Posted in Charity, Happiness, Health and fitness, Writers, Year of Gratitude

Goals, setbacks, new beginnings and looking forward not back


A bang of New Year’s Eve fireworks may be how most people will spend the end of 2019. Not me. I’ll be taking a more straightforward approach, ending the year with gratitude, pride and bittersweet memories. Maybe raising a glass of cold beer with my nearest and dearest.

As I age time moves faster, though for some reason this year seemed like a long one. It was packed full of the highs and lows of life, like an old rollercoaster slowly chugging uphill only to shoot down the dips, so my heart dropped to my stomach. I have ached but I have healed. I am optimistic about 2020. I hope you are too.

Words of 2019

I’ve laughed, cried, worried, grieved, shared, created, worked, pondered, let fitness slip, planned, been bullied, stayed resilient, supported, began a dream job, enjoyed wins, endured loses, regathered, communicated, got motivated, fought lethargy, got fitter, ate healthier, built a new life, found a new home, created family traditions, grew bonds, rediscovered design, networked, increased gratitude, wrote – and above all – loved.

What I learned most was:

  • We all have hidden internal struggles
  • Showing successes on social media doesn’t mean you are more successful than others
  • Our bodies need health more than visual appeal
  • Cancer is becoming a chronic, rather than a fatal disease (but the fact does not ease the emotional pain for those fighting the fight)
  • Bushfires have been part of Australia for thousands of years (we need to return to old ways)
  • Fires create new growth (ask the Aborigines or any indigenous people).
  • The world cares about our koalas
  • I don’t need to write multiple books per year – I must complete my WIP
  • There is more to the business of writing than words
  • My family are imperfectly perfect, and I love them with my heart and soul
  • Dogs know their way home
  • If you find the person who loves you warts and all love them warts and all back
  • No matter how far you travel, real friends remain
  • I write to be read
  • Words are, and always have been, my story
Firefighter Calendar 2020
I thought you’d like the Australian Firefighters Classic Calendar 2020. Hot fireies. There’s also some with sexy firefighters with cute animals. It doesn’t get much better than that. Buy a calendar to raise money for charity. Bonus – you have hot guys on your wall.

You’re probably wondering if I have a resolution. I have too many because I have a long list of goals I would like to achieve in 2020 and beyond. So, instead, I am setting myself a monthly challenge. I’ll let you know what my January goal is. Less alcohol and more exercise. I guess it’s a common one in January but for my health – an important goal.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

I’d love to hear yours. Comment below. Thanks for reading my dear readers. You mean the world to me.

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Writers need writers – no one else gets it


So, what’s the best thing that can happen during a writer’s day? Okay, besides being offered a huge advance and three-book deal with a traditional publisher! Movie options? Chris Hemsworth playing your MMC? Writing? Typing ‘The End’ in a manuscript? Meeting a fan of your books? Receiving awesome reviews? Appearing on Ellen? All things I could hope for as an author but there’s another thing that brings me simpler joy, motivation and pleasure.

Catching up with other writers.

Even if the writer is a near stranger, in no time you connect. It’s usually inevitable especially if you write the same genre (in this case Romance). Who else can you talk to about the writing craft? Non-writers don’t get it. Writers understand.

All writers go through the same struggles to perfect their craft. I love the banter, support, encouragement and knowledge gained from meeting up with a writer. The writer I had coffee with was Beth Prentice. We had previously met briefly at Books By the Beach and at 2019 RWA Melbourne Conference. When I told her I had moved near her we arranged to catch up and I’m glad we did.

So, for those of you who don’t write but like to know what writers talk about here’s some of the various things discussed.

Writer’s talk about:

  • How only a writer gets IT (writing)
  • The difficulty of hearing someone critique your work
  • The joy of creating a character you love
  • How fun it is to write sex scenes (after much build-up)
  • The funny reactions to the fact you write explicit sex scenes
  • Finding out there are other writers in your neighbourhood
  • Realising our books are character and emotion-driven
  • Discovering invaluable writing references
  • Laughing at the fact our husbands don’t read
  • Encouraging and nurturing each other’s writing goals
  • Sharing marketing and publicity knowledge
  • Understanding how difficult it is to say goodbye to some characters
  • The best ways to research a story
  • Why we have so many new story ideas going on in our heads
  • Which story to choose next
  • How writing is a joy even though it is damn hard, isolating and time-consuming – it’s still a joy.

We could talk for hours about writing but real life gets in the way and we part company. Though we have work or have family commitments first, when we get our bum back in our office chair and plant our fingers on the keyboard we will write. We’ll write with renewed vigour from our writer-writer catchup. A few hours well spent.

So now, once this post is posted. I’ll be continuing the latest manuscript with more ideas and enthusiasm, thinking of my friend, a few suburbs away doing the same thing. We’ll both be finding out what our characters will do next, where the story is heading and how it will end.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress of Elephant Creek.

Teaser: Why did Toby change his name back to Noah? Can he ever love again after what his ex-wife Katie did?

If you’d like to check out USA Today Bestselling Author Beth Prentice’s books go to: Beth Prentice Novels