The new year is nearly here

Gold and silver confetti on a pale blue background. Happy New Year written in cursive script is featured at the centre of the banner.

It’s hard to believe that in a few days, it will be 2023. It feels too soon, doesn’t it? Just when we’d finally wrapped our heads around dealing with COVID, monkeypox, and everything else being thrown our way, 2022 is nearly over, and we have to brace ourselves for something new.

I am trying to stay optimistic about the coming year. Even though 2018-2022 threw everything they could at me, I want to step into 2023 with a positive frame of mind and try to manifest a few good things along the way.

So what am I aiming for in 2023?

Finishing a few WiPs

I’ve got several works in progress that I want to finish. If I could finish two of them during 2023, I would make myself (and my lovely readers) happy. One of the WiPs is called A Piece of My Heart, and it’s set in Hunters Grove, the fictional town in Vermont that was the setting for my first novel, Snowbound. Jake and Mia appear in it, but they are not the couple in focus.

The other story is untitled (well, it has the working title Who Knew…?), but I’ve been working on it, off and on, since the beginning of the pandemic. Yes, some elements of the pandemic and the restrictions we all dealt with in some form make their way into the story. It’s the first book what will be my Love in Sweden series of novellas and novels. I’ve got three stories planned for this series, with the first one revolving around an independent bookshop, an espresso bar, and two people falling in love in the middle of a pandemic.

Making an audiobook or two

(Photo by Jukka Aalho on Unsplash)

I am the worst person when it comes to saving money. But I also want to make at least two of my books audiobooks. And I need to save money to make it a reality. So, that’s my plan. Start putting aside money to pay for the narrator I want and get two audiobooks out by 2024.

Maybe I should start a Kofi account for crowdfunding? If I did, which of my books would you love to listen to as an audiobook?

Publishing a new novel by the end of 2023

Working full-time again, especially when I often spend a lot of time in Teams meetings or tapping away at my computer, has meant that there are days when I am too tired to sit for additional hours in front of my computer. There were weeks when I didn’t write a single word of fiction, even if I thought about it all the time. During NaNoWriMo, I found a way to get things done without feeling chained to my desk (it mostly involves using Google Docs on my phone, so I can tap in scenes whenever I want and wherever I am), and it seems to work for me. I will continue working on my fiction writing this way so that I won’t feel guilty when I can’t stand being at my desk another hour longer.

And the new novel I publish will be one of the WiPs I finish. I will keep you posted on my progress.

Cheers, my lovelies

Champagne is being poured into several champagne flutes against a dark background.
Time to pour a little bubbly for the new year. (Photo by Mads Eneqvist on Unsplash)

That’s it for manifesting progress in the new year. What are you hoping to manifest for yourself?

Drop me a line and let me know. In the meantime, I hope we all have a very happy new year and that 2023 finds us all safe, healthy, and happy.

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