Getting Back to Work

I hope everyone's holiday's were terrific and filled with family, fun, and love!

But, if you're like me, I'm finding it very hard to believe 2013 is over. It went so fast!

When I think about it, I feel a bit disappointed in myself for not accomplishing more. But then again, I'm really hard on myself. Although it feels like I didn't get all that much writing done, I did receive three new contracts for books in 2013 so I'm proud of that!

This year, my main new years resolution is to work harder at being more serious about my writing. I'm still feeling a bit guilty about not being more disciplined, therefore the lack of writing, but this year I intend to change that. When my husband teases me about not working (and yes, so far he's just teasing), I always come back with, "I do work, I'm a children's writer!" But it doesn't feel that believable to me because I'm not bringing in much money at all. So my goal this year is to work harder so I can believe myself when I say those words! I'm also going to work hard at developing my other skills so I can offer myself out. I've always talked to "psycho allyn #2" about the fact that I can design business cards, bookmarks, and flyers and knocked myself on the side of the head for not announcing that yet. I intend on doing that in the near future.

Something else I did this year was take more than the usual breaks from blogging. I don't intend to do that this year, however I'm not so sure it was a bad thing. Blogging is like a job, you need a break once in awhile! It's extremely hard for me to even believe I have a blog that anyone else in the universe is at all interested in reading and even harder to come up with something to say! But I'm going to try harder this year.

So I'm looking forward to this new 2014 year and ready to get back to work! How about you? Are you excited for a new year or sad that the old one is gone,


  1. I hope 2014 is a great year for you.

  2. I find it hard to believe it's already 2014 as well. I'm so excited about your 3 new contracts for new books. I'm sure we will be reading all about them soon enough. Congrats to you on all you were able to accomplish in 2013, whether you feel like a "real" writer or not, you definitely are.

    Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks, Courtney. You are such a great friend!

  3. I have plans for 2014 too, Allyn. You can do bookmarks and things??? Girlfriend, we need to talk!

  4. Three book contracts? That sounds pretty serious to me! Wishing you all the best in 2014!