Love, War, and Purple Cows #MFRWauthor

For the final, last, and ultimate week of the Marketing for Romance Writers yearlong blog hop, the writing prompt is:

New Years Resolutions

I don’t do resolutions. Never have.

But rather than end with such a teensy post, I’ll add that the wife and I have signed up for a three-times-a-week fitness class starting January 3. Staying fit has been an ongoing struggle for the last 30 years, at least, and over the last 14 months I’ve been losing. I don’t expect the class to turn everything around for me, just to get me back in the groove.

In addition, I’ll set some writing goals, which I do every year. Well, not last year; surgery and lack of energy due to a serious illness (sepsis) convinced me to take things as they came. I need to get back in the groove artistically, just as I do physically.

  • First writing goal: finish rewrites of Secrets of Love and War by the end of February. The first draft of this science fiction book (with romantic elements) needs a LOT of work. Send it off for editing in March and aim for publication by the beginning of April
  • Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo in April, working on a first draft of book 5 in the Alien Contact for Idiots series. This is one of my sci fi romance series, and I don’t want to wait too long before bringing out another one. Aim for publication in early summer.
  • Beyond half a year, plans tend to be worthless, but as of now I intend to attempt a top-to-bottom rewrite of Purple Cow, a sci fi book with a fantastic premise but mediocre story.

If all goes as intended — and I know darned well it won’t — I’ll have three new books out by the end of 2018. For me, that’s quite ambitious.

What about you?

I’m not sure if this blog hop will continue, or whether I’ll take part if it does. However, I feel I’ve gotten to know more of you over the course of the year, and hopefully vice versa. If you’d like to keep in touch, please sign up for my mail list. I’ll gladly reciprocate.

What do you hope to achieve in the coming years? Be sure to check out the other <writers taking part in this blog hop have to say.



  1. Purple Cow is a great title…

    I’m sure you’ll meet your goals, Ed. Happy New Year!

    1. You have more faith in me than I have in myself.

  2. You always have fun titles. Have fun in the exercise class. I’ll be in one too as the coach to an 88-year old. The sad thing I think she’s healthier than I am and I’m always more tired after exercising than she is. May 2018 be all that you wish.

    1. I’d edit your first sentence from “always” to “sometimes, when inspiration strikes.”

  3. Good luck with your plans Ed. I think you can make it with getting the books out. The healthier lifestyle is a thing I struggle with as well. I told the Hubs we needed to lose weight together. We’ll see what happens. Signed up for your newsletter. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for signing up, Meka. Effing Feline, whom I think this blog hop has met, writes my newsletters, and he’s supposed to write one early in the New Years, so you should be hearing from him soon. If he doesn’t do it, I’ll take away his catnip until he gets on the ball.

  4. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you this year, Ed. Good luck with your goals in 2018. Wishing you all the best!

    1. I’ll need all the luck I can get. So thanks.

  5. Best of luck in 2018, Ed. Have fun in the fitness class. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you via the blog hop this year.

    1. Thanks so much, Mary. Great luck to you, too.

  6. Good luck meeting your goals, and have a fabulous 2018. I’m looking to get back into the fitness and artistic groove myself. Here’s to 2018.

    1. I suspect that the fitness groove will be harder than the artistic groove, for me at least.

  7. “I never saw a Purple Cow, I never hope to see one, But I can tell you, anyhow, I’d rather see than be one!” (it’s a teacher thing). I know you’ll knock out the 3 novels by years’ end, no worries. I had a great time with the JuNoWriMo so will have to look into the April one. All the best to you in 2018!

    1. Yeah, I got to know and love the poem during my 13 years as an elementary school teacher. What did you teach?

  8. Purple Cow sounds like an interesting story. I’d love to read it when it’s published. I need to lose weight and be healthier as well so I’ll continue with the exercise classes I started this year. It’s been a joy getting to know you and read your blog. I hope this blog hop continues next year, but if it doesn’t, I’ve signed up for your mailing list. Best wishes for a great 2018.

  9. Thanks so much, Alicia. As I told Meka above, Effing Feline is in charge of my newsletters. He’s supposed to write one early in the New Year, so you should be hearing from him soon. It’s been great getting to know you.

  10. Purple Cow – awesome! Good luck with your 2018 goals. I’ve enjoyed “meeting” you this year. I follow your blog, so I’ll see Effing Feline, regardless, but I do hope you’ll drop in on the 2018 blog challenge from time to time. Happy New Year!

    1. After a year of this blog hop, you do start to feel you know people. I’ll try to drop in from time to time, because I really enjoy connecting with other writers. I’m just going to try to devote more time to connecting with readers in the coming year.

  11. Great goals- and I’m right there with you in trying to get healthier and more active. It’s been nice getting to know you and here’s to a fabulous 2018!

    1. So many times, our goals and ideas during this blog hop are similar. That’s because we’re all members of the Writer’s Tribe.

  12. My husband and I are going to get back in the exercising groove also. Best of luck with those writing goals! I’m sure you can do it.

    1. And good luck with your exercise goals!

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