I have never been one to make New Year resolutions. They last about 20 minutes into January 1st. When faced with the actual resolution, we generally realize how difficult the process will be. Instead, I make a list of events I’m looking forward to in the coming year or attainable goals.

What I’m looking forward to in the coming year:

  • Attending the dedication of the Louise D. Schleich Women’s Cancer Center in Lincoln, Nebraska this spring.
  • Launching book number three, a mystery titled “Missing Pieces,” in early May followed by a possible book tour, which would be my first.
  • Sailing with friends on Lake Superior this summer.
  • Traveling to Chicago for a long weekend.
  • Visiting San Diego in September to attend the Bouchercon Mystery and Crime convention, where I’m planning to meet up with several friends.
  • Finishing another crime novel, “Cheshire Grin,” by the end of 2023.
  • Continuing to be brave enough to enter writing contests and learn from them.
  • Expanding my volunteer work, which was drastically cut back due to COVID.
  • Staying healthy (a big goal after setbacks in 2022).
  • Learning about new aspects of history and cultural diversity every day.
  • Accepting turning 65 with grace.

Like resolutions, this list may look completely different by year’s end. Whatever the goals and plans you make for yourself, writing or otherwise, I wish you all a happy, healthy and fulfilling 2023!

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