My 2013 confessions

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My 2013 confessions:

Yeah, our Christmas tree is still up.

I’m still debating whether to watch American Idol this year or not. If it were one day a week? Sure. But for a while there it’s 3 nights. #needtowrite  #needtoread

Totally debating whether to get involved with Downtown Abbey. I also watched the first episode of The Walking Dead and was totally hooked. #decisions

I’ve been able to go down to my basement…alone without breaking out in a sweat.

I didn’t make any writing resolutions because I already had my production schedule laid out. It might change week to week but it’s there, broken down month-to-month and week-to-week for the coming month.

I received fleece-lined running pants (expensive) and I just want to wear them during the day. Sometimes I do. Do any stores sell fleece-lined yoga pants cheap?

I’ve read more self-published books this year than traditional. Mainly b/c they’re cheaper so I get more for my money. Plus, I can’t get them at my library or elibrary.

Susan Kaye Quinn tagged me in the Next Big Thing and I still haven’t written up my post. #soon #verysoon

A part of me misses the good ole days where we all blogged and wrote and celebrated when someone signed with an agent or signed a book deal. I don’t comment as much but I still read them.

My words for 2013 is Fun and Forgiveness.

Enjoy my life.

Enjoy my faith.

Enjoy my family.

Enjoy my friends.

Enjoy my writing.

Some of my other thoughts I’m saving for my first IndieLife post on the Indelibles blog this Wednesday.

You can sign up to participate too! And come back later this week for the trailer for Susan’s Mindjack series! Can’t wait. It will be epic!

What would your word be for 2013?

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31 Responses to My 2013 confessions

  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh January 7, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    If you leave your tree up long enough you’ll look like you’re putting it up early rather than taking it down late.
    My only plan is to survive the launch of my third book. Still trying to decide if there will be more.

    • Laura January 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

      That’s a good goal! You’ll figure out where to go after that. Thankfully, our ornaments our down – just the tree to go!

  2. Creepy Query Girl January 7, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    I miss the old blogging days too:( Took the tree down Wednesday so we could clean out the living room and make room for our new ikea entertainment center- which, much to my contentement, includes book shelves bordering either side:) I think my self pub vs tradi pub was about 50/50 this year. I’m currently reading 50 shades just because I got the first one for christmas from a friend and the hubs brought home the second one that a client had left behind at the hotel months and months ago.

    • Laura January 7, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

      You’ll have to let me know how 50 shades goes! I read a lot of books this year, so to say I read more self pubbed doesn’t say that I didn’t read a lot of great traditional books – b/c I did. And there are some at the library I’m looking forward to!

  3. Sheri Larsen January 7, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    YES!! I’ve been contemplating getting involved with Downtown Abbey, too! I love these sorts of story; awesome genre.

    Great Fun and Forgiveness motto. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Laura January 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      I’d love to watch these shows but I know I’ll get sucked it. I know I’ll love them. And I’m not sure I’m willing to give up my time for them in the evening. Still deciding…

  4. Laura Diamond January 7, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    Excellent list!

    I’m conflicted about Downton Abbey too–sounds great, tho! LOL!

    Happy writing!

    • Laura January 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      Good. I’m glad I’m not the only one. 🙂

  5. Louise January 7, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    Our tree is still up, too! Most years it comes down on New Year’s Day, but this year … I just can’t bring myself to dismantle it. Soon. Maybe.

    Great words, especially in conjunction with each other! My 2013 word is “light.”

    • Laura January 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

      Oo, light is a good one. Lots of great analogies there. 🙂

  6. Patti Nielson January 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    I’m with you about the old blogging days, not sure what to replace it with. I’m not sure about Downtown Abbey either. I would need to catch up on the first two seasons and my sons started watching Walking Dead, but I might be too much of a chicken to join them.

    • Laura January 7, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

      I know. I don’t love zombie gore but the first episode was well written and something happened toward the end that really piqued my curiosity. They also set up great personal conflict in the relationships so it’s not just about zombies.

  7. Leigh Moore January 7, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    Ahh, the good old days. I’m trying to hold on as long as I can… LOL! 😀

    And oh, Downton Abbey. That IS the question, yes? I haven’t started it yet either, but EVERYBODY’s watching that show! 😀

    Have a great 2013! Fun & forgiveness. I like it~ xoxo

    • Laura January 7, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

      I saw a zillion tweets last night about Downtown Abbey – just made me more curious. I love that a Masterpiece Theater show crossed over to mainstream.

  8. Susan Kaye Quinn January 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    I’m looking forward to that Next Big Thing post!

    • Laura January 7, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

      Ha! Still figuring out some of the questions. And realized that I”m working on sequels, so I’m not sure how exciting my post will be. 🙂

  9. Lisa Green January 7, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Sounds like you’ve got a good plan for the coming year! I’m excited to join the Indie scene so to speak. Things will be crazy as usual – well probably more so – over here! But I love every minute of it. Well, not the middle of the night crying minutes…

    • Laura January 7, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

      So glad you’re moving forward, Lisa! Can’t wait to read your novel since I loved your short story!

  10. Heather Kelly January 7, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    Sigh. I miss the old blogging days too. Most days I missing blogging altogether. I just erased most of this comment because I started to “catch you up,” which is just tmi for a comment. I’ll email you.

    I don’t have writing goals this year, because it feels like it’s already packed with promise. 🙂

    • Laura January 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

      Awesome! And that’s okay because we’re working on our writing!

  11. becca puglisi January 8, 2013 at 12:48 am #

    I love your confessions, Laura! I have three words, as they pertain to personal goals: serve, character, and launch. I’m hoping to use these words as a filter for the decisions I make in regards to my husband, my Christian walk, and my kids:
    1. Serve my husband.
    2. Successfully launch my kids (this is years away, but decisions I’m making even now should move me toward this goal).
    3. Grow in character.

    • Laura January 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

      Those are terrific words! I write for my job but I always want to have fun with the parts that should be fun! And yes, the biggest influence we have on our kids is when they’re young…

  12. Traci Kenworth January 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Hope you have a great year, Laura!!

    • Laura January 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

      Thanks! you too!

  13. Margo Berendsen January 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    I finally settled on “prayer” for my word this year. I figure that pretty much covers everything! I loved reading your confessions and now I am wondering what your basement is like. Mine is finished, but the old houses I grew up in had the creepiest basements. We had an old giant coal furnace that was like a monster.

    My confession for today: I am wearing fleece leggings under my dress pants to work today (grin)

    Just for the record, I tried the first 3 episodes of Downton Abbey and didn’t like it. The people were all too mean and snotty! But that’s just me and I likely would’ve gotten hooked if I’d kept going.

    So looking forward to the Mindjack Trailer!

    • Laura January 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

      Interesting! I still might try out the first episode. We don’t really have a basement but a large cellar with the furnace and water systems. It’s an old house so would be about impossible to finish. I wish we could!

  14. Stina Lindenblatt January 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    My indie reading is big, but that’s because I’m reading more NA now and it’s mostly only available self published. Of course as soon I read a book, NYC swoops in to buy it. 🙂

    Our tree when down last week, much to the dismay of the kids. Naturally, none helped me remove the decorations.

    I’m waiting for season three of DA to come out on DVD. I only watch TV (DVDs) during my lunch, so that I don’t eat while writing (and get crumbs everywhere). Right now, I’m working through the Criminal Minds DVDs I got for my birthday and Christmas. Next up is the Lost series (also birthday and Christmas presents). 🙂

  15. Donna K. Weaver January 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    Love your 2013 words and those goals rock. I’m not getting into the TV shows because social networking is already a huge time suck. lol

  16. Faith January 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    I feel like taking the tree down takes a million times more effort than putting it up, which I’m sure isn’t true because getting it involves finding all the ornaments/lights/shopping for the tree/finding the tree holder/getting the tree up straight, but it still feels that way.

    I keep thinking I should watch Downtown Abbey or Walking Dead since I see people talk about them on twitter all the time, but then I remember that I don’t want to do that to myself. Too much to read/write/watch already.

    AI 3x a week? That’s intense.

  17. Natalie Aguirre January 10, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    Not sure how I missed this on Monday. I have Downtown Abby taped and am looking forward to watching it a night I’m not so tired. I really like that show and I don’t watch much TV.

    I’m missing some of the good old times too. Seems like this is a time of change blogging wise. Maybe it’s okay if we all just do a bit less writing and reading blogs so we can write and have a little more time in life.

  18. Karen Strong January 10, 2013 at 3:57 am #

    I must say I’m impressed that you actually watched The Walking Dead. Ha.

    One of my words for 2013 is Forgiveness.

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