Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Our New Year’s Eve was spent the same as the past several – dinner at our house with friends and family, and then games (with football on in the background, of course) until the final countdown to midnight. Plenty of food and tons of laughs – I can’t imagine a better way to welcome in the new year.

One thing I want to improve on this year (among many others) is my social media. I post regularly on my blog, but my FB author page and Instagram have fallen to the wayside in the past few months. I plan on creating a schedule and sticking to it. Something that seems to work for me is lists. I’ve mentioned before if I don’t have a roadmap for the day, I’m like Dory from Finding Nemo – I swim aimlessly and forget my goals. Setting time limits is also a thing for me. If not, I’ll disappear into the internet and accomplish nothing. Lists and time limits!

Anyone do the Goodreads Reading Challenge? I seriously surpassed my goal last year – I read 140 books of my goal of 90! Part of that is because I went overboard on requesting NetGalley ARCs (mostly because I wasn’t writing – see last Monday’s post). I’ve cut back on ARCs, plan to read the mountain of my own purchased books waiting for me, and hopefully have a finished draft of Book 5 by March. I set my reading challenge goal at 110 for this year – it just won’t consist of so many ARCs.

Wishing everyone a happy new year filled with health, happiness, new adventures, and good fortune!

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    1. Thanks, Gemma! I’m still not sure what the problem was for me last year. I had a release in May and should have had Book 5 drafted by then – but I had nothing. I’ve finally started on it, and I’m determined to keep going. Hope you can also find your mojo!

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  1. WOW!! I know you are a voracious reader, Teri, but 140 books?!?!? You hit it out of the ballpark! I think I set my original goal for 80 or 85 and read 108 (down from last year’s total of 115).

    I’m wishing you much success for your goals in 2023. I got rid of my FB account years ago and haven’t been active on IG in sometime. I’m debating about deleting my account there. I just want to concentrate on my blog and writing. That’s going to be challenging enough for me, LOL.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. I got plenty of reading done, but nothing on Book 5, Mae, other than making some notes. This year will be different.

      I’m trying to build my followers on Insta. I need to start doing stories, but I hate recording myself. Maybe I’ll get Bond to do it, lol.

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  2. Happy New Year Teri!! That sounds like a fun New Year’s Eve. I just sat at home with my husband me on the computer him watching tv. I made him stay up until midnight so I could get my years kiss. Next year I told him he can go to bed when he wants to and I will just wake him up close to midnight lol. I’ve never been all that good at sticking with Instagram but I’m going to try to do better with it this year. My plan is to post 1-2 posts a week. Well done on your reading goal. I read 134 books this year which is my personal best. I set my goal for 100 every year since 2018. I hope you have an amazing 2023!!

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    1. Sounds like a peaceful way to spend New Year’s, Misty – a perfect way to start the new year. You mentioned Instagram, and I just remembered I didn’t post today. In my defense, I’ve been traveling all say and just sat down with the computer. Guess I’ll have to post it tomorrow.

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  3. Victoria Zigler

    Happy new year! Sounds like you had a great time seeing in the new year.

    Awesome on the number of books you read in 2022! And good luck with your goal for 2023.

    I’ve done the Goodreads reading challenge every year for almost as long as I’ve been on Goodreads, so I think this is my 10th year doing it. I used to set my reading goal high, and generally managed to meet or beat it, but last year I saw I was starting to get involved with more things so only set it to 52 books, and it’s lucky I did, since that’s how many I read. I set my goal to the same number for 2023, but I’m hoping to beat it this time to be honest. I’m just keeping it low to avoid making myself stress over it.

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    1. Happy New Year to you, Tori! We had a wonderful time as always with our friends and family. Hope yours was also a good one.

      I think I’ve failed the challenge one year, but it was only by a couple books. Then the next year I exceeded it by so much I raised my number. Good luck with yours this year!

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