Top Ten Goals for 2016 — update

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  The blog hop features lists related to all things bookish–characters, authors, titles, and favorites. They’re an excellent way to find new interesting books on a variety of topics, and to connect with bloggers who love the books you do.


This week’s top ten is a freebie, meaning I get to choose my own topic.  I choose to follow up on a previous Top Ten.  At the beginning of January I posted some of my new year resolutions.  I prefer to think of them as goals, though, and in the spirit of accountability, here’s an update.

How’m I doing?

Not too bad, though resolutions are a marathon rather than a sprint.

  1. Replenish my TBR pile — DONE, for now.
    I started out by getting several books from the library — by Catherine Asaro and Philip K Dick; also a biography and music analysis about my current favorite composer, Joseph Haydn.Rita Award
    I had again signed up to judge the Rita Award contest for Romance Writers of America, and they sent me nine books.  Most of them I would never have picked up on my own, so this is a chance to discover some new authors.  In a week and a half I’ve read four of the nine, and I’ve started a fifth.
  2. Get back in the habit of going to the gym — ONGOING.
    Am I in the habit?  No.  Have I restarted my membership at a Parks District gym?  Yes.  And I’ve even worked out.
  3. Submit my latest and greatest to traditional publishers — DONE
    I’ve sent Newborn, my latest science fiction romance, off to three publishers.  I’m pretty excited about the book.  I think it’s maybe my best, but then I’m really not the best judge; authors are too close to their own work. (Read chapter one of Newborn.)
  4. Be more sociable on social media — ONGOING
    I’ve followed a few more bloggers and am making an effort to comment on their posts.  I’ve dipped my toe in the water.
  5. Restart my Bookstores I Love feature — OOPS
    I’ve done nothing.  Nothing!
    Um, how about Antigone Books, one of the best independent stores here in Tucson?  Yeah, I’ll highlight Antigone soon.  I promise.
  6. Take a trip to Europe — STILL DREAMING

    De Pijp, Amsterdam

    My daughter in law flew off to Amsterdam last week with her cat; she already had an apartment lined up in De Pijp (The Pipe) neighborhood.  My son will follow in a couple of months.  (Don’t ask me why they’re doing it this way; I wouldn’t want to be separated from Judi for so long.)

  7. Do more book marketing — I’M TRYING
    This one wasn’t on my original post, but it’s really important.  So far so good.  Question is, can I keep it up?

How about you?  How are your resolutions/goals proceeding?

Be sure to check out other bloggers’ posts.



  1. Great TTT post!! I have a couple of similar resolutions – like going to the gym more and becoming more present on social media. The first I’ve not been doing such a great job at (oops), but the latter is going well at least! 😉

    1. Yeah, that’s more or less how things are going for me, as well. Thanks for stopping by, Bekah!

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