Planners, Calendars, and Goals!

Yes, honey, I know. It’s January 1st and could we please just recover from staying up too late last night instead of talking about resolutions?

Nope. I didn’t stay up late, mwahahaha, and I’m ready to kick some ass this year!

My tools include books, two calendars, and a publishing schedule that will probably have me hiding under the bed come March. Oh, and my phone’s yoga app, because a set of resolutions isn’t complete without some kind of promise to get in shape.

Four books are on my January reading list, two of which I’ve already read at least once (twice, in the case of Deep Work).

  • You Are a Badass, by Jen Sincero
  • Your Best Year Ever, by Michael Hyatt
  • The Power of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
  • Deep Work, by Cal Newport

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Two calendars–one is my planner. I’m branching out this year and moving beyond my 3-ring binder with the removable calendar pages. Instead, I’ll be using a Simple Elephant planner. I like the space it has for a mini vision board and goal-setting–not only for the beginning of the year, but for each week. Also, lots of pages at the back for notes and scribbles about how I might take over the world and spread the joy of paranormal romance throughout the land. (The downside is it doesn’t lie flat and I’m already fighting with it. I was giving the Happy Planners at Michael’s a longing gaze last week. My next planner will be spiral-bound!)

The other calendar is a boring 8.5×11 monthly agenda. I need a spot to keep track of what I’m publishing and when, with a nice big view of each month. I can also keep track of when I’m sharing friends’ books, and when they’re sharing mine, as well as giveaway start and end dates.

The publishing schedule has me releasing a Fierce Mates book every other month. This isn’t too ambitious on its own…but when we factor in all the reverse harem projects I’m writing and publishing with Keira in 2019, it might start to feel like a lot. We shall see!

Stuff I Love: Bombas Socks

As an author, I do quite a lot of sitting at home. And while I sit, my feet get cold–sometimes even when it’s hot outside!

bombas socks

An author friend of mine gave me these socks, and it was love as soon as I put them on. The ones she gave me are thick and they fit perfectly. They’re soft, they’re comfy, and I don’t have to worry about cold feet while I’m trying to revise sexytimes scenes in my paranormal romance novels.

The other really cool thing about this company is that for every pair of socks purchased, they give a pair away. From the outset, they wanted to give socks to the homeless. I love the giving nature of this company. To read more about them and view the video on their story, you can visit their site!

(Nope, Bombas has no idea I’m writing this post, I’m not getting paid to advertise for them or anything like that.)

Soundtrack for Wild Engagement

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I had such a blast writing this book, which I released at first as a serial novella in my newsletter. Each month, readers received five chapters. So much fun! Once the story was finished, I put it up for sale. But I neglected one important detail–the soundtrack!

Click here to watch it on YouTube, or see below for the list of artists and songs.

1. TLC, “No Scrubs”

2. Nina Simone, “Sinnerman” (Felix Da Housecat remix)

3. The Spencer Lee Band, “The Wolf”

4. Hozier, “It Will Come Back”

5. Iyeoka, “Simply Falling”

 

 

Stuff I Love: Queer Eye

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THESE GUYS. I love them. It only took me a few days to blaze through Season 1, and the same went for Season 2. Here’s what I love about the show:

1. It’s inspirational. This show makes me want to do better–not just with my appearance, but with my personal relationships and my work.

2. You can feel their appreciation, respect, and love for each other–and for the person they’re making over. Nothing else to say on this one–watch for yourself and you’ll see that in spades.

3. Their tact…and sometimes lack of it. It takes a really strong sense of self-knowledge and knowledge of others to know when to restrain oneself, and know when to tell it like it is. I think, for the most part, these guys have mastered that art. Each episode, they make over someone new, and sometimes they have to voice strong opinions. Other times, they slowly warm up the person they’re helping.

4. The eye candy! And I’m not just talking about the guys (who are all nice to look at) but the food, the makeovers themselves, the clothes, the newly-designed spaces.

5. It makes the world better. Yeah, I never thought I’d say that about anything reality television-esque, but what this show is doing for tolerance and respect really impresses me. I come away from an episode wanting to hug the whole world and tell us all that it will be okay, that we will be okay. Because I have to believe that. And shows like this make it a little more possible. ❤