Look back, Looking ahead

Meredith Bond

It’s that time again! It’s time to look back at the year that was and to look ahead to the one just a few steps away.

I’ve had such an eventful year—moving to a new country, traveling a lot more than I ever have and all the while still trying to keep up with my writing and formatting work—it’s almost no surprise that I can’t find the little slip of paper on which I wrote my Goals, Wishes and Dreams for this year. I’ve looked through everything I brought with me to Brussels and it’s just not here. The only thing I can think of is that it’s back in my apartment in Washington, DC. I hope so, because there’s nothing I like better than to look back and see what I was hoping to accomplish this year and seeing how far I’ve come.

For this next year, I’m going to be smart and keep my list safely in my calendar right along side the list of books I’d like to publish in the coming year. Hopefully, next year I’ll be able to find it with no problems and can compare to see how well I did.

At least I do have the list of books I’d hoped to publish. Looking at that I can give myself a pat on the back for having published two of the books I’d meant to publish: Falling and My Lord Ghost. In addition to those, I also managed to write and publish a third book, Falling for a Pirate, which was completely unexpected and unplanned. And I got my Merry Men Box Set #2 finished as well, along with a new novella which I included in the box set. Oh, and I almost forgot, I published my self-publishing book, Self-Publishing: Easy as ABC.

Of course, I’m already writing out what I hope to publish in 2017: The third book in the Grace Sister’s Trilogy, Thalia’s book. And I’ve already begun working on the fourth book in the Storm Series, the long awaited book featuring Morgan’s cousin, Kat Haveland. I’ve got one, maybe two more short stories to write before I can publish my anthology of Vallen Shorts which will be a compilation of all the short stories I’ve written for my newsletter readers. So, I know I’ll have at least three books to publish next year.

In addition, I’ve got ideas for many, many more: At least one more story of a Falling sibling (trying to decide if I should make them all time-travels now that the first two are); Ibrahim and Lainie’s story, also from Falling; the story of Bridget, the last High Priestess of the Vallen who moved to America in 1943, during WWII; and yesterday, after reading a great blog post on how romances with difficult themes help people going through emotionally difficult times, I’ve determined that I absolutely must write a Regency romance where the heroine suffers from clinical depression (too many people suffer from this horrible disease, they need to be represented).

So, I think I’ve got a good starting point. What about you? Have you made a list of what you want to accomplish in this coming year? Do you put together an annual Business Plan? A list of Goals, Wishes and Dreams? If you’re willing to share, I’d love to hear them!

I hope you all reach your dreams in 2017 and have a wonderful and happy New Year filled with peace and good health.


Meredith Bond is an award-winning author of a series of traditionally published Regency romances and indie-published paranormal romances. Known for her characters “who slip readily into one’s heart,” Meredith’s heart belongs to her husband and two children. Meredith’s second favorite pastime is teaching others to write.

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