It’s December 31, 2019. A brand-new year dawns in just a few short hours. It’s the time of year when we reflect on the past 365 days and plan for the next 366 (leap year) days. This year we not only leave a year behind but also a decade. It’s the Roaring Twenties again!
It doesn’t seem so long ago that I was planning a night out, wearing my new red leather coat, black boots, black pants, all while Prince was blasting on the radio “Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1999.” That was just 20 years ago. Those were the days. Young, carefree, no mortgage. My how times have changed.
My plans for New Year’s Eve are far different from that night. I took today off as my last PTO day of the year. I’ve done 4 loads of laundry, let the dog out and in at least twenty times, watched some college bowl games. My fancy dinner consists of shrimp, rice, and a salad. That’s from a shrimp ring, Uncle Ben’s microwavable rice, and bagged salad. My evening plans involve finishing up my latest WIP (work in progress) and putting together a puzzle. I’m quite the party animal!
My writing career has gone pleasantly well for 2019. To date, I have sold 773 copies of my books. Nowhere near enough to put me on the NY Times bestsellers list, but still enough to make me quite happy. I was able to buy an Amish made dining room table and two of the six chairs were paid for by my book sales. Not too shabby for a no-name indie writer.
Onto my 2020 goals! I am hoping to be able to pay for the other four chairs. Other than that, I am going to attempt a newsletter. It may end up being a flop with my mom as my only subscriber, but I’ll never know until I try! I am also going to try to start a local writer’s support group, so we can bounce ideas off one another. Again, my mom may be the only other person in attendance, but at least I tried!
On the fun side, I follow many authors on social media and many who are best sellers and well established. I giggle at the prospect of me ever posting a “weekend jaunt” to Milan or eating at a fancy $200 per plate restaurant or sipping a glass of wine from a $1000 bottle. I’m in the majority of the struggling writers who have a day job, who budget, who uses coupons, who puts that awesome sweater back because I don’t really “need” it. It made me think, why not show how I really live? So my Instagram for 2020 will be dedicated to how an indie writer moves through life on a day to day basis. Follow me Linda Kaye-Writer to join the fun.
My most exciting event for 2020 is gaining a kind, smart, beautiful, and wonderful daughter-in-law in October! I can only pray that I will be a good mother in law to her. I’m beyond proud of my son, and so happy for this couple. May the year bring lots of joy and love for everybody!