January 04, 2010

Happy New Year!

I know, I know - this is 4 days late, but Bear got nearly two weeks off for Christmas and I took that time off with him. I am happy to say I am returning refreshed and ready to complete my novel and improve myself and my blog.

As I was going over my 2009 resolutions, renewing some (like 3 books per month), scrapping others, and creating new ones, I noticed one that made me blanch:

I will complete my book by April.


What a joke.

It almost makes me ashamed to even tell you that was my resolution last year. What was I thinking?

This time last year, my book was about 100 pages long and MEH-EH-SEE! I had been working on it since late August/early September 2008 (even though I've been writing full-time since September 2007, I began writing and set aside several other novels before the idea for this one hit me) and was nowhere near completion! Good grief.

I am now very, very, very nearly finished with my book and still wrestling with self-doubt and the monster that is editing, but I can guarantee you it won't be this time next year when I am finished.

Here are my 2010 resolutions for THE TABBY CATT:
  1. Continue to write blogs regularly (my aim is twice a week, Monday and Thursday)
  2. Create a more professional look for the blog
  3. Get http://www.abbystevens.com/ working properly (I still have to tweak several settings)
  4. Gain readers (I want to set a number for this but have no idea what is reasonable... may update this after some thought)
  5. Establish connections with other writer bloggers
Numbers 2 and 3 will not take long once I devote the time to them (which will likely be after I send my book to my beta-readers), but 1, 4, and 5 will be year-long (and beyond) endeavors. There is a conference called Relevant in October in PA that I am considering attending (still not sure if it is a good fit for me - not all of the information is up yet), so that would help with 5!

Wish me luck!

Here's hoping the first week of 2010 is a productive, happy one for everybody!


Jupiter Family said...

Happy New Year !!!

2010 New Year's Fireworks show


HeatherK.Photos said...


Love the blog, I will def. subsribe to it. trust me I know how hard it is to keep up with blogs lol mine is

and my website is


let me know if you need any help with anything

and I as well am trying to read three books a month lol

Abby Stevens said...

Thank you, Heather! I need to come up with some ideas for a more professional look for the blog - maybe you have some ideas?

Best of luck in reading! Last year I only read 20 when my goal was 36, but any reading is good regardless! I do think once I send my book out to beta-readers I am just going to read every day for a month or so, so maybe that will help me reach my goal this year!

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