I really had promised myself that 2017 was the year I was going to be brave, but here we are on the second of the month and already I can’t crack it. You see I was going to look back and check out last year’s New Year resolutions and then comment on how well I did or didn’t do – but I just can’t face it. I’m going to pretend I didn’t make any, though becoming a New York Times bestselling author is niggling at the back of my mind – that didn’t happen. Nor did the film offer from Hollywood materialize, so disappointing. I was looking forward to sitting by some famous swimming pool with household name stars drooling over me. The only thing that drooled over me was the neighbour’s Labrador.


I read a million blogs/pieces of advice/how to do stuff last year and they all tell me to stay positive. So I am going to look on the bright side. There were certainly some highlights in 2016 and hey, as of this moment I’ve still got 2 legs and 2 arms, a roof over my head and food in the fridge.


I admit to being very disappointed in Santa this year. I left out no less than 3 mince pies, a whole bottle of wine which cost me E1.57 ($1.50) at Lidl’s and very specific instructions and plans for the room extension I wanted to use as a study so I could lock myself away and write in peace. I had carefully explained that I was struggling to write with the TV on, DH chatting on the cell phone, and Skype calls from the other side of the world. At the very least I thought he might have dropped off a pair of headphones if he didn’t have space for a new room on the sleigh – I was prepared to understand his limitations. But no, he left me some deodorant, an orange (which looks suspiciously like those on the tree outside),orange-tree

and a large bar of chocolate with several squares missing. I’m trying to read some message into all this, is he trying to tell me something? Would he be suggesting that I give it all up, vegetate on the couch peeling an orange while munching on the chocolate in a cloud of anti-perspirant spray?

So what are my resolutions for 2017? Do I have the courage to make any? I spent many sleepless nights worrying and fretting about this, until I had the Great Idea. I would make some and I would keep them.


Get more followers on my blog – note I’m not specifying any numbers, so if it’s one more at the end of the year, that should be possible.


Grow my mailing list. I feel I can accomplish this if I pounce on a couple of timid strangers in the supermarket, slam them up against the frozen fish counter and say “Give me your email address or else…” while baring my teeth and growling, so that should work as well.


Get my monthly newsletter up and running. This will contain all kinds of interesting and quirky stuff, other writers, readers’ comments and the back stories for Amie and others in the series. This will be exclusively for the newsletter only and not published anywhere else.

There will also be a full in-depth following of the court case as Amie sues me for defamation of character, deprivation of her human rights, murder and a whole host of other complaints. Portions of this will appear on my blog as well.

So, I think that solves the problems, now to get to grips with Mail Chimp (I’d love to strangle that monkey and wipe the smile off his face), and I’m all set for 2017.

Please sign up for my newsletter – you can either send me an email, with YES in the subject line or pm me on my Face Book page, or just look below!.

Wow! look, guess who’s discovered a sign up form!

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I hope 2017 brings you all that you could wish for

with love from me.


  1. Happy New Year, Lucinda. Good luck with your resolutions. I’m determined this year I will get the Goldfish blog turned into a book. And I’m saying NO to all other distractions! Hope 2017 will be a good one for us all.


  2. Sounds like you should have left Chocolate for Santa. I still have some books that you signed if anyone wants to buy one from you (from the USA) I could send them on!!

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  3. For years my NYs Resolution was to not make one. But, of course, then I was continually faced with the deeply conflicting nature of the resolution and I gave up and went down to the pub for a pint. The reality we face as authors is the need for consistency. And that consistency really only extends to the fundamental truth of writing. I think it was Stephen King who put it best when he said, to be a writer you have to write. I guess, we have to just keep our heads down and write and the rest will fall into place eventually.

    BTW, I want to point out that being drooled over by a Labrador is better than Hollywood celebrities any day. Labs are intelligent, loyal, and will protect you in a tough situation. Pretty much everything a Hollywood celebrity cannot be counted on for. Plus, who doesn’t love a good dog tail wagging! 🙂

    Have a great 2017, I look forward to seeing you name in lights!

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  4. Ah thank you so much. Problem is, dividing your time between writing and marketing it can’t be one or the other – and while I like to think I can write (modest to a fault) I certainly can’t market. The nightmares I’m having over the technicalities of getting the new newsletter out would make a Steven King movie look like Bambi.


  5. Lucinda, you’re a start in your own blogosphere! I thought I’d already signed up to your newsletter, but I haven’t seen any yet, and as I mentioned in the comments on the sign-up form, don’t despair! I didn’t even get cholocate and my orange was mouldy. So much for Santa…pfff 😀


  6. I have never been a fan of New Year resolutions. As far as I am concerned: if you want to achieve something you will get on with it nor matter the time of year. However, having said all that I am impressed by your post and the reality surrounding it. As far as I can see your 2016 was not bad at all and I have to say I hope 2017 will be even better for you.

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  7. That sounds like heavy commitments you’ve made there. Best of luck with keeping them.
    I haven’t been quite so ambitious, I’ve merely resolved to survive. Oh, and to complete the two books I have in hand at the end of 2016, and write a new one my publisher has been nagging me for years to write about Iran and the Ayatollahs’ revolution. Surely that’s enough? 🙂

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  8. That is going to keep you busy Ian! I’ve achieved one of the resolutios, I have another sign up for the newsletter but getting it out there is another matter. I need a mailChimp expert who knows what to do when you have veen blocked!!

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    • The best ones to make are those it’s so easy to accomplish, so if you fall flat on your face with everything else at least in one thing you can succeed. Another great tip is to write down a list of what you have to do each day and add stuff you have already done – like getting out of bed – then you can tick those off and feel good!

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