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Goals for 2011

One of my favorite images from 2010. After being so afraid, it is a miracle to ride fear free.

The year 2010 has been one of many highs and lows. My family dealt with my ninety-one-year-old grandmother’s traumatic surgery and recovery, and I continued to battle horseback riding fears. I also injured my arm in a horse-related accident and am still trying to regain full use of it. Despite the negatives that came with this year, I achieved two lifelong goals: cantering my horse in a field fear free and publishing a novel. Laura Daley, my dear friend, horse trainer, and expert on fear-related issues, helped me to overcome my riding fears, and believe it or not, that helped me overcome my publishing fears. So, thank you, Laura. You changed my life.

Publishing a novel has been so much more amazing than I imagined. I just thought I’d have a nice paperback and that would be it. But Charlotte Collins has introduced me to so many wonderful new friends. Writing is kind of a social media all its own. And I must thank all my new friends for reading my book and for sending me encouraging words about it. You guys make me think I could do it again.

And ’tis also the time of year to contemplate New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t really like to make resolutions. I’m not the UN. I do, however, have some goals that I’d like to achieve.

  1. Finish selling the 1,000 copies of Charlotte Collins, which was the original goal for the book.
  2. Finish and prepare my second Jane Austen sequel for publication on July 15, 2011.
  3. Polish my mystery novel.
  4. Finish the first draft of Riding Fear Free with Laura Daley and explore publication options.
  5. Continue my Fear Free journey with my horse Darcy by keeping up my trail riding and having fun.
  6. Perhaps head down the path to being able to earn a decent living on (mostly) writing. (Hey, you never know. It could happen. And now is the time to dream big, right?)

So what are your plans for 2011?

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