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New Year’s Day = Resolutions!

It is January the first and of course that means that it is time to make a load of resolutions in the hope that we will at least keep one or two. This year however I am doing things a little differently and breaking the year down into three month blocks, basically quarters.

The last few months of last year I switched from using my yearly planning ststem to using a three month Legend planner, this is the one I am using though I am sure others are available…

The link for this one is here. I did begin to find that slowly I was becoming more productive in the last few months so I am going to try this method again this year. So rather than a year of resolutions in one go you will get five at a time, some will continue through the year with smaller milestones.

Resolution One – Write every day!

This seems self explanatory, but previously I have set myself targets and then knowing that I cant hit it I have got disheartened, so this time around the target is only 500 words per day. I really do want to write a lot more than that each day, and to get everything out I want to this year I will need to average out 1500 to 2000 a day but by allowing myself those day where 500 words counts I won’t feel like a failure if I don’t manage more on a busy day.

Resolution Two – Publish Rosie

This book is a third written, it is planned, outlined and complete in my head I just need to get the words on paper and get it out. I have an anthology out next month that needs to be finished in the next week, then it is all systems blazing for this project. I am hoping this book will be out in time to take print copies to Telford in March and the exciting this is this will be my first full length romance.

Resolution Three – Publish Role Of The Dice

Like Rosie this book is planned, outlined and a third written, it even has chapters laid out for the rest of the book it just needs me to focus and get it done. While I would love to get this out for Telford I doubt I will get to a point where I have print copies available for both books. My only hope would be possibly to create a book plate so anyone who wants to buy it from Amazon when it comes out, the ones that can’t get to see my later in the year, can add it. The thing to remember is that you can always order print copies of my books, signed and personalised from Raven’s Rest Press which is the name I have given my print imprint.

Resolution Four – Keep up to date with all scheduled posts.

I pay for a service that allows me to schedule posts to FB, Twitter, Instagram etc and when I first got it I was really good at making sure I arranged for a few posts per day so that even on busy days I had a presence. Then after a while, I became disheartened with my writing, as a result I only posted sporadically. This year I am determined to keep on track. Just 30 minutes each day will enable me to keep up with it all and allow me to share more with my readers.

Resolution Five – Lose Weight

Instead of setting a goal for the year I am aiming to divide it up into more manageable sections. So first this first quarter I am aiming to lose 24lbs, this should be easier as you do tend to lose weight quite quickly at the start. I wasn’t sure if I should share my starting weight but I guess it will make me more accountable to myself if no one else. So my starting weight is 283lbs. I will check in on the first of each month as far as my resolutions go and let you know how it is going.

Getting started…

Now, you know my plans for the next three months I would also like to assure you that you will be seeing me more here more as well and I will be posting at least twice a week plus getting the podcast running again. 2022, watch this space.

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Merry Christmas!

This year has been rather disappointing for me in many ways but mostly I feel I have let myself and my readers down with my lack of productivity. The good news is that a switch in my head seems to have flipped and the ideas are flowing again.

I am not going to say too much in this post about my plans for next year but I will simply wish you all a wonderful holiday however you celebrate it. For those on their own please reach out, there are thousands of others out there in the same position and and even if you can’t be physically with someone we live in an age where technology brings us together.

I have thought about that a lot the last few month, if the pandemic had happened when I was a child it would have been so much worse, no internet, mobile phones, in fact many people, my family included still used the phone box at the end of the street. Today we can, call, email, message, text and FaceTime, so many ways we can reach out and keep in touch with others if we make the effort.

It is also a time where if you have an elderly neighbour, or someone who you know lives alone, you can make a real difference. You might not want to invite them round for dinner but when you have all those leftovers you can think about whether they might welcome a plate for their dinner the next day, or that spare slice of cheesecake might just be a treat they would not have bought themselves.

Christmas is for giving but that doesn’t have to mean expensive gifts, some times a kind word is enough to make a change to someone’s day, and making memories is the most precious thing you can do with those nearest and dearest to you.

So I have rambled enough, I will simply wish you all a merry Christmas and will be here next week to talk about the future.

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31 Overlook Hotel, Interlude & Chapter 5

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-r6f6b-10fef51

This is Interlude and chapter 5 of 31 Overlook Hotel on the Coffee & Dark Reads podcast, you can find the book at //mybook.to/31OverlookHotel and all my social media links at //bio.link/paulaacton

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31 Overlook Hotel, Interlude & Chapter 4

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This is Interlude and chapter 4 of 31 Overlook Hotel on the Coffee & Dark Reads podcast, you can find the book at http://mybook.to/31OverlookHotel and all my social media links at https://bio.link/paulaacton

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31 Overlook Hotel, Interlude & Chapter 3

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We move on to chapter three of 31 Overlook Hotel, as I stated before the book is free on amazon here http://mybook.to/31OverlookHotel and all my social media links at https://bio.link/paulaacton

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WIP Wednesday – Cover Reveal!

★.•°`☆ COVER REVEAL ☆`°•.★

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Meant to Be Mine: A Books on The Beach Charity Romance Anthology

All proceeds will be donated to Cancer Research UK
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Release Date: 22nd September 2021

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Synopsis

Sometimes you have to take a wrong turn to find out where you need to be.

So many people and places enter our lives that sometimes, you forget which path you belong on. When fate leads you down an unknown road, what would you do to get back to the one person that you belong with?

Would you risk it all to get back to them or would you continue down the path you are on and hope that fate will guide you home?

Come and join these fantastic authors with a mix of genres as they travel the path of fate and destiny.

These stories will show you that what’s meant to be will always find its way. 

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Walking A Million Steps

Normally, I walk between 8k to 10k steps per day, on a lazy Sunday I might only do 4k, so I thought to myself this won’t be that hard I just have to make sure my Sunday laziness is kicked into touch and I make an effort to walk further. If I had done the maths first I might not have signed up!

Starting on 1st July you have three months to walk one million steps, I am what should be a third through and as you can see I am a little behind on where I should be.

The good news is that it is not impossible for me to still hit the target, I have had the calculator out today and I need to so 11,666 steps per day, it means walking a little further than I normally would and no lazy Sundays. Luckily an excursion yesterday helped add a few steps to reduce that number, and any day that I can do more than the allotted quota will allow to make things easier.

I explain my reason for doing this over on my page and I don’t usually ask favours like this but if you can spare a pound or two to donate and help me reach my financial target would be greatly appreciated. You can follow my journey here Support Paula in the One Million Step Challenge (diabetes.org.uk) I will give you another update here on the blog in a couple of weeks but wish me luck, and hope for nice weather, I spend more time out doing things with the horses then and get more steps.

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Lazy Sunday

It’s Sunday morning and I am trying to get moving. I managed to get as far as getting dressed but I know I have so many things to do, so why is it I am struggling to move?

I think in part it is knowing I have loads of washing to catch up on. The rain of last week had been replaced by glorious sunshine so I need to take advantage while I can.

What I really want to do is curl up and finish the third book in the series I am reading…

The thing is for the first time in ages I am torn, I want to read the story so badly but I don’t want to reach the end either. Good stories do that, they tear you apart, make your heart race, and draw every emotion from your soul.

I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about the difference between writing what you love and what sells. Whether it is possible to do both if your genre is not a popular one or if you can adapt and modify your ideas?

What was my conclusion? Well, you will have to wait and see but it will be fun…