Saturday, December 29, 2012

So what are my non-resolutions for 2013?

As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm not making resolutions this year the way I do every year. However, it doesn't mean that I don't have a list of them. I just call them goals.

It's going to be a very busy year for me and my hubby (including buying a house) but I'm going to be working hard to achieve these goals.

Here are some of those goals:

Finish my individual novel

Finish a couple of works with my writing partner

Write a few short stories and maybe enter some in contests

Keep studying the craft

Keep up with the blog schedule and produce interesting good content for my readers

Make scrap books of hubby's and my travels

Get to the next level of my career at day job

Keep up with my new fitness routines and work on a healthy lifestyle plan (and stick to it)

Read at least ten more books then last year (I got to almost 40 books this year)

Get even more involved in the online writing community

Continue to support and raise money for animal anti-abuse, rescue and preservation organizations

These are just some of the goals, and and I'm sure there will be more as the year rolls along.

I'm looking forward to meeting 2013 with enthusiasm and enjoying every step of the journey to reach these goals.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

2013 - The Year of Non-resolutions

For better or worse, every year I like to make my resolutions for the New Year. I approach the New Year with excitement and hope, as well as enthusiasm for the work to be done - whether on the fitness front, the writing front, professional front or anything else. But so does every else - for better or for worse.

Every year I, along with thousands of other people, make some of these resolutions and goals and don't make others. It's an old story, probably as old as time itself.

Well, this year I'm changing it up for myself. I decided that this New Year's I'm not going to make resolutions. Now, it doesn't mean that I'm not looking forward to completing old projects, working on new ones, cultivating great habits and working on general self-development. The next year (2013) is going to be a year of more hope and excitement for me than in a long time, as a matter of fact. Between hubby and I buying a new house, working on various writing projects (individually and with my writing partner), and working on some professional goals, I'm hoping for a great year! I will work hard and try to bring all my goals to fruition. I will not, however, beat myself up anymore if some of those goals are not quiet at the fruition stage by the end of the year. I will just keep working hard the year after that. And after that. Well, you get the point.

Whether you're making resolutions or not this year, I wish each and every one of you out there a great New Year. May all your dreams come true, may it be smooth sailing (even with hard work) for you to reach all your goals. As long as the journey towards those goals makes you happy.

Here's to a great New Year, 2013!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday Art & History Feature - The Women of Renaissance In Portraits

The Women of Renaissance in Portraits

Leonardo Da Vinci  - La belle Ferroniere (Musee du Louvre)   
Possibly a mistress of Franciss I of France.

Leonardo Da Vince Ginevra de' Benci (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)

Ginevra was a Florentine 15th century aristocratic woman who was admired for her intelligence by her contemporaries.

Leonardo da Vinci Lady with an Ermine (1490, Czartoryski Museum, Kraków)
This portrait depics Cecilia Gallerani, the mistress of Leonardo's employer, Ludovico Sforza,
known as "Il Moro".

Rafael, Maddalena Doni (Palazzo Pitti, Florence)

Rafael, La Donna Velata (Palatine Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, Florence)
This portrait is of Rafael's Roman mistress, Margherita Luti.

Hans Holbein, Miniature of Jane Small (c. 1540, Victoria and Albert Museum, London)
An English aristocratic woman.

Hans Holbein, Lady Elizabeth Audley

Young Elizabeth Tudor, artist unkonwn

Portrait of Catherine di Medici, French Queen, artist unkown 
Lorenzo di Credi, Portrait of  Caterina Sforza ( Museum of Forli)

Titian, Isabella d'Este (Kunsthistorisches Museum)
A great woman of the Renaissance, known for her beauty, grace and intelligence. She was a great patron of arts.

Which Renaissance woman would you like to know more about?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Winter Wonders Anthology Release and Giveaway

I'm excited to announce the official release of the anthology from Compass Press, WINTER WONDERS, which includes my short story,  AMAROK'S BITE, alongside incredible short stories covering many genres by some amazing writers. You will find romance, fantasy, dystopian worlds and much more. You will laugh, cry and fall in love.

And the best news is that all of the profits from the sales of the anthology will go directly to Literacy Inc, an organization that teaches teens the importance of reading and offers them a chance to win a free college education.

So give the gift of reading by giving the Winter Wonders anthology to the readers in your family. It is the perfect book to cuddle up with on a cold winter day.

Amazon, B&N, Kindle, Nook,
Kobo, Book Depositroy

Recommended for ages teen and up.

To celebrate the release, I am doing a giveaway. Enter for your chance to win either an eBook copy of Winter Wonders or a softcover copy of the book (I will autograph my story for that version).
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 I hope you enjoy reading the great stories of Winter Wonders. Please consider buying a copy (or more) to help promote reading and support Literacy Inc.

Happy Holidays! 
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