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#AuthorToolboxBlogHop: New Year Goals

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This month: New Years Writing Goals

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, for me, New Year’s Resolutions are more a To Do list. Here’s how that looks so far:

The trilogy 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.

  • Draft Book 2 and 3 of the Dawn of Humanity trilogy, Laws of Nature and In the Shadow of Giants
  • I’ve been transferring all of my print books that are available on Amazon (through their Advantage program) to the KDP Print-on-demand platform. I have about six done out of 120 so I have a ways to go. I’ll continue to chip away at it.
  • I’m offering my education resources through Amazon’s new Ignite program. Getting my books formatted so they are acceptable to Ignite has been a huge time-suck but I have two up (out of 120). I have a long way to go and those folks are beyond difficult, even for Amazon, but I will chip away at this, too.
  • Attend a few conferences for both writing and education. I’m looking at the Teachers Pay Teachers one (they are my primary store for my education resources), the International Society for Technology in Education (I try to attend once every few years to be sure my knowledge is current), and the San Diego Writer’s Conference.
  • 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 NEA Today and Today’s Author.
  • Continue teaching online classes and other web-based learning platforms. I have some great partners in this:

This TODO list is definitely toned down from last year. I am focusing on my novels a lot more which take more time to finish than any other form of writing I do. I’m fine with that. I love getting lost in my fantasy worlds.

Why does this fit an Authors Toolbox Blog Hop? Writing my TODO list out commits me to it. So now you have a bit more insight into how I write. What’s one of your strategies?


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 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 NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Fall 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

77 thoughts on “#AuthorToolboxBlogHop: New Year Goals

    • Mine are all online but I have a weekly virtual meeting with students. I love those. I also occasionally have homework that includes posting videos to platforms like Flipgrid. That is really cool. I feel like I get to know the students.

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  1. You have an admirable list of goals. I haven’t created new ones, so much as I’ve committed to finish up ongoing goals that I’ve had to for some time. Two of the six will definitely be reached this year, before the first half and then I can focus on the others. I’m trying not to over-reach for a change 🙂

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  2. You are going to have a crazy, busy year. Hope you achieve all of your goals!

    And I can’t keep up with Amazon. I have no idea what the Advantage Program or the Ignite Program is. I’m going to have to look these up!

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    • It is and Amazon does not make it easy. I’ve been working on 2 of them for a month. I’m afraid to move on to more in case there’s some fatal error in the works. Sigh. Until then, I’ll just work on the KDP platform.

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