This is more of an ongoing life resolution, but this year it’s more important than ever to take a public stand to reject any and all acts of hate and the policies that drive them. I intend to work actively to oppose any agenda that promotes hatred and oppression of people of color, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ+, immigrants, women, the disabled, and any other group that may be targeted.
I used to write daily, but it’s been very difficult lately. This year, I plan to finish Book 3 in my Sisters in Sin series, and write Book 4, at a minimum. Book 3 was meant to be my NaNo book last November, but I’d barely written 3,000 words by the end of the month. Quite frankly, I’ve been so frightened, anxious, and sick at heart that it’s been difficult to do anything, but I managed to get the proposal for Book 3 done and sent off to my editor today, so I’m motivated. I’m also motivated by the prospect of my characters kicking modern-day Nazi ass. (And having a hero who looks like Chris Hemsworth’s Thor doesn’t hurt motivation either.) I don’t have a clue what Book 4 is going to be about, but each of the books in this series tells the story of one of my Lilith-descended sisters and the serpent/dragon shifters who love them. I’ve done Aztec, Sumerian, and Viking dragons so far, so the next dragon will come from yet another mythology.
“More” is kind of vague, I know, but last year was a tough one for my ability to read. When I’m depressed, I can’t concentrate on any writing but my own (and concentrating on my own is difficult enough). This year, I’m not going to set a number for how many books to read. I chose 52 one year and managed (just barely) to do it, but I didn’t really get much enjoyment out of it, which is kind of the point of reading. I know some people read far more than that, but we’re all different, and reading more than a book a week while writing books (and blog posts) would be impossible for me. So I’m just going to resolve to read something this month to start off with, to get myself back into the joy of reading, and see where it goes from there.
Depression isn’t really conducive to getting adequate exercise either, but I’m going to try my best to develop a routine and stick to it. Probably a combination of walking, yoga, and some kind of strength training. I’d really like to learn krava maga like my character Ione in the Sisters series, but I have some chronic pain and mobility issues from disc injuries so I’m not sure it’s possible for me. A weekly therapeutic yoga class I started attending a year and a half ago has helped immensely with the pain and mobility, but I’d like to make my yoga practice an actual daily practice. Also, I’m standing on a treadmill in front of my standing desk as I write this that I could actually be walking on instead, so at the very least, I’m resolving to walk on it for at least 30 minutes a day. Starting tomorrow. Ha.
Self-care is important for everyone, but writing can be a lonely and demanding business that doesn’t particularly promote treating yourself well. My disc issues were exacerbated by my writing habits, for instance, causing long-term pain, and my desire to be a hermit who rarely wears pants has not helped in my goal of becoming physically fit. So I’m going to make a plan for a series of rewards for meeting various goals this year. Rather than bake and binge on my favorite cookies right this damn minute because I want to, I’m going to treat myself to those cookies when I’ve accomplished a certain number of words on the WIP.