Facing February

by | Feb 1, 2020 | Goals, Writing Life

The word Determination on a blue starry backgroundNew month, new word. January was about beginnings. For February, I’m determined to capitalize on the momentum I have. This month can be hard; you’re not far enough along to see huge strides forward. You’re also far enough away from the start of the year that the newness has worn off, along with a large chunk of your enthusiasm. Plus, January seemed like it was five years long.

I am the queen of “Ooh! Shiny!” so I know this is a danger moment for me. Yes, the planner has hopeful deadlines penciled in, but unless I get off my butt and do the thing, I’ll be doing a bunch of erasing. This month, I will buckle down and push through to get the draft finished a week before the end of the month. I also need to get my mailing list in order because that’s an important author thing (you can sign up here to receive news, research tidbits, history book reviews, and pictures of my adorable cats). There are miles to ride on my bike and today starts a fresh challenge on the Peloton app. Plus, I need to get back to my knitting projects, and catch up with some television. And books to read. And …

Okay, I’m exhausted already. But that’s what happens in our lives. Stuff piles up when we’re not looking. Sometimes when we are. Life happens. We keep going. The question then becomes what we prioritize to keep going. For me, it will be those words on the page and doing the other things I need to do to keep my business running. It’s the priority, but it’s also a gift because I can shape that work around the family challenges I’m facing. There’s been times when I had to stop doing what I love because there was no time between my day job and the family things we were dealing with. This time, my day job is my writing and I’m determined to make this as productive a month as I can.

What about you? What are you determined to have happen this month?

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The Accidental ViscountessSpinster and poor relation Dorothea Hindley is in London for one reason: to help launch her cousin into society, something that would be a great deal easier if Dorothea’s aunt hadn’t revived a long-standing feud with the mother of a viscount. The best Dorothea can expect for herself is a dreary marriage to a vicar. But in trying to keep her family from becoming the laughingstocks of London, Dorothea finds a surprising ally in the viscount himself.

Martin Drayton, Viscount Abernathy, can’t afford the distraction of the ancient feud his mother insists on reviving. King George III lies mad at Windsor Castle and Martin is involved in supporting the Prince of Wales’ cause in the Regency Bill. But when he enlists Dorothea’s help to cool the flames of the feud, their undeniable attraction simply adds fuel to the fire.

Marrying a viscount never entered Dorothea’s head. But a moonlit kiss could lead to a scandal neither of them can afford. Can the accidental viscountess and her unexpected husband get their families to stop feuding long enough to save both the monarchy and their marriage?

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