It’s 2017! I should have some goals… right?

So… that fell off quickly, didn’t it? I’m still learning how to accomplish everything that’s involved in being a writer and a business, and it’s slow going. Thanks for your patience. I’ll get it together one day–hopefully sooner than later. With that said, I have 8,354,937 things I want to do in 2017. To the extent you might be interested (you are, right?), here are the highlights.
Court Rules Series
This isn’t officially a series, since only Alex’s Law is available for purchase now. But I’ve finally gotten a bit of mojo back into my life, so I’m barreling through Bailing Out edits right now. I was overwhelmed when they first came back, all the way in August, and set them aside until December. I feel shame. Then I let one innocuous comment stymie me for almost a month. Now I’m back and on it, and I just hope Dreamspinner likes it. Especially since there are two more novels and a novella planned. So goal one is to get Bailing Out done and out the door, then get to planning–and writing–the rest of the books. Tentative titles are Special Prosecution, Legal Maneuvers, and Judicial Notice.
Never Been… Series
So this is what I was working on for NaNoWriMo 2016. Originally it was meant to be a four-book series surrounding a group of high school classmates in town for one reason or another. The ten-year reunion is the one thing that joins the books. That and a very irritable woman. While writing book one, one more story demanded to be written, so now there will be five. This I plan to self-publish, which is exciting and absolutely terrifying, in roughly equal measure. I actually drafted the first four in November, so I need to start that editing process and get book five drafted. I plan to start editing book one, and give you lovelies juicy little excerpts in the process. But I’m doing nothing until Bailing Out is off my desk. For the time being, it gets all my love. But, if everything goes according to plan–and does it ever go according to plan–I’ll have the first two novels released mid- to late-summer.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
My critique partner, January George, is blonde. Super-blonde. So is her little girl–freaking stunning. And she complained mightily that I never had a blonde duo in my books. Never Been Kissed is dedicated to her. Two blondes just for you, January!! But she said I should have a series called Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. I’m not sure she’s thrilled with the spin I put on it, but she should have known better with me. This will be my 2017 NaNoWriMo project, and it’s gonna be a blast!

**BTW, if you enjoy het romance, you should check her out. She’s working on her debut novel, it’s amazing, and I’m thrilled for her.
Blog and Newsletter
I struggle with what to talk about here, and I want to start a newsletter for my (very few, but awesome) followers. But I want everything to be perfect on day one, which means nothing gets done at all. Sound familiar? But I do resolve to create more regular content, and my first newsletter, with an extra-special something for my subscribers, will go out in around a month. If you’re interested in signing up for that, feel free to click here.
Personal
I don’t talk about my personal life much, but I think this is a worthwhile exception. I’m getting married on July 1!! My fiancee and I have been together for almost eleven years, have known each other for fifteen, and are closer to 40 than 30. Talk about things not going according to plan! But he’s amazing, way more supportive of me and of this venture than I think I deserve, and I can’t wait to make this official. Sadly, depending on who you ask, I’m not that super-involved bride that wants her hands in everything. I have to set aside time to mentally focus on this because it takes overwhelming to a new level. That said, there are around six weeks of posts I’m trying to plan in advance because I plan to be otherwise occupied.

Also, as some of you may remember, I still have a law practice to run. Just as I’m working to better the business side of writing, I’m working to better the business side of lawyering. Most lawyers, like most writers, don’t like to think about business. They want to practice. And as a family law attorney, I feel that way in spades. But I need to pay overhead and bills and make an actual income and all that jazz, and trying to do it while incorporating writing has been challenging. So that’s a big, year-long goal I’m working on. I’ll let you know how it goes.

So that’s it for now. I hope that the first week of 2017 was a total blast. One down, 51 to go!
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