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Looking Back, Looking Forward

It’s that time of year when we think back on the past year and set our sights on the new one. Here’s my two cents.

There have been plenty of drawbacks or disappointments in 2018. I missed my daughter and son-in-law dreadfully while they’re away serving in the Peace Corps (although I’m immensely proud of them, too).  I recoiled in horror at some of the current events in our country and the world in general, and the ways people have separated from each other this year. And I’ve had my share of writing career setbacks, including my fair share of rejections from agents and such.

But there were also silver linings in those same areas. My husband and I had a great visit with my daughter and son-in-law this summer, and they’re coming home to Alaska in August of 2019.  (Plus, we had a wonderful trip to Ireland, so I got my travel itch scratched pretty well this year.) I’ve used my time and skills to volunteer for some great local candidates and causes, and seen some small victories in efforts to bring people together. And I’m writing a new book that is a lot of fun for me.

My husband calls me Pollyanna for a reason. I always find a way to look on the bright side. And this year has been no exception. While I wish some of the bad stuff didn’t happen, I can still recognize the good stuff, too. I hope everyone finds a way to do that when things are getting us down. Hope and love are powerful.

I don’t usually make resolutions so much as a list of priorities and goals for the coming year. These are from my list for 2019:


  1. Family
  2. Writing
  3. Friends
  4. Other stuff


Life Goals: 

Stay fit and healthy.

Make time for family and friends.


Writing Career Goals:

Write at least 5 days a week. 

Critique at least once a month.

Read at least one book a month (outside of research for writing). 

Finish The Case of the Filched Flute by Summer Solstice.

Query The Case of the Filched Flute by end of summer.

This process is how I remember to take care of myself first, then spend time on the things that are important to me. Maybe this post will inspire you to make your own list, or maybe you have another way to mark the beginning of a new year. Please comment if you’d like to share your thoughts! 

I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.

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