Wednesday Blogging Challenge: My Goals for 2020

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“Ooh,” I hear you ask, “what is this?”

It’s a blogging challenge!

Let me explain

I was tooling around the internet the other day, as you do, and came across this page on popular romance reviewing website Long and Short Reviews. The page outlined a blog hop that would run for the entire year and had a graphic showing the weekly topics.

How serendipitous, I thought. I’d been wondering what else I could blog about in addition to my regular Teaser Tuesday (returning toward the end of the month) and My Favourite Reads series and these topics not only looked a lot of fun, they’d be easy to do and I could schedule them well ahead of time.

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Even better, I’d get to share the posts on the Long and Short Reviews site and join in its vibrant community.

Too many wins!

This challenge isn’t only for authors. It’s for anyone bookish. The idea is to share something each Wednesday, gain new friends, and encourage visitors to the Long and Short Reviews blog. And if once a week feels too much, that’s not a problem. You can post as much or as little as you want.

Cool, yes?

If you’d like to play along, you’ll find more information and the blogging challenge schedule here at Long and Short Reviews.

Right. Today is day one and we have a lovely topic to start the year with. It’s brief and pertinent, and something I can revisit at the end of the year to see how I went. All good.

Here we go with week one of the blogging challenge. Enjoy!

My Goals for 2020

1/. Edit and publish Scarlett and the Model Man.

Oh, you are going to adore this book! Scarlett and Sam are so sighworthy. These two are a complete delight and, as with many in the Levenham Love Story series, Audrey Wallace (aka Granny B) gets to poke in her aristocratic nose. Not that I blame her. Surfing dairy farmer Sam is well worth an ogle or ten.

If you want to be among the first to hear about its release, join my newsletter lovelies. Doing so will also give you access to a chain of short stories to savour over a cuppa and other exclusives (the gang absolutely ADORED my free Christmas story Belle and the Perfect Present last month), and it means you’ll never miss a new release. Like this blog challenge, too many wins!

2/. Write Serenity’s Song, the sequel to my Outback Brides book, Elsa’s Stand.

Many of you have asked for Serenity’s story and I’m finally going to deliver. Elsa's Stand memeFor those of you familiar with Elsa’s Stand, the hero of Serenity’s Song (working title) will be Jesse Hargreaves, naughty younger brother of Elsa’s utterly delectable man-of-few-words hero Jack.

Serenity’s Song is going to be my first ‘forced proximity’ story. I bet your mind is boggling over that one. Forced proximity in Wirralong? It can be done, trust me. I make up stuff for a living.

3/. Write a full-length novel.

Something that was on last year’s agenda, too but about which Madame Universe had other thoughts. She can be mean like that.

I have a few ideas I’m mulling over, so I can’t share anything yet. One premise is in the lead but one of the characters needs more nutting out and I’m not sure he’ll/she’ll be ready by the time it comes to write the story. Over the years I’ve learned that it’s better to wait until I have everything properly lined up rather than jumping in.

What I do promise is to share my progress and the occasional snippet on my Teaser Tuesday series. Keen to stay in the loop? Keep your eyes on this blog.

4/. Be healthy and happy!

2018 and 2019 were not the best of years. A couple of annus horribilis, as the Queen would say. But they’re behind us and from where I’m sitting right now, 2020 is looking very bright and shiny. I just KNOW it’s going to be a cracker. My positive vibes are so charged they’re bouncing around like spring bunnies.

So no horribilis-ing here. I’m firm on that. We’re going to have an annus mirabilis instead, loaded with love and laughter.

Which, you must agree, is the most important goal of all.


Okay, my lovelies, what are your goals for 2020?


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21 thoughts on “Wednesday Blogging Challenge: My Goals for 2020

  1. AvatarAnnie West

    Hi Cathryn,
    Your post has reminded me – I haven’t set my goals for this year, much less gone back to see how I fared against last year’s goals. Broadly I know I hit the main ones but the devil is in the detail and it will be interesting to see how I fared on the extra stuff.

    I have, however, adopted two words for the year – organised and fit. So, I’m slow being organised with my goals but so far have done pretty well making a positive start to the year.

    Here’s hoping 2020 is a corker for us all in the best of ways.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Hi Annie!
      Organised and fit sound very worthy goals to me! And lovely to hear you’ve made a positive start to 2020.

      I’m usually not much of a formal goal setter. I have them, but I tend to keep them in my head rather than in a written plan. I think you’re right with your devil in the detail comment and should expand on what I have. It’d be an interesting exercise to go back to the list at the end of the year and see how much I achieved (or didn’t achieve).

      Thanks for dropping by and sharing. Here’s to 2020 being a winner for us all!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Thanks Lyida! Given the last couple of years haven’t gone to plan, I’m trying to keep things modest. That way I can (hopefully) outdo myself!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      It’s an EXCELLENT term, Marianne. Much better than horribilis. I’ve had enough of those.
      I’m delighted to be part of the challenge. It should be a hoot and I look forward to reading everyone’s posts.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Isn’t it lovely to be in this together, Judy? I’m really looking forward to seeing what others write for the topics especially next week’s on what we’re looking forward to reading. Hoping for lots of recommendations from that.
      Thanks for dropping by!

  2. AvatarMegan Slayer

    Great goals and I know you can reach all of them. This is a great group (Which keeps growing! Yay!) and super supportive. We all know you can do it. Good luck!

  3. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Your goals seem lovely and simple, Cathryn, hehehe. Good luck but I know you can achieve those goals you set yourself! Yep, that’s one of my goals ‘be healthy and happy,’ I have many mantras i say to myself every day and pretty much all day as I had a terrible year last year with my health and only now am I starting to feel like a human being again but the mantras really do work so I’ll be saying them to myself until October so I’m nice and healthy for when we fly to Japan. My other goals are to do yoga, meditate, go for walks and ground/earth myself, less time spent on the computer and read more, switch off TV at 7.30/8 pm and play board games.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Wonderful to hear you’re on the mend, Sue. It’s no fun at all when you’re feeling urk. And yes, you definitely want to on the up for your holiday. Japan… so exciting!!
      Your goals sound fab. Especially the board games. I love them too but I’m the only one in the house who does. Sad!

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