First Snow of the Winter

There is something fresh and new about the first snow of the winter. It previews the coming attraction of days of sitting by the fire, reading a thick, new book, and sipping hot tea or cocoa as you snuggle in your home.

I love the wintery days of writing, reading, and binge-watching the shows I need to catch up on. Days of dreaming and thinking and planning what the new year will bring.

What do you do during the long winter season?


Jill James, writer

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

Happy New Year 2019

Most times people take this time of year to kick the past year to the curb, glad to see it go. They are looking forward to a bright, shiny new year. Although, I will be glad to greet a new year, 2018 was very good to me. I published 3 books, I tried something new ( Kindle Scout), and best of all, celebrated my first year in my brand-new home.

Look back with fondness and greet the new year with love and a sense of adventure.

Happy New Year to all, Jill James

They Can’t All Be Bad Years

Happy New Year to all!!!

We happens every coming of the new year. Memes and posts abound of the terrible year it was and we can’t wait to kick it to the curb. The new year must be brighter, better, happier.

STOP!! They can’t all be bad. People get married, have babies, go on fabulous trips, get new homes. Someone must have had a good year, a great year, a wonderful year.

End the negativity. Celebrate your accomplishments. Enjoy your achievements. Praise the year that was. Usher out the old year with memories and happy thoughts and look forward to much more of the same. You get what you put out there.


Jill James, hopeful optimist

author of two awesome Christmas boxed sets
Christmas at the Inn on Main Street and Christmas Babies on Main Street
Available on Amazon.com and in Kindle Unlimited

Looking Forward to 2017

wish potIt is usually this time of year that I open the wishing pot my best friend gave me and check out my goals and wishes for the past year. Sometimes I’m happy to see I met my goals and sometimes I’m sad to see I didn’t quite get there. This year I think I will be happy the year is over and a new one beginning.

So, what do I want for 2017–

  • To lose the final 20 pounds I need to be a healthy weight for my short frame.
  • To exercise at least 30 minutes every day.
  • To eat better and find ways to enjoy food that is good for you.
  • To double my book production by writing a little something at least 5 days a week.
  • To not stress over sales of books or ads and promotion I should be doing, to just find events or happenings to sell my books in fun and inventive ways.
  • To reach out to newbies in this strange, scary publishing world and give them a pat on the back for being brave enough to try it and enough advice to feel they are taking the next step into this world we call publishing.
  • To tell my family how much I love them and to be there when needed.
  • To smell the roses–literally and figuratively.

What do you want your 2017 to be?


Jill James, romance writer and reader

Wrapping Up 2016

As the year draws to an end I’ve noticed that people talk about what they want to do next year. I like to look back and see how I’ve done this year.

I wrote and published 2 zombie novels and 1 Christmas novella. I had ambitions for so much more, but some is much better than none!

I went to San Diego for RWA National and I hadn’t been in awhile. It was so wonderful to see people I haven’t seen in years and to meet new people that I only know as online screen names and signature lines.

I spent some wonderful but cold nights at Oakland A’s games with my husband. He loves baseball so much and I’ve learned so much more about the game than I ever did before.

No matter your political leanings I feel it is important to be educated in what is going on in your city, your state, your country, and the world. I paid so much more attention to the election process than all the previous elections I’ve voted in before. Knowledge is power; in politics and your passion.

What did you do or learn this year?

Jill James, romance writer

Best Intentions

 

woman_runningIf you are like me, you start everything with the best intentions. Nothing shows this more than my attempt every New Year’s Day to eat better, exercise more, get in shape this year. By the time February rolls around I’m off the wagon and upset with myself. This year will be different.

Why, you may ask? Because this year the husband is making the vow too. After years of being skinny and his medical tests coming back great, this past year, not so much. So now, he is determined that we will eat better, exercise more, and push each other to take care of themselves.

For the first time in many years I feel like I can make some resolutions for the coming year, because I have a partner to share the hard road with me.

Onward and upward!

Just like resolutions for eating and exercising I’m also resolving to put myself out there. To step boldly out of my comfort zone. With that in mind:

LoveintheTimeofZombies smallMonday, January 12th, I will be interviewed on BlogTalkRadio about my new release, Love in the Time of Zombies. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hummingbirdplace

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Saturday, January 24th, I will be on a speaker panel at the Silicon Valley RWA Meeting, talking about self-publishing. http://www.svrwa.com/meetings/future-meetings#jan2015

Jumping into 2015 with both feet! Splash!!

Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance with a dash of urban fantasy.

Happy New Year – 2015

2015   Happy New Year!!   2015

As we wrap up 2014 I realize it was a year of ups and downs. In other words, life as usual. But as I look forward to 2015 it is with a new release and the beginnings of a new series and plans for at least two more paranormal romances. So, onward we go!


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LoveintheTimeofZombies small

I’m starting 2015 with a new release! After more than 3 years of writing off and on between projects, Love in the Time of Zombies is up for pre-order with a release date of 1-15-2015.

 

How times have changed by Jill James

champagneIf you would like a little time capsule look at how much the publishing world has changed, check out J.A. Konrath’s Writer Resolutions where he shows the past years and this year’s.

http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2014/01/konraths-resolutions-for-writers.html

Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance

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No More Excuses – Jill James

I’m tired of the excuses I give myself for not doing something; I didn’t have enough time, I was tired, I had a headache (that one is for not writing, not the other thing women are known for saying they have a headache for) LOL, I have writer’s block, etc.

This past year I turned 50, I don’t have time for any more excuses. Git R Done as Larry the Cable Guy says. This will be my year to write every day, even if it is only a couple of paragraphs. This will be my year to exercise, even if it is only for a few minutes to start. This will be my year to not let things slide, even if I have to add one more thing to the to-do list some days.

This year I will finish the @%*& zombie book. I will write and publish the 4 novella series. I will write the novella for the super-secret anthology with the Authors of Main Street. I will start working on the sequel to Dangerous Shift. At least. Those are my plans. Yes, I know that life can interrupt our plans. God, do I know this. 2013 was the year of non-writing. If not for the Authors of Main Street I wouldn’t have published anything this past year. Thank you, ladies! But, I truly believe if I do some every day it will come to fruition.

Are you with me? What will you do this year? Will you help me remember to stay on track?

Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance
Christmas on Main Street – Amazon Best-Seller
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Writing during the holidays by Jill James

Every year I tell myself, “Of course you can write during the holidays. Just a few pages here and there between shopping and wrapping and baking and cleaning and cooking and a thousand other things.” LOL And every year I beat myself up because I didn’t write. So this year I had a plan–no writing at all during the holidays!

And it worked. I’m not stressed. I’m not mad at the family who I always wrongly blamed because I didn’t get the writing done. I’m loving it. No word count. No pages to have done. I’m not going to write until December 26th! And that is a plan I can live with.

Merry Christmas

and a Happy New Year!

Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance
and co-author of Christmas on Main Street, an Amazon bestseller!

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks for making 2012 such a fun time on my blog.

New Year, New Goals

A new year means setting new goals. I belong to a writing goals group and a new year is time to see what you set out to do last year and what you actually did. Lots of stuff on the list I didn’t accomplish, but I did accomplish lots of stuff not on the list.

Self-publishing wasn’t on the list because I hadn’t even conceived of trying it. Actually, I think I have a post on here somewhere that I mentioned ‘why’ I would never self-publish. “Oops, my bad.”

One goal I totally let slide was exercising every week. Bad Jill!! I must exercise this year. I must find balance between BICHOK and letting my butt get any bigger. My daughter is getting married in May and I will lose 20 pounds by then. That is totally do-able.

I had started the plan for the new year with the thought of 4 books for next year, but when I sat down to think about it I realized that several of them are done, almost done, or half-way done. The new goal is 6 books. Some short stories. Some to try to get an agent. Some to my small e-publisher, TWRP and some that aren’t totally planned yet.

Can’t wait to see what happens by the end of 2012, assuming the Mayans were wrong and we are all still here.

What are your goals, plans, or dreams for 2012?

Jill James

Where Did The Year Go?

It will be December this week. Where did the year go? Lots of people do New Year’s Resolutions this time of year. I do them sometimes, but most times they don’t last beyond February. LOL

I actually like to look back and see what I accomplished this year. 2010 has been very, very good to me. I signed a publishing contract with The Wild Rose Press. At the beginning of the year, my goal was to put myself out there. I did this. I sent query letters, I sent my writing out into the world, I posted on numerous more blogs, I accepted opportunities when they arrived. I did guest blogs, I agreed to a group blog with my RWA chapter, I put myself into cyber space to find other authors, promo opportunities, and how to navigate the world of e-publishing.

It has been a great adventure and I’m really looking forward to 2011 when my book will be real and in my hands (or on my eReader, as the case may be.) I’m looking forward to hearing people have bought it and enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

What did you accomplish this year? What event are you most proud of?  Jill James