2013 Goals + Early Birds


Photo Credit: Kristin Nador

It’s good to return to the blogosphere! I’ve missed connecting with my readers, though I did visit a few of you during my hiatus. I noticed many of you are setting goals for the new year, some more challenging than others. 2013 promises to be a busy, and hopefully exciting, year for me.

With that in mind, here are some of my 2013 goals:

  • Blog revamp. I like the look of my blog, but I’m ready to take it up a notch. Luckily, my critique group is right there with me, and we all plan to create new websites. We will learn together.
  • Interviews & Guest Posts. As part of the revamping, I plan to interview my readers and host guest posts by people in various stages of the writing journey – newbie, experienced, published, etc. I’ll have more details later. If you think you might be interested, I’m starting an early bird interview & guest post sign up list. 
  • Writer’s Retreat. Every year, my group takes a time out from family, friends, cyberspace, etc. and focuses solely on writing. I always look forward to this bonding opportunity.
  • Join the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. I can already put a check mark by this one (I’m #292). The first Wednesday of every month IWSG creates a safe haven where writers can express their doubts and concerns, as well as offer support and guidance to each other. I have a feeling I’m going to need this group.
  • Book release Blog Tour. I’m both excited and nervous about the upcoming (06.06.13) release of Edge Of Truth. Thanks again to everyone who participated in the cover reveal. Now, I’m recruiting a team to help with the book blog tour from June 6 to June 27. If you’re interested, here’s the early bird Edge of Truth blog tour sign up form.
  • Start a Newsletter so readers can stay up to date on contest, giveaways, tours, appearances, my next book etc. If you’re interested, please fill in the early bird Newsletter sign up form.
  • Last, but not least, something my critique group calls a pleasure goal. This is something that has nothing to do with writing. I plan to master baking gooseberry pie between now and December 2013. This was one of my mama’s favorite pies. I baked one for Christmas 2012. My siblings were kind enough to eat it and not make faces. I’m determined to do better next year, and welcome any tips.

How about you? What are some of your goals for 2013?

18 comments on “2013 Goals + Early Birds

  1. carrieabutler says:

    Signed up for the tour! 🙂 Is it sad that I have no idea what gooseberry pie is?

  2. Great post! Best wishes for 2013! 🙂

    • Thanks Melissa. Congrats on your upcoming blogoversary!

      I entered your giveaway contest. The 15 page critique sounds great, and I also have some eBooks I’d like to pick up. So the $30 or $15 gift certificate would be cool, too.

  3. beeseeker says:

    Gooseberry pie? German?
    Nah – very English !
    Very tasty too – hey carrie – Google it and test yourself 🙂

    Natasha, wish you all the best with the challenges you have set for your self.

  4. Booklover says:

    Best wishes for 2013 and good luck with your goals ! 🙂

  5. A great set of goals, Natasha!
    My main goal is to sign up with a group… I’ve had two invites so I just need to act upon it…
    What on earth is gooseberry pie? A savoury or sweet pie?

    • I LOVE my critique group and despite the stories of bad experiences with them, I still recommend joining one.

      Gooseberry pie is sweet + tart. I like mine with clove-dusted whipped cream.

  6. Great goals! 🙂 Shoot, I forgot the pleasure goal, but I’m posting goals Monday so I’ll have to think of one. And NO, IT WON’T BE BAKE TASHA MORE GOODIES! lol I will, however, bring a carrot cake to the retreat!

  7. All of your goals are awesome, but I especially love that last one ;). I will admit I’ve never had gooseberry pie, but the “pleasure goal” is definitely something everyone needs to put on their goal list!

    I . . . have more than one goal that I would consider a “pleasure goal” personally, hehe. But my life sucks sometimes. (A lot lately, it seems. Not in the writing regard, but in the “OMG the family drama will never end!” regard.) I need those goals to get through it.

  8. joylene says:

    Hmm, goose berry pie… with tons of whip creme! Yummy. Hi Natasha, from IWSG #153. It’s very nice to meet you.

  9. Sounds like you have a lot of great things coming up, Natasha. Good luck with them all. 🙂

  10. Welcome back, that looks like a great list of goals! Right now I’m concentrating on getting my summer workshop application portfolios ready to go, but I’ve got a lot of other writing and revision goals for “Lucky 13” 🙂

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