This year I challenged myself to read fiction for a minimum of twenty minutes every weekday. (#20for2020) I’m LOVING this! I’m trying different authors, different genres, and best of all, I’m enjoying the stories. A few weeks ago I read a historical romance novel set during the French Revolution, and I’m currently reading a contemporary romance.
I’m big on setting goals. By listing them and breaking them down into manageable chunks, I accomplish more than I think possible. My process is to set monthly goals, then at the beginning of each week, I create daily goals that will work within my current schedule.
Each month I share how I did the previous month as well as my new goals. Let’s get to it!
As I’m writing this, it’s January 20, 2020. Yep, it’s a solid nine days before the post will publish. This means more books will have been read when the post goes live.
I’m okay with that.
Do you ever feel uncomfortable as you stare at the cursor on the screen or the blank line in your notebook? I do ALL the time!
Here’s the thing. I love writing. But before each writing session, I struggle with discomfort.
In December we had several unseasonably warm days, and I took advantage of them by walking at a local park. I even took a long walk on a seasonably cold day–it was 19 degrees out! Every time I was out, I breathed in the cool air and noticed the bare branches. My mind kept circling around something I didn’t want to deal with, but finally, I admitted it. I’d been neglecting my inner care.
I’m big on setting goals. By listing them and breaking them down into manageable chunks, I accomplish more than I could imagine. My process is to set monthly goals, then at the beginning of each week, I create daily goals that will work within my current schedule.
Christmas is almost here–yay! I’m enjoying the season. It’s been flying by! A few years ago I pared down my Christmas prep and festivities, and it’s been good for me. So far this December I’ve watched a few Christmas movies, read a few holiday novels, baked some cookies, wrapped some presents, and stared at twinkle lights.
I’ve been reflecting on 2019 and looking forward to 2020. I’m making a “20 for 2020” list of things I want to do. In the meantime, check out my fun stuff of 2019 video below!
I’m taking a blog break until January 8. I plan on continuing our monthly goals. Mine are never glamorous, often repetitive, but that’s what progress is–consistent steps. Thanks for keeping me accountable.
Have a very merry Christmas! What “fun stuff” from 2019 makes you smile?
See you in 2020!
Every December I try to look back and remember what I’ve accomplished. Usually, it involves some head-scratching. Sometimes I give up because I don’t feel like going through my planner to figure out what I did. But this year, it was pretty easy.
I have yet to meet a writer who is 100% satisfied with what they’ve accomplished for the year. I’ll admit, I’m hard on myself, too. I always overestimate how much time I have and underestimate how long things actually take me. By things I mean writing, revising, and promo. Definitely promo!
When I reviewed 2019, I was pleasantly surprised.
Jill Kemerer’s 2019 Year in Review
- Her Cowboy Till Christmas
- The Cowboy’s Secret
- The Cowboy’s Christmas Triplets
- A Meddled Match
- His Wyoming Baby Blessing
- Western Christmas Wishes (w/Brenda Minton)
- Her Cowboy Till Christmas
- Book one in an untitled series
- Book two in an untitled series
- Book three in an untitled series
- The Cowboy’s Christmas Triplets
- January: Exquisite Planning
- April: Exquisite Planning
- June: Secrets of Writing for Harlequin
- November: Creativity Workshop
- President of Maumee Valley Romance Authors, Inc.
- First romance story published in Woman’s World Magazine
- Wrote the proposal for book one in untitled series
I’m gearing up to plan 2020. I bought a new planner (!!), and I have a date planned with two close writer friends to discuss and set our goals for next year. I can’t wait!
The year-in-review exercise? I highly recommend looking back at what you accomplished. It’s easy to forget all the things we did!
Do you review your accomplishments for the year? Care to share them? Leave a comment!
And bless you during these final days leading up to Christmas!
Welcome to the 8th day of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! Eleven Christian authors teamed up to show our appreciation to you, our readers, by hosting a massive giveaway.
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HER COWBOY TILL CHRISTMAS by Jill Kemerer
The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron
Recovered Secrets by Jessica R. Patch
A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson
The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah E. Ladd
Her Last Chance Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe
The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay
You Belong with Me by Tari Faris
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The first book in my new series (Wyoming Sweethearts) is in stores NOW! Her Cowboy Till Christmas is my 10th Love Inspired novel!
Not sure if it’s for you? Here are what some readers are saying:
“Three cheers for disgruntled cowboys everywhere — especially the way Jill Kemerer writes them! Embittered and cantankerous. Prone to wallowing in the pain of the past. And none to happy about his former sweetheart showing up on his doorstep without any warning. What a gnarly reunion! But for all his grumpiness, Mason is a sweetheart. He’s a doting dad and a kind neighbour and a devoted friend. A man who can be counted on…” ~ Amazon Reviewer
“As with Kemerer’s other Love Inspired books, this story contains a sweet romance. Mason and Brittany are characters that the reader wants to cheer on to their happily-ever-after. They have both wrestled with hurt and failure. Will this time be any different? The secondary characters of Ryder, Noah, and Nan in this book are wonderful additions to the story. Kemerer creates a setting that draws the reader in and makes you want to be a part! I definitely recommend this book for reader who enjoy a heart-warming romance set around the holidays!” ~ Amazon Reviewer
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Have a delightful day!!
I haven’t counted down the days until Christmas yet (and I don’t want to!), but I know they’re dwindling. Am I ready for the holidays? Of course not!
We had a really nice Thanksgiving. Delicious food. Good times with family. Even some Black Friday shopping. Not bad! But the party is over, and I want to finish this month, year, AND decade strong. Let’s look at how I did with last month’s goals, and then I’ll share my December goals!
Jill’s November 2019 Goals: How Did I Do?
- Revise/polish proposal and send to agent. NO CHECK. Not even close!
- Promote Her Cowboy Till Christmas, releasing November 19! CHECK. YES! YAY!
- Content edit the draft I wrote in October. Check!
- Exercise 5 days/week. Check! I’ve found that creating a simple graph to X off each day helps a lot.
- Log calories using MyFitnessPal. Check! For whatever reason, tracking my food works.
- Eat more produce! Check!
- Make a Christmas list. NO CHECK.
- Start buying presents. NO Check. This stresses me out!
- Read one novel. Check! YES!
- Check out the newly remodeled Main Library in downtown Toledo. Check! Loved it!!
Jill’s December 2019 Goals:
- Polish the third book in the Wyoming Sweethearts series and send it to my editor.
- Revise/polish proposal and send to agent.
- Exercise 5 days/week.
- Log calories using MyFitnessPal.
- Attempt to implement homemade chia pudding as a snack.
- Christmas shopping!!
- Check out Christmas lights somewhere. The Toledo Zoo has an amazing display, but the crowds and traffic make me iffy!
- Watch Hallmark Christmas movies and read the Christmas novels I bought!
Looking ahead to 2020…
Two of my local writer friends and I are getting together soon to discuss our goals for the next year. I’m excited about this. By setting several hours aside and meeting at a casual restaurant, we’re making goal-planning a priority. All too often, I’m guilty of putting off formal planning until the last minute. When I devote a chunk of time to plan in advance, I get more done throughout the year.
Also, it’s great to discuss my goals with I trust. They’ll tell me if I’m being ridiculously overambitious or not ambitious enough. And they often have ideas I never considered. It’s a win all around.
Next week’s blog will be early–Sunday, December 8, because I’m part of a HUGE Christmas giveaway! You don’t want to miss it!