote Wednesday

As I am writing this today, there are only 31 hours of the year left. 31 hours before 2015 slips every so gently…or noisily…into 2016 and everyone begins to be resolved and renewed. In that vein, my final quote of 2015 will be my own. A personal mantra that I wish to pass along to you, my favored friends. The simplest and most difficult gift in the world to give…


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Habits, even the habit of forgetting something, can be difficult to break. Today is our first day back from Christmas break and my students and I have spent a significant portion of our time discussing goals. Our goals for ourselves, our goals for our class, and our goals for our school/grade. We have discussed making S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, agreed upon, realistic, and timely) goals. We have even discussed the difference between detailed and too detailed or not detailed at all. And as soon as those students left for lunch, I sat down to eat my salad and had a miniature panic attack because I didn’t write a short story for last Sunday.

You see, I had made a habit of writing and forgetting to post, or writing a day late. Even now, that I completed the goal of posting a story for every week, my habit of remembering that I forgot is holding strong. For the record, I did write on Sunday. I even wrote the first two lines of a short story, though nothing else for that story has been written.

The point here, at least for me, is that even forgotten things become habit if you’re not careful My compunction to write is coupled with a habit of forgetting to write when I’m supposed to. My goal to exercise can swiftly become a panic attack at midnight, as a lay in bed remembering that I didn’t do my reps for the day. Even alarms and reminders sometimes only serve as something else to moan about when I realize I’ve forgotten something. I’m afraid that I can be rather a lot like Neville Longbottom on occasion, “The trouble is, I can’t remember what it is I’ve forgotten.”

So be careful my friends, especially during this time of re-acclimating to normal patterns and time tables for your days. I hope that you are all able to slide easily into the new habits that you want to build, and that none of you are languishing through the habit of forgetting.

To misquote Fiddler on the Roof: May the good Lord bless and Keep forgetfulness….far away from Me!


I resolve to be more like the Minions – Happy and Sassy. Wait! They’re mutated slaves…lets think about this for a minute.

I don’t know about your friends, but most of mine tend to make fun of the traditions involved with New Year’s Day and making resolutions…especially as they, themselves, are in the process of resolving to be/do/see/or say something differently in the coming year.

This is a trend I’ve noticed more and more on television, radio shows, magazine articles, and social media…the ‘I’ll make fun of anything, even while I’m in the middle of trying it’ syndrome. Exercises, diets, clothing and hairstyle trends, and resolutions all get the same treatment. But why is that? Are we really so afraid to leave the pack that we cannot stop ourselves from this behavior? Are we, as what passes for adults, really so wrapped up in everyone else that we don’t have our own voices? Or are we just still living with the high school mentality that making fun of everything somehow makes us seem cool?

Honestly, I have no idea. But I do know that I actually saw two resolutions all the way through the end of 2014, and it felt GOOD! I don’t actually think that I’ve made it all the way through before. But this year I followed through on both getting a job (I’m a teacher…what what!) and writing at least one short story a week! (Ok, so I didn’t always get them posted on time, but I did WRITE them..which was my resolution after all).

So let’s get down to the brass tacks: What are THIS YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS?

Here a few from me, and I would love to hear from you!

I resolve…to make strict and followable goals instead of vague resolutions! Because “I’m going to try to get healthy this year” does nothing but sit there on the paper while I eat chocolate and flip channels!

1) I will realize that just because the New Year has begun does NOT mean that I automatically change. I must WORK if I want to see the changes!

2) I will eat at least 2 meals a week that are meatless but full of hearty vegetables (This does NOT include the meal of chips and salsa I try to sneak in once a week or so)

3) I will continue to write on an (almost) daily basis but try to remember that if I miss a day or two it is not the end of the world. Life interferes and that is the normal way of things. (grr)

4) I will attempt to be more loving and patient with my child, my family, and my students. Really I will!

5) I will get a planner and USE IT for more than a month or two at a time. (last year’s planner was used for January, February, July, and October) This also goes into a whole big thing about organization. Baby steps people, its all about baby steps.

6) I will learn to knit. Those slippery non-hooked needles will not get the best of me!

7) I will do my best to do my best, even on days when I don’t feel it in my core. Fake til you make it and all that jazz. (Nerdy quotes help people succeed, remember that!)

Happy New Year! May 2015 be blessed and full of love, success, and inspiration beyond your wildest dreams.