Wicked Wednesday: Wicked Goals for 2017

Wickeds, any big goals for the year? Any big happenings? Any “maybe this is the year” dreams?

Edith: Nope. As far as I know there are no family weddings coming up (although possibly stay tuned for news on that front…), no dream vacation scheduled, no grandbabies due. I have three books releasing this spring, and I do look forward to the year’s conferences: Malice in April, Bouchercon in October, Crime Bake in November. My only personal big happening is going under the knife for a new knee eight days from today. I think that’s enough!

Liz: My biggest happening is selling my house and moving. Although I’m staying in img_1804Connecticut for now, I’m looking forward to living in a more urban area. Mostly looking forward to NOT being a homeowner…

Barb: I have no idea what is going on this year. I have no book contract after March. I’m not co-editing the Level Best Books series anymore. There are a number of things brewing in my personal life that could lead to big changes, not all of them good. When I managed a lot of people, I generally found that planners are not good reactors, and reactors are not good planners. The people in our support organization thrived on coming into work without having an inkling of what the day would bring. The programmers hated a change made to the schedule six months down the road. I am a planner, so I keep telling myself the uncertainty is good for me. Roll with it, I tell myself. So far, myself doesn’t seem convinced.

Julie: I’m really trying to get into a yoga practice. So far I’ve started a Beachbody 21 day yoga retreat twice. Best of intentions, but it isn’t working out too well so far. Healthier is a definite goal over all. Two books to write, so that includes trying a standing desk.

Sherry: Barb, I love your planner/reactor thought. I’m a reactor. That said, I’m looking forward to A Good Day To Buy coming out in April, a couple of visits to Boston with the Wickeds, Malice, and Bouchercon in Toronto — I’ve only been to Canada once and that was in 5th grade. And I’m going to write a Hallmark movie and sell it — right?! If I say it enough times maybe it will happen.

Jessie: Like Barb, I’m a planner. At the beginning of every year I sit down and write out a few goals. This year mine include at least one international trip, mastering the art of dictating my writing and taking on a more active role in a volunteer organization. I also have two books set to release in the fall.

Readers, same questions for you. Any big goals for the year? Any big happenings?Any “maybe this is the year” dreams?

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About J.A. Hennrikus/Julianne Holmes

J.A. (Julie) Hennrikus writes the Clock Shop Mystery Series under the name Julianne Holmes. JUST KILLING TIME, the first in the series, was published in Oct 2015 and was nominated for a BEST FIRST NOVEL Agatha award. CLOCK AND DAGGER was released in August 2016. CHIME AND PUNISHMENT will be released in August 2017. Julie's Theater Cop series will debut in the fall of 2017. A CHRISTMAS PERIL is the first in this series about an ex-cop who runs a theater company. wears two hats. Her short stories have been published by Level Best Books: “Tag, You’re Dead” in THIN ICE, “Her Wish” in DEAD CALM, and “The Pendulum Swings, Until It Doesn’t” in BLOOD MOON. Julie is an arts administrator and arts advocate. She tweets her writing life as @JHAuthors, and her other life as @JulieHennrikus. She is an avid theater goer and a member of Red Sox nation. Her website is jahennrikus.com, and she blogs with WickedCozyAuthors.com and KillerCharacters.com.

51 thoughts on “Wicked Wednesday: Wicked Goals for 2017

  1. Sherry, in the alternate fact universe not only will you write and sell a Hallmark movie, it will be their all-time highest rated one!

  2. I’ve always wanted to attend Crime Bake. I’ve added that to my vision board along with Hallmark movie. Why not? Two books to produce this year, about 1/3 through book #6 and plotting book #7 in the Witch City books. Don’t know of any weddings or babies this year, but it could happen. Bouchercon 2018 will be in St. Pete Beach so I hope to see the Wickeds here then!

  3. I made my Big Change last year when I bought my Irish cottage, after fantasizing about it for years. This year I have not one but two new publishers, though with the second I won’t see a book until 2018. Time to slow down a bit and focus on writing–although I’ll be at Malice, Bouchercon and Crime Bake. That’s about the writing too, isn’t it?

  4. I’m sitting on my couch with my remote waiting for Sherry’s Hallmark movie to air. Can someone bring me some popcorn, please? 😀

  5. My biggest goal is putting together a 2-week writers retreat this summer. Also, being a vocal advocate for the arts. Writing every morning with my sprint peeps. Developing a test group for my online classes. And, trying one new recipe a week. That’s it.

  6. Fun to hear these updates from all of you. Wishing each of you well! Sherry — I watched a Hallmark movie for the first time (at least that I remember) the other night and immediately tweeted about it. It reminded me of reading a light, relaxing book. Writing one sounds really fun. Submitting requires an agent. Good thing I started querying agents yesterday for a new project!

  7. I’m going to my first Malice Domestic this spring for the anthology signing. I’d love to go to Bouchercon in the fall, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen. Sent out a couple more short stories for anthologies and will continue to do that. Along with Malice, there’s the launch of the Guppy anthology.

    Biggest thing, I need to make a move with my Laurel Highlands series. This year. Probably by the end of summer. We’ll see.

    And I might have another idea. Maybe. Possibly. Again, we’ll see.

  8. 2017 is a year of big change for me. One of the biggest changes is that the book I’m writing now is the first one I’m writing for a contract. Oh, boy! There are other things I want to do but I need to focus on this book. I’m going to a mini-conference here in CT in April but I don’t have any plans to attend other conferences this year. Love the idea of a vision board. I should do one.

  9. Last week, but boss was let go as part of a management restructuring, and I got a promotion (not to his job. Unrelated.)

    I’m a planner, not a reactor. That’s enough change for me this year. 🙂

  10. In the “maybe” dreams category, maybe this year I’ll finally finish that mystery novel I’ve been trying to write for the last 3 years. Otherwise, no special goals, unless you consider finding an affordable, reliable used car a special goal.

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