I Resolve to Skip Resolutions this Year


Happy New Year, everyone! I hope the last few weeks have been glorious for you. We thought we’d spend the last week of 2010 at the beach, but a little snowstorm got in the way. Just as well. There was a lot to do here at home to gear up for some serious, serious work between now and the April deadline for my next book.

I like making resolutions, so I decided to take a look at what I resolved to do in 2010 before making them for 2011. Wish I hadn’t done that!

I’d resolved to work at writing as though it’s a 9 to 5 job. I failed miserably at that, falling into my usual pattern of working late into the night and  ’round the clock a couple of months before my deadline. I guess that’s never going to change.

My second resolution was that I’d go to the gym regularly, and I did great  until the 2010 deadline crunch. I had bulging biceps and the whole works.  Once I got out of the habit, though. . . well, you know how it goes. I’ll go back, but I’ll be starting all over again from a pile of flab.

My third resolution was ‘lights out at midnight’. Ha. If anything, I’m staying up later now than I was a year ago. Maybe my resolution this year will be to accept my personal Circadian rhythm.

I also failed to attend mindfulness classes regularly, keep up with volunteer work and spend more time with friends and family. Let’s face it: I’m a workaholic lucky enough to love my addiction. 

I’m making only one resolution this year and that’s to do my best to write a book my readers can’t put down. Meanwhile, here’s my publication schedule in the United States for 2011:

April: Keeper of the Light will be reissued

May: The Midwife’s Confession will come out. I can’t WAIT for you to be able to read this book!

November: Kiss River, #2 in the Keeper of the Light Trilogy, will be reissued.

So, are you a resolver? How did you do with the resolutions you made last year? Can I get some empathy here?


  1. Ann Weightman on January 2, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    I haven’t made any resolutions in the last few years, but I need to reconsider this year. I have gotten into the terrible habit of staying up too late on FB. I need to break that habit, like pronto! I need to eat better and start cooking again. That is also on my list. I plan to get out of the house more and walk. I’ve been in the process of getting rid of things I don’t need anymore and I will continue with that. I have empathy for you. We all have good intentions. I’m my own worst enemy. I’ll have to work on it.

  2. Ann on January 3, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I never have made New Year’s resolutions!

  3. Ann on January 3, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I meant to put NEVER in there!

  4. Gina on January 3, 2011 at 9:57 am

    No resolutions for me. Just to live life to the fullest!

  5. Margo on January 3, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Diane, you have so many plus’s in you life…I say, no worries when it comes to unfulfilled resolutions. My motto is ‘just do the best you can and live each day with kindness and a smile’…everything usually falls into place. As you can quess, I don’t make resolutions…I enjoy looking at each day as a celebration and embracing whatever comes my way.

  6. sam on January 3, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I also have done the same and looked back at what i achieved from last years resolutions and didnt do that well with them i have decided that this year i will make more achievable, realalistic resolutions.

  7. Brenda on January 3, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    I make resolutions I can keep
    The Jan book for my bookclub at home
    Keeper of the light
    No one can find it
    We r postponing meeting to feb so they can it or share
    That was my first book by you rec by Renee on my email bookclub

  8. Diane Chamberlain on January 3, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    brenda, have people tried the interlibrary loan system?

    Or you could wait until April, when it will be reissued. Sorry you’ve had problems!

  9. Brenda on January 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    I guess it was checked out so three of them are borrowing mine

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