I should really slow my roll, its barely 8 am here and I’m all ready to close what is the first week of 2019! I’m not sure what today will bring. I know that I want to get some writing done tonight, but otherwise I have met my exercise goal for the day, so cheers!
While I haven’t exercised everyday this week, I did twice. Which for me is a feat. Since I used to workout zero days in the week. While I hope to slowly improve this, I am over the moon that I am actually sticking to a semi plan and getting off my butt!
I’ve been getting a bit of writing done everyday too! I’ve completed two more chapters this week for “Wicked Little Lies” as well as having almost finished my first short stories for the “52 Prompts, 52 Weeks” Challenge.
While things still have been a bit rough and up in the air in my life, I refuse to let my anxiety get the better of me and think negatively. Or hide away in bed and act like my goals will magically achieve themselves just because I am sad.
So here’s to a positive and fulfilling year! I am really anxious to start my AuthorTube channel, its been a whirlwind and the whole recording myself is a whole new level of awkward sometimes. As soon as I get past that, I hope to see you on my AuthorTube!
So that was my first week, how was your first week of 2019? I feel like the start is always so much easier when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions. Whatever you made yours, I hope you fulfill them!
(And if not, don’t sweat. It took me like three years to finally start working out)
On my Patreon, I’ll be posting a short story each week. Following these prompts. Some will be tier only pieces and others will be tier free! I’m really excited about these, mainly because I think it’ll be another great way to flex my creative muscle.
If you find any of these inspiring, I welcome you to join in on me in writing these prompts throughout the year! This is another goal and I hope I can stick to it, but I am okay with missing a week and fulfilling that prompt the following week.
A bit of a repeat of my Patreon post. Some posts will be uploaded to my Patreon first for “exclusive access” and then posted here a few days to a week later. So without further ado, here we go!
To be completely honest, I’ve been hiding from the internet. I’ve been such a “Down in the dumps Donna” (Is that a thing? Like Negative Nancy?) so due to my anxiety and all the things in general feeling like they were crumbling around me, I think I just needed a moment to get out of my head.
To stop thinking about posting and writing and making connections for a second, to just breathe. Now that I’ve gotten to take a breathe, its back to business and I have some long awaited updates for you all!
First let’s rewind back to about 2012 when I first started really making New Year’s resolutions. Yes, I was that girl who would post “New Year, New Me!!!!” and then nothing would change. I have slowly, over the years, tried to make my resolutions more reasonable, like “Just workout twice a week! Just twice!” with still no progress.
But then again, did I really know myself as well as I do now? No. Not at all.
So looking back, I set myself up for failure. I didn’t think things through, I simply thought of something I wanted to do and then tried to force myself to do it. The end result, after six years of trying the same strategy?
Nada. Nothing. Rien.
This year, is the first year that I’ve actually thought out my goals and resolutions beforehand. I’ve begun making smaller goals throughout this year, mainly writing related, but for the most part has been easier for me to handle.
Which is why, that is exactly how I’ll be making my New Year’s Resolutions! In small bursts, rewarding myself more often and trying not to run myself ragged by not reaching completely unattainable goals. So what are my goals?
Here you go!
Write everyday. Whether its 5 minutes or 5 hours, get creative! This isn’t about “getting the words down”. This is about forming cohesive thoughts and adding more to my stories.
Workout to feel better. No time limit. No days of the week. Just moving my body in ways that make it feel good. To lose the extra weight that I gained and to feel better overall. Not for vanity, but for health.
Last but not least. Learn to trust myself. It’s no secret I have trust issues. There are plenty of things I’ll spill the tea about in my own life, but there are also things that I don’t even let myself think about. It’s time to change that, I’ll never fully trust anyone else if I can’t even trust myself, right?
I find these goals attainable for myself because they are so broad. Workout to feel better. Write everyday. Learn, grow and heal. Things that take time and I’ve removed any and all restrictions because I know myself. If I try to make myself do something, I simply won’t.
With these goals, I will still post monthly goals on my Author IG account! If you want to check out past ones, you can find them here.
Before I end this post, I also wanted to drop some updates for you all!
First, a giant thank you. I know I’ve been a bit MIA during the holidays and I apologize.
Second, you can expect my first Authortube video to upload Thursday, January 3rd to my Patreon and Saturday, January 5th to my YouTube channel! This video will be an intro video where I’ll talk a bit more about myself, my writing, my process, etc. I’ll also talk about books I’m reading and share my thoughts from time to time! I’ll also include my posting schedule so you can know what to expect!
Lastly my beta readers can expect “Wicked Little Lies” to begin posting this month and I will be looking for ARC readers around February if all goes according to plan. “Wicked Little Lies” will also be my first (hopefully) three book series! I have come to love Maeve and Margot and their dysfunctional little family so much, that I don’t want to stop meddling with them.
So there you have it! Quite a bit of information, but I want to make sure I haven’t left anything out and that I let everyone in on what I’ve planned for this upcoming month! I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year’s! I’ll see you again soon.
Not that we were ever necessarily on bad terms, I simply wasn’t ready and now…I am!
Now that the news is out, let’s jump into what exactly I’ll be posting on my Patreon!
Coming to my Patreon will be an Author Podcast as well as new short story series. Some will be Patreon only and some you’ll see made into a short eBook available through Amazon. My Author Podcast will upload a couple times a month, mainly with news about my upcoming stories/novels, Q&A’s as well as reviews about books from fellow Author’s that I have read.
I’m very excited about everything coming up and I hope you’ll join in on the fun! There will also be plenty of freebies and specials to go around if you do decide you want to become my Patron! I’d love to see you there.
Patreon aside “Allergic to Mistletoe” is officially available for Pre-Order in eBook format! Paperback copies will be available on Monday, December 17th before “Allergic to Mistletoe” officially releases on Tuesday, December 18th!
Thanks again for stopping by, I always appreciate your time spent on my blog and hopefully soon my Patreon!
I am super excited because in exactly a week “Allergic to Mistletoe” will be released into the world!
As terrifying and exciting as it is, I want to dive a little bit more into what this Holiday Romance entails and what exactly “forgetting” has to do with it.
This story follows Luca and Opal, college sweethearts now married who have traveled the world and somehow fallen in love with a tiny mountainside town. They buy a house and settle in, making friends and continuing to get some work done, or lack thereof. On Thanksgiving, their boneheaded friend and neighbor, Nick, convinces Luca that it’d be a good idea to deep fry their turkey. Opal is not having it as she cooks the turkey every year but gives in for Luca.
And then things take a turn, Luca falls and manages to give himself a head injury. Opal rushes him to the hospital and by the time Luca has woken up, he’s forgotten all about the seven colorful and love filled years he’s spent with Opal. He suddenly no longer looks at her as though she is the love of his life and Opal has to decide whether or not she can help him navigate such sharp waters back to the present.
What follows is a slow burn retelling of the past and someone hoping to change the future, through past mistakes.
Want to know more? Find out on December 18th!
“Allergic to Mistletoe” will also be available in eBook and Paperback formats through Amazon. As always, if you do read the story and enjoyed it, please leave me some feedback! If you’d read my debut Novella “Me, Moth. You, Flame.” drop me some stars on Amazon or Goodreads!
That aside, I also wanted to mention that I will be holding an Instagram only giveaway this upcoming weekend. I am still working out the details, but will run from Saturday the 15th until Monday the 17th, with the winner(s) announced! Winner(s) will receive a free copy of “Allergic to Mistletoe, in either eBook or Paperback form, winner(s) choice.
That’s about all the news I currently have for you, I hope with everyone a Happy Holiday’s! See you soon!
While my blog will still remain ‘Writing with Paws’ I have decided to sort of, revamp, my Author IG. I post there a lot and it is the main platform I use for promoting my work outside of here on my blog and occasionally on Facebook.
So now, I can be found at @authorcveliz on IG.
Just wanted to give anyone who may notice a heads up! Have a lovely weekend!
Today is the official release day for “Me, Moth. You, Flame.”!
“Me, Moth. You, Flame.” is available in eBook and paperback formats! It is also free to read for those who have Kindle Unlimited!
Thank you to everyone who has followed along on my journey to authorship! I must now change the header of my blog, as of today, I am a published author! Now to continue NaNoWriMo prep! “Where You Belong” will be published 2019!
Which still feels weird to say. That aside links to stuff below!