Happy 2013, everyone! I hope you rang in the New Year with a smile on your face (or with a hot guy attached to your face, whatever makes you happy). Myself, I was surrounded by friends, drunkards, and cheap champagne that I had to chase with beer.
I am not a positive role model.
However you celebrated, I’m sure you’re knee-deep in Facebook statuses, tweets, and blog posts about other people’s New Year’s Resolutions. I hate to conform, but you’re going to find the same thing here. If I don’t write this shit down now, then I won’t account for it later.
I’m also going to share with you a few of the things I have prepared book-wise for this new year. Let’s start with that first so I don’t bore you with everything else.
This month I will release Always on the Run, the sort-of-sequel to Always the Last to Know. With that release, I will also be sharing Jamie’s (the main character) running playlist. If one of your resolutions is to hit the gym this year (spoiler alert: it’s one of my resolutions), then maybe this playlist, featuring gangsta rap, Ke$ha, and The Ting-Tings, will help you push it out on the treadmill. I may also be releasing a few bits and pieces of some scrap Jess and Riley story here on the blog. So stay tuned.
If you haven’t checked out my latest vlog, you may not know that on April 20, I will be at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest signing books and talking to wonderful people like yourselves (please come by and say hi!). Henry Winkler – The Fonz! – is the keynote author and you know you want to ask him about jumping over that shark on Happy Days. You can find out more, including all the other authors attending and the writers workshop that’s going on the day before at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest website.
I’ve recently started the third book in the Always the Bridesmaid series. I’m calling it Always the Last Word right now, but there’s a very real chance that title will be changed, only because it’s a little bit similar to Always the Last to Know. We’ll see. I’m really hoping to get this book out this year. Which sort of leads into my resolutions for this year…
Crystal’s 2013 Goals
1. Publish 2-3 books this year.
I will be partly done with this goal by the end of the month. Score! In addition to the Always series, I’ve been fighting with the June in Kentucky series. It’s (finally!) starting to come together, but there are still plot holes that the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man could easily fit through that I seriously need to patch up. I feel like once I get those issues fixed, the book will practically write itself. The characters for this book are bouncing around in my head, completely anxious to tell their stories. I just wish the bastards would help me out with the plot.
2. Stop stalking people on social media.
Okay. Stalking is a bit of a strong word. I don’t really stalk. In fact, compared to others, I barely glance at profiles. But I still read way too much into shit. And, you know, I really hate the idea of getting to know someone by what their Facebook likes are. Call me old-fashioned, but I just don’t like what social media has done to relationships. That’s not to say that I don’t love social media, because I do, but I want to stop relying on it so much. You know, go outside and see actual people and all of that jazz.
3. Get my student loans down to $10,000 or less.
This means paying off more than $7,000 this year. And, if I stop buying stupid shit, then I think I may be able to do it. Or get really close.
4. Stop hating my reflection.
Instead of the whole “lose weight, work out” resolution that I make every single year, I’m turning it into a mental resolution. I mean, I want to get healthy this year. I saw a picture with my grandpa at Christmas and I kind of wanted to throw up after seeing it. And I have big plans to hit up the gym during my lunch hour, and utilizing all the resources the internet provides to get shit together. But I want to be nicer to myself. Because I’m not. And that’s more unhealthy than stuffing potato chips and candy bars down my mouth all day long.
5. Do something creative every day.
Even if it’s just a doodle in the margins of a notebook page, or refashioning a thrift store dress, I want to do something every day that’s at least a little bit artistic.
I have more resolutions, little things that I’m not wholly committed to, but these are the main ones. What about you guys? Do you have any awesome or exciting goals for 2013? Let me know in the comments!