Hello, everyone! I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and great holiday weekend. My Christmas day turned out nice, but leading up to it was a bit meh.
Why the scrooge attitude? I had high hopes for Christmas Eve Eve (Dec 23) and Christmas Eve. What were my exciting plans? On December 23 I had an excursion planned to use my free pass to Costco and then go see the new Star Wars movie. (Yeah, I know. It doesn’t take much to get me excited. I’m low maintenance, what can I say!)
A lot of co-workers talk about Costco and how it’s this amazing utopia where you can get insane bargains. So I got a one day free pass in the mail and I was excited to find new things. While I’m not horribly thrilled at the idea of buying in bulk, I’m a sucker for new foods and flavors that I haven’t tried before. I was a bit intimidated about doing the math for mega packs and giant containers, so I told my husband that all ounce comparisons fell on his shoulders. Yes, I’m insanely cheap and also very terrible at math. If you were to give me a math problem like, “Grace, if you usually buy 12 rolls of toilet paper for $4.99 and each roll is XX square feet of paper, would it be a good deal to buy 54 rolls at $$$ price where each roll is XX square feet of paper?” I think my eyes would glaze over like a deer in the headlights and I would have a massive panic attack. That is why my husband was in charge of math. It turns out that it didn’t even matter. I went into the store with high hopes and an upbeat attitude after having warned myself not to spend money on crap I didn’t need. That little pep talk also didn’t matter. Not one thing in the whole store appealed to me. Okay, that’s a lie. Q-tips were super cheap, but I wasn’t going to stand in line for them. Otherwise, I’m a superfreak about buying cereal, dog treats, and peanut butter. I was totally shocked to find that Costco has like 2-3 varieties of things like Shampoo, Applesauce, etc etc etc. So if I don’t like the two items they have to offer me, I’m shit out of luck. My husband also proved his worth by doing the actual math and he informed me that the prices weren’t really lower than the stuff we usually buy on sale. That was a major letdown and I left with nothing. Oh well. Live and learn.
On to Star Wars. The movie was good, but there were a few parts that had me scratching my chin in a “What the hell just happened?” sort of confusion. Obviously I can’t discuss it with you, dear reader, because I’d rather be forced to spend the afterlife in Costco purgatory than give away spoilers. Let’s just say it had action, humor, and I enjoyed it overall, but I would like clarification on something that happened near the end.
Moving right along to our next topic. I had plans to relax and chill on Christmas Eve, doing my usual routine of going to church and singing ‘Joy to the World,’ which is my favorite song. However, fate had other plans. I woke up at 6:45 a.m. to a sickly dog and stepped in one of two piles of…well…let’s just say it wasn’t pretty. The poor thing didn’t eat all day long (and she usually has not 1, but 3 ½ meals a day). I was worried about my little princess and didn’t want to leave the house lest she take a turn for the worse. Thankfully she made a miraculous recovery overnight and went back to her usual self for Christmas day. This is a double edged sword, my friends. Her ‘usual Christmas self,’ involves running around the living room like the Tasmanian devil and trying to open every single present, no matter whether or not they’re hers. Let’s add in the fact that her stomach wasn’t 100% fully recovered and a nice little gas cloud followed her around where ever she went. Too Much Information? Sorry. I just want you to know the glamorous life I lead.
Okay. I’m way, way, WAY off topic here. This blog post is supposed to be some sort of melancholy review of the year. Was it successful? Do I need to work on areas of improvement? Resolutions? What’s the bottom line here?
Why 2017 was awesome:
–I released a lot of stories and consider it a productive year book-wise. January brought the release of Ungranted Wishes, March was Unicornia, My Dirty Crown launched in April, May brought not one but two releases: My Dirty Vacation and Unexpected Treasure (co-written with Aidan Willows), September was my foray into BDSM: Teaching the Dom, and November brought The Christmas Present from my Past. Lessons learned? It’s too much work to release two books at once and short stories don’t sell as well as full-length, stand alone novels.
–I figured out how to do better cover designs (Pixlr is an awesome website and lets you use fancy font. I’m all about downloading fancy font) and I also got a Mailchimp Newsletter and currently have 1900 subscribers. Whenever I send out a newsletter, some of those subscribers actually hit ‘reply’ and it blows my mind when total strangers take the time to comment on my emails. I feel important!
–2017 didn’t end with a Zombie Apocalypse.
Why 2017 kinda sucked:
–I accidentally gave myself a nasty concussion in September and it took awhile to heal.
–Donald Trump. That’s really all I have to say about that.
–2017 didn’t end with a Zombie Apocalypse
Goals for 2018:
–Sell more books. In order to do that, I guess I should write more books. Moving right along to…
–Finish the books I have half-started but abandoned to write other books. That pile is definitely adding up. 2018 should hopefully bring stories involving a princess whose ship gets sabotaged and finds herself on present day Earth trying to find love, the daughter in a large and loud Italian family finds love in a most unexpected (and somewhat forbidden) place, perhaps something with a werewolf hopefully something with some zombies, and maybe a military romance. Not sure. We’ll see where the mood takes me.
–Don’t injure myself.
–Win the lottery.
Sigh. That’s quite the list. It makes me tired just looking at it.
At least I have a few more days left of 2017 so I can slack off and be unproductive.
What about you, dear reader? What are your goals or resolutions for 2018? I hope you all have a happy, healthy, safe, and prosperous new year. Sometimes life can be trying and difficult and massively get on your nerves to the point where you want to crawl under the covers and not come out. But sometimes it can be beautiful and touching and full of wonder. Cheers to the positive and to hell with the negative. We’re all in this together, so be kind to each other.
Til next time…thanks for reading and Happy New Year!
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