Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A New Year and New Beginnings at #OurAuthorGang

Each new year brings the promise of new beginnings- fresh starts and second chances. Wherever you are in the world, we at A Small Gang of Authors wish you blessings, abundance, inspiration, health, wealth, and so much more. As the planet earth begins another cycle around the sun, our hope is for humanity to gain one step closer to peace and harmony. Today, we invite our readers to enjoy some of our stories of new beginnings. Happy New Year!


I don't make New Year's resolutions but I usually make vague plans for the new year. I adapt to any new situation quickly, so for me, making a plan and a backup plan means that I can change it at the drop of a hat as needed.

My plans are:
Republishing my re-written and re-edited speculative historical fiction trilogy with new covers as soon as the editing is done. 
Update my website: www.authorerikamszabo.com The past 6 or so months I've been very busy and my website got neglected. I'm planning to write more blog posts in 2019 as well.
I'm also planning to publish a children's book as soon as I finish the illustrations.

Eat healthier? Exercise more? We'll see... 

The ToiBox of Words | Amazon

Resolutions are not for me. I mean, not really. 
So, I set a goal of how many books I want to read each year.
So, I make a list of  WIPs I want to complete.
But these goals don’t define me. 

Resolutions are not for me. I mean, not really. 
Of course, I’m gonna make an effort to eat better and exercise.
Of course, I’m going to work on self-improvement.
But that doesn’t mean I’m underdevelopment. 

Resolutions are not for me. I mean, not really.
Sure, I plan to give more to important causes.
Sure, I plan to volunteer my time somewhere meaningful.
But that doesn’t mean I’m worried about being accountable. 

Resolutions are not for me,
But perhaps, I AM FOR promises, hopes, dreams, and new beginnings. 
As long as I’m moving forward, I don’t care what it’s called.   


Well, traditionally I don't make resolutions because I never live up to them. However, for 2019 I'm going to try and quit smoking, climb out of my well of darkness, regain my appetite, hopefully buckle down and start writing again, try to find some kind of happiness within and without, be a better person, and maybe at long last, find true love. They tell me it can happen, even at my age, 2018 started out badly, then got very good, then fell apart in November. I'm praying to all the gods and goddesses that 2019 will bring me some measure peace and the motivation to go out there and start living a life again.

 For more about me, you can read that here or check out my Amazon page. Thank you, and Happy New Year!  https://www.amazon.com/Joe-Bonadonna/e/B009I1KYIK


I’m not a resolution person. I’ve made them in the past only to drop them a week, a month later. Last year I started setting goals so here are my goals for 2019:
1.    Finish Resurrection: Disciples
       Start Tribulation: Disciples
2.   Finish rewriting Myrria’s Legacy (Possibly with a title change).
3.   Edit and publish at least one more of the Middle-grade books under contract.
4.   Do a little more with my two blogs as well as continuing to contribute to SGA and New Evangelizers.

Those are the writing goals. As to the life goals:
1.     Lose the last twenty five pounds to reach the goal set a year and a half ago.
2.   Find the direction my life is going to take after my daughter graduates from High School.
3.   In 2018 I set a goal to read 70 books in the year. I far surpassed that, so this year I’m going to bump it up to 90 books to read. Also I will review more of the books I read.

I’m sure more goals will rear their heads, but I think that is enough to get started in 2019.
May you have a Happy New Year and may all your resolutions and goals be fulfilled.



Honestly, I'm terrible at resolutions. But here we go anyway!

In 2019 I plan to: 
Finish and publish the first Bitter novel
Finish and publish the first of a three/four book fantasy series
Add three more "50" garden books to the series that currently consists of 50 Fabulous Tomatoes for Your Garden
Lose weight

And, of course, start more projects (see sneak peeks here) and add more books to my website for teens and young adults -- Alien Star Books

So we'll see what happens, because I'm famously unsuccessful at following through on New Year's Resolutions, LOL! On the other hand, if I don't set goals, I'll just procrastinate for another year...


Tic Tock Tic Tock~
 When that clock strikes midnight ringing in the new year, most of us will be making a lot of common New Year’s resolutions regarding diet and exercise, but as the years pass and we get into our ‘Golden Years’ we begin to take them a bit more serious—or at least, I do. That clock keeps ticking and we know it’s now or never. It is at this time we need to eat healthier and increase our exercise to ward off the common ailments that come in our senior years. Let’s not forget the battle with the aging process.  Some of us will invest in a new expensive wrinkle cream, or have some visits to the plastic surgeon. The list can go on and on.

For myself, I have heard that clock many times over. Two years ago I hit the gym and haven’t stopped. I’ve had a few procedures done but have neglected the one thing that has been my biggest vice forever—and that is sugar! I know I need to stop but every attempt is futile. I want this to be the year I can finally give up sweets. Maybe I need to buy a grandfather clock this year.

Happy New Year everyone!

Lorraine Carey


It’s been years since I’ve made a New Year’s Resolution. I find it very difficult to make year-long goals and stick with them. It’s overwhelming! I do, however, make resolutions throughout the year.
One of the resolutions I made in March of 2018 was to lose weight and get healthy. I have been steadily working toward this goal and plan to continue in the New Year. Since this is a life-long resolution, I expect there will be mishaps and stumbles along the way with periodic renewals of my vow to live a healthier lifestyle.
Another goal I have for 2019 is to get back to writing. My day job, babysitting my grandson in the afternoons, and a recent uptick in editing jobs have made it difficult for me to prioritize my writing. Since resolutions are only vague dreams unless one has a plan to back it up, I have made a plan to write for ten minutes each day. That might not sound like much, but it adds up!
So, what are your goals for the New Year, or for your life in general? Share your resolutions in the comment section, or you can get in touch with me (if you’d like) by visiting the following links:

My Website   |   Facebook Page   |  Twitter   


Here it is that time of the year when we look back at what has happened, and we think about how we could have done everything differently if not better.
Since we cannot go back in time and fix those details to change the route of our destiny, we can at least learn something from them to make our future better, and what better time to start to put those fixes in place than the beginning of the year?
Generally, I do not make any specific proposition for the next year, as I prefer to keep in mind those mistakes and try not to do them again.
During this year I have learned a lot about myself, and the most surprising thing I have learned is that determination can perform real miracles. Another thing that I have learned is that I need to be more forgiving on things I cannot do. There is nothing wrong to admit being too tired and allowing myself with some rest, and I think I need to try to find that perfect balance between family life, friends, job and writing career.
Said like this it seems like a mission impossible considered the 24 hours in a day, but I believe that nothing is impossible when there is a real motivation pushing our actions.
So will I have any proposition for the next year? Sure, I will continue to learn from my mistakes, which are unavoidable, hoping in a better or at least wiser new year.