2020 – Happy New Year

For years I would do New Year’s Resolution. About February they were dust in the wind. Then my friend gave me a Wishing Pot. Each New Year’s Eve I sit down and open it up and read what my wishes were for the year. Some come true, some don’t, and some happened that weren’t in the Wishing Pot at all.

wish pot

Another year, another opening of the Wishing Pot. What did I accomplish? What did I forget? What did I not write down but I did anyway?

What will I put in there for next New Year’s Eve? What are my hopes and dreams for 2020?


1 writing-related, 1 health-related, and 1 personal. It is funny how I won’t think about those wishes until it is time to check them next New Year’s Eve. Happy wishes to everyone for 2020 to be all you want and need it to be.

What is your wish for 2020?

and how did it become 2020???!!!

Jill James, romance writer

Knives Out – review

Knives Out – not sure how to catalog this movie. It had comedic moments, and times of thrills, and definitely a whodunit. It was just a fun movie to watch.

The characters could have been caricatures but they weren’t due to some great acting and amazing writing. The audience for our viewing was totally into it. They laughed and clapped. Lots of clapping at the end. Sometimes you just need a FUN movie.

I wish I could share some moments from the movie but there is really nothing to say that doesn’t spoil the fun. Go! Watch! Enjoy!!

Jill James, writer

December? What?!!

Okay, where did the year go? It was summer and now it is the end of the year. How did that happen? It must really be true that time goes faster as you get older.

Did you accomplish what you wanted to this year? Nope, me neither. LOL But I did realize I couldn’t accomplish it all so that is a learning moment for me. I have a great start to a bunch of new books for next year. I finished my Christmas book for the boxed set group on time!! I worked on eating better and exercising better. So, overall, 2019 wasn’t too bad.

How was your 2019? 

Jill James, writer

Just and Only


Writers, women, everyone—Stop!! Stop using only and just in a sentence.


I’m just a stay-at-home mom.

I just went to work today.

I only wrote 2,000 words today.

I only cleaned the house and did the dishes and took care of my children and spouse and ran errands and made dinner and found time for myself.

Just stop!! Take just and only out of those sentences and out of your thinking. We don’t ‘only’ or ‘just’ do anything. We do things. We accomplish things. We are great.

You’re welcome!!

Jill James, writer