2019 Wrap Up

2019 Wrap Up

February 21, 2024

This decade is almost over. Can you believe it? I hope you have been enjoying time with friends and family. I know I have which is why I haven’t posted in a while. There are lots of new developments going on in my writing world. You may have already noticed one of them. Yup! My website is totally redesigned.

I have been putting some new web development skills to use. I also created a new logo for myself, which you can see at the top of my page.?

2019 didn’t end with my book being traditionally published. However, I did find an editor I really like and I am slated to have an editorial critique done on the book I wrote two years ago.?

After speaking with him extensively, he stated that getting a critique of my manuscript and making changes and then having it edited will save time and money. That sounds like a win-win.?

So bear with me, faithful readers. The critique is slated for mid-January. After that, I will do a rewrite, then have it edited. Then, instead of going the traditional route, I am going to self-publish! I am pushing for a release date of June 21, 2020. That’s right! Just in time for summer! So send me your well wishes.

Okay, on to some goals. If you’ve followed my blog for any period of time you know that I participate in the 12 Short Stories in 12 Months challenge. It began in 2017. This is the third year of its existence and I am proud to say I completed the challenge for the third year in a row. Out of the 300 people who participated, I am one of only 14 who has successfully completed the challenge 3 years running!?

I’m excited about that! Here is my badge for the third year!?

Next up: reading. I set a goal of seventy books for the year and read 74! I’m very proud of that. I still may manage to squeeze in one more before the clock strikes midnight on Tuesday. Here’s my badge for that, courtesy of Goodreads.?

Here’s a snapshot of what my year in reading looked like:

If you’re wondering how I kept track of it all, just check out Goodreads. You can set a goal, enter a book each time you start, and Goodreads will keep count. Then at the end of the year it will show you how much you read. Pretty neat, right?

Okay. Enough with the goals. Just before Christmas we went to historic downtown Frederick, Maryland. Every street and a lot of the charming stores are decorated in lights.?

I have never been before but I must say I will be back again. It is so cozy and quaint. We had fun just walking up and down the streets browsing store windows.?

But the neatest part was something called Sailing Through Winter Solstice. All of the boats were sponsored by local companies and the proceeds go to a local charity each year. Here are just a few of the boats.

Pretty neat, right? We had a great time. Afterwards, we went out to eat and there was a Santa sighting! He was taking a break while he checked his list twice.?

Now, hubby didn’t want me to bother him, but you know me, right? So, when hubby went to the bathroom, I had my oldest son take a picture of me with Santa.?laughing

I mean, can you blame me? I had to make sure Santa had my stuff on his list.?tongue-out

That’s all for now, folks! Well, there is one more new development and it’s pretty exciting! But you’ll have to check back often to see what it is! I’ll make the announcement on January 14th!

Until then…

Happy New Year, everyone! May 2020 bring you good health, much wealth, and time to enjoy it all!


    1. Rashida!
      I appreciate you so much. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read. You should join me in the challenge in 2020! How’s your book coming along?

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