Sunday, January 01, 2012


Where I work

It isn't really a 'resolution' but it's a number one must on my list of things to do for this new year.  That is: to finished the editing on Shadow of the Lion, get it reviewed by a pro. editor, and then start marketing it in earnest.  My plan is to try traditional publishers first, and if that fails, I'll consider self-publishing later.  So starting today, January 2, 2012, I'll resume editing in order to hand over the manuscript by the end of the month. 

I did get some of my writing published in book form this year:  "Sudden Thunder", a poetry anthology has 3 of my poems. 

 And "Foreign Flavours" published by Writers Abroad has a story by me about my favorite Greek dish and its origins. ("Arni Kelftiko" Bandit's Lamb)

My 'resolutions' do include writing projects as I have several travel articles to catch up with and deadlines approaching.  But another important thing, (and this is a resolution), to read through the stack of to-be-read books I've accumulated over the past years.  (I got two new books for Christmas to add to the lot).  I already got a start on this over Christmas but resolve to make it a daily routine now to read a bit since I am not devoured by research and history texts at the moment.

Me, in front of Virginia Woolf's (and once George Bernard Shaw's) house in London

Another 'resolution' is to see more movies. (I've missed so many good ones as I hesitate to go on my own).  After watching "My Week with Marilyn" recently I realize how much I do love good movies and really must make an effort to get to more. (I don't watch a lot of TV but as I'm going to get a new DVD player, I can also catch up on some of the movies I have hoarded at home.)

I ended 2010 by finishing Shadow of the Lion . I ended 2011 by working on the final edits.  I hope to end 2012 with a publishing contract.  And by the end of 2012 I hope to have finished writing and editing Dragons in the Sky: A Celtic Tale

Of course, I love to plan travels too but this year the promotion of the novel is #1 on my list of  'to-do's' so it will depend on what expenditures this entails as to whether I can make any long trips (i.e. to my beloved Greece with a stop at Amsterdam).  If not, I'll be satisfied with some shorter, more affordable  journeys.

I'm looking forward to this new year.  Most of all, to the publication of my book!

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