Looking Forward…

2012 is right around the corner, and I for one am excited. I know there may be a few out there who are truly worried about this being the last year any of us have… but I’m not worried. In fact, I think 2012 is going to be a great year.

I have a few resolutions this year, and I may as well put them out for the world to see so I can be accountable for them, yes?

1) I want to read one poem every single day.

2) I want to diversify my reading – have at least 1/3 of the books I read be something OTHER than YA—I’ve pigeonholed myself most of the year, but I’m ready to read some other things!

3) I want to finish a full manuscript BY JUNE. And try to finish a second by December.

4) I want to be down to 150 pounds by the end of 2012. I should probably make that something more like 120, but I want to be reasonable, and I don’t want to scare myself out of it. To be clear, that’s about 45 pounds I want to lose.

Oh, and I’ve taken on Tristi Pinkston’s January Challenge – I’m challenging myself to write at least 1K every day in January. Maybe I’ll keep that up through the year?

And that’s the gist of it! Those are the things I’m trying to accomplish in the coming year. How about you?


Tales From the Hollow Tree Giveaway Hop!

There’s a fine line between enchantment and desolation.

Woohoo! My turn on the Tales From the Hollow Tree Giveaway Hop. It seems like a long time coming to me, but the first collection of Hollow Tree Tales is now available on Kindle, Nook, and special edition .pdf. This collection has eight stories previously published on the site, and two (one from both Isabelle and I) that are exclusive to this collection.

Here’s a sneak peek at my exclusive story:

When I saw the ship, it was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. A large, wooden vessel with a savagely beautiful mermaid carved into the bow, and a glimmer of gold, making the very wood gleam. The sails wafted lazily in the breeze, and a dozen boys’ voices broke off as they spotted me.

Any guesses what it’s about?

And I’m going to give away a copy of our .pdf right here! All you have to do is leave a comment and let me know what your favorite mythical creature is. It can be anything from a sprite to a manticore. 🙂

And! We’re having a special giveaway on Friday, if you go to all the posts in the hop and collect keywords from each giveaway post.

My keyword is:


Head back to the Hollow Tree blog on Friday to enter in that word for a chance to win some special Hollow Tree swag!

And in the meanwhile, add us on Goodreads! You never know, it might get you an extra entry. 😉

Tomorrow’s post will be over at Isabelle’s blog!