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2019, I Resolve…

New Years–a time for rest, rejuvenation and repair. A time to assess life. Do we settle into our routine, enjoy where it’s headed, or is it time to grab our purse, our iPhone, our car keys, and get out of there?

As a teacher-author, New Year’s Resolutions are more of a To Do list. I break it down into Fiction Writing, Blogs, and Coaching/Mentoring:

Fiction Writing

Five tribes. One leader. A treacherous journey across three continents in search of a new home.

The story is set 850,000 years ago, a time in prehistory when man populated most of Eurasia. He was a violent species, fully capable of addressing the many hardships that threatened his survival except for one: future man, a smarter version of himself, one destined to obliterate those who came before.

Based on a true story, this is an unforgettable saga of hardship and determination, conflict and passion. Early man is the Hero and survival — or extinction — is the journey.

  • June: Finish Book 2 of the Crossroads trilogy, The Quest for Home:
  • Start the final Book in the Crossroads trilogy,. Planned publication: Summer 2020.


  • Continue publishing 3-5 articles a week on each of my core blogs Ask a Tech Teacher, WordDreams, and USNA or Bust! Also, continue with my columns and guest posts for TeachHUB, NEA Today, and Today’s Author.
  • Expand the reach of my blogs. What has worked well for me this year is:
    • visit blogs that cover my topics. I do this already–love doing it–and will continue
    • Add internal links for posts within my blog that address the same topic I’m writing about. You’ve probably noticed this on posts, toward the bottom
  • Find guest bloggers for my blogs. I’ve reached out a bit, but not enough. My readers would benefit from other opinions. If you’re interested, let me know at askatechteacher at gmail dot com.


This is for my teacher side: Focus on podcasts, webinars, online classes, and other web-based learning outlets for Ask a Tech Teacher. I have some great partners in this:

By the way, I tried WordPress’s new Gutenberg block editor. Yikes! I struggled, gave it time (um, a week I think), researched, and threw the towel in. I couldn’t even figure out how to turn headings to red font. Does anyone like this new ‘improved’ editor????

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and Born in a Treacherous Timefirst in the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for TeachHUB and NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Survival of the Fittest, Spring 2019, first in the Crossroads Trilogy. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning


53 thoughts on “2019, I Resolve…

  1. You are going to be busy, Jacqui! I am looking forward to reading the next book in your Crossroads series 😀
    As to WordPress, I haven’t tried the new editing feature, and may not from the sound of your experiences!

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  2. Jacqui, your enthusiasm, energy, and intelligence are palpable – I always learn so much, even just from your intentions.You didn’t even mention how much you read – boggles my mind. I’m still certain you have a clone doing some of this work.

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  3. Jacqui,

    I’m making progress with the new WP format. I haven’t changed my fonts so I can’t offer any help here but I certainly will take a quick peek to see if I can advise any suggestions for ya. Hold that thought, I’ll be right back! Okay, do mean to change the heading font color within your blog post? If so, I know how to do that. 🙂 The new editor has its pluses. I’m willing to give it more time as I stretch my legs through this learning curve. Have a good day!

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  4. Thanks, Jacqui looks like your going to be busy in 2019. I tried the Guttenberg on WordPress and had the same experience. Was not user-friendly.
    I have a non-author related goal. I am learning to play the piano.
    I have an electric keyboard and I am watching videos on Udemy.
    My goal is to sing and play songs like a cabaret singer. Wish me luck.
    LaLa LA Have a blessed and inspired 2019

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  5. Wishing you all the best for completing those books Jacqui, your bag seems full to the brim. 🙂 I haven’t tried the new editor as I am happy with the old one. Thanks for the heads up, no need to waste time over it.

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    • I tried to NOT be obstinate, stuck in the old, but there were too many pieces I liked that were no longer there. For example, I write my ezine articles in WordPress and then copy them to Word and send them to my editors. In Gutenberg, you can’t do that because they’re all in blocks. To copy the entire article, it has to be done in HTML. Copy that to some editor that will convert it–yadda. Extra steps.

      I just… gave… up…

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    • I didn’t select the new editor–it made the change in an update and I was stuck with it! There’s a plug-in you have to install to revert to the Classic Editor, which my guru guy did for me. I use and–hosted and self-hosted–and it changed both!

      Stress zoomed through the roof. My Guru Guy (Andrew) fixed it. Life is good.

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