Volunteer is as Volunteer Does – My GRL by John W. Howell – Book Launch

Spread the word…blog tour volunteers needed!

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My GRL front cover

Volunteers Needed. . . Volunteers Needed. . . Volunteers Needed. . . Volunteers Needed  Please e-mail me at johnhowell.wave@gmail.com

I need your help to spread the word that my thriller My GRL is available on Amazon. (Today the print version and e-version will be available Monday January 6). I would like to take the time to make the announcement in an organized fashion. I think an official My GRL Launch Announcement Blog Tour scheduled between January 19 and February 1 will do the trick  and I am asking for volunteers. If you participate; the only thing you will need to do is paste the material I send. If you do join; I will publish a link to your blog and your book or what ever you designate on the day of the tour and be so grateful for your help. As I stated, I will send you all the material, and you will only need…

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The Resolution Tree

I had planned to publish this post on New Year’s Day, but as we know the best laid plans often go awry. While my husband and I had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year with friends, it wasn’t the best idea since we were hosting a party at our home the next day. What was I thinking? If (“drink” provided = jello shots, then massive hangover, otherwise feeling good). That was just a little “if, then” statement humor for Excel users out there, but even if you’re not familiar with Excel, I’m sure you can determine whether that logical test was true for me.

Here is a review of my 2013 resolutions:

  •  First, and most importantly: spend time with my family making wonderful memories.

This goal was a little nebulous, but I can say that we made some wonderful memories in 2013 including the items on my daughter’s Summer Fun Bucket List.

  • Lose the 5+ pounds I gained over the holidays

I don’t care for cold weather, so I’m like a bear during winter and spend most of it hibernating. I still work out regularly, but I don’t get the same level of intensity from a stationary bike or treadmill. Plus, I tend to overindulge during the holidays. As a result, this is a recurring resolution for me. I get back in shape for bikini weather and put a few back on during sweater weather.  And so it goes.

  • Read 50 books

At 41 books, I didn’t quite meet this goal, but I read some wonderful books. Here are my top five books for 2013:

  1.  1984 by George Orwell
  2.  Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
  3.  On Writing by Stephen King
  4.  Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero by Charles Yallowitz
  5.  Hook Me by Rebecca Talley
  • Continue to work toward my goal of reading the Modern Library’s Top 100 books.

I read nine books on the list in 2013. 1984 was by far the best.

  • Finish my first novel.

I finished the book in February, but it remains unpublished.

  • Submit my first novel.

I submitted my novel to half a dozen agencies before I realized I had a lot more to learn about writing.

 Resolutions added after submitting that first novel:

  • Expand my writing knowledge.

I read ten books on the craft of writing in 2013.

  • Start a blog.

I published my first post in March 2013. I plan to do a “Year in Review” of my blog in a future post.

  • Participate in NanoWriMo.

I won NaNoWriMo at just over 50k words. It was a wonderful experience for me, and I highly recommend this for all aspiring authors. It’s a fantastic way to exercise those writing muscles and develop good writing habits. 

Resolutions for 2014:

  • Spend quality time with my family throughout the year and create another Summer Fun Bucket List. Again, no precise measure here, just a reminder that my family is my main priority.
  • Lose the 5+ pounds I gained over the holidays, again.
  • Read 50 books, with at least 10 from the Modern Library list
  • Continue to increase my knowledge about writing by reading at least 5 books on the craft.
  • Continue blogging and post at least 2 times per week.
  • Finish Downtrodden, the novel I wrote during NaNoWriMo
  • Publish Downtrodden
  • Write and publish two more books
  • Win NaNoWriMo

 I’ve noticed a lot of people voicing their distaste for New Year’s resolutions, saying they’re “silly” or “pointless.” If you feel that way, then I would agree. You’re entitled to your opinion, and by all means don’t make them if you aren’t committed to them, but they can be a great motivator if you are committed. The word resolute means to be admirably purposeful, relentlessly determined; to possess an unwavering resolve in the pursuit of something.

To a resolute mind, wishing to do is the first step toward doing. But if we do not wish to do a thing it becomes impossible.” ~Robert Southey

If you approach resolutions with this mindset and make them something meaningful then you will have a much better chance of achieving your goals. Making New Year’s resolutions is something I do every year. There is always room for improvement in my life, personally and professionally. I like to make a list of my goals and I get this strange high while checking them off when completed. Yeah, I’m that person. This year I’m going to take it one step further and make a Resolution Tree where my goals are visible for the entire year. Here’s a picture:

Resolution Tree

 Now I’m off to play air hockey with my family.Happy New Year everyone!