Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Very Happy New Year to Us All!

by Maggie Sefton

I hope all of you had a wonderfu, fun, exciting, and/or peaceful and quiet New Year's Eve. We had sunny skies for New Year's Day and temps in the 50s here in Colorado, which was perfect. It was also great for football fans, because the Denver Broncos were playing at home Sunday afternoon. (Don't worry, I won't lapse into a football rant).

My Christmas holiday visit with three of my four girls in Texas was wonderful. We had cloudy weather and rain, but that was all right. Everything's okay when you're having a good time. We ate entirely too much rich food and desserts, so it was back on the Straight and Narrow (as I call it) once I returned home on December 27th.

Since then, I've been getting organized for the new year. . .or trying to. I did bills, wrote checks, and went over writing income. . .so I could send in the 4th Quarter Estimated Income Tax Payment. For those of us who are self-employed and operating our own businesses, we don't receive W-2s from an "outside" employer. And we don't have taxes taken out of our royalty income when it arrives twice yearly from publishers. Oh, no. We have to send Uncle Sam quarterly income tax payments. I know, I know. . .no one wants to think about taxes right now, so I won't mention it again. Not until April 15th, that is. :)

January is always a great time for me to begin new projects and take new directions in my life. I've done it for years. There's a special "energy" to January, and I have always tapped into it by taking stock. . .and often, taking a new direction. Sometimes in my writing, sometimes in Life, itself. This year, I'm getting my first published mystery novel, DYING TO SELL, readied for submission as an ebook. Next month, I hope to have readied my earlier published historical western romance, ABILENE GAMBLE. I'll keep all of you posted on the progress of each one.

Meanwhile. . .what new projects or directions/paths/projects have you started or are thinking of starting for 2012? Tell us!


Anonymous said...

I have a lot of fleece that I plan to make up into no sew fleece blankets as gifts for family and friends. What I don't give away this winter, I will save as Christmas presents for 2012.

Shirley in Baltimore

Aurian said...

Ooo a re-release as ebook, cool! I hope it will be on a site with Paypal and multiple book formats :).

Happy New Year to you and yours as well!

Anonymous said...

I will be on the look out for dying To Sell as an e-book.

Paula Miller said...

I always regroup in January too! I home school, so this is a great time to look back at the first half of the year to see if any changes need to be made.
This year I am actually really happy with school. But I really want to work hard at writing. I would like to be a writer when I grow up (after my kids graduate). I am going to be doing writing exercises and just writing a lot. Maybe one day I will feel that something is worth actually showing to another human being :)
I hope you have a wonderful 2012!

Rita B said...

My goals are to get to the bottom of my "to read" list, finish my unfinished quilting projects and to start and finish the quilt kits I have. THEN I'll feel I can buy new fabrics and start new with the new ideas I have!

Anonymous said...

When will there be a sequel to this book?

Anonymous said...

Finished hooking a wool rug yesterday and started a larger one. Started reading one of the numerous books I got for Christmas (Yeah!!). And plan to take a knitting class - but I am all thumbs!

Maggie Sefton said...

Anonymous---Wow, that's a lot of fleece! No knit blankets. . .are they crocheted on those big needles?

Aurian---It should be on all available formats. Amazon's Kindle, B&N's Nook, Apple's iPad, Sony, Kobo, etc. I will be setting up accounts with each and loading them, one at a time. We have to get our digital files formatted into these different digital formats required by the above six companies. I've had a new cover made which looks a lot like the original (which we can't use because those are copyrighted).

Maggie Sefton said...

Nancy---Thank you! You'll have to email me afterwards and tell me how you liked it. maggie@maggiesefton.com

Paula----I think those are marvelous goals! And totally obtainable. Write down your goals and say them out loud every day.

Maggie Sefton said...

RitaB.....You put me to shame, girl. I have several unfinished knitting projects. But I think I can finally finish the Collapsible Cloche toddler hat for my granddaughter AnaSofia.

Anonymous---yes, the next in the Kelly Flynn mysteries #10, CAST ON, KILL OFF, will be out this June 2012. And I hope you enjoy that knitting class. :)

Anonymous said...

The fleece blankets are "no sew." I put two pieces of fleece together, cut out the corners, cut one inch wide "fringe" all the way around and then tie the fringe. It is easy and makes a nice warm blanket.

Shirley in Baltimore