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Jan 012013

We did it. We survived another year and have made it to this (rather arbitrary) day we call the first day of the new year. Really any day would have done for it, so long as we all agree that it’s the first day. So there you have it, we’ve agreed that it’s a new year. We’ve also agreed to call this year 2013. We’re off to a good start.

Tradition tells us that this is the time of year to lay out our goals – resolutions – for how we will make ourselves better in the coming year. Tradition also tells us that those goals should be something like “lose weight”, “start jogging” or “save money”. Tradition also tells us that we will have given up on these goals by the third week of January. I’m going to skip those and move straight to the goals my heart is really in.

1) I will set a writing schedule and stick to it

2) I will write, edit and send out stories to be published

3) I will cuddle my cats and husband

4) I will research how and when to self publish

5) I will read any contracts that come my way

6) I will make time to read every day

7) I will have fun

That should be enough to keep me going for a whole year. With any luck by this time next year I’ll have advanced my career to the next level. How about you? What are you really going to do this year and what do you dream?


Now for the fun stuff. Prizes.

Each comment (with your email in the body of the comment – altered so bots can’t read it) will be entered into two drawings. First locally: One lucky commenter will receive a $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble. Second every comment here and on all the other blogs participating in the blog hop will be entered for these fabulous prizes:

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $300 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

Find all the great blogs at Carrie Ann’s Blog Hops

  87 Responses to “Hopping in the New Year”

  1. Thank you for the giveaway. Happy New Year.


  2. Happy New Year 🙂

    Great list of goals for the year!

    I really want to make life simple and get to 2014 with no regrets for my decisions in 2013.


  3. Happy New Year. My resolution is to lose more weight. I have lost 63 lbs so far and have 50 lbs more to go.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  4. Thank you for the chance!


  5. yay thanks happy new year
    I want to lose weight
    mrsbrinius at comcast dot net

  6. Happy New Year!
    My resolution is to get a job.
    t.abule (a) yahoo (dot) com

  7. Happy New Year!


  8. I like your seventh resolution the best – I think I need to keep that in mind as well.

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  9. Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  10. Hmm.. well 2012 wasn’t a great year to be honest. 2013 *will* be better 🙂 I’m going to finish school, find a job, work out with the spiffy gym membership… and have fun with guest reviewing over at ParanormalHaven 🙂


  11. Thanks for the great hop.Happy New Year!


  12. No New Year’s Resolutions for me, only realistic goals.
    Thanks for the fun and Happy 2013!

  13. Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year. For this year I need to find a job since graduating college this Spring, so yup. Maybe start writing and reading more too.


  14. super kewl giveaway, thanks for participating! My resolution is to read more!
    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

  15. For me 2013 is a time to begin anew and just improve myself. My top 3 goals are:
    1. Laugh more.
    2. Love more.
    3. Read more.
    Happy New Year.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  16. Happy New Year!

    chellesy.clay at gmail dot com

  17. Happy New Year!


  18. One thing I would like to do is stop smoking.


  19. I’m going to lose my extra pounds and improve my business. My heart would like to find someone special to keep me happy. A good alpha would do will. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!


  20. Thanks for the chance. I hope you have a great year with many successes.

    Thanks for sharing too!

  21. HAPPY NEW YEAR:D! THANK GOD 4 THE NEW YEAR. I L@@K 4WARD 2 GOING 2 College after Raising my Kids..thanQ

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  23. This year I am going to go to a book convention! And I am going to take my Gran who loves reading too!


  24. I made a goal to be kinder to myself this year. I often do things for other people to the detriment of myself.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  25. I have some personal and career goals for 2013 – let’s see if I’ll forget about them by the third week of January.

    Happy new year 🙂

  26. My goal for 2013 is to have an accounting job by the time I finally graduate in October with my degree… I also have 10 lbs to lose and need more me time. Thanks for being part of the hop


  27. My goals this year are to be more positive, smile more and be more organized.


  28. Take better care of my health!

    diane dot sadler at gmail dot com

  29. Happy New Year!


  30. It is great that you set some goals for yourself, I think everyone needs to set goals for themselves because those who dont never improve their lives, they stay dull and boring. Also I think if you are gonna set goals you should make sure it is a learning experience to improve your wisdom over the years. At least that is my main goal is to become wiser so I can be a prime example for my children and grandchildren.

    Happy New Year!

  31. My goal this year is to finally finish my first novel & self publish it 😀
    Happy New Year & Big Hugs
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

  32. Aloha!

    …just hopping through…


    Thank you!

  33. I’m going to go camping more often and read as often as I can. I’ve set a goal of at least 70 books, but if I don’t reach that, it’s fine. Quality over quantity, sometimes.

    chelseawoodring at hotmail dot com

  34. hoping for a fun filled year with my kids and more alone time with hubby


  35. Happy New Year!
    cristinegasser (at) gmail (dot) com

  36. I don’t make resolutions/goals on new years but wish you best of luck with yours.
    happy new year

  37. I plan to get my house more organized!


  38. I would like to be more open and adventurous, but alas I think it’ll be the same old, same old.


  39. Happy New year


  40. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  41. Wishing you and your family a New Year filled with love and adventure.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  42. Happy New Year! I am planning on eating healthier and exercising more this year.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  43. I hope to start college this year and do well
    Thanks for the giveaway

    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

  44. I want to do more de-cluttering of my house.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  45. Happy New Year! My goal is to publish my first novel in 2013!
    movie1997 at live dot it

  46. My resolution is to exercise 5 times a week.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  47. Happy New Year

    No resolutions, but I do wish to loose weight and get healthy/ier this year.


  48. Hi!

    Stopping in from the hop!

    Thank you for sharing your plans for 2013! +1 for #6 and 7. I also promised myself that I would try to read 150 books for 2013.

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

    – Tin (khriscc at yahoo dot com)

  49. to exercise more
    Happy new year!

  50. I don’t make resolutions and don’t have any big dreams set up for 2013.


  51. Thanks for participating in the hop!


  52. Happy New Year!
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  53. Thanks for doing the Blog Hop and Happy New Year!

  54. Thank you for participating in the New Year Blog Hop!
    Best Wishes in 2013
    uilani25 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  55. Glad you stuck your hubby in there even if it was after the writing and cats,lol Hope your new year is full of wonderful new things, laughter and love,

  56. I hope to buy a house this year! Happy New Year!

  57. Happy New Year!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  58. Happy New Year, and thank you so much for participating in this hop. I love being introduced to authors I haven’t read before!
    tp DOT quixotic AT gmail DOT com

  59. Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  60. Thanks for the chance to win.


  61. 2013 will be my year for getting with the program and getting my life, health and home in order, especially with getting back on track with weight loss and focusing on working with my son to help him get a better job!


  62. Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!

  63. I have promised myself to have no less than 8 published books by the end of the year. I’m in the editing process of my first one already which will be around 50K words. Yay Me!


  64. Happy New Year to you!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  65. Happy New Year!

    I just want a good year. Have had some things that haven’t gone to well this last year. Just hope for a better year.

    Deb T
    mammy4423 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  66. Happy New Year!

  67. thanks for the hop

  68. Good luck on your goals!

  69. happy new year and thanks for the giveaway! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  70. Hi! Happy New Years! Thanks for the awesome hop and all the giveaways! This is so fun! I love these hops! I always meet new authors, reconnect with old ones and my TBR list grows by leaps and bounds! Thank you!! Have a great day! Best wishes and many blessings to you!

  71. Happy New Year

  72. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy New Year!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  73. i want to finish writing a book and publish it
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  74. I hope to learn a lot more sign language this year!


  75. Thanks so much for participating in the blog hop. Hope you have an awesome 2013!
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  76. Your goals sound great. I wish I had the gumption to do such things. And thanks for the great contest!


  77. My New Years goal is to get out of these two casts so I can walk down the aisle on my wedding day (in April) without the aid of a wheelchair. I fell on the ice on Wed Jan 9th and broke both of my ankles. So not the great start to the New Years that I wanted.

    Thanks for participating!


  78. Thank you very much for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
    I wish you a very Happy New Year!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  79. I want to read more; to relax more!
    Thanks for the hop & Happy 2013!
    Deethomas291 at gmail dot com

  80. I resolve to meet the goal of finishing the polishing of my first book in the Existence series and to submit it to agents/publishers.


    Happy New Year from What-Are-They.com ! I hope you have a great one. Thanks for taking part in the hop.

  81. Reasonable attainable goals. and a good way to better yourself

  82. i want to travel more , Happy new years. Thank you angel0319athotmaildotcom

  83. Happy New Year, nd thanks for this opportunity. I hope to write and read more in 2013.
    pamelakkinney (at) yahoo (dot) com

  84. Thanks for the giveaway. My resolution is to spend more time with friends and lets time at work.


  85. I plan to join a reading group and read at least 100 books this year. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy New Year!


  86. exercise more, eat more veggies and fruit and read more of my tbr piles.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

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