If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book next year, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

Our March author interviews: Karen Pullen (3/1), Lowcountry Crime authors: Tina Whittle, Polly Iyer, Jonathan M. Bryant, and James M. Jackson (3/8), Annette Dashofy (3/15), Edith Maxwell (3/22) and Barb Ross (3/29).

Saturday Guest Bloggers in March: Maris Soule (3/4), and Virginia Mackey (3/11). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 3/18--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 3/25--Kait Carson.

Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows. Big news for a new year. Congratulations, Julie.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for pre-order.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS


It’s that time of the year when we make our resolutions for the coming year. Things that will make our life better in some way. Actually, by the time this is up most of you, who are making your annual resolutions, have already made them.  I’ve never been very good at keeping New Year’s resolutions. In fact, I can’t remember when I actually made any. So in order to write about it, I visited my old friend Google.

Instead of writing new resolutions, Mark Zuckerberg is crowdsourcing for New Year’s resolutions on Facebook for new ideas about what “personal challenge” he should take. In the past, he vowed to do things like write a thank you note to someone who made the world better each day and to learn to speak Mandarin, which he did. I don’t know what he’ll choose this year.

According to USA gov. the most popular resolutions are: 1. Lose weight. (One I used to make.) 2. Volunteer to help others. (I do that with Mobile Meals.) 3. Quit smoking. (Doesn’t apply to me. Never smoked.) 4. Get a better education. (Mine is good enough.) 5. Get a better job. (Better than being retired and a writer? I think not.) 6. Save money. (I could work on that.) 7. Get fit. (I walk every morning.) 8. Eat healthy food. (I try and most of the time I do.) 9. Manage stress. (I pretty much do with a few mild cuss words occasionally.) 10. Manage debt. (Not too bad at it, although I could do better, but only if I gave up some things I enjoy.) 11. Take a trip. (I do several every year.) 12. Reduce, reuse and recycle. (Oh boy, am I good at that. I’ve been recycling for over 40 years and my kids think I’m a pack rat for what I save because I know it will come in handy someday. And it usually does.) 13. Drink less alcohol. (Give up my half glass of wine once a month at my evening book club?)

From the STATISTIC BRAIN, the New Year’s resolution statistics for the top 10 resolutions for 2014 were in order. #1 - Lose weight. #2 – Getting organized. #3 - Spend less, save more. #4 - Enjoy life to the fullest. #5 - Stay fit and healthy. #6 - Learn something exciting. #7 - Quit smoking. #8 - Help others in their dreams. #9 - Fall in love. #10 - Spend more time with family. 

I think about getting organized and sometimes I even try. Lose weight? Yeah, but it requires work. Same with staying fit. Learn something exciting? How exciting? Are they thinking of something like sky diving? Handling poisonous snakes? No thank you. Enjoy life to the fullest. I think I do, but of course what is to the fullest for me may not be what others would think it is. Help others in their dreams. Kind of a vague concept, isn’t it? Doesn’t it depend on what others dreams are? Fall in love? Not interested.

Another New Year’s Resolution Statistic from the STATISTIC BRAIN lists percentages. Only 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, 17% of Americans infrequently make resolutions, and 38% of Americans absolutely never make them. Only 8% of Americans are successful in achieving their resolution, although 49% do have infrequent success. 24% never succeed on their resolutions
The type of resolution matters, too. Those who make self-improvement or education related resolutions have a 47% chance of meeting their goal. Weight related resolution only have a 38% chance of meeting their goal. Money related resolutions drop to 34% and relationship related resolutions only a 31% chance of meeting their goal.

Age plays into it. People in their twenties have a 39% chance of meeting their goal and for anyone over thirty their success rate drops to 14%.

The length of the success with resolutions: 75% succeed the first week. Only 7l% last past two weeks. It drops to 64% past one month and only 46% make it past six months.

Christopher Hale, a senior fellow at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and co-founder of Millennial, had some ideas of what Pope Francis would suggest – not for losing pounds, but what will help our world.

1.      Have a big heart open to God and open to others.
2.      Find joy and share it with others.
3.      Become poor for the poor.

Christopher Hale wrote more under each of those possible resolutions.  To read more on Pope Francis’s thoughts and words that made Hale think those would be resolutions he would suggest, Google New Year’s Resolutions under TIME Ideas to read it in detail. I like them.




Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? What are they if you do?

10 comments:

James Montgomery Jackson said...

I have objectives for the year, but I also have resolutions about two health items, exercise and weight. I wrote a blog about those two goals for last year (with charts and graphs).

If anyone is interested it’s here.

Gloria Alden said...

Jim, those two resolutions don't come just at New Years for me. I think about it often and work at it - sort of. I try to skip all unhealthy foods and most of the time I do, but there are times when I cave to something that tastes so good and quite decadent. I know I should do more exercise than my daily walks, too. And I'm going to. I really am. Tomorrow I'll start.

Warren Bull said...

I made a resolution years ago not to make any more resolutions. I'm still keeping it!

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I love your resolution. It's much what I did, too, although I didn't actually make the resolution.

Shari Randall said...

Your post puts a lot of things into perspective, Gloria. It's strange that Lose Weight tops Enjoy Life to the Fullest on the list of resolutions. I read that Brooke Shields was asked about her diet and she said she doesn't deny herself desserts; she just has half and shares the rest. I think that's a good approach!
I'm adopting Warren's resolution - no resolutions! That one I can keep.

Kara Cerise said...

Usually I make a fun and easily achievable New Year's Resolution, but I didn't this year. I heard that Mark Zuckerberg's challenge in 2015 is to read a new book every other week. He created a Facebook page called "A Year of Books" so others can follow along.

Gloria Alden said...


Shari, I think the lose weight tops the list because most of us feel guilty about how much we ate over the holidays. I lost the most weight when I started backpacking, but sadly those days are over now.

Kara, I heard that about Mark Zuckerberg's challenge, too. I read it after I wrote the blog. Of course, I don't need any encouragement to read. It's one of my favorite things to do.

KM Rockwood said...

Mark Zuckerberg's New Year's project is to read a new book at least every other week, and discuss it on his Facebook page. He's calling it the Year of Books.

Sounds like a great resolution to me!

Gloria Alden said...

KM, it does to me,too, for those who don't read many books, it's a great resolution. I read at least 5 to 7 books a month so I'm more than meeting his goal.

E. B. Davis said...

Sorry for being late to comment, Gloria. I've been lost in a story!

I don't make resolutions, but I know what my writing goals are--perhaps it is a matter of semantics, maybe it's saying them aloud or writing them down--I won't do any of that. I've seen too many people go to the gym in January, when they crowd in, only to find less crowds by April. The fact is, they help keep down the cost for the rest of the regulars. So thanks, resolutioners.

No more resolutions, make life changes that stem from who you are! It's easier when you're doing something that is already an essence of your soul.