New Year's Resolutions - The Romance Zone
What Would (Your Favorite Romance Author) Do?
Happy New Year, readers! It's 2013! Let's rock it!
So. It's that time. Now that we've turned the calendar, time to turn over a new leaf. Polish ourselves up to our brightest glow. Become the "You" that no one else can.
You know the drill—put away those Christmas cookies, dust off that piece of exercise equipment you’ve been using as a rack to dry your pantyhose,
stop being so negative think positive, finish that knitting/quilting/photo album project you’ve been putting off, blah, blah, blah.
Anyone else wanna go read a great romance and forget the whole thing? Yes, I see you waving your hand at me. Hey, you could take a little stay-cation with one of my red hot romances. Just sayin’.
But, ahem, back to our self-improvement. I decided to turn to the most creative people I know to get a little help with this whole resolution thing. And have some fun. So hang onto your sticky notes, girlfriend, we’re going on a Resolution Tour.
I used to write My New Year’s Resolutions with grim determination. I would become perfect in (you pick the year) and everyone else could eat my dust. Yeah, hasn’t happened yet. But one thing I truly regret about 2012? Not taking time for my other creative passions, besides writing romance. I love to sketch, quilt, create photo albums. Focus, Cathryn—pick one. Hmm, I have boxes of beautiful fabrics and patterns, yet I took no time this last year to create a quilted object of any kind. In 2013, I will quilt. Who knows what I’ll create?
But where am I going to find the time? I turned to author and time management guru Cassiel Knight for help. Besides writing romantic adventures like Blood on the Moon, she also teaches classes on “How does a busy woman find and take the time? Project management concepts can help you manage your personal time, your writing and your career. It can provide structure – a road map, and help with goal setting – building your road map.” Thanks, Cassiel. I’ll try it.
Jessa Slade writes dark and sexy paranormal romance. The 2nd book in her Steel Born series, A Little Night Muse, has dark fey secretly returning to the human realm. Jessa admits she has a different management problem. She says, “I need to GET ORGANIZED. (I think of it in all caps, in the hopes that caps will motivate me.) Admittedly, GET ORGANIZED is a perennial resolution for me, but still. With help from my friends perhaps this year I will finally conquer the beast that is my office/desk/closet/other closet/hard drive/etc.”
Unfortunately, Jessa asked author Maggie Jaimeson for help. Maggie writes full-time. She’s living the writer’s dream … except like many creative people, she has trouble with clutter. When asked how to keep a writer’s home office neat? She laughed! Guess that’s a no, Jessa.
Maggie does have some hard-won wisdom on keeping her schedule organized in 2013. She says “I forget even what day it is. Let’s not even talk about what time it is. Thank the technology gods, or I’d be perpetually late or absent. I put EVERY event, deadline, schedule, blog tour, trip, meeting, phone call, birthday… etc. on a Google calendar that is linked to my smart phone. I do it immediately when I commit to whatever the date/time/deadline is.” Hmm, maybe that’s why she writes so eloquently about time in her latest sci fi romantic suspense/adventure, Eternity.
Linda Mercury, debut author of Dracula’s Secret, a hot paranormal, says she’s loving her newly imagined world of vampires, but she asked for advice on living the writing life here in the real world.
Action-adventure romance author Paty Jager has great advice for anyone who has resolved to try writing. Paty says “Once the bug to be published bit me, I took writing classes … and connected with Romance Writers of America. The hardest part about being a writer is believing in yourself. Surround yourself with people who encourage you, hold you accountable for the best you can do, and believe in you.” This multi-published author has clearly made this advice work for her.
Romantic comedy author Jamie Brazil can handle the writing life. She just wants to shrink her closet. She loves to sew clothing, and never wants to part with her creations, so she needs help!
Su Lute writes paranormal romance with dragon shifters, including Dragon’s Thief. Since I happen to know this author has no paranormal powers, can she help author Jamie with her resolution? Hmm, turns out this may be another mismatch. Su says “Recently my husband and I welcomed our daughter and her family home. We’ve resorted to boxes under the bed, stacked…you know the drill. But the truth is, it’s not about the clothes, how many we have or where they’re stored – neatly of course. It’s all about the jewelry. My sister makes beautiful (costume) pieces, and I have a lot.” Su says her grandchildren love to play in it. Sorry Jamie, no help here, just lots of fun.
Jenna Bayley-Burke, a busy mother and romance author, is dealing with an issue many of us do. She wants to eat healthier in 2013. I had some advice for Jenna, and no, it is not a diet!
Geneen Roth has been speaking about food, body image and all that implies, for many years. The header of her website has this quote. ‘We don’t want to eat hot fudge sundaes as much as we want our lives to be hot fudge sundaes.’ What this says to me is that I am a sensual being, and so are you. We require lots of sensory gratification. You know, things like soft, silky, warm, cool, crisp, icy, peppery, beautiful, comforting, enveloping, relaxing, energizing … the trouble is, I too often try to find all of these in food. When I remember to engage fully with my world and all its pleasures, I don’t need so much hot fudge.
So in 2013 my advice for us all is to dive head first into a great romance, while wearing silk, sitting in a warm, well-organized place with a cool drink, surrounded by beauty. LOL. But truly, in 2013 I wish for you to find pleasure with as many senses as you can … especially your heart.
Happy New Year, romance reader!
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Columnist: Cathryn Cade writes red hot romance for Samhain Publishing. Her erotic paranormal romances will take you from Hawaii to galaxies far away, with heroes who are more than men, and heroines who are woman enough for any adventure. She loves to hear from readers, and can be found on Facebook, Twitter and email. Stop by her website at http://www.cathryncade.com for these links, and to see her complete book list, read excerpts and fabulous reviews, and sign up for her newsletter.