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Elizabeth Andrews: Winding Down or Gearing Up? (Contest)
Sunday, December 29th, 2019

UPDATE: The winner is…Debra Guyette!

Hello, everyone! I want to start with a giant thank you to Delilah for letting me play on her blog again. It’s always a blast!

So, it’s the end of the year, time to take stock of what we accomplished in the past twelve months and take a look at what we want to do in the next twelve. I had big plans for 2019, and I’m sure many of you did, too. Did you reach those goals you set for yourself, or did you aim a little too high?

I started looking at my 2019 list back in October and shaking my head. They seemed perfectly realistic when I put them on paper last year. Since I managed less than half of them, I have to say that wasn’t true. Oh, sure, if I wrote full-time, I don’t doubt I could have pulled them all off—they were nowhere near the amount of writing I did when my kids were little and I was home full-time. But I have a day-job now, so I should have been more realistic, clearly.

That made me take a much harder look at my goals for 2020. I had already scaled them back a little, realizing my 2019 list was too much. Then I looked at them again and chopped off some more, thinking how much more discipline I could exercise in the new year to make things happen. Then I looked at them again the other day, with a voice in my head telling me it was still too much. Sure, lots of people can pull off half a dozen book releases in a year. But I haven’t done the self-pub thing yet, so it’s going to have a learning curve for me, and I don’t want to screw it up when I get there. That lopped a couple more things off the list, in case I need more time than I’m anticipating to navigate those new waters.

I’d like to say I have a perfect goal list in front of me right now, but I think I am still going to do some fine-tuning in the next couple of days before the new year starts. The way the past few years have gone, with family things and the day-job, I’m leaning toward giving myself plenty of elbow-room for my goals, enough time to actually make them happen, and happen right, not half-assed. I’m sure it still won’t be the perfect goal list—I’m far from perfect, so why would my goals for the near year be perfect? But it will be closer, and if I exceed my expectations, well, that would be great, too, and give me a boost of confidence when I start on goals next fall for 2021, right?

How much time do you take to work out your goals for each new year? Do you obsess over them (as I feel like I’m doing this year), or do you just put them down on paper and leave it at that without too much debate? I’d love to know—I’m always looking for new ideas that might help me out, and they may be useful to someone else as well—and I have a shiny new 2020 Llewellyn’s Witch’s Calendar (wall version) to give away to one commenter.

About the Author

Elizabeth Andrews has been a book lover since she was old enough to read. She read her copies of Little Women and the Little House series so many times, the books fell apart. As an adult, her book habit continues. She has a room overflowing with her literary collection right now, and still more spreading into other rooms. Almost as long as she’s been reading great stories, she’s been attempting to write her own. Thanks to a fifth grade teacher who started the class on creative writing, Elizabeth went from writing creative sentences to short stories and eventually full-length novels. Her father saved her poor, callused fingers from permanent damage when he brought home a used typewriter for her.

Elizabeth found her mother’s stash of romance novels as a teenager, and-though she loves horror- romance became her very favorite genre, making writing romances a natural progression. There are more than just a few manuscripts, however, tucked away in a filing cabinet that will never see the light of day.
Along with her enormous book stash, Elizabeth lives with her husband of more than twenty-five years, and frequent visits from her two young adult sons, though no one else in the house reads nearly as much as she does. When she’s not at work or buried in books or writing, there is a garden outside full of herbs, flowers and vegetables that requires occasional attention.

You can find her virtually at or on social media.

14 comments to “Elizabeth Andrews: Winding Down or Gearing Up? (Contest)”

  1. bn100
    · December 29th, 2019 at 3:13 pm · Link

    don’t really make them

  2. Denise Lewis
    · December 29th, 2019 at 3:17 pm · Link

    I look at what I know for sure I have to deal with then I add in the things I can fit in around the have to things. But leave a good amount of elbow room for the unexpected. It’s worked for me so far. Happy New Year.

  3. Snarky Mom Michelle
    · December 29th, 2019 at 8:13 pm · Link

    I don’t make specific resolutions, but I have made a commitment to myself since about September to keep a “To Do List” beside my desk so that I’m not forgetting as much stuff. I’m about 70% solid on that.

  4. Elizabeth Andrews
    · December 29th, 2019 at 8:31 pm · Link

    Wow, no goals at all. The control freak in me is screaming at that idea, bn100. lol

  5. Elizabeth Andrews
    · December 29th, 2019 at 8:32 pm · Link

    That sounds reasonable, Denise. I try to look at my day-job schedule when I’m thinking about my writing goals for the year. The problem there is my day-job schedule sometimes changes during the course of the year. lol

  6. Elizabeth Andrews
    · December 29th, 2019 at 8:33 pm · Link

    Nice, Michelle! I almost always have a to-do list at the day-job, and I need to get back into that habit at home.

  7. Debra K Guyette
    · December 30th, 2019 at 7:06 am · Link

    I just think about them obsessively. I never write them down.

  8. Elizabeth Andrews
    · December 30th, 2019 at 10:00 pm · Link

    Oh my goodness, Debra! If I didn’t write them down, I’d forget things! 🙂

  9. Elizabeth Andrews
    · December 31st, 2019 at 6:49 am · Link

    Okay, all, it’s New Year’s Eve, so last chance to comment and be entered for the calendar drawing! I’ll do the drawing tomorrow morning (9am EST) and post back here for the winner. 😀 Happy New Year’s Eve!

  10. Elizabeth Andrews
    · January 1st, 2020 at 9:59 am · Link

    And we have a winnner! Congrats to Debra! Please email me at elizabethandrewswrite @ (without the spaces 🙂 ), so I can get you your calendar! 😀

  11. Elizabeth Andrews
    · January 3rd, 2020 at 6:55 am · Link

    Still haven’t heard from Debra. Please contact me at the email above so I can send your calendar!

  12. Elizabeth Andrews
    · January 5th, 2020 at 10:01 am · Link

    Debra K. Guyette, you are the winner. Please email me at elizabethandrewswrites @ (without the spaces). I just realized that I am missing that last s in my original post! So sorry!

  13. Delilah
    · January 5th, 2020 at 10:18 pm · Link

    Congrats, Debra! And thanks for being a great guest, Elizabeth!

  14. Elizabeth Andrews
    · January 10th, 2020 at 10:01 pm · Link

    Still no email from Debra. This calendar really wants to go to its new home! 🙂

    Thank you for being an awesome hostess, Delilah!

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