Away we go! 4


Last year I made a New Year’s resolution to “get healthy”. Little did I realize the challenges facing me on that one. Turned out it took more than just diet and exercise, but multiple visits to the doctor, numerous blood tests, more appointments with a specialist, several biopsies and … well, at least the diagnosis came back that what was keeping me from getting healthy could be helped by a single pill a day. And yes, that pill immediately started working on the brain-fog enveloping me and the words started flowing immediately. It didn’t solve the original problem, but I’m still working on that one.

With Gizmo Guy’s surprise diabetes diagnosis last month when he had H1N1 (are you tired of hearing about H1N1 by now?), “getting healthy” got pushed into a whole new realm. Our diet has changed significantly, and we’ve both had to take a long hard look at our exercise habits and change them as well. It’s worked for him–reasonably fast too. For me, it’s been a little slower, but I’ll keep plodding on.

2009 was definitely a good year for my career — I saw the release of my first story, Private Property in January, then my second story Personal Protection in May. Both got great reviews from some of the most prestigious review sites around. Talk about validation.

In July, my birthday bash was a tremendous success — I went from having two followers in June, to 38 by the end of July and now am sitting in the mid-60s. Woohoo! I can’t tell you how great that made me feel.

It didn’t stop mid-year either. Throughout the year, I watched Private Property gradually climb the charts on the Amazon Kindle Romance bestsellers list until it hit the top 100 in December. Just before Christmas, I learned The Romance Studio had given me two CAPA nominations — one making Private Property a finalist in the Erotic Romance category. The other named me as a finalist in the Favorite Erotic Romance Author category, placing me amongst authors whom I have only aspired to emulate — Lauren Dane, Maya Banks, Lorelei James, Jaci Burton just to name a few. I know they say it’s a cliche to say “it’s an honor just to be nominated” but it really is!

I started writing my resolutions for the coming year, but other than “staying healthy” which pretty much speaks for itself, a lot of the rest of it was either too personal, or just plain out of my hands and dependent upon others.

Around here, I’m going to continue to host guest bloggers and hopefully introduce you to more authors that you may not have heard of before, or perhaps reconnect you with old friends and favorites that you’ve lost track of.

I’m going to go back to keeping a list of the books I’ve read this year. Tell me in the comments, do you like seeing what people are reading on the side bar? Or is it just an annoyance as yet another thing to load?

I’m going to keep the wordcount widgets on my sidebar — more as a prod to keep me moving. I wish I could find a widget that let me actually track daily word count as opposed to just lumping it into one final tally. I’ll keep looking.

On that note, wordcount for yesterday was 2213. (That was on Chad’s story: I’m really pleased with how it’s coming together. I have to keep reminding myself it’s about the romance. When I do that, I’m much happier with the way the story progresses.)

So do you make resolutions? What are they? And what would you like to see here?


4 thoughts on “Away we go!

  • Susan Helene Gottfried

    Hey! Just because I follow you in my own style doesn't mean you only had 2 followers you know. You had more than you realize. Still do, I bet.

    As for what you're reading widgets, unless I click through to comment, I don't see them. I'd rather you talk about the books that are worth talking about.

    But that's what I do, so of course I'm partial to that method.

  • flchen1

    Hi, Leah!! Thanks for the update! My loose goals for the coming year are to better track my reading and to keep on with the decluttering (which is going to be a huge ongoing thing!) I love the mix you've created here at your blog of personal and writing related posts, and I always enjoy your guests. So, umm… more of the same? 🙂

  • Lynne Roberts

    Wow! Congratulations on all your accomplishments for 2009! I hope your 2010 is even more spectacular!

    As far as widgets, I don't mind them but too many make the page seem too busy and take away from the posts.

    ~Lynne

  • Kim Smith

    Hey Leah! Glad to hear your last year went so well! Hope this one follows suit! Sorry about that diabetes thing… i have it too and it bites the big one. tell him to keep going!!

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